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A bright warm morning brought out the shoppers and more luscious summer produce at Templeton Farmers Market.

Farmers Market June 27, 2009


A bright warm morning brought out the shoppers and more luscious summer produce as well as a renegade Herford steer at the Templeton's Farmers Market!

We arrived a little past nine at the Templeton farmers market and found a convenient parking place near Ralph Jonhson's Johnson Farms booth and headed directly there. We hadn't had any of his luscious dandelions in quite some time and were especially looking forward to making some of his Catalonia dandelions with pasta Dandelion Greens with Toasted Walnuts and Pasta. Luckily we weren't disappointed. His greens looked wonderfully fresh and tender.

Just down from him, we said "good morning" to Gary Billington's Sunrise Desert Tropical. We've been working on a pork loin with dates recipe. He recommended that the best cooking dates are his pitted Neglets, so we're looking forward to having that recipe online sometime soon.

Around the park we walked, stopping at the Rocky Canyon Produce booth from Atascadero, we spotted some tempting baby zucchini with their attached blossoms for sale. It's been almost a year since we made that Zucchini Blossoms with Spaghetti for dinner, so we picked out a pound, paid for them and walked on.

As we walked we saw lots of summer squash of all kinds, lots of strawberries of course as well as lots of tender fresh-looking greens of all kinds. Stopping at the Bautista Farm booth, we found exactly what we were looking for- fresh spinach and arugula. We bought a bag of each and journeyed on.

Stopping at Mike Broadhurst's Dragon Spring Farm booth, we asked how his morning has been so far. He told us that we had "just missed all the excitement" when a runaway steer (from the Templeton stockyard) had bulldozed through the farmers market and had toppled one of the booths before the steer's owner had caught up to him and taken him back. Too bad! We would have loved to get a photo of that! Even cattle if they're free know enough to head to the farmers market for the best eats around!

©2009 The Romantic Table, Cody Farms booth from Hanford sells the best-tasting nectarines that I've ever tasted 2009-06-27 17:12:45:167
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Cody Farms booth from Hanford sells the best-tasting nectarines that I've ever tasted! I had my husband sample a piece too. We HAD to buy some of these! They are at their peak if ripeness. OH how wonderful!
Next up was the Cody Farms booth from Hanford, California that sells the most delicious nectarines, peaches and apricots ever! Owner Rick Cody always has a large selection of in-season delicious stone fruit as well as all kinds of nuts that his farm grows. He always has samples of everything to try too. Trying a piece of a white nectarine, I fell in love! This was the best-tasting nectarine that I've ever tasted! I had my husband sample a piece too. We HAD to buy some of those! They were at their peak of ripeness. OH how wonderful!

Then, just down the way from Cody Farms booth, we stopped at the Cisneros Olives booth where we sampled his wide selection. We were amazed at his huge selection of olives! All the olives are locally grown in the Selma California area. He sells bottles of twenty-one different types of olives. Then on top of that, he has also five different olive spreads, plus two cheese-stuffed olives. His dry-cured with salt are absolutely delicious! My husband LOVES salt-cured olives so he just HAD to have a container of those!

Ed Cisneros also grows grapes for his mouth-watering raisins. His Golden Flame Raisins are unbelievable! They're huge and colored a deep golden and red. We sampled some-that sold us! We bought a very generous pound. They'll go deliciously in our whole wheat couscous!-Not to mention other recipes in mind.

Down just a bit from the olive booth, we stopped at Charter Oak Style and said hello to owner Debbie Paver. Next month we're going to be needing a lot of lamb loin chops for a big dinner we're hosting. We inquired if she had that quantity on hand on a regular basis and checked her prices. She's selling luscious-looking chops for $15.00 per pound- which seems to be the market price locally at grocery stores (WHEN they have them!)

Winding up at Morro Bay Oyster Company booth, we asked owner -manager Neal Maloney
how often he comes to this farmers market. He told us that currently he is coming EVERY week now. So we'll plan on grilling some this summer for sure!

By this time, the sun was starting to heat-up and we were starting to feel it! This weekend is the first of our really hot summer days. It's supposed to be over a hundred both days, so we thought we had better get our tender greens in the refrigerator before they lose their freshness.

What a nice morning it had been! Though we had missed the "excitement" of the marauding steer, we hadn't missed any of the Central Coast's great-tasting fresh produce. it was "just waiting for us." It waiting for you too!

Hope to see you next time!




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