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©2009 The Romantic Table, Ralph Johnson had the most unusual cilantro we've ever seen, called Delfino cilantro.  2009-07-27 21:36:16:182
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Ralph Johnson had the most unusual cilantro we've ever seen, called Delfino cilantro.

Farmers Market July 25, 2009

We had a fun morning planned at the Templeton Farmers Market where we saw lots of stone fruit, raspberries, strawberries and zucchini but still too early for field-raised tomatoes for sale.

We had high expectations for today's Farmers Market in Templeton! It was a welcoming cool morning and we were relishing it.

We were hoping to "catch" our planned dinner of grilled oysters but the Morro Bay Oyster Company was a no-show! Bummed-out we quickly re-planned the night's meal with some gorgeous Cockles purchased at the Olde Port Fisheries booth and also bought some tempting local sea bass for Sunday's dinner.

Just down the way from Olde Port's booth was Rick Cody Farm's booth from Hanford where we bought a few pounds of their delicious white freestone peaches. Oh! they're good!

Walking on, at the Paso Almonds booth, we purchased two bags of their almond brittle. (We've been chopping a little of it up and serving it on caramel praline ice cream for a real treat when it's a hot evening and we've had a low-calorie dinner.)

We continued on and saw a lot of our vendor friends. Down at the Bautista Farm booth we purchased some arugula and spinach for this next week's salads. They consistently have great-looking and tasting greens available.

©2009 The Romantic Table, There was plenty of tasty stone fruit available in the market 2009-07-27 21:37:35:183
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There was plenty of tasty stone fruit available in the market
Then down at See Canyon's Apricots we purchased a quart of their great-tasting Blenheim apricots. Then we HAD to check out Ralph Johnson Farms booth. He always has some new variety of greens to tantalize us with! And we weren't disappointed! He had the most unusual cilantro we've ever seen --it's called "Delfino cilantro!" Where regular cilantro is shaped a lot like Italian parsley, Defino cilantro is shaped more like fine lace --almost like dill! But its flavor and smell is very intense. We plan to try it out in a pesto for pasta. Ralph told us a lot of the chefs that buy from him use it that way, so "we're game" we'll try it for ourselves and see how it works.

Ralph also had some mouth-watering home-grown Vidalia onions. I have a tomato sauce recipe that I like to use Vidalia onions for. That will be another recipe for this week. I bought two of those. Ralph also had his Speckled Troutback lettuce again. We bought that too for a nice salad this weekend.

By this time, while we were doing our shopping, we noticed that there were very few vendors that had tomatoes other than the hothouse grown. And what WAS available, was priced at $3.50 a pound! Now as I told you earlier this year in one of my Blogs, Planning For This Summer's Coming Produce Shortages there's going to be a shortage of tomatoes available this year, due to the shortage of water available to the Central Valley of California (where the canning industry is based.) Because of this, this year we planted sixteen large tomato plants, and the tomatoes are taking forever to ripen! The weather has not been conducive to growing tomatoes. It's another (at least so far) lousy "tomato year!"-And if you know my recipes well, I base a lot of my Mediterranean Diet recipes on tomatoes! This is frustrating! And with the tomato canning industry being shorted of tomatoes, it's going to make buying a can of tomatoes a luxury!!

Well we had had high expectations of having Grilled Oysters Romantic Table Style for dinner, but were foiled so we ended up having Cockles in White Wine Sauce and Pasta. That's not a bad substitute at all! It's one of our favorite recipes!

When I got home, I checked The Morro Bay Osyter Company's website. They're no longer coming to the Templeton Farmers Market. They're now only doing the San Luis Obispo Farmers Market on Thursday evening --and then of course in Morro Bay on the Dock. The Templeton market wasn't viable for them. That's a shame! Our loss!

I hope that the next time we go to market we'll see all our favorites as well as a good-tasting tomato or two - one can only hope! Hope to see you too!




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