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©2009 The Romantic Table, At Rick Cody's booth where we saw outstanding Mission figs and gorgeous ripe peaches and nectarines 2009-09-07 14:49:41:195
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At Rick Cody's booth where we saw outstanding Mission figs and gorgeous ripe peaches and nectarines

Farmers Market Report, September 5, 2009


After a week of hot temperatures, a cool morning to the Templeton Farmers Market made a refreshing excursion to see the latest new food available a chance to renew friendships with our vendor friends.

We arrived a little past nine at the Templeton Park. It was pretty busy with people but we were still able to find a shady parking place just north of the market.

We headed first to Rick Cody's booth where we saw some outstanding Mission Figs and some gorgeous ripe peaches and nectarines. We bought some of each for this week's meals and proceeded on.

Passing by Charter Oak Style booth we could see that owner Debbie Paver was busy with customers for her lamb and pork this Labor Day weekend.

©2009 The Romantic Table, Oak Hill Mushrooms is now also growing and selling several kinds of mint and herbs including  chocolate mint, spearmint, cinnamon basil, Italian parsley, and tarragon just to name a few. 2009-09-07 14:52:06:196
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Oak Hill Mushrooms is now also growing and selling several kinds of mint and herbs including chocolate mint, spearmint, cinnamon basil, Italian parsley, and tarragon just to name a few.
Continuing on we stopped at Oak Hill Mushrooms booth where we said hello to co-owner Leah Bailey and asked what was new. She's now also growing and selling several kinds of herbs which she had us sample. Her "big thing" new is her Stevia that she's growing. It's a new substitute for sugar. She has it available in fresh leaves. She also has several kinds of mint and herbs including chocolate mint, spearmint, cinnamon basil, Italian parsley, and tarragon just to name a few.

Since we last talked to Leah, she's really expanded her line of mushroom products. Now she has several kinds of dried mushroom powders in addition of course to her organically grown wild mushrooms including fresh oyster, shittake, and dried chanterelles, dried candied mushrooms and porcini.

We continued on and saw that Mike Broadhurst of Dragon Spring Farm had some nice heirloom tomatoes. One of our favorite recipes is our Tomato and Bread Salad and we really prefer heirloom tomatoes for that - and as yet haven't had it yet this summer. Well summer's winding down, so we both thought on the way back we'll stop and buy some heirlooms and make it for one of our weekend meals. I also noticed several varieties of tempting-looking preserves -especially his Blueberry from his farm grown blueberries- that he's selling.

Down we walked stopping at Bautista Farm booth for two bunches of arugula for salads with zip! Bautista Farm in addition to all their marvelous greens, carries some nice looking red tomatoes.

Walking down a little farther, we said hello to Gary Billington of Sunrise Desert Tropical. He still has a few varieties of last year's crop and we couldn't help but wonder when this year's crop will be in. We asked him if he's received word about it. He told us that his supplier is in the midst of harvesting right now and he could have the new crop almost any week now! How exciting! His fresh dates are worth a special drive to the Templeton Farmers Market alone!

©2009 The Romantic Table, Stopping at Dragon Spring Farm to buy the heirloom tomatoes, we purchased two large
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Stopping at Dragon Spring Farm to buy the heirloom tomatoes, we purchased two large "Sarah's Black" and two large "Black Pineapple tomatoes.
We walked down a little farther to see what Ralph Johnson might have new this week. He always has the most unusual produce that delight Chefs and home-cooks alike! But unfortunately he was a "no-show," to our dismay.

By this time, our bags were getting heavy and we needed to wind up our shopping so we headed back toward Mike Broadhurst's Dragon Spring Farm to buy the heirloom tomatoes. We purchased two large "Sarah's Black" and two large "Black Pineapple" tomatoes. Mike told us both varieties are very sweet. That sounded good to us!

Walking very carefully to not damage the tomatoes or fresh figs, we approached our parked car. It still was a beautiful morning! Now this is more like our kind of weather! What a refreshing and cooking-inspiring trip it had been! If you love food, this is your kind of market too! There are a lot of nice vendors here. Try if for yourself!




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