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Templeton Farmers Market Report August 2, 2008


Enjoy them now! Peaches and other stone fruit are here until September!

We arrived early today and was able to get a convenient parking place. It was just starting to get busy.

We headed right away to the Coty Farms booth to try and get some more of their delicious peaches. They had a good selection and we bought several. I asked them how long would they have peaches, (because I know it's not a long season) and they said at least until September! What great news! In the meantime I'll be having those for lunch! There were two other booths from the same area of California that had good-looking peaches and apricots too.

Big news! I was able to buy some good-tasting tomatoes for $1.50 per pound. The Rocky Canyon booth from Atascadero had a pretty good supply. I know I've bought tomatoes from them in prior years, so these tomatoes are just starting to come now into season.

I also saw that another booth, from Arroyo Grande, had good-tasting tomatoes for $ 2.00 a pound

Then, of course there are the year-round hot-house tomatoes at Peacock Family Farms that always has pretty-good tomatoes for $ 3.00 a pound. I was able to buy some delicious-looking and tasting heirloom pineapple tomatoes for tonight's dinner.

Over at LaForts Specialty Organics, we saw some unusual zebra eggplants. We bought some and we're going to try them and compare them to the Black Beauty eggplant that we bought at Rocky Canyon's booth. --I LOVE eggplant! We also bought some Thai basil, from LaForts, to experiment with for a marinade for chicken. We're having company tonight and I'm making a Tomato and Bread Salad so I bought some Italian basil as well.

At Pure and Simple Bread's booth I bought a loaf of Pugliese for tonight's Bread and Tomato Salad as well.

Looking over all the vendor booths I'd say that we're just getting into the peak of summer produce. Lots of all-kinds of squash, all kinds of stone fruit, strawberries, tomatoes are getting in plentiful supply and all in all it's definitely worth a trip.




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A tip from Sue!

Frying high fat meats

You can cut down on the calories of high-fat meats, by just adding a little water (instead of adding oil) to your frying pan until the meat's fat starts releasing and lubricating the pan, then cook with the frying pan covered. If you want a crispy coating, you uncover the pan or cook with the lid partially ajar.