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©2009 The Romantic Table, Gary Billington of Sunrise Dessert Tropical 2009-09-26 19:19:37:200
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Gary Billington of Sunrise Dessert Tropical had a new crop of dates at the farmers market.

Farmers Market Report, September 26, 2009


On a beautiful Fall morning, we found some of the best finds so far this month!

We arrived at the Templeton Farmers Market just a little past nine and found a nice shady parking place on the north side of the park.

We had just been mentioning that we hadn't had one of our favorite hot-weather meals of Seared Ahi with mixed greens and Lemon Vinaigrette yet this summer. And today it's supposed to hit 107 so if Olde Port Fisheries had some Ahi, this evening would be the night to have it!

With no line waiting, we went there first. Luckily for us, Chris, their salesman, had three pieces left. We chose two uniform pieces, paid him and wished him well and went on our way.

Next we worked our way south along the vendors noting what was new in the market. We waved to Leah Bailey from Oak Hill Mushrooms and walked on. She always has the nicest mushrooms!

©2009 The Romantic Table, Mike and Carol Broadhurst of  Dragon Spring Farm had a great-looking selection of unusual Fall squash. 2009-09-26 18:23:20:201
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Mike and Carol Broadhurst of Dragon Spring Farm had a great-looking selection of unusual Fall squash.
Working our way south a little more, Mike and Carol Broadhurst's Dragon Spring Farmreally caught our eyes! What a great-looking selection of unusual Fall squash they had! We couldn't miss that! Their spaghetti squash looked unusually gorgeous and of prime quality. Since we hadn't had one of our favorites, Duck breast ragu served on Spaghetti Squash in almost a year, we purchased a nice big spaghetti squash and will have it with a duck ragu this next week. I can't wait to savor that again!

Turning the corner and starting to work our way down along the south side of the market, we stopped and asked Carlos from Stolley's Bee Farm in Atascadero, what was new. Right now he has three varieties of honey: Alfalfa, Mixed Floral, and Orange Blossom. He also carries organic Bee Pollen for those of you out there that have allergies. We asked him when some different varieties might be coming to market and learned that he won't have any until the rainy season. Another reason to hope that the rain returns!

©2009 The Romantic Table, Late season colorful zucchini blossoms. 2009-09-26 19:17:36:202
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Late season colorful zucchini blossoms are still available.
Walking past the different vendors, we noticed tomatoes, squash, a few pears, greens of many types, and a few late stone fruit and stopped at a booth that had some colorful zucchini blossoms. Though a bit pricey at five dollars a basket, we bought some for tomorrow's dinner: Zucchini Blossoms with Spaghetti. - That's still a low-cost meal for two!

We continued on down toward Gary Billington's Sunrise Desert Tropical booth. We have been looking forward to the new date crop -and he didn't let us down! He has fresh Neglets and Med Jools, with more varieties coming in every week! We tasted some. Oh how fresh and smooth they tasted! We bought a pound of each @ $6.00 per pound.They're much better than candy! We'll have some for our lunch's dessert!

With the dates and the rest of our finds in tow, we decided to call it a morning. We still had to stop at the grocery store on the way home for some ingredients for this weekend's meals and we wanted to beat the heat!

Hope to see you next time!





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