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Templeton Farmers Market had a lot of new cool weather produce like gorgeous golden beets.

Farmers Market Report, October 10, 2009


A cold moody misty morning for the Templeton's Farmers Market made it worth a special trip today because the REAL Fall favorites have arrived! It's apple and date time!

Starting out this morning it seemed more like a California winter day with the dense fog and mist. But oh were we glad we came! It was a real treat seeing some of our favorite delicacies for sale again after a long hiatus.

We arrived and found ample parking places. Obviously the cold weather was conducive to many to stay in bed until a later hour. We parked on the south side of the park and went first to Gary Billington's Sunrise Desert Tropical booth to see what he had in dates.

Ah Ha! He had the delicious Barhi dates again! Sampling one, I realized that they were even better than last year's! So moist and fresh, they melt in your mouth and leave a hint of vanilla. They're exquisite and worth their price of $6.50 a pound. Gary also has fresh Medjool's (at $8.00 per pound) Deglet Noor, Daryi, Raisins and date pieces all priced at $6.00 per pound. Date nut rolls priced at $7.00 per pound. Gary's dates are NOT the same quality as what's available in grocery stores. His are custom-grown and he has them picked early while they're still fresh and moist. They literally melt in your mouth! Much better than candy! His booth is worth a special trip to the Templeton's Farmers Market alone!

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Gorgeous golden beets(they were almost orange!), purple haze carrots, rainbow carrots and lots of greens at Templeton Farmers Market
As we walked north around the park, we passed Big John's booth from Santa Maria. He always has delicious strawberries--which he did have- but he also had gorgeous golden beets(they were almost orange!), purple haze carrots, rainbow carrots and lots of greens. His booth was unusually photogenic today! I bought two bunches of the golden beets priced at $2.00 per bunch. I'm planning on making them this next week Golden Beets with Pappardelle Pasta. It's one of my favorite vegetarian pastas!

On we walked, coming to See Canyon Apples. Finally they're here! The apples are here! This is another thing that I look forward to -having locally-grown (San Luis Obispo) apples picked at ripeness. They currently have for sale Braeburns, Spitzenburgs, Fugis, Jonalicious, Gold Rush,Cameo, Winter Peamain, Red Gold, and of course Galas. After sampling a couple, I decided to go with my always-safe-choice-Galas and bought a couple pounds. All the apples are on the small-size and sell for $2.00 per pound.

Continuing on to see what else would strike our fancy, we saw lots of squash, pumpkins. We noticed that Y Hayashi and Sons booth had some nice-looking Kabocha pumpkins for sale for $3.50 each. Kabocha pumpkins are known as the "Japanese pumpkins" and have the sweetest taste and are best for cooking Cappallacci de Zucca with Butter-Walnut Sage Sauce.. At least in our opinion.

Then down further, at Mike and Carol Broadhurst's Dragon Spring Farm booth had a big selection of squash, gourds and homemade jams. With colder weather here-especially in the evenings, it's better cooking-weather. So it's time to start using more staples like fall-winter squashes, mushrooms and cold-weather crops such as turnips carrots, beets and beet greens. With this much cooler weather in the evenings, it's enjoyable being inside cooking! Then later followed by good sleeping-weather!

As we neared the other end of the park, we saw a few people enjoying some of the fresh bread and cookies available at the "Pure and Simple" booth. They also had an urn of fresh coffee available that people were enjoying.

The sun was starting to poke through the fog and we decided to call it a day. It had been a fun shopping trip and on our way home we still had to make a couple more stops.

Hope that you can join us next time!




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