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Lots of new Fall produce to select from at Templeton Farmers Market

Farmers Market Report November 7, 2009

After a few weeks absence from my bimonthly Farmers Market Reports due to an injury, I returned to my favorite haunt at the Templeton Farmers Market and wasn't disappointed by by all the great finds!

We arrived at the Templeton Farmers Market about nine thirty and quickly set off on an energetic and happy stroll prowling for good finds.

©2009 The Romantic Table, Gary Billington holds FRESH (undried) Barhi dates. 2009-11-07 17:13:31:216
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Gary Billington holds FRESH (undried) Barhi dates.
Our first stop was at Gary Billington's Sunrise Desert Tropical booth where we saw that he had FRESH (undried) Barhi dates! Barhis are our favorites and tasting some fresh was a real treat! They're like a good date with lots of crunch (and less calories!) We bought a half pound of those as well as a pound of the dried Barhis. All of Gary's dates run about six to seven dollars a pound-and you get quite a few dates for the money.

We continued on and saw that "Big John's" from Santa Maria had some great-looking Purple Haze Carrots, great-looking golden and red beets, gorgeous Swiss Chard!

Just down from there, See's Canyon Apples was doing a brisk business selling several varieties of apples-all for $2.00 per pound.

Several booths had many kinds of squash. Mike Broadhurst and his wife Carol at their Dragon Spring Farm booth had several kinds of squash, including spaghetti squash and said even more squash is coming in! He also had vine-ripened tomatoes, though nearing the end of the season. He also has several kinds of their summer's best farm-grown fruit that's been made into preserves-their own recipe. We bought a large spaghetti squash for dinner later this week with Duck Ragu.

Just down the way, we stopped at a booth from Asteca (Kingsburg California area). They had some delicious looking Persimmons. We haven't had a persimmon salad Winter Spinach Salad with Persimmons and Sesame Seeds in almost a year, so we bought some for $1.50 per pound and we'll have one tonight!

Walking past Cody Farms from Hanford, CA, we spied some great-looking fresh Pecans for $ 8.00 per pound. We tried a sample and they tasted so much fresher than store-bought! We bought a pound and plan to use these in upcoming dessert recipes.

Reaching the far end of the market, we stopped at Olde Port Fisheries booth where Chris, their salesman, sold us two pounds of fresh Wild King Salmon for tonight's dinner. It looked great!

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John Pierszalowski and his wife Barbara owners of "Kiak Seafoods"
Speaking of salmon, on the way back to our car we stopped at a new vendor --Kiak Seafoods based locally out of Cambria. Part of the year, owners John Pierszalowski and his wife Barbara are Wild Alaskan Coho Fishermen and do their fishing off Kodiak Island, Alaska during the months May through August. They have their catch commercially processed in Alaska, selling most of their catch to the canneries up in Alaska. However, at the end of the season, they save a special portion of their catch for farmer's market sales. It is flash frozen with in hours of catching, and reserved for us locally. They sell their product at five Farmers Markets. (Templeton, SLO, Cambria, Morro Bay and Baywood Park.)

All their salmon is filleted into approximately three-quarter pound pieces and sell for $11.99 per pound. --A really good price! We can't wait to try some! They're really nice people --and it looks like they have great quality salmon fillets! Another local source for some high quality seafood at a great price! The Central Coast just gets better and better with more great choices for our menus!

This has been quite a day! Though getting closer to winter than I'd care to admit, we've found some great new finds this week that will keep on "giving" for the next several weeks. The culinary future is bright! -At least for all the new options for cooks and gourmets alike.

Hope to see you there next time!





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