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Cool weather crops like Swiss Chard are beginning to make an appearance in the market.

Templeton Farmers Market Report September 6, 2008

The shift to Fall harvest crops has begun in earnest. - Lots of new seasonal produce is showing up now.

We arrived at our normal parking place just a few minutes after nine. Since we didn't make it to last week's market I was anxious to see what's new.

I headed straight away to Cody Farm's peach booth and was happy to see a lot of good-looking peaches, nectarines and figs. I asked how much longer they'd have good-tasting peaches etc. and learned they'll have them at least through September.

Many booths had wine grapes as well as table Concord grapes. San Miguel Hills Family Farm had some great-looking Cabernet Sauvignon grapes and vines for sale, as well as Fugi apples, and several varieties of Asian pears.

One big change in the last two weeks is the number of vendors with great-looking apples and grapes. For example, See Canyon Apples had six kinds of apples! The varieties that I saw were: Galas, Hawkeyes, Jonagolds, Honey Crisps, Macintosh and Empires.

Dragon Spring Farm from Cambria had great-looking squash. Their Yellow Sunburst, Zucchini , and Avocados were picture-perfect! They also had some nice-looking tomatoes and lemons.

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There are still plenty of Summer vegetables in the Market.
Speaking of tomatoes, the market price for tomatoes has really gone down to $1.50 to $2.00 a pound. Many of the vendors had several kinds of Heirloom tomatoes priced at $2.00 -$3.00. So for those out there that are canning or freezing, now is the best time to buy. Also if you're making sauces for canning or freezing, many of the vendors are selling their soft tomatoes (very-ripe) at a discount.

Jorge from Haussler Organic Orchard has some great-looking Barlett pears as well as some really unusual-looking heirloom tomatoes at $2.00 a pound.

Just down from Haussler Orchard was Big John's booth from Santa Maria. He had many good-looking vegetables in addition to his strawberries. Baby zucchini, several kinds of Swiss chard, root vegetables such as beets and carrots are just a few of the many kinds of vegetable that he had.

We saw an unusual-looking bunch of gold and red Swiss chard. I thought about a recipe that I had made a few years ago that really makes great use of the vegetable. With two contrasting colors, it would make a very pretty-looking peasant vegetable sauce for some unusual pasta that I had at home. I bought it and we were on our way.

Even though the temperature is going to be near one hundred today, there's no denying the fact that Fall is upon us. Though I'm sad to see summer gone, I'm looking forward to making some of my cooler-weather recipes that I haven't had for a while and to take advantage of all the new things in the Market to showcase them. I hope that you can too!

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A tip from Sue!

Shake That Can!

When selecting a can of vegetables, fruit or stew-like contents, while holding the can in your hand and carefully rotating it back and forth, you can tell just HOW MUCH volume is made up of actual solids versus liquid (i.e buying a can of canned whole tomatoes in their juices). The less slippage back and forth, the higher the solid food-content versus liquid and a better bargain for the price!