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Spring seems to have sprung from what I can gather, atleast in parts of the northern hemisphere so hopefully it won't be long before we start to see some of the beautiful produce again. 

My haul from a farmers market in the big town this morning. 

Kg of Zucs, 3 green capsicum (sorry folks), birds eye chillis, kale, spring onion, kg of chat pots, peeled chinese garlic cloves, 1/2 watermelon and the best bit 4 (4!) Beautiful caulis weighing well over a kilo each. Can't wait for the season. 

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I skipped the Thursday market closest to me so I went to the Camarillo Farmers market this AM and managed to control myself with this fairly modest haul:

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Clockwise from the very large celery (I had to provide scale for that one:D) :  English peas, fava beans, lemons, grapefruit, parsley and eggs

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1 hour ago, blue_dolphin said:

I skipped the Thursday market closest to me so I went to the Camarillo Farmers market this AM and managed to control myself with this fairly modest haul:

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Clockwise from the very large celery (I had to provide scale for that one:D) :  English peas, fava beans, lemons, grapefruit, parsley and eggs

 

I thought grapefruit?  At a farmers market?  But then I remembered where you were.

 

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Obviously, some people around these parts planted long before I did. Today's market yielded:

 

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Yellow crookneck squash, asparagus, new potatoes, strawberries, cucumbers, zucchini, scallions, snow peas and, thank you, Jesus, the Amish greenhouse tomatoes were ready! There will be BLTs this week, yes, there will. Oh, and cinnamon rolls (also from the Amish community).

 

I am seriously contemplating getting up and sauteeing some of that yellow squash in butter with onions Right Now. And having that and sliced tomatoes for dinner.

 

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Stopped briefly at farmers market this morning. A plethora of greens and really good cherries. I got white nectarines, apricots, cherries, lacinto kale, red amaranth, fresh sweet onions with tops, young zuke, tiny super juicy Persian cukes, and a few teeny brussels sprouts. 

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Here's my haul from the market this morning:

 

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New potatoes, eggplant, blueberries, blackberries, romaine, onions, zucchini, yellow squash, peaches, Carolina gold tomatoes, Arkansas Travelers tomatoes. I'll have all this in my garden, except the eggplants and fruit and potatoes, by next weekend, but nothing yet. Lots of green tomatoes on the vines. Beans are looking nice. Grass crop is looking quite healthy.

 

June and July are prime market months. We'll start getting sweet corn around the end of June. I've found a local grower who is growing Silver Queen, and already reserved 120 ears to cut off and freeze.

 

My two rows of Kentucky Wonders are looking pretty good, albeit fighting with the grass. Got to get out this week and stick them. Maybe Monday morning.

 

 

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Missed last week, but here's today's haul:

 

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Green beans, tomatoes, blackberries peaches, onions.

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And purple billed peas and cinnamon rolls. Yes, there is a cinnamon roll missing. I'll own that one.

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Managed to get a few minutes at the farmer's market yesterday. Pretty disappointing if you wanted vegetables but that's not unusual here this early in the season. Two of my favorite vendors were there though, the lady from the elk farm and the guy from the beef and pork farm. So I grabbed a few things from each of them plus the lady from the elk farm always brings a selection from the semi-local cheese maker so I grabbed some of that too. The bread lady was there so I grabbed a couple things from her as well. So meat, cheese and bread... at least the important stuff was covered. :D The wood  fired oven pizza guy was there too but the line was longer than I had time for so I had to skip that. I bought a small package of beef and cranberry summer sausage at the beef and pork guy's booth, didn't want to invest too heavily because I was a bit skeptical. That was a mistake, I'll buy a larger amount of that next time I get the chance.

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We went to the WinterFeast farmers market in Bundaberg today. Excuse the poor photos. I am incredibly shy about taking them so they are all sneak shots 😁. It's an annual event in its third year. 

Lots of stalls from local producers, Cooking demonstrations, and plenty of food vendors and alot of bodies.

Demos.

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Haul - Honey roasted macadamias, chilli jerky, hopped apple cider, watermelon water and $3 for 5 Avos. 

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Jalepeno Cheese Pork Snags, Biltong, Beef Cheeks & Bratwurst. 

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Lil dudes Breakfast - Strawberry Lime & Salted Caramel Gelato. 

 

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And this poor dude. It may be winter. But its still 25c and humid. 

 

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16 hours ago, CantCookStillTry said:

We went to the WinterFeast farmers market in Bundaberg today. Excuse the poor photos. I am incredibly shy about taking them so they are all sneak shots 😁. It's an annual event in its third year. 

Lots of stalls from local producers, Cooking demonstrations, and plenty of food vendors and alot of bodies.

Demos.

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Haul - Honey roasted macadamias, chilli jerky, hopped apple cider, watermelon water and $3 for 5 Avos. 

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Jalepeno Cheese Pork Snags, Biltong, Beef Cheeks & Bratwurst. 

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Lil dudes Breakfast - Strawberry Lime & Salted Caramel Gelato. 

 

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And this poor dude. It may be winter. But its still 25c and humid. 

 

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Wait...isn't it supposed to be winter there??

 

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4 hours ago, JoNorvelleWalker said:

 

Wait...isn't it supposed to be winter there??

 

 

Oh it is. Deepest Darkest Mid Winter infact - Queensland just skips the bleak part. 

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1 hour ago, CantCookStillTry said:

 

Oh it is. Deepest Darkest Mid Winter infact - Queensland just skips the bleak part. 

 

*Sigh* I would really, really like to skip the bleak part of everything. I seem not very skillful at this, but I keep trying. :D

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1 hour ago, Thanks for the Crepes said:

 

*Sigh* I would really, really like to skip the bleak part of everything. I seem not very skillful at this, but I keep trying. :D

 

Oh I hear ya. 

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Was the avocado dude representing a particular avocado farm, do you think, or was he just the overall market rep, or just someone amusing himself?

 

I really like the looks of the fish that were there - I don't see that at our farmers' markets! The bee display is also fascinating. I've seen ant farms like that, but if I've seen live honeycomb operations behind glass it was a very...long...time...ago.

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1 hour ago, Smithy said:

 The bee display is also fascinating. I've seen ant farms like that, but if I've seen live honeycomb operations behind glass it was a very...long...time...ago.

I've seen several of them at similar venues over the past few years, since the colony collapse scare increased interest in beekeeping.

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Ha - my neighbor came over the other day and asked if I'd given permission for several hives to be placed by my stable which is across the road and down in the other canyon so not obvious.... really?!?  I'm all for urban bee keeping and had bees for years in the past - but hello - ask permission...

 

@ProfessionalHobbit  Damn - couldn't get to market today. So jealous. I know the one farm from Fresno would have had incredible 'maters. The bees in both chimney well that is a whole other story...


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There used to be a chain of restaurants called Stucky's along major  highways.  They  were usually in partnership with a Texaco gas station.

Every one of the Stucky's was known for having a bee hive behind glass inside the store.  It was a big drawing point, at least to our kids.

I was far more interested in the pecan candy they sold.

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I think the Becorked Avocado was linked to one of the stalls,  but I am struggling to remember which one, I think every produce stall had the soapy buggers though so perhaps he was more a mascot. 

Hobby Beekeeping is massive here, and honey is a premium product. There are all sorts of campaigns about getting behind the bees. Pretty sure I'm supposed to buy every Bee I come across a sugary drink, make it a sandwich and ask if it might not prefer I carry it back to its hive. The glass things seem to be standard, there was another one at the stingless bee honey stand. 

I wish I didn't have the embarassment factor and took a decent picture, the fish stall was 4 metres long, had whole fish, fillets, and the other end was liberally pilled with cooked prawns, crabs and bugs. It really was beautiful - and I don't even eat the stuff! I really didn't do it justice. There were some 41 produce stalls and about 20 food stands. Plus all the demos. Perhaps next year I'll make myself a badge that says 'Press' or something & carry a note pad. 😂

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At one point my late wife and I had accumulated over 2 dozen local, artisanal honeys and the differences between them were remarkable. Some are grassy, some are floral, some have distinct citrusy notes, some skew to caramel while others are more butterscotch, some are very light on the palate and others are heavy.

 

Our favorite was from a fellow vendor who only produced enough for her own family, with a few much-treasured jars going to a handful of friends. It had a remarkably long, lingering aftertaste, like a red wine with hints of dark berries in it. I still have about 1/4 cup left from the last jar we were given before my wife passed away. I've been rationing it carefully...I'm with someone else now, and very happy with my life, but in a way that's difficult to articulate this honey remains a living connection between us.

 

Back in our farmer's market days, we became legends among our fellow vendors for selling a tasting flight of honeys. Three small sample cups of honey, each containing about 1/2 tablespoon, packaged up with tasting notes, stir-sticks to scoop the honey, and a wedge of fresh-baked corn bread to cleanse the palate between tastes (or to eat with the honey, as you prefer). We charged $5 for that, and the other vendors were incredulous every time we sold out.

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I've been going to the same family farm stand at our local Farmer's Market for years to buy my wild huckleberries.  This is the first of the seasons harvest.  They ripened early due to our hot weather the past two weeks, but the family tells me they hope we'll see huckleberries into the first week of September.  The 83 year-old Grandfather of the family picks them in the mountains around Priest Lake in Northern Idaho, about a 90 minute drive from Spokane.  They are average size right now but possess they unmistakable tart yet sweet flavor and a perfume that I've never been able to describe very well.  $48 per gallon bag is a good price right now.  They typically sell for at least $50 per gallon and in the past 10 years I've seen them as high as $65 per gallon.  I've got some professional Chef friends in other states who would gladly pay well over $100 per gallon if they could find someone to ship them fresh huckleberries.  These were picked yesterday and only hold up in the fridge for about 3 days so they don't travel far distances very well.  But they do freeze well and hold their flavor.  Just not the flavor of a fresh wild huckleberry pie.....

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Local blueberries....kids walk around selling from cardboard boxes (our version of a farmers market).  Never seen them this big before.  We couldn't find any US coins for a proper size comparison so used a Bic pen cap.   

 

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I love your expanded definition of farmers markets :)

 

Wow those are whoppers!  I think it is a Bic crystal cap - my favorite must have pen - inmy purse, car, and all over the house...

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