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Farmers’ Market Finds

Perhaps one of my favorite things to do on the weekend is go to farmers’ market. Not only is it practical – I get my weekly produce shopping done – it’s relaxing. I love to grab a cup of coffee and stroll the aisles perusing the seasonal selections. For some reason, farmers’ markets make me feel connected to my community and that is a good feeling.

My favorite farmers’ market is, of course, the San Luis Obispo Thursday Night Farmers’ Market. Maybe I’m partial because San Luis Obispo was my home for over 10 years or because one of my clients happens to be the City of San Luis Obispo (tourism to be exact), but it’s a pretty incredible weekly market. Not only does it have fresh-from-the-farm produce, but local restaurants also set up shop and sell local favorite eats such as tri-tip sandos and corn on the cob. Did I mention their are mini-donuts straight from the fryer? Warm, sugary and delicious mini-donuts – perfect for when that coastal fog starts to roll in and you need something to warm you up. Aside from the food, there is also always entertainment from local musicians.

As you can probably imagine, leaving this market behind was painful. That said, I went in search of a new farmers’ market to fill the void. Luckily, my search didn’t take long. I found my new market in Danville on Saturday mornings. Open from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., the market is smaller than the one in San Luis Obispo and certainly doesn’t feature the entertainment that the SLO market did, however it is a unique, pleasant experience of its own.

The Danville market features produce vendors, a few local eatery booths and a coffee stand (yay!). Located in the heart of downtown Danville, you can easily pick up your groceries, a cup of coffee and stroll through town, too. This Saturday activity and quickly become a favorite of mine and my boyfriend’s – it’s like a little day-date for us.

Here is what I scored at this week’s market. Can’t wait for next week!

  • Dandelion greens
  • Kale
  • Arugula
  • Beets
  • Cherries
  • Apricots (and apricot jam!)

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