Tuesday, June 14, 2011

I ♥ the Farmer's Market - South Bay Edition

This past weekend I went to San Jose to attend to some business and visit my mama.  Before I left Sac, she made it absolutely clear that I had to bring my camera - or else.  Knowing there had to be a good reason for such an ominous sounding request, I obediently did as I was asked.  You just don't mess with mom.

When I realized this was all because she was taking me to ogle fresh local produce at the farmer's market on Santana Row, I did a small happy dance on the inside.  I am, after all, pretty much obsessed with photographing fresh produce anytime I'm at a farmer's market, so having a new market to visit and photograph was definitely a treat.  My mom assured me that even though the market was on the small side compared to the one I frequent, the produce was every bit as gorgeous.

As usual, she was right...











I can't tell you how happy it made me to see the following signs near every stand in the market.  The Santana Row market is one of the few in Northern California that accepts EBT cards for purchasing fruits & veggies, and the extra discounts they offer for certain populations makes enjoying fresh, nutritious foods easier for those on fixed incomes...

A growing trend at certain farmer's markets around the nation. Hopefully there will come a day when all markets will accept EBT cards from those on SNAP assistance.

Love. This. We need this in Sacramento!

But there was more to the farmer's market at Santana Row than scrumptious produce and great deals.  From piping hot kettle corn to homemade baked goods, there was a little something for everyone to enjoy...

Love the variety of colors, especially the light blue ones!

Cutest Employee of the Month EVER.

Ahhh, at last I have found the Bolani stand!

Mmmm... spinach bolani...

Some of Bolani's incredible cheeses & spreads.  That jalapeño jelly is phenomenal!

Fun display outside one of the many restaurants surrounding the market






And then there were all those orchids...









It was a wonderful morning at the market, and even though I may not be able to go very often, I'm definitely looking forward to my next trip to the market on Santana Row.  I wasn't able to take too much home with me, but I did score some Bolani, that jalapeño jelly, and some of those gorgeous strawberries & raspberries from the Calvillo Brothers stand.  Be sure to stay tuned for a new recipe featuring those luscious berries later this week! :)

5 comments:

  1. Beautiful! Wish it was that pretty at the Country Club Plaza Mall.

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  2. When it comes to QUALITY is almost impossible to top this market, I have been to several Farmers Markets where some products are a little wilted I don't know how they do it but when I see this kind of FRESHNESS I get something from every stand, it makes your brain go full force.LOVE the pictures and the EMPLOYEE of the month is very good looking!!!!!.

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  3. That farmer's market looks amazing! What a great find. I love a great variety of fresh produce.

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  4. Wow such gorgeous produce. I'm envious. Here it still has not warmed up and the only fresh stuff is green. It's good but....I'm longing for some summer. Glad to see recognition for the employee of the month.

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  5. Oh man oh MAN do I love the Bolani guys!!! I've also made some great shrimp dishes with that jalapeno jelly--it goes quite nicely with lots of different things!

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