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This Little Miss Piggy Went to Market in California…..Saturday and Sunday!!!

By Margo Davis

You know you have discovered Paradise when you have not one but TWO, abundant farmers’ markets in one town on each weekend in the warm season.  Downtown Palo Alto, CA has a charming Saturday market just behind the Post Office which takes me back directly (but without the flight) to a rural French outdoor market in say, Gordes or Menerbes or L’Isle-sur-la-Sorgue. Here, in our own California frontier are all the great artisan cheeses, German and French breads, a Greek fishmonger, a Thai crepe maker, a vital California native white -haired mushroom vendor and a myriad of other vegetable and fruit stands. And, there is even a charcuterie stand run by a veritable Frenchman and his wife. We have it all… with the ubiquitous sun and clear sky to boot.  What an instant immersion in a Proustian induced memory!

 As if that is not enough, Sundays arrive with yet another market that is an even larger one than Saturday’s… on a main street just south of downtown. This one is reminiscent of a market that you would find in a larger town like Arles or Avignon. The enticing aroma leads you in…just close your eyes and the rotisserie chickens and roasted porchetta seduce your senses before you start your journey down an unforgettable lane of culinary delights:  Santa Cruz Pasta Factory, Zuckerman’s Farm fresh potatoes from the Sacramento Delta, Gleim’s Organic Eggs, Lone Oak Ranch’s peaches and berries from Reedley, CA, and Kashiwase Farms of the Central Valley. Every kind of bread and baked goodies, artisan chocolate, honey, cheese, granola, Oaxacan tortillas, falafals, Afghanistan Burani with sauces made of yogurt and mint, spring garlic and sweet onions, rich red strawberries.  The lettuces abound; the beets, the leeks, the chard, the cauliflower and broccoli overflow the stands.  Paradise is this kind of cornucopia.

A light summer meal made entirely from the ingredients from these two markets:

Sliced Beets with a dollop of blue cheese and walnut; cauliflower roasted in olive oil and dressed with sautéed golden raisins, onions and curry; shiitake and tree oyster mushrooms sautéed with spring onions and a touch of white wine….and then all of this arranged in small scoops around a green salad….all room temperature.  A cool Ridge Chardonnay to accompany!!   A Brillat Savarin triple cream cheese on small crackers for dessert.  A Perfect sunset with that fresh cooling air among the pines and eucalyptus of  northern California.

 Margo Davis is a photographer, friend, wife, mother, and grandmother who loves the world of food and enjoys it on both coasts, as well as in her many travels to France.

Posted: 8-20-2012

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By Margo Davis

You know you have discovered Paradise when you have not one but TWO, abundant farmers’ markets in one town on each weekend in the warm season.  Downtown Palo Alto, CA has a charming Saturday market just behind the Post Office which takes me back directly (but without the flight) to a rural French outdoor market in say, Gordes or Menerbes or L’Isle-sur-la-Sorgue. Here, in our own California frontier are all the great artisan cheeses, German and French breads, a Greek fishmonger, a Thai crepe maker, a vital California native white -haired mushroom vendor and a myriad of other vegetable and fruit stands. And, there is even a charcuterie stand run by a veritable Frenchman and his wife. We have it all… with the ubiquitous sun and clear sky to boot.  What an instant immersion in a Proustian induced memory!

 As if that is not enough, Sundays arrive with yet another market that is an even larger one than Saturday’s… on a main street just south of downtown. This one is reminiscent of a market that you would find in a larger town like Arles or Avignon. The enticing aroma leads you in…just close your eyes and the rotisserie chickens and roasted porchetta seduce your senses before you start your journey down an unforgettable lane of culinary delights:  Santa Cruz Pasta Factory, Zuckerman’s Farm fresh potatoes from the Sacramento Delta, Gleim’s Organic Eggs, Lone Oak Ranch’s peaches and berries from Reedley, CA, and Kashiwase Farms of the Central Valley. Every kind of bread and baked goodies, artisan chocolate, honey, cheese, granola, Oaxacan tortillas, falafals, Afghanistan Burani with sauces made of yogurt and mint, spring garlic and sweet onions, rich red strawberries.  The lettuces abound; the beets, the leeks, the chard, the cauliflower and broccoli overflow the stands.  Paradise is this kind of cornucopia.

A light summer meal made entirely from the ingredients from these two markets:

Sliced Beets with a dollop of blue cheese and walnut; cauliflower roasted in olive oil and dressed with sautéed golden raisins, onions and curry; shiitake and tree oyster mushrooms sautéed with spring onions and a touch of white wine....and then all of this arranged in small scoops around a green salad….all room temperature.  A cool Ridge Chardonnay to accompany!!   A Brillat Savarin triple cream cheese on small crackers for dessert.  A Perfect sunset with that fresh cooling air among the pines and eucalyptus of  northern California.

 Margo Davis is a photographer, friend, wife, mother, and grandmother who loves the world of food and enjoys it on both coasts, as well as in her many travels to France.

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By Margo Davis

You know you have discovered Paradise when you have not one but TWO, abundant farmers’ markets in one town on each weekend in the warm season.  Downtown Palo Alto, CA has a charming Saturday market just behind the Post Office which takes me back directly (but without the flight) to a rural French outdoor market in say, Gordes or Menerbes or L’Isle-sur-la-Sorgue. Here, in our own California frontier are all the great artisan cheeses, German and French breads, a Greek fishmonger, a Thai crepe maker, a vital California native white -haired mushroom vendor and a myriad of other vegetable and fruit stands. And, there is even a charcuterie stand run by a veritable Frenchman and his wife. We have it all… with the ubiquitous sun and clear sky to boot.  What an instant immersion in a Proustian induced memory!

 As if that is not enough, Sundays arrive with yet another market that is an even larger one than Saturday’s… on a main street just south of downtown. This one is reminiscent of a market that you would find in a larger town like Arles or Avignon. The enticing aroma leads you in…just close your eyes and the rotisserie chickens and roasted porchetta seduce your senses before you start your journey down an unforgettable lane of culinary delights:  Santa Cruz Pasta Factory, Zuckerman’s Farm fresh potatoes from the Sacramento Delta, Gleim’s Organic Eggs, Lone Oak Ranch’s peaches and berries from Reedley, CA, and Kashiwase Farms of the Central Valley. Every kind of bread and baked goodies, artisan chocolate, honey, cheese, granola, Oaxacan tortillas, falafals, Afghanistan Burani with sauces made of yogurt and mint, spring garlic and sweet onions, rich red strawberries.  The lettuces abound; the beets, the leeks, the chard, the cauliflower and broccoli overflow the stands.  Paradise is this kind of cornucopia.

A light summer meal made entirely from the ingredients from these two markets:

Sliced Beets with a dollop of blue cheese and walnut; cauliflower roasted in olive oil and dressed with sautéed golden raisins, onions and curry; shiitake and tree oyster mushrooms sautéed with spring onions and a touch of white wine....and then all of this arranged in small scoops around a green salad….all room temperature.  A cool Ridge Chardonnay to accompany!!   A Brillat Savarin triple cream cheese on small crackers for dessert.  A Perfect sunset with that fresh cooling air among the pines and eucalyptus of  northern California.

 Margo Davis is a photographer, friend, wife, mother, and grandmother who loves the world of food and enjoys it on both coasts, as well as in her many travels to France.

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By Margo Davis

You know you have discovered Paradise when you have not one but TWO, abundant farmers’ markets in one town on each weekend in the warm season.  Downtown Palo Alto, CA has a charming Saturday market just behind the Post Office which takes me back directly (but without the flight) to a rural French outdoor market in say, Gordes or Menerbes or L’Isle-sur-la-Sorgue. Here, in our own California frontier are all the great artisan cheeses, German and French breads, a Greek fishmonger, a Thai crepe maker, a vital California native white -haired mushroom vendor and a myriad of other vegetable and fruit stands. And, there is even a charcuterie stand run by a veritable Frenchman and his wife. We have it all… with the ubiquitous sun and clear sky to boot.  What an instant immersion in a Proustian induced memory!

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A light summer meal made entirely from the ingredients from these two markets:

Sliced Beets with a dollop of blue cheese and walnut; cauliflower roasted in olive oil and dressed with sautéed golden raisins, onions and curry; shiitake and tree oyster mushrooms sautéed with spring onions and a touch of white wine....and then all of this arranged in small scoops around a green salad….all room temperature.  A cool Ridge Chardonnay to accompany!!   A Brillat Savarin triple cream cheese on small crackers for dessert.  A Perfect sunset with that fresh cooling air among the pines and eucalyptus of  northern California.

 Margo Davis is a photographer, friend, wife, mother, and grandmother who loves the world of food and enjoys it on both coasts, as well as in her many travels to France.

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      The section of my blog called Spoonfed Stories is for anyone interested in writing about an experience they’ve had with food. It could be a new recipe, a food memory, a new food experience while traveling, a fun dinner party you gave, anything that inspires you to write about food! Submit it by writing to me at bronwyn@inthekitchenwithbronwyn.com. thanks!

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    I’m not sure what you mean, Tim, by “copyright free” content. If you are writing about your own experiences, of course there’s no concern about copyright, and if you have permission from others, you can use material you haven’t authored. Hope that helps!

  14. Bronwyn says:

    In addition to my comments above: All the stories in the Spoon Fed section of my blog are written by friends who love food as much as I do, and who I’ve asked, or have volunteered, to write for the blog. I’m indebted to them all for their, wisdom, humor and ability to write about what they love!

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