I was excited all morning for my lunch plans. I LOVE going to Farmer’s Markets (in case you hadn’t noticed) and today I was also including a trip to the Oxfbow Public Market too. I have to admit that I have it pretty good being about to head out to the Napa Valley Farmer’s Market each week in Wine Country.
Every time I see this sign, it makes me want to follow the arrow to the Napa Wine Train 😀 instead of heading to the Farmer’s Market.
This year they switched the layout since Copia (Julia Child’s place) closed down. Now all the vendors line up in a parking lot to sell their loot. I LOVE all the colors and different things you can find when you are in Napa ~ it isn’t just all about the fruits and veggies. At the very end of the market they have a place you can get coffee, sit and chat with your favorite bakery pastry.
Only in Napa will you find a “Peace Table” at the market – LOVE it!
And you can also buy homemade dog treats.
I LOVE the herb lady ~ her plants and flowers always look so amazing that they make me want to buy something every time I go.
One of my favorite things about this market is all the different colored vegetables you can find. Purple peppers and purple green beans are two of my favorites.
Colors ~ these are the tomatoes you always see me buy ~ they are so sweet!
I usually stroll back and forth a few times to make sure I didn’t miss anything. Today’s trip was pretty much just about picking up some HUMMUS, lunch and veggies.
My next stop was the Oxbow Public Market. It’s a pretty cool place that has really unique vendors. There are of course several places to eat, but, also fun stores where you can buy spices by the scoop, a butcher to pick your meat cuts, wine, cheese, teas & coffees, baked goods as well as a gourmet fruit/vegetable stand. A lot of the stuff is pretty expensive (it’s Napa!), but, it’s fun to check out.
I really wanted to try the Three Twins Organic Ice Cream today ~ It was the Madagascar vanilla ice cream that was calling my name. But, I was good and totally resisted. The story of this place is pretty cool and it’s the only place in the world that I know you can pay for a $85,000 ice cream Sundae on top of a Glacier in South Africa.
I’ve never eaten Venezuelan Food, but, this Pica, Pica place intrigued me. I may have to go back and try it ~ doesn’t their menu look interesting? LOVE the vegetarian options too!
The Fruit Stand ~ My Spin Class instructor works here. I was so glad I could tell her I worked out this morning and that was why I wasn’t working out at lunch 😀
Here are my Farmer’s Market Finds this week. I made sure to pick up some Cinnamon Swirl bread to put in the freezer for the next time The Husband asks for Double Cinnamon French Toast. I was only planning on getting 1 loaf but she said I could have the 2nd half off. So, I picked it up and gave it to my co-worker to share 🙂
Spicy Hummus with Harissa from The Hummjus guy ~ this is my NEWEST favorite flavor – it has a great kick!
I saw a girl buying a bunch of these sweet peppers at the market and I had to ask her why. She said that they were amazing cooked up in a little olive oil and sea salt. I bought a few to try out along with a bunch of colorful peppers.
Can you all guess what this is?! I’ve never seen it before and when I read the sign I knew I had to try it. It’s Thai Eggplant ~ It looks so cool!
Summer Squash plus yellow & green zucchini.
One of my co-workers raves about the tamales that they sell at the market. I look at them every week but never buy them. Today, I decided it was time to give them a go. I picked up a pack of Vegetarian Tamales and some fresh Morita (not sure what that means) salsa.
I LOVE the roasted look of the salsa. She said it was medium spice ~ um ya, I am a wimp I guess because it’s H-O-T spicy to me. The flavor is amazing though ~ like a spicy version of Chevy’s roasted salsa ~ YUM!
For lunch I had 1 Vegetable tamale. I wasn’t sure what the nutritionals were on it (other than the ingredients) so I kept it to one. I could have easily eaten two though.
Topped with that “medium” Salsa Morita! So good. The corn masa has so much flavor mixed in ~ you can taste garlic along with some chili powder, cumin, salt and pepper.
Along with my veggie tamale I had 2 cups of watermelon/cantaloupe
and FIZZY Water!
Dessert was a small break of the Trader Joe’s 72% Cacao Dark Chocolate she left for me!
I was a really nice co-worker today and brought in a batch of my Nectarine Raspberry Sorbet to share with my co-workers to thank them for voting for me in the recipe contest. I am a little late saying thanks, but, I don’t think they minded at all :) Everyone devoured it, but, I saved room for THIS as my afternoon snack.
A slice of a Rocky Road apple (my co-worker shared again!) and a pluot.
OMG ~ This apple rocked! Caramel plus white & milk chocolate plus walnuts plus marshmallows – um, ya, I was pretty much speechless after eating this.
I think I realized I need to have some sort of protein with my lunch since I was hungry all afternoon. For my drive home, I grabbed a small handful of the Annie’s Organic Cheddar Bunny Snack Mix. OMG ~ This flavor is awesome. I LOVE the original but the cheddar flavor is light and has just the right balance of cheesiness.
Wow ~ that was a LONG post! I didn’t plan on it being and I even cut out pictures. I just wanted to share a little bit of my farmer’s market fun with you all! Kudos to you all if you are still reading 😀
See you all for dinner!