Saturday of the 4-Day Trip to Paso Robles in search of good red wine for our tin cup chalices,,,,,starts the same way every saturday that we can be in Paso Robles,,,,,a can’t miss event, no matter what: Templeton Farmers Market. I am partial, but I have to say I think this is one of the best farmers markets I’ve ever been to and my wife agrees. Selling everything from produce to fresh juice to farm to market cheese and olive oil, this market has just about everything. What a treat,,,early morning in a place that’s cool and clean (the big central park in Templeton), with friendly, healthy people looking for their weekly or daily foodstuffs. Just the memory of two weeks ago brings back a smile, as I remember the wafting smell of the fresh brewed coffee from one stand intermingling with the bakers truck next to it,,,,while just down from there the tamale stand was in full operation with breakfast tamales and fresh tortilla’s. Turning around the other way, I pass the sausage maker selling the Alle-Pia brand and another stand just there selling giant cookies. Next comes the endless fruit and fresh veggie stands, with everything fresh. I stopped and bought a bottle of fresh pressed hand-made ultra virgin olive oil and my wife found her favorite giant tomatoes that go so well with her Buffalo mozzarella and fresh basil. Mix that with a very fresh piece of bread we bought at the farmers market and it’s an instant picnic. Too bad the fresh cheese maker wasn’t there; the cheese is good, but one time he suckered us into buying an entire 1/4 wheel, which was impossible to completely eat. Hate to waste cheese, but some of it went bad,,,sorry. Favorite thing about this particular farmers market,,,,,most if not ALL the stands allow you to try before you buy, whether it’s cheese, olive oil, sausage, fruit, bread or veggies,,,,that’s awesome. After an hour browsing stands, it was time to pull the children away from the nice lady in the grass selling puppies and move on to our last day of wine tasting. We were heading for wine tasting when my wife mentioned how much she missed a particular kind of salt we found up in the area last time,,,,a cinnamon salt mix that’s so very good with fresh french toast,,,that happens to be at one of my favorite places to buy fresh olive oil, Olivas de Oro Olive Company. So, we diverted to Creston in search of the salt. On getting there, we found it, but we also found a quiet perfection of a place with 110 acres of 100-year old olive trees and a friendly staff that allowed the girls to go run the property in search of sheep dogs and allowed us to taste the 40 different kinds of olive oil till we were ready. Of course, we left with several different kinds, and directions to wine tasting.
Sunday was drive home day. After 6 hours of driving through the desert on a horse with no name, it was time to come back home. We shifted the entire contents of the back of the car into the children’s laps to make room to pick up the Great Dane from the kennel,,,,and back to reality we came.