Farmers’ markets in Tahoe burst with color, community and the best produce of the season. For locals, heading to the market is a place in which to bump into friends and colleagues on the hunt for a quick lunch or sumptuous dinner.
Salsa Mama’s Katherine Gonzalez at the Truckee Farmers’ Market.
Let’s start with berries. The best blackberries and blueberries of the season can be had at the farmers’ markets.
“Shaggy,” a tall, dreadlocked guy, selling berries at Truckee’s Sunday market joked he was a starving college student. He stood behind the array of berries, offering samples. The blackberries were sweet, firm and delicious; they lasted in the fridge for more than a week.
“I remember picking tomato’s from my grandfather’s garden.
He’d pull out the salt shaker and we ate them like apples.
That’s exactly what I did when I got home
with my bounty of tomatoes.”
Corey Dehorn was making his rounds when we bumped into each other at the Therapeutic Chef’s stand. The fabulous healing bone broths were there and also a new product: an anti-inflammatory turmeric and local honey mixture.
Dehorn’s hands were filled with numerous packages of smoked salmon from the Little Fish Company. He said it was the best salmon around.
Lobo Baking, which is only at the Sunday market, has the best bread in Tahoe, I think. Make sure to arrive early because it sells out every week. I tried two of Lobo Baking’s pastries: a berry galette and a savory goat cheese and sun-dried tomato galette. Both were excellent and the flaky pastry was mouth-watering.
Bountiful, fresh, juicy and delicious fruits make a mean fruit cobbler.
Nash’s Natural Brewing Company sells organic small-batch Kombucha is also only at the Truckee Community Farmers’ Market on Sunday, a collaboration between Slow Food Lake Tahoe and Sierra Valley Farm. There are also sheepskin, wine and fresh produce vendors.
On Tuesday in Truckee’s Regional Park, Dedrick’s Cheese had a fabulous selection. I tasted a number of samples and purchased a Cypress Grove Truffle Tremor with shaved black truffle goat milk cheese and a Caseificio dell’Alta Langa from Italy — both were delicious. The Caseificio dell’Alta Langa was excellent, creamy and unique.
I sampled Indian food at the Tuesday market — the Chicken Tikka Masala and Channa Masala. Local yoga instructor Nikki Dean is all about the samosas. She loves them.
Gary Romano of Sierra Valley Farms has a stand at the markets in Truckee and Tahoe City and hosts a Friday market at his farm in Beckwourth from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. He has some of the freshest greens and produce. I made a salad with his mixed greens and local Little Roots Farms’s micro greens and edible flowers. I dressed it with a light Dijon honey dressing. So good. As was Salsa Mama with blueberry and raspberry salsas.
Enjoy the goodies at one of our local farmers’ markets.
Tomatoes come in all shapes, sizes and colors. On the East Coast where I grew up, I remember picking tomato’s from my grandfather’s garden. He’d pull out the salt shaker and we ate them like apples. That’s exactly what I did when I got home with my bounty of tomatoes. I purchased 10 pounds of discount tomatoes from one of the stands and cooked up some of the best heirloom marinara sauce I’ve ever made.
Summer is also a great time for fried-green tomatoes. You can bake them for a healthier version, too.
Peaches, nectarines and pluots are also bountiful, fresh, juicy and delicious — and they make a mean fruit cobbler.
Perusing the Tahoe City farmers’ market is delightful because it is nestled on Lake Tahoe: you can’t beat the view.
The Eldorado Farmer’s Market in South Lake Tahoe remains open through Oct. 11 in the parking lot of the American Legion. Look for farmed-raised, grass-fed meats and a number of other unique artisan products, including honey, chocolate, hand-made clothing, specialty oils and fresh-baked cookies.
Priya Hutner is a writer, health and wellness consultant, and natural foods chef. Her business, The Seasoned Sage, focuses on wellness, conscious eating and healthy living. She offers healthy organic meals for her clients. She may be reached at [email protected] or visit theseasonedsage.com. Visit TheTahoeWeekly.com to read more.
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