“Coto Voice” – Food Finds – March 2011 Issue
I must admit, living here in the foothills of a remote area of Southern California has its benefits. Our beloved Rancho Santa Margarita just started a Farmers Market in the Lowe’s shopping center parking lot on Fridays from 1:00-6:00. Local growers of various fruits and vegetables are there along with plants and flowers from Laguna Hills Nursery.
There are also local restaurants who are selling their best items. For example, San Giovanni’s Restaurant (in Dove Canyon; 949-589-1900), is selling their famous, home-made sausage, as well as individually-packed frozen Italian meals – great to serve for dinner Friday night, or pack up to work on Monday!
In addition, there are a variety of other vendors, to which the city is putting limits on. It is a “farmers” market, not a “flea” market, so maybe that is best.
From these vendors, I’ve made amazing fresh guacamole and salads, the juiciest lemonade from Meyer lemons, and have started drought-tolerant, succulent gardens in my yard. Friday, I plan on getting some fresh herbs and nuts and to be further inspired to prepare healthy, tasty, organic meals for my family and friends (see Recipes in www.dinendesign.wordpress.com).
The weather, since they started in December, has been so chilly, so I say to the vendors, “Be patient and dress warmly.” I say to our readers, “Grab a jacket and go visit and support them this Friday!”
If you would like to participate in the Rancho Santa Margarita Farmers Market, please contact Verge at 949-648-1033.
See you Friday!
Q: When is it again?
A: F-R-I-D-A-Y-S !!!!