The Paso Robles Tuesday Farmers Market is very convenient if I miss the Saturday market in Templeton or if I run out of something. This week I forgot to get oranges in Templeton, and since I was in Paso Robles, I thought I’d try to find some, even though normally there are very few produce vendors there. I got lucky, and bought some of these very sweet navel oranges. Then I did some more looking around and decided to interview some of the craft vendors about their products.
Let’s take a brief look around at some of the food vendors as we listen to Brad play the guitar. Then we will interview Carol Lopez of Handcrafted Accents. She was displaying some beautiful knitted and crocheted hats and scarves that are just right for cold winter weather. As you can tell, the interviews I had with the vendors this evening were very spontaneous, and they were caught a bit off-guard, but they graciously consented to the interviews anyway. Actually, it’s more appealing when they are themselves and unrehearsed. I have broken these interviews into several shorter videos so you can watch one at a time.
Next we will meet Heather Warren of Gardenesque. She has a booth full of beautiful handmade soaps. She was a lot of fun to talk to and even cut a phone call short to give me this interview. As we talk, you can hear Brad playing his guitar in the background. I really appreciate it, since most days I’ve come to this market it’s lacked the more festive atmosphere that musicians who play for tips usually add to the Saturday market in Templeton.
Our last visit is with Bridget Parker, who mans her very colorful Last Chance Salsa booth. The name of her company invites questions, but I learned it’s named for the Last Chance Ranch,which is a cattle ranch. She started by making salsa for the cowboys at the ranch. You will have many chances to buy her jellies and salsas at San Luis Obispo County farmers markets. Now let’s talk to her to learn more.
As we prepare to leave, we’ll stop to meet Brad for a minute and at least learn his last name, which I did not attempt to try and spell. I didn’t want to interrupt his music because I was enjoying it so much. After we meet him, we’ll get a brief glimpse of a few other booths as we walk away. I spent longer here than I had planned to when I stopped to buy a few oranges to tide me over until Saturday’s market in Templeton.
Added Later: As I viewed another You Tube Video on the Paso Robles Farmers Market contributed by Danny Hill, I was surprised to see how many more vendors were at that market. I can only conclude it was a Saturday market in one of the warmer months. It was uploaded in September, which normally is quite warm. I saw a much larger than usual Saturday Paso Robles Market the Day of the Paso RoblesLavender Festival in 2010. It appeared more produce vendors than usual came because the crowd was expected to be bigger.