Eileen and I love to visit the Lakes Park Farmer’s Market. It is a busy place every Friday, and there are a wide variety of vendors in addition to live music, food stands and New Orleans coffee. Everyone is friendly, so it’s a good time. Every time we go, we plan to report on one or two special features.
You get there by taking Gladiolus Drive until you see the Park on the left, just before you reach Rt. 41. It starts at 9:00 a.m. and it gets crowded fast, so try to get there between 8:30 and 9:00. If you go earlier, you will find the vendors still setting up. There is plenty of parking. It closes at 1:00 p.m.
Today we discovered “Once Upon a Bean.” Tracey and Bill Peck are the chocolatiers from Naples, Florida. If you love quality chocolate, this is the place. We bought a beautifully packaged half-pound box of chocolates made with 70% cocoa (dark), Mission figs and lemon peel. It is a lush treat that is worth the $16.00 I paid. The chocolate is broken into small pieces, so you can stretch it out awhile if you can restrain yourself.
We also got fresh mozzarella made that morning at “Pete’s Cheese” and a beautiful piece of fresh Golden Tilefish caught 150 feet down. Eileen made the fish by sautéing it in olive oil, margarine, pepper and paprika. After it was browned, she put it in the oven at 400 degrees for 10 minutes. While that was finishing, she used the same pan to make the sauce, adding minced shallots, minced garlic, capers, 1/2 lemon juice , white wine and some more olive oil and margarine. It was incredibly delicious. The fish was white and firm, like sea bass. We had it with green beans and corn-on-the-cob purchased at the market. Eileen also got some ready-to-eat avocados. The butcher there had rib eye steaks on sale for $8.99 per pound (choice, bone-in.)