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Basil and Sun Dried Tomato Tortellini Pasta Salad

Posted Jan 01 2010 12:00am

The Saint Augustine Farmers market is a mix of fresh fruits and vegetables, seafood, baked goods, artists, music and prepared foods. This past rainy Saturday was a bit sparse on the vendor side, however, my favorite organic farmer was there (see below right) and the ladies I discovered at my last trip were there.

Their motto is "Fresh. Local. Sustainable".I was very excited to see them here again. After glancing at the board I knew what I wanted right away. Minorcan Clam Chowder and the Portobello, Apple and Brie Panini.

We ate in the car on the way to the outlet mall and the first thing I tried was the chowder. I knew it would be amazing right when I took the lid off the bowl. Big chunks of tender potato, clam, tomato, celery, carrots and other veggies in a tomatoey broth base.

I also enjoyed the mixture of flavors in the panini. It had sweet apple, meaty Portobello, creamy brie and some tangy Dijon mustard. I, personally, would have chosen a multi, whole grain bread but for now the splurge was worth it. Great job ladies. I will definitely be back!

I love Florida for its fresh citrus and on the way out there were even a variety of trees for sale. My dad debated for a while on the grapefruit but we decided to check again next time.

When I returned home with my bounty I had to step back and admire my refrigerator and then break out the camera to show off. I am so thankful that we live in a place to have such a variety of fresh and local produce all year round.

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