Add Farmers Market flavor and fun to meals at home

Foodies ─ from novices to veterans ─ have different High Desert Farmers Market experiences, ranging from having a cup of regular or ‘serviced’ coffee, tea or specialty water or juice before shopping or perhaps enjoying more of a meal with a breakfast bowl or sandwich , luxurious donuts with toppings and much more.

They buy favorite things to take with them to reheat later or something they will cook at home.

Even novice chefs know that preparing food involves more than finding the kitchen. Many vendors on the market can help budding top chefs in many ways.

From recipes or serving suggestions to herbs, spices or new types of desserts, vendors can take everyone’s meals to the next level.

Flavored gourmet herbs and salts

Salesman Lee Jarvis comes from Chino every week. He’s also setting up his canopy in Orange County. His love for ‘markets’ and outdoor fairs started when he was growing up in London, England.

He enjoyed the cheerful atmosphere with salespeople who were happy to share their knowledge of products and wares with the public.

He described himself as a “corporate guy” for 25 years and after coming to California for five years, he decided to reacquaint himself with the friendly atmosphere of the market scene.

His love for gourmet cooking was a perfect way to take the culinary expertise of home cooks to the next level, while exercising his own creativity with flavored gourmet spices and salts.

Lee makes all of his fresh and unique gourmet seasonings, salts and rubs in small batches. He develops his own recipes and gives tips on how to use these blends to enrich any dish.

Flavored generally offers 25 different blends, with Lee adding about a new one every month.

He uses local suppliers for the blends; The jars are displayed with signs explaining what each is and the different foods that can be supplemented with them.

Most jars sell for $10 with a ‘Market Special’, three jars for $28. His special black truffle salt costs $20.

Its Smoky Sweet Mesquite BBQ flavor is excellent with meat as well as avocados and vegetables. Garlic herb is delicious on pasta, meat and as a sandwich spread.

He also offers Chimichurri as a rub for chicken or steak.

Popular salts include Red Alaea Sea Salt from Hawaii and Lemon Fennel Chili. Ask about Lee’s ideas for filling gift boxes and also check out the small spice spoons.

Visit or on Instagram, flavoredseasonings. Please contact Lee for information regarding bulk orders or special blends you would like to see available.

Blocked treats

Matthew Luna is a new seller and visits many farmers markets, sometimes two in a day, to spread his tasty and fun product, Block’d, one of the most unusual treats or desserts you can find anywhere.

Matthew makes “fresh, homemade marshmallow blocks” that are organic and gluten-free.

Block’d Treats contain no dyes, preservatives or artificial flavors, and Matthew offers samples to try before you buy.

His original plan was to sell Rice Krispy treats, but he knew there was a fun, cool, and more versatile product out there. He still offers the Rice Krispy treats, but they are also sold in “blocks.”

Since everyone is so focused on their health, what could be better than marshmallows in unique flavors?

While making the basic marshmallow recipe, he discovered that the mix of gelatin, sugars and syrup is very receptive to flavors, which become more intense when added.

A key component of his marshmallow mix is ​​Vanilla Whey Protein, a pure whey protein isolate from grass-fed cows.

Block’d Treats come in many flavors, and the most popular flavors ─ vanilla, coffee, strawberry, hibiscus beet, matcha and chocolate chip ─ are always available.

Blocked chocolate chips are made with fresh cocoa and the enhanced flavor is evident, making this item one of Matthew’s most popular choices. Another consideration Matthew made when creating new flavors is choosing premium spices such as Ceylon cinnamon, cardamom and powders such as hibiscus, beet root and fresh dried strawberry.

You can personalize your own marshmallows as favors or party treats, and Block’d Treats are imaginative and fun for special occasions or just about any occasion.

Send Matthew a direct message on Instagram @Blockdtreats or text/call 714-510-2756 for information and pricing. Also follow him on Instagram for his weekly Farmers Market calendar and special events.

If you go

  • What: High Desert Farmers Market, 18244 Bear Valley Road
  • When: Every Thursday, rain or shine, from 8am to 12pm.
  • Information: 760-247-3769, [email protected]
  • What: Big Bear Farmers Market, 42900 Big Bear Blvd., Big Bear.
  • When: Every Tuesday, April to September, from 8:30 am to 1:00 pm
  • Information:

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