Something exciting is always going down at the Farmers’ Markets here in Bakersfield, and the Bakersfield Valley Farmers’ Market is no exception. In fact, they are now under new management, which means that even more fun and interesting things are on the horizon for vendors and patrons, alike.
Mindy McIntyre has been at the Market representing McFarlin Family Farms and their certified organic produce for six years, and she just recently purchased the Market with growth in mind. As the longest-running Farmers’ Market in town, she knows that there’s a lot to work with. She’s already punched up their Saturday mornings with free raffles, where one lucky shopper will win a large assortment of produce and handmade goods provided by the vendors. “Every vendor is donating something, and no purchase is necessary. You can collect a ticket at every booth you visit!”
Being a vendor, herself, McIntyre has a close relationship with the people at the Market, and the produce that she peddles is a testament to how McFarlin Family Farms knows the true meaning of the words quality and delicious. “Everything we sell is seasonal, and everything is organic,” she beamed. Anyone who has stopped by her booth can tell you how incredible their cara cara oranges are, amongst other things, like their juicy peaches and nectarines.
Speaking of nectarines, being that the warmer days are upon us, she has some fantastic nectarines ripe for the eating—and baking! She provided us with a very simple and very delicious cobbler recipe. So grease up your baking pans, bust out the vanilla ice cream, and invite the neighbors over for dessert, because this cobbler is certainly a crowd pleaser!
Momo’s Nectarine Cobbler
- 8 c. nectarines peeled and cut into chunks
- 1 1/2 Tbsp. cinnamon
- 3 Tbsp. lemon juice
- 3 Tbsp. tapioca
Mix ingredients together, put in a shortening-greased 9×13 pan.
- 2 c. Bisquick
- 1 Tbsp. cinnamon
- 1 c. sugar
- 1 c. brown sugar
- 1 c. oatmeal
- 2 cubes butter (softened)
Mix all ingredients together and sprinkle over nectarines.
Bake at 375 degrees for about an hour.