HALL: Farmer’s market: A bounty in Niceville that is taking root in Destin

Destin Farmer's Market

Rick Pinch of Crestview grows lettuce and bok choy. This orchid found a new home with me.

Special to The Log
Published: Tuesday, March 26, 2013 at 17:58 PM.

Niceville has a small but interesting farmer’s market held in the parking lot of restaurant One 20A Modern Bistro on 120 Partin Drive.  On the first Saturday of every month, the faithful arrive.  Not a lot of fresh produce this time of year, but I enjoy going over now and then. 

On market day, One 20A will delight you with large, right-out-of-the-oven, yummy warm and crisp, white chocolate macadamia nut cookies. They also have cat-head biscuits, bistro sauce, black bean soup and grass fed rib eye steaks for cooking on your grill. I bought one of the fresh French bread loaves and barely escaped the raspberry and white chocolate scones. 

Dan Pettis, owner and chef of One 20A was helping out behind the sales table. 

Candyman and wife, Roger and Nikki Coleman, were bundled up against the chilly weather but proudly showing off their 300 different flavors of popcorn. I try a small sample of lemonade popcorn and look over the orange cream, key lime and watermelon.

Chef Roger Babson of the Yellow Ribbon Bakery has sent in cinnamon rolls (big ones), candied orange loaf, focaccia bread piled high with grilled veggies and a pot of gumbo. The apple tarts were sliced apples nestled down into a thin crispy pastry nest that was ever so delicate and delicious. For several days I dreamed of the chocolate and rum truffle that I didn’t buy, but wish I had. 

I know you are in Shalimar somewhere and I will find you.

Rick Pinch travels from Crestview to sell his Bibb lettuce by the bunch and bok choy, which he grows as a hobby in the back yard.  He had a lovely orchid that came from Hawaii that he had grown from a one-inch sprig.  I couldn’t resist this lush, grown-up beauty and it now has a new home.



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