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Penny Lane - Farm Fresh Food at Fair Prices. 
Feb. 19, 2010 4:12 pm 
Updated: Aug. 6, 2010 5:25 pm
The "unofficial" arrival of Spring in our area cannot be found on a calendar.  There is no set date.  For our family the arrival of spring is heralded by the opening of "Decker's Farm Stand" and their fresh Decker Carrots and Strawberries.


Decker's is special.  The Decker family has been farming in the Chino Valley for decades.  Their original Farm Stand stood in the middle of town, on a prized corner.  It was a dilapidated old farm house, shaded by a huge Oak tree.  There were vines growing over the old leaky roof.  It had character. The City had other plans for that corner and although the Oak tree still graces the corner as a reminder of it's rich history the farm stand was torn down to make way for progress.  Mr. Decker refused to throw in the towel...he opened up two smaller stands in two different locations.  They are a little out of the way but well worth the detour.
There was a time when Decker's was known for it's "Chino Corn".  A couple of years ago Mr. Decker decided he couldn't compete with the grocery stores who could sell corn imported from Mexico  4 for a $1.00.  That was a sad day, we are still grieving the loss of Decker Corn.   My children grew up slurping down sweet juicy ears of corn, fresh from the field. Our 4th of July celebrations will never be the same without Decker corn.  When Decker's gave up corn they took up carrots! 
Today, my grand children know the taste of "real" carrots.  Carrots so sweet and tender that I have been accused of adding sugar to them!  Raw or barely cooked these carrots are nothing like ordinary cello bagged carrots.  These are the jewels of the produce world.  For .75 cents a bunch we will feast on these gems until the summer heat brings a close to "carrot" season and the passing of another spring. 

Shopping day takes me all over town. 

First stop Decker's to get carrots, strawberries, lettuce, red potatoes, red onions, lemons, limes, leeks, cabbage and broccoli.  Spent $13.00
Then around the corner to Voortman's Egg Ranch for fresh eggs.  $3.00 for a flat of 30 fresh eggs. 
Then off to Cardenas the Mexican market to complete the produce buys.  Tomatoes, cilantro, assorted chilies, red and green apples, grapes,  russet potatoes, tomatillos, garlic, white onions, pineapple, red and yellow peppers, assorted spices and tortillas. Spent $23.

Then to the regular market for boneless skinless chicken breasts, $1.99 lb and Tri-Tip for $1.97 lb. and Tofu Spent $16.
So what to do with all this gorgeous produce?  
Asian night for sure.   Tao's Hot and Sour Soup - Hot and Sour Soup, & Pineapple Fried Rice (Pineapple Fried Rice ) Kung Pao Chicken, ( Kung Pao Chicken)  Egg Rolls.  (Authentic Egg Rolls) (This makes a ton of food, great left overs for lunches)
Grilled Chicken marinated in orange juice and mexican spices, pico de gallo, (Pico de Gallo) roasted red potatoes with garlic.
Chicken Tacos (using left over grilled chicken and Pico de Gallo
Grilled Tri-Tip that has marinated in balsamic vinegrette is delicious.  Roasted Broccoli (Roasted Broccoli) and Twice Baked potatoes (Twice Baked Potatoes). 
Vegetable Beef Soup (using left over Tri-Tip) - (Italian Vegetable Soup)
Chicken Piccata with pasta -  (Chicken Piccata)
Vegetable Pizza using Fabulous Foccacia dough and a green salad.  (Fabulous Foccacia)

Chicken Fajita Soup is fast and delicous, -  (Easy Chicken Fajita Soup

I hope that you enjoy the season as it comes to you and remember.....

If organic farming is the natural way, shouldn't organic produce just be called "produce" and make the pesticide-laden stuff take the burden of an adjective?  ~Ymber Delecto
Farm Fresh Vegetables
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Pico de Gallo - Makings - Farm Fresh
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Potatoes - .79 cents for 10 lbs
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Farm Stand Vegetables
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Pico de Gallo
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Farm Fresh Carrots and Eggs.
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Asian Night
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Farm Fresh Strawberries
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Feb. 19, 2010 5:29 pm
You got some great deals, Nana...I love reading these types of blogs and I know that your dinner is gonna be great tonight!!
Feb. 19, 2010 5:33 pm
Okay, I FOUND it! Great blog!
Feb. 19, 2010 5:36 pm
Great blog and I LOVE the carrot and eggs picture. LOVE IT!
Feb. 19, 2010 5:43 pm
Great blog! So jealous.....we don't get farm fresh til late August here!
Feb. 19, 2010 5:44 pm
Forget veggies! TRI-TIP for $1.97! OMGosh! My fave!
Feb. 19, 2010 5:55 pm
Thanks everyone. I just love this time of year! Nicole...those carrots and eggs are my favorite. Cindy, Tri Tip is one of our favorites. LOVE it. Mind you we don't always get those kind of deals.
Feb. 19, 2010 6:51 pm
Awesome Baking Nana!! Look at those strawberrys, wow! We get them like that, only they're frozen, and not exactly a bargain, but. . . beats candy :)!And potatos! The last time I bought potatos they were 3.00 for 10 lbs. I'm almost to the end of them so I'm looking for a deal :)
Feb. 19, 2010 7:37 pm
LS, Our area is prime strawberry growing area. There are tons of strawberry stands....not very many that sell other local produce. One of the reasons that I love Deckers!
Feb. 19, 2010 9:16 pm
Oh my goodness, I'm dying here after reading that. 'Market season'( or what passes for it here) is soooo far off for us, and it's so short lived as well. Sorry to sound like such a downer, but I'm a tad envious... enjoy! :0
Feb. 19, 2010 9:57 pm
CC...there are a LOT of draw backs to living in So. Cal. Fresh produce and fresh eggs aren't issues. Amazingly, most of my neighbors won't take the time to do the numerous stops at the egg farm and the produce run to Albertson's --- then they complain about the prices and quality. Amazingly we live in a dairy rich area....local cheese is $6.99 lb.......imported cheese is half the price..sad!
Feb. 19, 2010 11:01 pm
Looks amazingly fresh. I am going to make some Pico de Gallo soon!
Feb. 20, 2010 3:11 am
I wish I could find such nice looking fresh fruit at a produce stand. I have to wait a few more months, though!
Feb. 20, 2010 8:17 am
We are so blessed to have great produce. Just looking at all the pretty colors and shapes makes me smile.
Feb. 20, 2010 4:05 pm
Love, love, love your pictures of fresh produce! Especially the carrots and eggs. You are right, store bought can not compare to fresh from the farm anything !! I am jealous!!
Feb. 20, 2010 4:07 pm
Wow your produce looks amazing! I've been looking for our farm stand to pop up but not yet. Still to cold but I want to be ready when it does! And I haven't seen a 10lb bag of taters for that price in a very long time! What a deal. Great blog Baking Nana :)
Feb. 20, 2010 4:25 pm
Rae: The Mexican markets around here have potatoes cheap most of the time. Red potatoes were 3 lbs for $1.
Feb. 20, 2010 4:27 pm
Thanks granny gigi... Farm fresh food is totally different. I cannot believe that people around here buy strawberries at the market instead of going up the street and buying them at the stands set up at the fields. What is with that?
Feb. 21, 2010 7:58 am
great pics BN, I can not wait for my garden to start up again to enjoy all the fresh veggies. We have been getting by with canned fruit/veggies from last summer. First spinach up in the spring is a great sight here. Farm eggs-nothing like them-enjoy your weeks cooking:)
Feb. 21, 2010 9:07 am
Thanks redneck gramma, I love my garden too. I cannot say enough about home grown tomatoes. I can never have too many.
Feb. 21, 2010 2:42 pm
Oh the fresh produce!! Cannot wait for the first "local grown" produce is available... alas, several months away....
Feb. 21, 2010 8:05 pm
What a fun blog! I love fresh produce too and we can get pretty good deals most of the time. I also have a friend at work with chickens, so I get fresh eggs too. I don't really garden, but I do herbs in pots and did grow a HUGE tomato last year, so I'll try that again this year. Again, thanks for sharing your bounty!
Feb. 21, 2010 11:37 pm
Thanks for visiting Kathy and Lynna. I love the beautiful colors and the flavor of those carrots can't be beat. Tonight I had my grandkids lined up for more carrots and broccoli "trees"! They ate me out of house and home. All healthy but I will be heading out tomorrow for more fresh produce!
Feb. 22, 2010 5:12 am
I dream of fresh produce! This is the hardest time of year. My husband recently lost his job of 31 years. Things have been really hard, but it actually gave us a great opportunity to change some things. We live on a 60 acre cattle farm. My husband and I love working outside, So we have decided to take 20 acres and produce farm. We are also looking into some green houses. I love to bake, so we are going to incorporate that as well. Look out farmers market, here we come. God gives us blessings in such strange packages!
Feb. 22, 2010 7:03 am
Oh my goodness. I would love to farm 20 acres! Good luck to you.
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Every morning my granddaughter calls and says, "Good morning Nana. Whatcha doing? Are you baking Nana?" Hence my name, Baking Nana. I love to bake bread and never get tired of it. Yeast is additive! Visit me at If you would like to contact me directly please use the 'Contact Me' on my site.
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I go through phases, Asian for a while then Italian then on to something else. I love experimenting with new flavors and different spices. Some times my husband will ask if we will ever have "ordinary" food again. Once in a while I have to toss him a burger just to keep quite! Actually, he is a good sport and my favorite taste tester.
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In our family if it is your birthday you get to choose the menu. We have had some really interesting meals. In March we have 5 birthdays so we do one big party - what a crazy menu that is! Christmas dinner is very traditional. Sausage rolls, Prime Rib, Yorkshire Pudding, gravy, Green beans with bacon, Mashed Potatoes (the really fattening kind) and trifle for dessert. If I were to dare to omit any of those items I would be lynched.
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