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Denio's Roseville Auction/La Bamba Tamales

janet of reno | Oct 3, 200502:24 AM

I just wanted to remind you Sacramento-area folks that the best Farmer's Market around may well be at Denio's in on weekends. Sunday afternoons are a particularly good time to go: it seems that the prices go down and vendors are open to bargain. This is no Ferry Depot Farmer's Market; you won't find designer bakeries or fancy cheese....just lots (lots!) of good produce at great prices. The vendors cater to the large number of hispanic and asian customers, and you will see a lot of unique produce items. We saw tuna (the fruit), chayote, some really odd looking types of squash, bitter melon, lots of tropical fruits, dozens of different types of peppers (hot and mild) and at least one herb I had never heard of. The price is right too: We bought two pounds of grapes, three pounds of apples, three large peaches, two pounds of nectarines, several ripe tomatoes, a big basket of cherry tomatoes, a pound of fresh chestnuts, some tamarind pods, three large, beautifully ripe mangoes, a large papaya, a huge bunch of Thai basil, and a half dozen limes....and still had a few dimes left in change from a twenty dollar bill!! Now that's some serious shopping!!! They do charge 50 cents to get in, but if you park in their lot for a dollar everyone from your car can get in free. And one final tip: if you go, check out the La Bamba tamale stand in the "Auction Land" complex right next door to Denio's. By the time we got there around 1pm, all but the pork tamales were gone. Next time we'll go there BEFORE shopping!! If the pork tamales are any indication, its definitely worth a stop!!! They also have sweet tamales (raisin, strawberry, and pineapple), chicken, and vegetable. Excellent red and green salsas on the table. All tamales $1.75, menu consists of tamales and cold drinks (water, soda, etc) Check it out!!


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