Mesa Farmers Market: What We Bought, What We Skipped and What We're Still Lusting Over

The Spot: Mesa Farmers Market, open Fridays from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m.

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What We Bought: This week, we were all about the One Windmill Farms produce. First, we grabbed a bag of yellow hots and poblanos to spice up our summer salads, ceviches, and salsas. We were so excited to see that asparagus also is back in season, and theirs looked firm and colorful, so we grabbed a couple of bundles.

Whole pecans were another great addition to our salad recipes from the market this week. Donaldson Farms sells three pounds of unshelled pecans for $15, which will save you a few bucks if you're willing to do the work of shelling them.

What We Skipped: Kitschy crafts. We feel like we don't really need to explain why we didn't buy a tie-dyed tee and some knickknacks, but maybe it's just 'cause we're foodies, not crafties. Either way, no thanks on the stained glass for us. We just want to eat!

What We're Still Lusting Over: We heard rumors of the baby goats at the Mesa Farmers Market, but we didn't consider that it isn't currently baby goat season, so we didn't get to pet any cute little farm animals. We also wish we would've gotten our hands on a basket of the brand new "it" super-fruit pichuberries for $4. What we're really missing is the artisan chocolate bars ($6) and cacao nibs ($10) from Stone Grinds. Their cacao comes from an heirloom grower in Ecuador. Plus, the flavor of their salty almond chocolate bar is still with us -- bitter, sweet, salty, and nutty in all the right ways.

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