Somewhere between the Corner Cafe tri-tip sandwich and Bobby Salazar’s taco bar, sits a few good food finds at the Clovis Farmers Market that are worth visiting. One is something I’ve been looking for in our area for quite some time now. The other is something that I’ve never even heard of, but was pleasantly surprised to try. For most people, I think the main draw to the farmers market is the huge supply of local fruits and vegetables. Those are okay but we already know about that.
First let’s start with the unexpected: Stroopwafels.
A few weeks ago I contacted the Golden Stroopwafel company, based out of Clovis, CA, to figure out where I could find their products locally. I really wanted to try them, but it was such a unique product, I also wanted to meet the people behind the stroopwafel. Certainly someone making stroopwafels would have a passion for the product, right? Jan (John) and Donna were so friendly when I visited their booth. After chatting a bit about their treat and snapping some photos, I took my products and left, eagerly waiting to try them.
The stroopwafel is somewhere between a cookie and a waffle. It’s starts as a small ball of dough that gets smashed (probably a better word than that available) on a stroopwafel iron. After cooking, Jan, with surgeon-like skill, slices the stroopwafel in half and smothers it with either a homemade caramel sauce, or …. nutella. Yeah, these are very good. Make sure to grab some when you go to the farmers market. They are great with Saturday morning coffee.
Now on to the next find: Wood-Fired Pizza
Here is someone who is taking the mobile food movement seriously. Meet Mattie’s Wood-Fired Mobile Oven. He has a smoking hot wood burning pizza oven mounted on a trailer. Coincidentally, he is also making some good pizza.
A few years back Matt decided that his career in the publishing business wasn’t quite as fun as making pizza. Good for him. Don’t we all want to have fun working? Matt commissioned a pizza oven from Mugnaini ovens, had it mounted to a trailer and started tossing pies. He’s making his dough from scratch, has some unique pizza toppings, and most importantly his pizza isn’t that doughy mess we are used to in Fresno.
I ordered the caramelized onion and blue cheese pizza, which I split with my wife. I wish I would have ordered more because the portions aren’t that big. The crust is chewy, has a crispy bottom and the smoke flavor from the wood oven comes through nicely. Next time I’m calling an order in for a large, if I can! Hopefully I can twist his arm.
Pro-tip: Matties Wood-Fired Mobile Oven is located at the farmers market this summer but he would be more than happy to cater your next party or corporate event. I don’t know about you but wood-fired pizza sure beats the heck out of grilled chicken and is way cooler.