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Dunsmuir is an historic small town set in a canyon where you can hear the river and the trains passing by while you shop at the Farmer’s Market, hike the many trails, enjoy good food and the surrounding scenery. People are friendly and the pace is relaxing.

Before the market we took a tour of the public art. Debbie Blackwell painted a long mural just south of Oak St. on Sacramento Ave. depicting the daily life of town, another designed by John Signor features a fly fisherman on the river and Kim Solga’s street map mural on the wall of City Hall. At the Belknap Fountain located on the corner of Cedar St. and Dunsmuir Ave. you can view the thriving Community Garden. The fountain is beautifully tiled including dogwood flowers by mosaic artist Monica Zinda

Dunsmuir Farmers Market happens on Thursdays from 4 – 7 p.m. on Spruce St. across from the Children’s Park and next to Dunsmuir Brewery Works. There is always live music to enjoy while shopping this week’s tune were provided by Andre Moorhead. I bought a watermelon and peaches from Julia’s Fruit Stand. They, also, have tomatoes, plums, nectarines cucumbers, zucchinis and summer squash and onions.

At the market there are a few home kitchen businesses, including Greenhouse Farm and hand-made Pyroclastic artisan chocolates. I got the Mexican dark chocolate…Wow! The heat was just the way I like it. The warm spicy chilies hit the back of my throat after the bitter sweet dark chocolate melts in my mouth. They have strawberry & balsamic, original dark chocolate and other flavors, too. Greenhouse Farms offers homemade cookies, peanut brittle and seasonal preserves. This week I tried her Meyer lemon pudding cake. It was sour and tart goodness in a moist creamy cake. If you love lemons you will love this pudding cake.

In an effort to support the eating of fresh fruits and vegetables, the Dunsmuir Farmers Market matches up to $15 for EBT, WIC, and Senior Farmers Market coupon purchases. Stop by the market’s booth and speak with Market Manager Andrea Herr. The Dunsmuir Farmers Market is sponsored by the Dunsmuir Chamber of Commerce.

After all of our sightseeing and shopping, food was next on our list. Patio seating at the Dunsmuir Brewery Works is a lovely place to people watch and listen to the music from the market. Staff at the DBW is always efficient, knowledgeable and friendly and the food is consistently good. Two qualities I appreciate about DBW. For beverages a glass of Dunsmuir’s “the best water on earth” and a pint of Blood, Sweat and Tears, IPA, a good choice. We split the Mahi Mahi street tacos, spice-rubbed Mahi-Mahi with salsa and red cabbage on corn tortillas. ($13.95). They didn’t skimp on the fish and the salsa is a green tomatillo base salsa that was tangy and warming. To go with our tacos we ordered a big Greek Salad of house greens, Kalamata olives, red onions, garbanzo beans, feta cheese, and balsamic vinaigrette. ($9.95 half / $14.95 full). The salad had plenty of olives and cheese with a beautiful dressing complimenting the greens.

As always, I enjoyed my day exploring Dunsmuir, but this trip was all about the public art, watermelon, lemon pudding cake, chocolates and peaches over ice cream.