Posted by Jean Forte, a resident of the Evergreen Park neighborhood, on Jun 3, 2007 at 3:42 pm
Wow-- sorry you were disappointed. I don't eat Kettlekorn but they were doing a brisk business, so some people must like it.
I bought delicious organic strawberries, sweet cherries, flowers, avocados, mixed greens, nectarines, garlic, tomato plants, pastries, and a half chicken, and found the prices to be about the same or better as those of other outdoor markets.
Not all the salmon was that price, and the jazz music was quite nice, IMHO.
I ran into a friend there who was buying veggies like crazy saying how great the prices were compared to the Los Altos market... My neighbors in EP were going back two and three times to get more stuff.
I'm looking forward to it growing and changing, but I thought today's offerings were terrific.
I will still shop at the Downtown market, probably as often as I ever have, but having this market close to home is a definite plus. I also noticed that the retailers on Calif. Ave were full of patrons, so I think it's a boost for the neighborhood in general.
Posted by Margaret Allen, a resident of the College Terrace neighborhood, on Jun 3, 2007 at 5:32 pm
Congratulations and thanks to those who initiated this project. It seems like it is going to be a great market, with lots of variety, quality, and entertainment. Everyone was enjoying themselves, including the vendors. Now, my guess is that a forward-thinking, eco-conscious community like Palo Alto would really appreciate a zero-waste event. How cool would that be!
Posted by Mariana, a resident of the Southgate neighborhood, on Jun 3, 2007 at 10:50 pm
Mondo, there were 63 vendors at the market - 35 of them were farmers selling locally grown produce (that's well over 50% farmers); they were accompanied by 23 food vendors who make everything they sell. the remainderI found it *really* disappointing.
There were _at least_ 2000 residents visiting the market today - that's a resounding success, by any standard. Every single person I spoke with was ecstatic at the variety of food and produce, as well as the welcoming community demeanor of the market.
There were no traffic problems.
btw, hundreds of people gathered around to listen to the band, who played a wide variety of music - everything from latin, to jazz, to easy listening. I've heard many diferent varieties of music at other markets, certainly no less in variety than we heard today.
Prices were quire reasonable, especially for locally grown produce that was picked the day before and trucked - in some cases - a few hundred miles to market. I found many bargains at the market.
The fish monger was selling fresh-caught, off-the-boat salmon for just about what you would find it in most seafood markets. The California Ave. fish monger is the same one that works the Saturday Palo Alto makrte, downtown. He's the best in the region.
btw, canning beans is a _very_ labor intensive activity; $8 for a jar of canned baby beans in a specially prepared brine is a bargain. I bought two jars - delicious!
Also, I followed up and also went to the Mt. View farmer's market and did not perceive prices to be any lower; in fact, some prices were higher.
Posted by Cathy, a resident of the College Terrace neighborhood, on Jun 5, 2007 at 10:59 am
I also enjoyed the new market. One small correction - the fish vendor on California Ave, is not the same as the vendor at the downtown market. Pietro Paravano, who does the downtown market, is at the Menlo Park market on Sunday mornings.