Thanks for the Market!
Original post made by Jean Forte on Jun 3, 2007
Thanks to all the organizers and the City for making this possible.
on Jun 3, 2007 at 2:16 pm
I found it *really* disappointing. Its supposed to a farmers
market, not a recurring street fair. By my rough count,
produce (i.e., fruits and vegetables) vendors were far less
than 25% of the vendors.
Instead, there uninteresting prepared food stands (kettle corn
anyone?) and others that were just bizarre for a farmers market
Prices were ridiculous, also. Nothing for under $2 per pound.
The fish monger was selling salmon for $17.95/lb. Someone else
was selling tiny jars of pickled beans for $8.
I went home and then went to the Mt View farmer's market, where
I bought salmon for $8.95/lb and had a vastly wider choice of
fruits and vegetables, at prices that were at least 20-30% lower.
What a disappointment. Perhaps it will improve over time and I'll
definitely check it out again in the future as its the closest
to me of the local markets (downtown PA, MPK, and Mt View).
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.
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!