Farmers Market diversity: Jazz, onions & pumpkins

by Linda Hubbard Gulker on October 10, 2010

Onions and shallots at Menlo Park Farmers Market

Pumpkins and gourds at Menlo Park Farmers MarketThere’s something about a sunny Fall morning that adds a shot of energy to Menlo Park’s weekly Farmers Market. Today, that there was also the uptempo sounds of the Hillview School jazz band, performing to an enthusiastic audience in the hopes of doing a bit of fundraising for a planned Disneyland trip.

With the music of Basin Street as backdrop, we made our way around the not quite filled stalls. (Fisherman Pietro Parravano was telling customers last week that he’d be absent this week.) A couple of displays caught our eye. One corner of Coke Farm’s tables was brimming with onions (red, plus red and white cipollini) and shallots (red and white). With tomatoes still plentiful – and lots of football and baseball to watch today – Coke Farms offers a tasty Salsa Fresca recipe.

Finally, with the Halloween countdown in full swing, we couldn’t resist Cozzolino Nursery’s tidy display of pumpkins and gourds.

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