Menlo Park Farmers Market

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Long a fixture at the Menlo Park Farmers Market, we were saddened last year to learn Stephanie Cozzolino, who tends the chickens, had been diagnosed with breast cancer. When we visited their Christmas tree lot in Half Moon Bay, husband Tony’s mood was somber.

Better news this year. We went over the hill earlier this week and both Tony ad Stephanie, who has a clean bill of health, were busy with their steady stream of customers (even during the week!).

The family grows Noble firs on their property and adds Silver Tips and Nordmanns for their lot sales. The lot is located near the giant metal dinosaurs a couple miles east of downtown Half Moon Bay. Visit their website for hours of operation.

Tony’s father, Alex, brings some trees with him to the Farmers Market each week.

Photo by Linda Hubbard (c) 2016

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Feast of fall colors on display at the Menlo Park Farmers Market

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While there may have been a few rain clouds overhead (but no rain), the yellow, red and orange colors of fall were still vibrantly on display this morning at the Menlo Park farmers market. There were a variety of gourds from Jim and Judy Nofziger’s Triple J ranch in Pacifica. And the peppers from Happy Quail Farms […]

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Spotted: Pumpkins from Cozzolino’s at Menlo Park Farmers Market

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Even on a warm end-of-summer morning, we know that autumn is on the way when the beautiful pumpkins and gourds of all shapes and sizes from Cozzolino Farms arrive at the Menlo Park Farmers Market. Photo by Linda Hubbard (c) 2016

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Sights and sounds on an August Sunday in downtown Menlo Park

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Was it our imagination, or did downtown Menlo Park appear to be jumpy more than it was for many a summer month? By mid-morning, the line at always popular Cafe Borrone stretched almost to El Camino — something we don’t see very often. While there we spotted new signage for the British Banker’s Club nextdoor […]

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Spotted: Large ginger plant at Menlo Park farmers’ market

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An attractive young woman carrying a large, skinny plant caught our attention at the Menlo Park Farmers’ Market this morning. She told it was a ginger plant but “not the kind you eat,” and she planned to decorate it when she got home.

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Spotted: Colorful Calla Lilies at Menlo Park Farmers Market

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From the folks who bring “oh, those flowers” to the Menlo Park Farmers Market  during the winter months come Calla Lilies in amazing vibrant colors to kick off summer. This morning’s market is brimming with multiple varieties of squash and stone fruit. And with salmon season in full swing, Pietro has tasty fillets perfect for putting on […]

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Spotted: Fresh, local dungeness crab at Menlo Park Farmers Market

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It was about 9:45 am and those in line at Pietro Parravano seafood booth at the Menlo Park Farmers Market this morning were getting antsy. Who would be lucky enough to get the last live dungeness crab? Not to worry, Pietro also had cooked crabs, the first catch of the season and the product of […]

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Wow! It’s a tulip explosion thanks to McGinnis Ranch

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It’s not yet Spring but don’t tell these tulips being sold at the Menlo Park Farmers Market today by the folks from McGinnis Ranch in Watsonville. According to the CUESA website, Howard McGinnis started farming in 1968 and is now mentoring his daughter, Sandi, and granddaughter, Sara, who plan to go all organic this year. They grow […]

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Spotted: Broccoli pyramid at Menlo Park Farmers Market

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No mistaking that broccoli is in season. There was plenty to be found at this morning’s Menlo Park Farmers Market. The folks from Bounty of the Valley Farms in the Salinas Valley had put together a couple of eye-catching broccoli pyramids.

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Buying a Christmas tree from the Cozzolino family takes on special meaning this holiday season

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An article in the San Francisco Chronicle last Friday got us motivated to go over the hill to Half Moon Bay where the Cozzolino Christmas tree lot is tucked in next to Spanish Town off of Highway 92  just before getting into town. For years, we’ve been fans of the Cozzolino family, who bring their […]

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Spotted: Cozzolino Christmas trees at Menlo Park Farmers Market

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No need to head over to Half Moon Bay (unless you’re in the mood for drive). Tony Cozzolino brings his Christmas trees to the Menlo Park Farmers’ Market on Sundays. Also for sale are wreaths and centerpieces. If you do want to visit the Tree Farm coast side, it’s located off Hwy. 92 and is […]

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