Menlo Park Farmers Market

How could you not stop at Tony Cozzolino’s dazzling display of ranunculus flowers at this morning’s Menlo Park Farmers Market. It may still be winter but the “rose of spring” had arrived! Equally dazzling were his tulips, many of which were still sealed shut, waiting to open until they landed in a buyer’s home. We bought three bunches…

Photo by Linda Hubbard (c) 2018

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Spotted: New vendor – Smit Farms – at Menlo Park Farmers Market

We stopped at the Smit Farms booth this morning at the Menlo Park Farmers Market, the second week the primarily apple grower from Linden, CA, has been there. The farm has been supplying tree fruit that has been sustainably grown to Certified Farmer’s Markets since 1969. Photo by Linda Hubbard (c) 2018 

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Spotted: Patriotic sisters at the Menlo Park farmers market

We applauded the clothing choices of sisters Janice (left) and Angela at the farmers market this morning. The Menlo Park residents were kind enough to pause for a photograph. Photo by Linda Hubbard (c) 2017

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Spotted: Whole lotta cherries at Menlo Park farmers market

Cherries were abundantly on display today at the Menlo Park farmers market. Multiple vendors were selling both the more expensive Rainer variety as well as pretty red Bings.

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First Sunday in May brings new seasonal treats to Menlo Park Farmers Market

A sunny Sunday morning brought some new choices to the Menlo Park Farmers Market. The opening of commercial salmon season at Pigeon Point meant Pietro Parravano had a good selection of the tasty fish at the hefty price of $29.95 a pound, reflecting the economics of supply and demand. “We’re not looking at a long […]

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Brighter outlook for the Cozzolino family this holiday season

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 […]

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

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

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

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

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

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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