Menlo Park Farmers Market

Yes, the Menlo Park Farmers Market was open this morning with hand washing/sanitizing stands at either end and innovative measures to keep both farmer and customer safe.

Ian Garrone whose family owns Far West Fungi at Moss Landing was selling pre-bagged “shrooms,” and he was willing to mix and match for those who didn’t want just one variety. And there was further guidance offered on the farm’s website:

“We have alway suggested that you thoroughly cook your mushrooms for safest consumption, but that advice is especially critical now, as with all of your fresh produce. We recommend a cook time of 7 – 10 minutes on all varieties.”

Tony Cozzolino was at the market with news that his family farm is offering delivery services to Menlo Park residences every Friday. Here’s how it works: A box of freshly grown produce from Cozzolino Farms — green beans, potted herbs, eggs, flower and more — is being offered for $50 a box. Additional items can be added. People who order (call/text 650-504-8206) leave cash under their front porch mat. When the order is delivered, the door bill will ring, and the basket will be placed on your porch. “This respects your health and privacy,” read a sign.

Foot note: Supporting farmers is another way to make a difference during the coronavirus crisis. We’re also happy to report that everyone we’ve talked to personally (and more we’ve read on Nextdoor) is continuing to pay their housecleaning and gardening crews even when they are no longer able to work because of the shelter-in-place edict. Shout out to the generous community we live in!

Photos by Linda Hubbard (c) 2020

{ 1 comment }

Spotted: Signs-of-the-time #1: “stagger yourselves”

Menlo Park resident Jim Lewis sent us an email suggesting InMenlo might spotlight some of the “signs of the times.” We thought of that at the entrance to the Menlo Park Farmers Market this morning. Photo by Linda Hubbard (c) 2020

Click to read more →

Downtown Menlo Park a bit of a ghost town this Sunday morning as coronavirus numbers continue upwards

On Friday, Cafe Borrone in Menlo Park was heralding “Friday vibe, clear blue skies and lots of sun.” Then came the rain — and the announcement that the popular downtown eatery would no longer be open for dinner starting Saturday, March 14. And then that they’d be closing entirely from today through Sunday, April 6, […]

Click to read more →

Lesson about persimmons thanks to Logan at Camper

Persimmons seem to be every where at the moment — on trees as we walk the streets of Menlo Park and at the grocery store. Until last night, we thought they were something to be avoided at all costs. Yucky and mushy come to mind as descriptions. Given that, we’re not sure why we ordered […]

Click to read more →

Spotted: Cozzolino’s pumpkins at Menlo Park Farmers Market

Tony Cozzolino brought a great assortment of pumpkins and gourds to the Menlo Park Farmers Market today. We admire their shapes, sizes, and colors! For people heading coast side, Cozzolino pumpkins and gourds, along with Indian corn, mini hay bales and more, can be purchased at Pastorino Farms, 12391 San Mateo Road (Highway 92), Half […]

Click to read more →

Spotted: Humongous artichokes at Menlo Park Farmers Market

The artichokes that Northridge Farms brought to the Menlo Park Farmers Market today were so big it was impossible to pass by without snapping a photo. Luckily, they were next to some regularly-sized strawberries just to give them something to compare to. Northridge is a family farm located in Monterrey County. More on its history […]

Click to read more →

Tian Mayimin brings artisan bread to the Menlo Park Farmers Market

At last, there’s bread to buy at the Menlo Park Farmers Market. Very good bread baked in a Willows neighborhood kitchen that’s been certified by the County of San Mateo. The baker is Tian Mayimin, who we sat down with on a recent Sunday after what she’d brought to the market was sold out (as […]

Click to read more →

Spotted: Bread at the Menlo Park Farmers Market

If you’re familiar with farmers markets in Europe, there are always at least one bread vendor, and, at the larger markets, three or four. Finally, Menlo Park’s farmers market has bread for sale, and we heard rave reviews about Little Sky Bakery, which is based right here in town. Only time for a quick snapshot […]

Click to read more →

Menlo Park “all-in” for Curry – let’s go Dubs!

Walking around downtown Menlo Park this morning had the look of a Steph Curry fan club. We spotted a half dozen Curry shirts on men and women, young and old. Our favorite is worn by the always friendly man who is part of the Medina Berry booth.  The third-generation family farm is located on 48 […]

Click to read more →

Spotted: Dazzling display of ranunculus at 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 […]

Click to read more →

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 

Click to read more →