What would we do without the Mountain View Farmers Market? Yes, Mountain View is home to some of the most amazing tech companies in the world, and everywhere you look there are new start ups popping up, but I’m sure you’ve noticed that our Farmers Market is just as lively and bustling.
The Mountain View Farmers Market opened in 1994. Some of the same vendors have been at it the entire time. Not all Farmers Markets in Silicon Valley are year-round, but ours is. We’re lucky. Most of the vendors offer plenty of samples and are happy to talk to customers about their crops or products. The stalls are bursting with healthy colorful fruits and veggies.
I strolled through the market today and saw strawberries, cherries, blackberries and blueberries, all just waiting to be baked in a cobbler. There’s a seed vendor and a succulent grower. Acme bread is baked right here in Mountain View. The produce at every single booth is worthy of being photographed. This abundance of fruits and vegetables is so indicative of California’s amazing climate and that’s exactly the reason so many people want to move here. The diversity of the people shopping at the market is reflected in the diversity of crops grown here.
Our award winning Farmers Market is definitely a must if you just arrived in Silicon Valley or if you’re showing visitors around. It’s one of the largest in California. It’s hard to believe that it’s a tourist attraction, but it’s true. Go with an open mind and buy something totally new. Ask the seller how to prepare it, or better yet, ask the other customers how they prepare it. I love to do that and I’m always coming home with some strange, trendy produce thing, that I’ve never seen before. Some of the vendors have a little pile in the back that they’re willing to share with people who want to feed their chickens, for free. Thank you very much.
If you shop regularly at the market, it’s important to get your address added to their mailing list, because the market is re-located 5 or 6 times a year for San Francisco 49er home games. The organizer of the market sends out a postcard every year that announces when and where the market will move during football games.
June 5th, 2016 is Kid’s Day at the market. There will be a scavenger hunt and kids will get to learn about local crops and the agricultural history of Silicon Valley. Remember, it was prunes and apricots before it was search engines and driverless cars.
I love our Farmers Market!
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