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Apr 26, 2009 07:36 AM

Mid-Penninsula groceries, farmer's mkts, etc

Temporory resident looking for good neighborhood groceries, farmer's markets, etc. Will be saying about 4 months spring into early fall, it looks like. Not sure where we'll be based, maybe Mtn View but will be looking for suppliers up to the Palo Alto/Menlo Park area. Convenience and pleasant staff a real plus, as well as resonable pricing.

Let me know where you find the goods, the bargains and the helpful attitudes.

I like to support local farmers and businesses.

Can you Bay Area hounds help out a Central Coaster? Many many thanks.

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  1. Mountain View Farmers' Market is every Sunday, from 9 to 1 in the Caltrain parking lot, 600 W. Evelyn.

    1. I'll echo the Mountain View Farmers Market recommendation - it is probably the largest on the peninsula. One of the vendors I like best is the Asian veggie stand in the Northeast corner - they sell all of their greens, etc. in bulk rather than rubber banded into bunches. This way you can pick out just the most succulent pieces you want... It's kind of a crazy scene but they have very nice fresh greens, etc.

      Also, among the prepared foods, there is a Chinese dumpling stand - they sell frozen dumplings of many types. Talking with Ming who was staffing the booth today, we asked if he had a list of all the types they make - he gave us a sheet that lists 25 types including some that can be preordered. Their business is actually located in Fremont: OFS Food & Services, 510-226-1199, 3281 Seldon Ct., Fremont CA 94539. Ming says they are open every day but Monday from around 8:30 am to 6:00.

      For an interesting grocery/prepared food place: check out Rose International Market - all sorts of good things including kebabs grilled to order over mesquite. Now that the weather is starting to improve, this is a great place to get some good grilled food and eat at one of their outdoor tables.

      Rose International Market
      1060 Castro St, Mountain View, CA 94040

      OFS Food and Services
      3281 Seldon Ct, Fremont, CA 94539

      1. During the off season, we do the Sunnyvale market because Saturday is the only day we can go. It is OK, not great. Good tofu, and sometimes good deals on veggies. Palo Alto has two markets, but I have only been to Saturday, again limited but a few food vendors.

        For produce stand places try Sigona's (RWC has more and you can get a bunch of coupons on their website, but there is also one at the Stanford mall), and Milk Pail in Mountain View can have fantastic deals. They don't always mark the origin if their produce, but often do. Milk Pail can be a zoo, but check out the well priced cheeses in the back.

        For 4 months you could do a CSA - Two Small Farms I think has some shares left and the produce quality is fantastic. I think the pricing is good too. (


        Two Small Farms
        521 Harkins Slough Rd, Watsonville, CA 95076

        Milk Pail Market
        2585 California St, Mountain View, CA

        Sigona's Farmers Market
        2345 Middlefield Rd, Redwood City, CA

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        1. re: jsaimd

          Sigona's for sure. Very friendly, family run place with top quality items. There is a little more to it than a produce stand though. It's a small place but they have a full array of food items, cheeses, meats, prepared items, frozen stuff, olive oils, etc.

          Also, Roberts Markets in Portola Valley and Woodside are good.

          Bianchini's Menlo Park on Alpine and the new store in San Carlos are good stores as well for all kinds of groceries and deli (note: San Carlos location opens on 4/29 and doesn't sell alcohol).

          Roberts Market
          3015 Woodside Rd, Woodside, CA

          Roberts Market
          4420 Alpine Rd, Portola Valley, CA

          Bianchini's Market
          3130 Alpine Rd, Portola Valley, CA

          1. re: Shane Greenwood

            Sigona's occasionally has really good specials on cheese -- I still fondly remember the great La Tur pig out from a couple of Decembers ago. Piazza's also has a good cheese selection. At least one visit to Dittmer's (German butcher) is required if you live in the area.

            There's a variety of ethnic markets in the area -- when I visit my sister who lives in Palo Alto just over the Mountain View city limit, I try to fit in a stop at Crossroads World Market, which has an eclectic selection of mostly Eastern European and Middle Eastern foods.

            Rworange (who else) has done quite a bit of exploration of the markets in that area -- here's a cool sounding Brazilian market in San Mateo:

            Dittmer's Gourmet Meats
            400 San Antonio Rd Ste 4, Mountain View, CA 94040

            Crossroads World Market
            720 San Antonio Rd, Palo Alto, CA

            Piazza's Fine Foods
            3922 Middlefield Rd, Palo Alto, CA 94303

        2. I second the recs for Rose Int'l Market (Persian) & Sigona's. We also have Trader Joe's in the area with one in Menlo Park & one located in the San Antonio shopping center in Mtn. View (3rd is under construction at Town & Country in Palo Alto).

          Lastly, DH & I drop by sometimes at the farmer's market on California Street in Palo Alto on Sundays (9-1) after a Dish walk. Love the Bay Bread pastries.

          1. Another vote in favor of the Mountain View farmers market. Lots of good stuff there.

            I think the Los Altos farmers market opens the first Thursday in May. It's on 2nd St from 4-8 every Thursday. It's not on a par with the Mountain View market, but it's pretty nice, has some decent hot food and is a strong weekday afternoon alternative to the weekend markets, if that's convenient.