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Kabocha (very) near Palo Alto?

eethan Oct 7, 2011 11:10 AM

Has anybody noticed kabochas anywhere within 5 mi. (i.e. no car-distance) of Palo Alto? Maybe at the PA or MP farmers' markets? (Do they grow here?? Not sure why not.)

I have gotten them from Mitsuwa before, but it'd be nice not to go so far.

Much obliged!

675 Saratoga Ave, San Jose, CA

  1. Ruth Lafler Oct 7, 2011 11:28 AM

    Yes, they grow here. I see them all the time at various markets, both farmers markets and bricks-and-mortar markets with good produce selections. Where have you looked? You might have to look carefully, because they might be mixed in with other winter squashes under a single generic label.

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    1. re: Ruth Lafler
      takuhead Oct 7, 2011 07:44 PM

      Ranch 99 and Nijiya both had them in Mountain View today - much cheaper at Ranch 99 - only 99 cents a pound.

    2. ckshen Oct 7, 2011 07:44 PM

      i got mine at the Sunnyvale farmer's market, at either the Happy Boy's or the Pinnacle stalls.

      Both stalls also sell in the Palo Alto california avenue farmer's market on sundays.

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        eethan Oct 8, 2011 08:50 AM

        OK, thanks guys. I hadn't looked very hard yet; they aren't at TJs MP or PA, but T. Joe's is not very good for produce, and I haven't seen them at the Safeways either, but that is also not a surprise.

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        1. re: eethan
          bbulkow Oct 8, 2011 03:45 PM

          Hopping the train to the MV farmer's market tomorrow would seem a good plan.

        2. Melanie Wong Oct 8, 2011 12:41 PM

          Does the Japanese market in menlo park have fresh produce? Might be worth calling Nak's.

          Nak's Oriental Market
          1151 Chestnut St, Menlo Park, CA

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          1. re: Melanie Wong
            takuhead Oct 8, 2011 04:07 PM

            Saw them all over the Sunnyvale farmer's market today - many of those vendors will be in Palo Alto tomorrow - California ave - at least 4 of those will have it - Happy Boy was one of them

            And I know at least 4 vendors will have it at the Mountain View market - I even saw two different varieties of them - I had thought there was only one...

            Happy eating!

            1. re: takuhead
              Melanie Wong Oct 8, 2011 04:23 PM

              I have friends who grow two different varieties. One is redder inside and darker green on the outside.

          2. RWCFoodie Oct 9, 2011 01:06 PM

            San Mateo Farmer's Market at CSM has them at a couple of vendors plus Safeway(s) in Menlo Park have had them too. I've seen them at pretty much all of the various Asian markets.

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