We’ve been gradually discovering things around our new neighborhood. One of the farmers market near us is in Castro Valley at the BART station parking there. It’s year-round on Saturdays from 10am-2pm. I have to say that I was surprised that it didn’t start until 10am. I’m use to farmers market starting at 8am.

Photo Aug 01, 11 34 32 AMPhoto Aug 01, 11 39 45 AMThey have a flower vendor who make beautiful bouquets and for a good deal! This one above was for $10! Way prettier than the ones at Trader Joe’s.

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Photo Aug 01, 11 36 57 AM Photo Aug 01, 11 36 33 AMPhoto Aug 01, 11 34 07 AMThere’s a nice selection of produce, although, I wished there were more organic options. I was happy to find out there was an Asian produce stand, so I can buy items like long bean and water spinach (ong choy in Chinese or rau muong in Vietnamese). I was hoping that some of the farmers I normally shopped from would be there. Oh well, time to find new farmers to buy from. It’s a pretty small farmers market, but there enough of a variety for you get everything you need – including a fresh seafood stand.

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There’s always some type of musical entertainment at the farmers market. It seems to change each week or every few weeks.

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There weren’t many food service vendors to my disappointment. I recalled there only three:

1) Angela’s Homestyle Potato Salad – sold lemonade and potato salad
2) Arnold’s Catering – bbq truck
3) Flambe: Asian American Grill – Vietnamese fusion

We went with Flambe: Asian American Grill and potato salad from Angela’s. We got the beef Hawaiian sliders, which was delicious! There were two bakery vendors and a pie vendor that I plan to go back to try.

Since moving, we’ve been busy and haven’t explore what other farmers market at in the area yet. We plan to visit more, which I will share all of them. Hopefully, we’ll figure out which one is the best fit for our needs.

 

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