Fresh red lychees from Mexico were being sold by quite a few of the local farm stands. I know when I think Half Moon Bay, I think fresh lychees.
It turns out that these stands which have fresh local produce, also seem to cater to the local Latino community. So they have out of area, WAY out of area items like pineapples, mangos, and papayas.
Heres the farm stands and groceries that Ive visited over the past few decades.
Andreotti Family Farm
Bob's Vegetable Stand
N.D. Muzzi Ranch
Marsh and Sons
Phipps Country Store and Farm
Tom and Pete's Produce
Unamed Local Produce near Lemos Farm pony rides
Whitney Ranch Organic Garden
Cunha's Country Store
El Granada General store - The worlds best hardware store coffee
Half Moon Bay Wine & Cheese
Nebbia Tasting Room / Obester Winery
ANDREOTTI FAMILY FARM
329 Kelly Avenue, Half Moon Bay (650) 726-9151
Second location on Highway 1 800 Cabrillo Highway, Half Moon Bay
The BEST thing about this farm stand is the EGGS.
They are free range and a dozen ($4.99) will come in different colors. Open the egg boxes to choose which eggs look the most appealing. Mine ranged from various browns and tans, cream, light green and pale blue.
I havent tried them yet. I never knew this long time farm existed in Half Moon Bay just down the street from the Safeway Plaza. They just opened a new farm stand on Highway 1 as you head towards Princeton. They also sell at the San Mateo College Farmers Market on Wednesdays and Saturdays.
They had a nice selection of local and a little out of the area produce. They also had garlic spray, dried beans and local honeys. I havent been to the original farm stand on Kelly Avenue which is located in an old historic barn according to their flyer. In the fall they have sugar pie pumpkins, Indian corn, gourds, squash, and corn stalks.
Open Fri. - Sun. all year from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Located in the 100+ year old Chandler Milk Barn at 1759 Pescadero Creek Road. (650) 879-0371.
Never been here. Fresh artichokes, sweet strawberries, peas, corn, brussel sprouts, pumpkins, and other fresh, local produce. Open March - Oct. Thurs. - Sun. 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m
BOB'S VEGETABLE STAND
Half Moon Bay (650) 712-7740
This is the stand just outside of Half Moon Bay on Highway 1 heading to Santa Cruz.
It has been redone and gets my vote for most improved. I almost didnt stop because their produce was usually out of the area and not very good. Wow have they changed. Theres lots of local produce and some of it organic.
It is now uber-clean. There was nice summer squash, peas, favas, artichokes, melons, corn, peppers (bell and hot), four types of garlic, beautiful heirloom potatoes, fresh herbs etc, etc. .
640 Cabrillo Hwy, Pescadero, CA 94060 (650) 879-0414
This is the pick your own olallieberries / kiwi place. Another farm I havent visited since my attitude runs along the lines of No, absolutely not. YOU do the picking. They have teamed up with Swanton Berry Farm as they transition to organic berries. Excellent history of the ranch in link below.
Looking at the site, it is high on my list to stop by next time. Family-owned since 1917. they have artichokes, mini-pumpkins, mini-corn, ornamental corn and gourds, local honey and flowers, olallieberry and kiwifruit preserves, and kiwi vine wreaths. They also have Hay-Ride farm tours for groups.
THE FARMERS DAUGHTER
Between El Granada & Moss Beach. 5 miles north of Half Moon Bay, across from Half Moon Bay Airport. (650) 728-8660.
One of my least favorite stands. They make a big thing about having organic produce. It looks bad and wilted. They were selling bagged Paul Newmans lettuce. They did have some nice potatoes yesterday. There was also some local honey. Open on weekends March - Oct. 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. and daily during pumpkin season.
Half Moon Bay (650) 726-4922
My favorite stand.
It has the most local produce. Outstanding lettuce ... huge, leafy and just picked. There are usually a half dozen types of lettuce. They always have nice flowers at good prices. Sunday there were cosmos, sunflowers, zinnias and dahlias. :Some of the local produce included peas, swiss chard, French carrots, artichokes new potatoes, cherries and strawberries. Other out of area veggies are available. When they have them, the heads of cabbage are huge. Love this stand. It is always a stop for me.
MARSH & SONS
Half Moon Bay(650) 726-5792
Stand next to the Marsh and Sons sign. Six dollars for a flat of strawberries. Fresh chickpeas, local honey, bananas, cherries, figs, mangos watermenlon pineappole stone fruit and lychees.
N.D. Muzzi Ranch
Located in San Gregorio on Hwy 84, 1 mile east of Hwy (650) 726-3994.
Never stopped here. Strawberries, artichokes, and other local produce picked fresh daily. Open 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. March to Nov.
Princeton-by-the-Sea near the airport
I have never noticed this stand before which is a few houses away from Mezza Luna. When I asked if they were new, they said they have been selling at that spot for 48 years. Very nice quality local and out of area produce. Very pretty hanging plants in the back. They are only open on the weekend.
PHIPPS COUNTRY STORE AND FARM
2700 Pescadero Rd., Pescadero. (650) 879-0787
Roadside produce market, farm, barnyard, and nursery. Heirloom beans, herbs, berries, gourmet vinegars, and spices inside. Ferns, succulents, and herb plants in nursery. Pumpkins in season. Summer hours: 10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. daily. Winter hours: 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. daily. Call for seasonal pick your own berries.
TOM AND PETE'S PRODUCE
Intersection of Hwy 92 and Main Street in Half Moon Bay. next to Flying fish. (650) 726-2561
Indoor fresh fruit and produce market. Some local honeys. I never seem to find anything I really like here but they have good prices. Open 8:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. daily. (650) 726-9151.
UNAMED LOCAL PRODUCE
On 92, near Lemos farms, the detestable Pony Ride place
Cherries, strawberries Lot of out of area produce like bananas and pineapples Old barn with corrugated metal roof. Smallest selection and prices were no better. Not worth my time to stop again.
Whitney Ranch Organic Garden
60 Fernwood Dr., La Honda (650) 747-9557 or (650) 747-0846.
Never been here. 3-acre market garden offering gourmet vegetables, fruits, herbs, and some flowers. All grown 100% organic and pesticide-free. The garden is open weekends and holidays 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. from May to Oct. and any time by appointment
CUNHA'S COUNTRY STORE
448 MAIN ST. Half Moon Bay (650) 726-4071
My first time in the store since the fire. I never stopped here often before the fire so I cant do a comparison. It is very clean and well organized.
There are lots of breads from area bakers like Moon Side Bakery, Scone Age, Arcongelli breads and pies. There is Portuguese bread from Five Star Bakery in SJ. To go with your bread there is an impressive selection of jams and jellies, many made by the store.
Hot food is available at the meat counter in the back. Yesterday they had roasted beef ribs, chicken, Pork ribs, turkey legs and wings, baby back ribs. There are also sandwiches and salads at the front of the store. However, if it is open, the Garden Deli Café a few doors down has the best sandwiches in town on their fresh baked bread. They were open when I walked by (a line out the door) and the bread smelled wonderful.
Cunhas also had an impressive upscale chocolate bar collection near the register. A good place to pick up picnic supplies. They have Harley Farms cheeses
EL GRANADA GENERAL AND HARDWARE STORE
400 Alhambra, El Granada (650) 726-4618.
There is a drip coffee bar where your coffee is made to order. A small coffee is only $1.
There are many glass bins of coffee for sale which carry labels saying, The worlds best hardware store coffee
You cant argue with that and the price is right for a made to order cup. Not the ultimate coffee experience, but very nice.
They also sell scoops of Breyers Ice cream. Thats the good stuff Breyers with no added ingredients and NOT the usual gluey Dryers. They make smoothies and a few sandwiches;
Yes there is such a place as downtown El Granada. The store is located across from the post office. Post office and store is pretty much the El Granada business district.
It really is a hardware store / coffee shop with jars of screws, nuts and bolts on the shelves next to the coffee. Did I detect a faint metallic taste in the coffee or was that just the power of suggestion staring at all that hardware. Really, it was good coffee.
It is in the Pillar Point area, up the street from Gibraltar Café.
HALF MOON BAY WINE & CHEESE
604 Main Street, Half Moon Bay(650) 726-1520
Never been. They say they have over 200 types of cheese and 20 types of olives. There is a wine bar and the wine shop carries over 800 boutique wines. Heres their web site
HARLEY FARMS GOAT DAIRY
205 North Street, PO Box 173, Pescadero, CA 94060
1-800-394-2939 or 1-650-879-0480
Fresh goat cheese. Goats are outside the door turning grass into milk. Heres my post on the cheese shop which is open on weekends
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Pescadero (650) 879-0410
One of the two markets in town. They carry Duartes pies. On Sunday there was BBQ. Dont know if that is available often. There was a pleasant outdoor eating area.
NEBBIA TASTING ROOM / OBESTER WINERY
This is the winery that you see on Highway 92 as you enter Half Moon Bay. They have a new tasting room downtown. I wasnt impressed. It costs $8 to try four mediocre wines.
However, the Champagne at $11.95 is actually very nice and went very well with my Harley Farms goat cheese and Swanton Chandler strawberries.
At the winery you can play bocce ball in their picnic area. They have special events like a Bottle and Cork Day where you can get involved with the wine making process. They are having a garlic BBQ at the end of July. More info on the site.
Of course, there is also Safeway and Albertsons, but thats no fun.