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Los Gatos Farmers Market & homemade absinthe

Stanley Stephan | May 19, 200305:46 PM

I haven't been to Los Gatos in many years and decided to drive through it Sunday and .... voila ... another Farmer's Market.

Was a little burnt out on farmer's markets and almost passed, but it turns out to be my third favorite farmers market to date in the Bay Area.

Almost all the vendors from Santana Row were there and it was twice the size. It hugs the shaded grassy town square with a lovely fountain. There was live music. Very relaxing.

The find here was

Lathe House Nursery which sells fresh medicinal and culinary herbs. This is where you can buy fresh wormwood if you want to cook up your own absinthe.

Should you be in a REALLY Martha Stewart mood you can buy a marshmallow plant to eventually use to make your own home made marshmallows.

They had wild bergamot, burdock, motherwart, skullcap, epazote, ginko, milkthistle, amoung others. Although who in their right mind would actually BUY a dandelion? If I didn't have cats that eat anything living, I would have stocked up. These cats sleep so much that if they chewed on the valerium how could I tell they were alive other than checking the food dish?

Wonderful and unusual culinary selection as well. No web site as yet, but he is planning to have classes at his nursery somewhere near Aptos about how to use medicinal herbs. Only a number ... 831 685-3554.

In the prepared food category, Nina's Kitchen is a Russian bakery that has some of the best Russian baked goods I've ever had. Lovely poppyseed rolls and moist tea cakes. I don't like piroskies because they have too much crust. These were stellar ... thin with a hand pinched edge the right ratio of filling to pastry. I had the cabbage and mushroom. Excellent. She has a restaurant in Watsonville that is on my list to try if I'm in that area:
924 East Lake Ave
(831) 724-6176

My favorite vegetable vendor was at the end ... Borba, Lovely golden raspberries, excellent blueberries and some nice looking hot peppers.

Martha's berry farm has some more expensive by fifty cents, blueberries and blueberry jam. No samples of the jam though.

Fontana farms seemed to be the Hamada of the South Bay. Nice vegetables in addition to huge variety of flavored nuts and jellies. I liked the unique pepper cot sauce.

Beautiful arrangements and cut flowers at Country Essences.They also have interesting flower arranging classes on Tuesdays and Thursdays followed by luncheon. Also based in Watsonville (831) 722 4549.

There was a nice orchid vendor as well.

No fresh fish stands which was a good thing given the warm weather in Los Gatos. Adell's was selling it's sausages. An interesting looking bake stand was Devon's Delectables.

Higher ratio of produce to prepared foods than Santana Row. Many of the vendors seemed to be from the Watsonville area. The quaslity of the produce was better also.

Very pleasant market surrounded by coffee shops and interesting stores. I enjoed a cup at the tri-level Los Gatos coffee shop. They have a nice little nook for children to play. They have a selection of loose teas and some excellent looking cakes.

If I lived in the south bay, I'd be hanging out at the Los Gatos Farmers Market.

Excellent looking crepes at a vendor called Crêpes by Antoine. Here's a review.



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