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Montclair Village (Oakland) Farmers' Market

Rod Williams | May 15, 200505:22 PM

Montclair Village now has a Farmers' Market on Sundays, from 9 to 1, It started two weeks ago and will run every Sunday thru October, I believe. It fills one block of La Salle Avenue between Mountain and Moraga Blvds.

It was very nice to see so many people strolling around our usually-car-clogged village this morning, many accompanied by happy kids and dogs. The market is not very big, just both sides of the street on one block, but there were maybe a half-dozen produce stands offering a nice variety of things -- I was impressed by colorful squash, zucchini blossoms, English peas, fava beans, baby artichokes, leeks, Swiss chard of many colors, cherries, peaches, golden raspberries -- to name but a few.

Bay Breads had a stand, and I had to pick up some kalamata olive levain (and a chocolate croissant for breakfast). Esther's German Bakery was there with gorgeous pretzels, breads and pastries. Big Paw sold tasty olive oils, plain and flavored, and vinegars, olive tapenades, smoky ketchup and various dips. There was a selection of dog treats at Orion's Mommy Made These, a fresh and smoked wild king salmon stand, an oyster bar, a van outfitted with sleek rotisseries roasting chickens over chopped potatoes (smelled heavenly). A good cut flower stand, a potted plant stand, some fine musicians... I know I'm leaving out lots of other good stuff, but you get the picture.

Come visit -- there's free parking in the big lot on La Salle and Antioch, one block east of the market.

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