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Serramonte Farmers' Market


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Serramonte Farmers' Market

Windy | Jul 13, 2006 09:15 PM

I had to get my car smogged, and remembered that Nancy Berry had posted about this market, behind Target in the Serramonte parking lot.

What a lovely market! especially this time of year, with samples of peaches and raspberries and tomatoes everywhere you look. It takes up two aisles, so perhaps 35 or 40 vendors.

This included a reasonable number of organic and less commonplace offerings, from lemon cucumbers to homemade borscht and Swiss multi-grain bread. Prices were slightly higher than Alemany but lower than the organic only markets.

Much as I love Alemany and the occasional stop at Ferry Plaza, I was struck by the warmth of virtually all the vendors at Serramonte. Many shoppers were welcomed as regulars. The corn man refused a quarter for a single ear. The strawberry man gave me a basket and a half. The flower lady helped choose the perfect sweet peas and asked if I was a teacher.

Now of course it is a glorious day out. But I felt as if I'd stumbled into a small town, albeit an extremely ethnically diverse small town. We're lucky to live here.

Thursdays 9-1 and Saturdays 10-2. Check it out.

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