Woodside green-lights farmers' market


The second Skylonda farmers' market this year, and the first fully legitimate one, is expected to open at 3 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 10, in the parking lot near the corner of Skyline Boulevard and Highway 84 in Woodside.

By a unanimous vote on Sept. 26, the Woodside Planning Commission amended use permits to allow open air sales at 17265 and 17285 Skyline Blvd. No more than eight vendors will be allowed. The decision was made after a discussion of about 25 minutes, said senior planner Sage Schaan.

The farmers' markets will be held on Wednesday afternoons between 3 and 7 p.m. (or dusk, if it comes sooner), with one additional hour at each end for set-up and disassembly.

Items allowed for sale include produce, flowers, plants and prepared foods, according to a Planning Commission staff report. There will be no outdoor cooking. Food trucks will not be a part of the scene, Mr. Schaan said.

"It was never MY intention to interfere with any local businesses," market manager Maggie Foard told the Almanac. "There is a good deli at Skywood Trading Post and good burger scene at Alice's across the street. We have Cafe Questa down in La Honda, The Mountain House a few minutes up the road on King's Mountain (Road) and the Bella Vista. There are good places to eat out. What we don't have up here is a convenient place to shop for fresh goods."

The market will offer local organic vegetables, organic apples, honey, grass-fed beef, wild and sustainable seafood, native plants and seedlings, fresh goat cheese, free-range eggs and goat's-milk chocolate made by Ms. Foard, she said, adding: "Alice's Restaurant across the street will put on (a) weekly Wednesday market menu consisting of ingredients from the market such as a grass-fed burger and a special market salad."

"Alice's will be putting a number of items on our menu for this Wednesday's Farmers Market," said restaurant co-owner Andy Kerr when asked to comment. "One of the items will be a grass fed burger served on a whole wheat bun and the meat will be supplied by a local farmer called Tom Cat Ranch,another item we will be serving is a Kale and Sunflower green salad and again this is coming from a local farmer."

"At Alice's," Mr. Kerr continued, "we try to buy local and sustainable as much as we can. This becomes difficult do to the seasons and we are not able to buy everything local we do our best."

Buying a truckload of broccoli or carrots and showing up claiming to be a local farmer is not allowed. The market is one of 31 certified by the San Mateo County Department of Agriculture/Weights & Measures, which requires that the goods are being sold by the people who produced them. "Truly a farm-to-table transaction," Ms. Foard noted.


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Posted by Georgia
a resident of another community
on Oct 9, 2012 at 11:26 am

Wonderful! Thank you for everyone's efforts. Our "on the crest" commerce center will be nicely rounded out now :-) -Georgia on Skyline

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Posted by Andrea
a resident of Woodside: Skywood/Skylonda
on Oct 11, 2012 at 8:20 am

The market was absolutely beautiful yesterday! I bought something from every vendor!
And the coolest thing, to top it off, was to head over to Alice's to enjoy the specials they created from the market. My two friends and I tried each of the specials and they were incredible! Cheers to all those who faught to keep this local farmers market on the hill!

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