Living in the southbay/suburbish city of Sunnyvale has its fantastic advantages when it comes to varieties of farmers markets. But I must say, some of my favorites have been right in my back yard.
The Sunnyvale farmer’s market, most Saturdays throughout the year, currently in the parking lot of the Sunnyvale Cal trains station on Evelyn Ave., is a medium sized farmer’s market that has some really, really good quality produce. There’s always the variety of seasonal fruits, veggies and such throughout I would say, 30-40% of the vendors. Then you get to the specialties like bread, pastries, sausages, fresh fish, kettle corn, to name a few. The thing I like about the Sunnyvale farmers market is, there’s enough choices, but not TOO many. I, like most people, like to find the best priced vendor for say strawberries on any given day. Taste of course is also tied with price. But I don’t want to be overwhelmed with vendors where I see and try a sample, and it’s good, but the back of my mind thinks that there might be someone else down the row that sells it cheaper, then I don’t buy it, get side tracked, and forget to buy it all together! Yes, this is controllable and if you are a firm decision maker, then you wouldn’t have this problem.
This farmer’s market is very walkable, has a good amount of parking across the street and in the underground garage.
The Mountain View farmer’s market is much larger in size, located in the Caltrain’s station in Mountain View, by Castro street. This market seems to have even MORE produce and veggie venders than the Sunnyvale one, but ‘seems’ to have less of the specialty vendors that I see at the Saturday market. I’m sure I’m overlooking some of the specialties since it’s a bit of an overwheming and crowded market, the rows are narrower compared to the Sunnyvale market, but I’m sure you will find just the same quality produce you can find in Sunnyvale.
The one tip I would have for anyone going to a market that is tight on the purse strings, try going towards closing time. Some vendors discount their inventory since they don’t want to haul it back to the farm with them, only for it to go bad and have to throw it away, so it’s been a fantastic time to buy fruits etc. Of course your selection will be more limited to what is there come sunrise, but I have not been disappointed in what I have purchased later in the day.