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Los Altos Farmers’ Market returns May 2

The Los Altos Farmers’ Market is scheduled to return to State Street 4-8 Thursdays May 2 through Sept. 26.

According to Barbara Ambler-Thomas, director of marketing for the California Farmers’ Markets Association, the Los Altos Farmers’ Market aims to offer a wide variety of farm-to-market foods while supporting local farmers and sustainable agriculture.

The market, she added, provides a combination of the USDA’s five food groups – fruits, vegetables, grains, protein foods and dairy – to encourage healthful eating habits.

The 2013 Los Altos Farmers’ Market will feature fruits from a variety of local farmers, including the Rodriguez Farm in Watsonville selling strawberries, Prevedelli Farms in Watsonville stocking myriad apple varieties and Ferry Ranches in Woodlake offering fresh-squeezed orange juice and navel oranges.

On the vegetable front, Rio de Parras Organics in Salinas will feature lettuce, beets, garlic and onions; and Chong’s Farm in Fresno will bring tomatoes in season and an Asian vegetable assortment including bok choy, cilantro, radishes and mustard greens.

Grains, protein and dairy will also be available for purchase at the market, as well as specialty foods. The award-winning Achadinha Goat Cheese from Petaluma, fresh-baked whole-grain breads from San Francisco’s PANoRAMA Bakery Co. and Swiss herb rotisserie chickens will be among the offerings.

One shopper each month will receive a basket full of nutritious foods from each of the market’s vendors.

The Los Altos Farmers’ Market is one of the County Agricultural Commissioner-approved locations where farmers offer for sale only fruits and vegetables they grow themselves.

For more information, visit www.CAFarmersMkts.com or Facebook/LosAltosFarmers- Mkt or call (800) 806-3276.

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