Tue08192014

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Merchants, maypoles, music: Farmers' Market season launches May 1


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Visitors examine the fresh produce on display at last year’s Downtown Los Altos Farmers’ Market.

It wouldn’t be spring without the return of the Downtown Los Altos Farmers’ Market May 1. The Los Altos Village Association sponsors the annual showcase of fresh, local foods.

Live music and a large maypole made for dancing will greet the season’s first visitors, along with local vegetables, fruits, flowers, baked goods, meats and specialty items that customers have come to expect. The seasonal market is scheduled 4-8 p.m. Thursdays on State Street through the end of September.

The market offers a mix of farm-fresh foods as well as options for those looking to dine, converse with neighbors or take in the live entertainment.

“They love the variety of all the things we offer,” said Barbara Ambler-Thomas, California Farmers Market Association director of marketing and administration, of local residents who wander the stands of the market’s 21 farmers and 20 food purveyors.

To keep things fresh, Ambler-Thomas said the market will welcome several new vendors for the 2014 season. With more than 100 applications for seven open spots, she sought vendors who would appeal to Los Altos patrons.

Customers cite accessibility to local farm products, flavor of foods offered and availability of organic items as top reasons for patronizing the market.

Bringing 100 percent raw honey harvested from combs of bees pollinating area flowers, the Honey Ladies of Los Gatos will offer a sweet addition to the market.

With a thriving dinner crowd, the market has also added several new food vendors serving items from local farms.

Ecopia Farms will sell farm-harvested lettuces, herbs and homemade dressings to customers via the salad-in-a-box concept.

Koz’s Kitchen food truck from Modesto will present homestyle entrées like pulled pork, muffuletta sandwiches and macaroni and cheese.

Festival-like atmosphere

With up to 3,000 visitors ambling through the market on Thursdays, organizers emphasize socializing as much as shopping.

Contributing to the festival-like scene is the return of the children’s craft area and a community area that showcases cars and educational displays.

To promote synergy between the market and downtown merchants, the Los Altos Village Association will host local businesses at its market booth.

GreenTown Los Altos will once again offer valet parking for bicycles and two-wheel transportation.

For more information on the Farmers’ Market, visit cafarmersmkts.com/markets/category/los-altos-farmers-market.

For more information on the Los Altos Village Association, visit downtownlosaltos.org.

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