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Artichokes, cherries headline at market

Photos by Eliza Ridgeway/Town Crier
Spade & Plow’s artichokes, above, and Gazpachos’ seasoned fruit cups, below, are new this year at Los Altos’ Farmers’ Market.

The iconic fruits of summer haven’t arrived yet in Los Altos, but a few key players ripened in time to headline opening day at the Downtown Los Altos Farmers’ Market last week. The market runs 4-8 p.m. Thursdays through Sept. 27 on State Street.

“This year it’s been cold. We were nervous we weren’t going to have cherries, but they will be there,” market manager Kayla Harden said of the last-minute forecasting that goes into market preparation days before its debut. “The stone fruit won’t be there until the second week of May. But there will be blueberries.”

Market organizers kicked off the 2018 season with a cooking class and samples from chef Laura Stec of Innovative Cuisine, a sangria tasting courtesy of the Los Altos Village Association and a craft area for kids visiting the market.

New food offerings include nearly a dozen varieties of fresh mushrooms from E&H Farms and gigantic artichokes from Spade & Plow, among a host of other vegetables from the organic farm.

Morsey’s Farmhouse Kitchen, the restaurant at 134 Main St., has a market stall selling buffalo milk, cheese and, in weeks to come, gelato from owners Kal and Yulia Morsey’s herd of water buffalo.

Microgreen Depot, a new stall selling tiny, living greenery at the market, offers finishing touches that add a hint of color and crunch as a modern garnish for ambitious home cooking or a key component of salads.

New prepared food vendors include Four Seasons Rolls, which uses market produce to make spring rolls each week as well as serving up Vietnamese dishes and Asian-fusion combos. Also new this year, Gazpachos cuts up market fruit and tosses it with a signature chili lime sauce for hot weather eating as well as offering blended smoothies. In coming weeks, watch for a fresh noodle specialist called Miaos Cafe.

In addition to weekly live music, crafts and stalls from local community organizations, the market is planning to incorporate activities on the Downtown Green when Los Altos closes one of its cross streets to create a pedestrian boulevard. The annual Kids Day, which includes expanded programming for young people, is scheduled July 26.

For more information on the market, call (800) 806-3276 or visit

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