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Original post made on Aug 13, 2009

In California, an estimated 1 million people shop at 508 farmers markets around the state every week. Organizers say the Mountain View Farmers Market is the fourth-largest in the state, with the highest percentage of agriculture.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Thursday, August 13, 2009, 11:59 AM


Posted by Jim Doughty, a resident of another community
on Aug 13, 2009 at 3:46 pm

Regarding your article on the Farmer's Market -- where is it located??

Posted by Neil, a resident of Sylvan Park
on Aug 13, 2009 at 4:24 pm

A very informative and well-written article. I've never seen Ms. Mesher's byline before, but I look forward reading more from this promising young reporter.

Posted by Don Frances, Mountain View Voice Editor
on Aug 13, 2009 at 4:40 pm

Don Frances is a registered user.


Sorry about that, we forgot to include the when/where information at the end of the article. It's there now. The info is:

The Mountain View Farmers Market is held every Sunday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the parking lot of the downtown Caltrain station, located at 600 W. Evelyn Ave. near Hope Street. For more information, visit

Posted by Local, a resident of The Crossings
on Aug 13, 2009 at 5:37 pm

What about places like the Milk Pail? Does Milk Pail carry produce from mostly local farmers?

Posted by Laura Macias, a resident of Blossom Valley
on Aug 14, 2009 at 10:40 am

Great article, Kelsey! Our Farmers'Market really is the best around, especially since there is more room for more vendors at the train station location. I would say that the $42 average is easy to exceed since the choices are so amazing. I had a good talk with Gail, the director who mentioned that last week's chefs and cars demonstrations was a special request from the manufacturer. Apparently word of our successful Farmers' Market has spread to Japan! Well, at least to the regional Marketing offices...

Posted by John Beale, a resident of Old Mountain View
on Aug 14, 2009 at 11:18 pm

Three cheers for the Mtn.View Farmer's Market! (Although I did wonder which farm grew the cars on display last week...)

Posted by out of towner, a resident of another community
on Aug 18, 2009 at 8:14 am

A nice article but a little more depth. In a cash industry the main reason for secretive sales is tax avoidance. Wouldnt be surprised if the IRS sets rules if the industry becomes bigger. As for transportation costs, the article failed to mention economies of scale. My experience has been that the local option does not necessarily lead to lower prices. Some prices are lower and some are higher. Food from a grocery chain may come farther but at lower costs because of how it is transported. The local option is usually a truck or a van, with less product, resulting in higher costs.

Posted by Los Angeleno, a resident of another community
on May 19, 2014 at 1:47 pm

When did this farmers' market first open?