It's almost time for my weekend ritual...the Mountain View Farmer's Market! I would say this is the best farmer's market in the South Bay. There's a wide variety of fresh vegetables and fruits from over fifty vendors, with a good representation of Asian vendors selling everything from fresh bitter squash and mustard greens to golden chards. There's also a multitude of prepared foods ready for you to sample. My favorite is the sausage guy who always says, "Don't be shy, don't walk by - once you try, you can't deny!" Last week there's was a new organic soymilk vendor there making fresh soymilk with organic grains. That was quite delicious and very flavorful. My usual stops are the Russian bakery for piroshkis, the Chinese hand-made dumplings shop, and the tamales vendor for corn and pineapple tamales. There are some great plants to peruse as well. Last week I got a beautiful South African plant called the Spring Starflower (see picture). There's also an orchids dealer that has some beautiful fragrant orchids that smell like vanilla and chocolate. Don't worry if you've got kids. This place is totally kids friendly-there's live music and even a balloon artist.
The MV farmer's market runs year-round on Sundays from 9am to 1pm in the MV CAL Train parking lot.