Find a Farmers Market This Spring
Life in The Bay Area means being surrounded by some of the best farm and ranch land in the world. In San Mateo (voted best small town for food), you’ll find a staggering array of independent and innovative eateries—offering every cuisine you can imagine in celebration of this abundant yield. Get inspired for your own table by the variety of fresh local ingredients at our local Farmers’ Markets, conveniently located within minutes of Bay Meadows.
San Mateo Certified Farmers’ Market
College of San Mateo, 700 West Hillsdale Boulevard
Saturdays: 9:00am to 1:00pm. Year-round.
The CSM Certified Farmers’ Market operates year round, rain or shine offering fresh California grown fruits, vegetables and fresh-cut flowers from several area farms, baked goods, hot foods and other high quality local products.
What veggies are in season in spring ? Artichokes, asparagus, beets, bok choy, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, cabbage, carrots, cauliflower, celery, celeriac, chard, garlic, endive, kale, kohlrabi, fava beans, leeks, lettuce, mushrooms, onions, parsnips, peas, potatoes, radishes, spinach, sweet potatoes, turnips.
Spring onions are a variety of green onion with a strong flavor and a bit larger white bulbs. The PCFMA says the spring onions can be diced or chopped and added to sauces, stir fries, and other dishes. They can also be grilled, roasted and served as a garnish or side vegetable. When purchasing, look for crisp green leaves with no wilting or yellowing and firm, well-formed bulbs.
Whether you want to make a fresh Pea, Lettuce and Spring Onion Soup or Grilled Spring Onions with Romesco Sauce, here are a few clever recipes to celebrate the season with spring onions. You can also easily roast spring onions by washing them, trimming root end and a bit of the green end. Place them on a foil-lined cookie sheet in a single layer and drizzle with olive oil. Add salt and pepper and roast at 400 degrees for about 20 to 25 minutes.
25th Avenue Farmers’ Market
25th Ave. & Hacienda Street
Tuesdays: 4:00pm to 7:30pm. May to October.
Enjoy a taste of California’s best at the 25th Avenue Farmers’ Market in San Mateo. With the support of the 25th Avenue Business Association, the Farmers’ Market transforms the parking lot of the First Presbyterian Church into an agricultural marketplace featuring the best and freshest California-grown fruits and vegetables from the fields and orchards of local farmers.
What fruits are in season in spring? Lemons, limes, oranges, raspberries, strawberries.
Mandarin oranges are rich in vitamin C, fat-free, and a real flavor booster in recipes thanks to its sweet, zesty flavor. Here are 7 ways to bring the fresh taste of mandarins into your home this spring including Orange Cream Pie, Soft Shrimp Tacos with Tropical Salsa and Crispy Sesame Salad Stack.
Missed the weekly farmers market and can’t wait a week? Just around the corner at 1010 Park Place, Whole Foods Market serves up fresh produce from local purveyors year round. Whole Foods Market has been serving the community since January, 2003, with fresh, natural and organic foods, and excellent customer service. Scoop up some fresh strawberries and whip up salsa, jam, punch, cake and more using these delicious strawberry recipes from Whole Foods.
The vibrant Bay Meadows Town Square will be the ideal gathering place with ground floor retail, outdoor dining, pop-ups and more. Modeled after European plazas, it will include a large central fountain as the focal point and will serve as an energetic and dynamic urban core with plenty to keep you occupied. Once Caltrain is electrified, the platform will be elevated and grade separations will be installed on 31st and 28th Avenues, which means the Town Square will be the perfect place to relax outside for a glass of wine or an ice cream after a day of shopping at Hillsdale Mall.