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What’s to Answers abound at the new farmers’ market in downtown Woodside Story by Dave Boyce
Top: Dion Brennan, the general manager at Flour Chylde Bakery in Novato, shares gentle wit and samples of gluten free baked goods at Woodside’s downtown farmers’ market. Right, inset: The cornucopia of produce from Salinas Farm included green onions and red radishes at the May 19 market. Left: Medjhool dates came from the Flying Disc Ranch in Thermal, California, just north of the Salton Sea in Southern California.
# Photos by Michelle Le
s usual in this season, spring is busting out all over, and in Woodside, there’s a new venue for farmgrown products: the Sunday afternoon farmers’ market at the elementary school. There are organic vegetables, grassfed beef, fish, vegetables grown in cooperation with fish. It’s a cornucopia. The farmers’ market in the school parking lot at 3195 Woodside Road is nearly two months old. Patrons of the
Wednesday afternoon Skylonda market will recognize faces and layout. Like Skylonda, the downtown market is small — eight to 10 vendors — in two rows, and it’s under the same management: Maggie Foard, the founder of goat’s milk chocolate vendor Kidding Around With Chocolate in La Honda and author of the cookbook “Goat Cheese.” Ms. Foard’s website lists 24 See page 19
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C O M M U N I T Y PUBLIC HEARING NOTICE TOWN OF PORTOLA VALLEY AMENDMENT TO A MASTER FEE SCHEDULE NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the Town Council of the Town of Portola Valley, California, will hold a public hearing to consider adopting an amendment the Town’s Master Fee Schedule to reinstate, create or increase fees for the following departments; Administration, Planning, Building and Public Works. The amounts of the proposed fees are based on information which will be available to the public at least 10 days in advance of this Public Hearing. NOTICE IS HEREBY FURTHER GIVEN that the Town Council of the Town of Portola Valley will hold this Public Hearing on Wednesday, June 12, 2013, at 7:30 p.m., or as near as possible thereafter, in the Historic Schoolhouse of the Town of Portola Valley, Town Center - 765 Portola Road, Portola Valley, California, at which time and placed interested persons may appear and be heard thereon. The farmers’ market is on the campus of Woodside Elementary School in Woodside.
WHAT’S TO EAT?
mental Health website, vendors must put samples “in approved, clean covered containers,” which means plastic cups with plastic lids, Ms. Bragg said. “Regardless of the end process of such materials, it is an unnecessary waste of money as well as natural resources,” Ms. Bragg said. “Our process, which is approved by most other counties, requires less
or “assistant farmers,” as its website calls them. The system is mostly self-sustaining in that vendors so there are changes the plant roots extract nutrients from week to week. Among the from the waste in the water vendors there on Mother’s Day, produced by the fish, “creating May 12, were Farmageddon, a perfectly synergistic cycle.” Ouroboros Farms and Leftcoast The fish eat lettuce trimmings, Grassfed Beef, all from Pescaworms and insect larvae, and dero; One Ocean Seafood from the system is topped off occaBelmont; Nut n’ Bean hummus sionally to replace water lost and nut butters from Hayward; to evaporation and absorption and North by plants, the Bay Curds & website says. Whey, a cheese Water maker from buffaloes near Bodega make milk, Bay. and North More venBay Curds & dors t ha n Whey makes there is room cheese out for is someof that milk thing of a and brings it necessity, Ms. to Woodside Foard said every other in an email. week, cheese“Using small maker Alissa artisan venShethar told dors means the Almanac. that they only The milk is have so much 10 percent fat m a n p o w e r Woodside Mayor Anne Kasten, right, checks out the organic produce at the and 9 percent and so much booth of Salinas Farm merchant Nora Edith. lactose. “It’s produc t .” packaging for an important very good for cheese-makChicken and pork from Early experience.” So Flour Chylde ing,” Ms. Shethar said. The Bird Ranch comes only on the avoids Contra Costa County. water buffaloes’ ancestry passes first Sunday of the month. “It’s Flour Chylde also distributes through Florida to Jamaica, she a huge amount of work to pro- unsold goods to the home- said. duce and sell a quality product less — and composts its stale The future could include like theirs,” she said. “I look goods, an unusual step for “impromptu” events such as forward to something special commercial bakers, Ms. Bragg cookbook author signings and from them. When you have said. “We believe no food food pairings, Ms. Foard said. to wait for perfection, you can should go into trash cans,” Ms. A small mushroom farm is really appreciate the work that’s Bragg said. “I believe in every- coming in June, she said. gone in and it seems to taste thing we purchase, we (must) Go to tinyurl.com/WSFMeven better!” ask: ‘Is this recyclable? Is this 123 for more information on Flour Chylde Bakery was compostable?’” Zero waste is the farmers’ markets in Woodthere on Mother’s Day. The the goal, she said. “If we can side. Novato bakery offered gluten- either recycle or compost all free cakes, muffins and bars materials, ingredients or food Photo on the cover and distributed its samples on we make ... we have made the Cory holds her 6-month-old daughter Juliana while checking out fresh procompostable paper — because world a better place.” duce with her daughter Katie at the San Mateo County allows it, Ouroboros Farms tries to Ouroboros Farms booth on Sunday, owner and baker Catherine close the waste loop with May 19, at the downtown Woodside Bragg told the Almanac. In aquaculture. The lettuce, bok farmers’ market, which is about to comContra Costa County, accord- choy and other greens grow in plete its second month of operation. ing to the county’s Environ- water also inhabited by fish, Photo by Michelle Le/The Almanac. continued from page 17
May 22, 2013
Sharon Hanlon Town Clerk
Published in the Almanac on May 29 and June 5
NOTICE OF BUDGET HEARING The Portola Valley Elementary School District will hold a public hearing on the proposed budget for ﬁscal year 2013-14 on Wednesday, June 12, 2013 at 7:30 p.m. at Corte Madera School, Room 102 located at 4575 Alpine Road, Portola Valley, California. A copy of the proposed budget will be available for public examination at the Portola Valley Elementary School District Ofﬁce at 4575 Alpine Road, Portola Valley, California from June 6, 2013 through June 12, 2013 between the hours of 9:00 a.m. and 12:00 p.m. Any taxpayer directly affected by the Portola Valley Elementary School District Budget may appear before the Portola Valley Elementary School District Board of Trustees and speak to the proposed budget or any item therein. 5/29/13 CNS-2487663# THE ALMANAC
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Local talent stages show at Valley Presbyterian The 20th Crossroads & Friends Coffee House and Talent Show will take place at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, June 1, at Lane Family Hall on the campus of Valley Presbyterian Church, 945 Portola Road in Portola Valley. The musical and comedy show will feature local singers, musicians, comedians, mime artists and others. The show will be modeled on â€œPrairie Home Companion,â€? the Garrison Keillor radio show. Local bluegrass ensemble Steep Ravine will headline the show. The band of locally based musicians, includes mandolin player Andy Oâ€™Brien, a 2007 graduate of Menlo-Atherton High School. Crossroads Coffee House was first staged in 1994 as a goingaway party for the pastors, Mark and Cheryl Goodman-Morris, who were taking their first summer sabbatical. â€œWe had so much fun, we decided that we would say goodbye to them at the beginning of every summer, whether they were leaving town or not,â€? said event emcee Chris Preimesberger, founding member of the Crossroads folk group that hosted the first show