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A farmers' market in downtown Woodside?

 

Skylonda residents and the Woodside Town Council welcomed a farmers' market on Wednesday afternoons at Skyline Boulevard and La Honda Road in Woodside. Would the council, residents and downtown merchants welcome another one, perhaps in the public parking lot outside of Town Hall on Saturday afternoons?

Maggie Foard, who manages the Wednesday market, proposed this idea in brief remarks at the council's Jan. 22 meeting. Because she brought it up during the public comment period -- the item was not on the formal agenda -- the council refrained from commenting.

The idea for the Wednesday market at Skylonda met with near universal acclaim from the council and the community last fall. A commercial use permit was amended to allow open-air sales at the site. The market closed for the season in mid-December and is set to reopen in April.

A Saturday farmers' market in downtown Woodside would present complications. Ms. Foard is seeking space on public property that is not zoned for such activities, so she would need a variance, she said. A market would take parking spaces in a town chronically short of parking. And Roberts Market just down the block has a significant produce section.

If Ms. Foard applies for a use permit, town staff would assess the factors, including effects on parking and access for people with disabilities, Deputy Town Manager Paul Nagengast told the Almanac. When someone proposes some activity on public property, "the question always is, 'Would we issue ourselves a permit?'" he said. The matter could end up before the Planning Commission, the council or both.

The market can be seen as an activity to strengthen community spirit and help the residents live sustainably, objectives that are embodied in Woodside's recently revised general plan, Ms. Foard noted.

"I envision a friendly and intimate farmers' market with a focus on local seasonal organic produce from nearby small family farms and other small food producers to complement but not compete with the existing local specialty stores," Ms. Foard said. "I think the Wednesday market has accomplished this nicely and having a second local market on the weekend would be the icing on the cupcake so to speak."

The market would be certified by the county Agriculture Department, as is the Wednesday afternoon market and the Sunday markets in downtown Menlo Park and at Canada College. A certified market in San Mateo County requires that the produce be sold by the outfit that grew it.

Among the items available at Woodside's Wednesday afternoon market are organic fruits and vegetables, organic grass-fed beef and chicken, free-range eggs, wild and sustainable seafood, local honey and cheeses and fair trade coffee, Ms. Foard said. "So it's very different than a farm stand or produce market. It is direct from farm to table."

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Posted by Bob
a resident of Menlo Park: Downtown
on Feb 6, 2013 at 9:00 am

I'm wondering what the Owners of Robert's think about this ;)


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Posted by neighbor
a resident of another community
on Feb 6, 2013 at 10:54 am

Your article calls Skylonda "downtown Woodside." Is that really so?

I always thought of the village with Roberts market, the hardware store + restaurants and other businesses, the school, the church etc. as 'downtown Woodside."

Let me know if this is wrong.


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Posted by Dave Boyce
Almanac staff writer
on Feb 6, 2013 at 11:11 am

Dave Boyce is a registered user.

The word "residents" refers to all Woodside residents, not excluding residents of Skylonda.


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Posted by Raed well then comment
a resident of Woodside: Woodside Glens
on Feb 6, 2013 at 1:48 pm

(sigh) Comprehension test time. Read the paragraph again:

Skylonda residents and the Woodside Town Council welcomed a farmers' market on Wednesday afternoons at Skyline Boulevard and La Honda Road in Woodside. Would the council, residents and downtown merchants welcome another one, perhaps in the public parking lot outside of Town Hall on Saturday afternoons?

They call Downtown Woodside the area around Town Hall.


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Posted by neighbor
a resident of another community
on Feb 6, 2013 at 2:19 pm

I "raed" (maybe you meant "read") both of the comments after my innocent question about the article HEADLINE "A Farmer's Market in Downtown Woodside."

No need to "sigh."

After reading the article I saw that the location was not what I usually consider being downtown Woodside. Mine was an honest question, not a stupid question, about a carelessly written headline. The editors simply wrote a misleading lead for the story.

Surprised about the very snarky response.


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Posted by Friend
a resident of Woodside: Skywood/Skylonda
on Feb 8, 2013 at 1:19 pm

I think a Farmers Market in downtown proper Woodside is a great idea!
The elementary school parking lot maybe? Or Town Hall are both ideal locations. This idea is nice because there are plenty of people in Woodside who grow amazing things and I for one would love to see them all. Growing up near the school and living up on the mountain most of my married life has given me the opportunity to realize that there are farmers everywhere who have wonderful fruits and vegetables as well as flowers, honey, crafts and the list goes on and on to share with all of us. And although I love the drive up the mountain, it is not for everyone. So yes, lets do it. Our town needs more excuses for all of us to get together and appreciate each other in more ways than wealth. I would even bet the happy, positive activity would put a smile on Raeds face as well as others that need smiles around them.


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