Shoppers at the Thursday farmers market in Portola Valley can expect to find Espresso drinks and hot chocolate after July 1, said market manager Maggie Foard. Other additions could include vendors selling tamales, pupusas or tacos.
New regulations, effective July 1, formally allow San Mateo County farmers markets up to five booths for food preparation, Ms. Foard said. "People come to the market in Portola Valley for more than just the vegetables," she said. "It's a community event of sorts and everyone belongs."
One booth planned for the Portola Valley market would have "visiting chefs ... do an impromptu shop 'n' cook at the market and demonstrate the wonders of cooking vegetables," she said, "cooking right in front of the shoppers like they do at the Ferry (Building in San Francisco) and other markets."
Heather Forshey, the county's director of environmental health, said of the upcoming regulatory change: "We want to attract even more people to our community farmers markets, where they can learn about ways to prepare healthy foods using local produce."