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News - August 20, 2014

Woodside down to one farmers' market

by Dave Boyce

The Sunday afternoon farmers market at the elementary school in Woodside is now the town's sole farmers' market. In June, market manager Maggie Foard ended the Wednesday afternoon market for the Skyline community at Four Corners, the intersection of Skyline Boulevard and Highway 84.

The Four Corners market opened in October 2012, and Ms. Foard opened two others within nine months — on Sundays in Woodside in April 2013 and on Thursdays at Town Center in Portola Valley in June 2013.

The Four Corners market "was not well enough attended to sustain even a small group of vendors," Ms. Foard told the Almanac via email. "I felt like the right thing to do was to cut the cord to let the vendors pursue other markets."

"The Sunday market is still plugging along," she said. Among its offerings are organic vegetables, seasonal fruits, farm-grown meat and chicken, local seafood, free-range eggs and several prepared foods, including pickles, breads, honey and jam.

"It's a sweet little market in front of the yellow schoolhouse," she added. "(The) Woodside Elementary School Board has been very helpful to the market. There is hope for Sunday yet."

The Portola Valley Town Council recently approved the Thursday afternoon market at the Portola Valley Town Center for another year, with progress reports now on a six-month interval rather than quarterly. That market is doing well and attracting some Woodside residents, Ms. Foard said.

"Pretty solid vendor base at this point so the market is full every week," she added. "Thursday is my favorite day of the week!"


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