Better late than never…

…and we’re back!

Even since I got bitten by the “Paleo bug” eight months ago, I am keeping things interesting and learning new tips & tricks about this lifestyle everyday. I don’t know where I’ve been for the past eight months, possibly under a rock or so, but I just recently discovered the best place (possibly ever) to purchase a good amount of my meat and produce.

It’s not Whole Foods…or Trader Joe’s…or Costco…or someone else’s backyard…

Can you guess what it is?

The Farmer’s Market.

Crazy, huh? Seriously, I don’t know where this has been all my life. Local, organic, and high quality food all in one central location, it doesn’t get any better. It can get a bit crowded if you aren’t there early, but if you are one of the people that arrive  early when it starts, you get first dibs on freshest produce! Fresh food everywhere…need I say more?

I’m specifically referring to the Downtown Campbell Farmer’s Market held every Sunday. Skeptical? Check out the reviews on Yelp!

Yelp Review

Paleo encourages you to get your produce as fresh and local as possible, and preferably organic. Think about this. If you buy carton of blueberries from Trader Joe’s and it reads Product of Chile, you know those berries were at its freshest when they were packed. Also, think about the distance those berries traveled to get to your Trader Joe’s? Crazy, huh?

The Farmer’s Market gives you the opportunity to get your fruits and vegetables at its peak freshness, while traveling possibly no more than an hour or so to get there.

As if getting your produce wasn’t convenient enough, did you know you could also get your Grass-fed meat here as well? My first visit to the vendor, and I purchased the Family Pack of Grass-fed Ground Beef (85/15) for $18,00. I don’t know if it was just me, but I seriously had the best tasting hamburger that same evening. No joke! If ground beef isn’t your thing, they have Hangar Steak cuts, Flank Steak, NY Steak, Filets, and just about every other cut of beef you could think of.

I am so glad I had the opportunity to shop at a Farmer’s Market. The prices varied from item to item, and I do believe some of the prices rival that of some of the produce you may get at your local Whole Foods, Trader Joe’s, or local grocer etc.

If you are like me, and haven’t received the memo until now, I really recommend you check this one out. Shopping at one of these places is a preference and purely up to you, and it may not be your thing, but its definitely something to check out.

Downtown Campbell Farmer’s Market Site

In case you happen to be around the Bay Area, and can’t make the Campbell one, there are loads more throughout the Bay Area. Check out this link to the SFGate for the many locations.

Just wanted to give a quick shout out to all our current readers, and a big “Welcome!” to all our newer readers.

Stay tuned for more Paleo-fun tastic articles from your friendly, neighborhood blogger, Theo.

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5 responses to this post.

  1. The Campbell Farmer’s market is DA BOMB. Also check out the Milpitas Farmers market, they’ve got a lot of veggie growers there…

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  2. Posted by Theo Paat on April 30, 2010 at 4:23 pm

    Hey AJ,

    Do you know when and where the Milipitas Farmers Market is?

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  3. excellent! Here’s a list from Bayareaonthecheap.com of Farmers Markets in the South Bay:

    SOUTH BAY

    Campbell Farmers’ Market
    Campbell Ave at Central Ave Campbell, CA
    Sundays 9:00am to 1:00pm all year

    Gilroy Certified Farmers’ Market
    4th Street and Monterey, Gilroy, CA
    (510) 745-7100
    Saturday, 9am-1pm

    Los Gatos Certified Farmers’ Market
    Location: Corner of Montabello Way and Broadway, Los Gatos, CA
    (408) 353-4293
    Sundays, 8am-12:30pm

    Milpitas Certified Farmers’ Market
    Town Center Drive and Calveras, Milpitas, CA
    (800) 949-FARM
    Sundays, 9am-1pm; Wednesdays 10am-1pm

    Morgan Hill Certified Farmers’ Market
    Downtown Train Station-3rd and Depot, Morgan Hill, CA
    (800) 806-FARM
    Saturdays, 9am-1pm, May-October

    Mountainview Certified Farmers’ Market
    100 Castro Street, rear parking lot, Mountainview, CA
    (800) 806-FARM
    Sundays, 9am-1pm

    Palo Alto Downtown Certified Farmers’ Market
    Hamilton and Gilman, Palo Alto, CA
    (650) 328-2827
    Saturdays, 8am-12pm, May-December

    San Jose Blossom Hill Certified Farmers’ Market
    Princeton Plaza Mall, Koozer and Meridian, San Jose, CA
    (800) 806-FARM
    undays, 10am-2pm

    San Jose Downtown Certified Farmers’ Market
    San Pedro Square between St. John and Santa Clara, San Jose, CA
    (800) 949-FARM
    Fridays, 10am-2pm, May-December

    San Jose Japan Town Certified Farmers’ Market
    Jackson Street between 7th and 8th Street, San Jose, CA
    (408) 298-4303
    Sundays, 8:30am-noon

    San Jose Willow Glen Certified Farmers’ Market
    Elementary school, Minnesota and Lincoln, San Jose, CA
    408) 353-4293
    Saturdays, 8am-noon, April-November

    Sunnyvale Certified Farmers’ Market
    Lincoln and Warburton, Sunnyvale, CA
    (510) 745-7100
    Saturdays, 9am-1pm

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  4. You can also find some other Farmers Markets (through the Pacific Coast Farmer’s Market Assocation) right here: http://www.pcfma.com/

    There’s one in Cupertino: Cupertino Square Farmers’ Market
    Friday 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM Year-round
    Cupertino Square, Stevens Creek and Wolfe Road, Cupertino

    One at Kaiser Permanente in Santa Clara
    Thursday 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM Year-round
    Kaiser Permanente Medical Center, 710 Lawrence Expressway, Santa Clara

    One at Santana Row
    Sunday 11:00 AM to 3:00 PM Year-round
    Stevens Creek & Winchester Boulevard, San Jose

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  5. Posted by Theo on May 1, 2010 at 8:06 am

    Hey Cynthia!

    THanks for putting these up, but I already put up a list under the “SFGATE” link in the last paragraph of my blog. =)

    Reply

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