On a beautiful, sunny afternoon people filled the streets of San Pedro Square purchasing fresh fruit, gifts and indulged in gourmet street foods.
Locals took in all the Downtown Farmers’ Market had to offer last Friday during its opening day.
The farmers’ market is located between Santa Clara and St. John streets.
Starting this month it is set up every Friday 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. until Nov. 16.
The market is located on a perfect, cozy street spot right next to popular drink and eateries such as, The Farmers Union, The Old Spaghetti Factory, O’Flaherty’s Irish Pub and more.
As you walk down the street and look up, you’ll notice a string of hanging jerseys from players on the San Jose Sharks hockey team.
This small touch pays homage to our local sports team and add to the market’s overall experience.
Opening day consisted of live music, games and prize giveaways by Mix 106.5 FM.
An art board, set up by Local Color, allowed guests to freehand their own drawings and more.
“Well first of all, I am so stoked that the farmers market is back,” engineering junior Kira Hilali said. “You can tell that the produce is fresh and it just tastes great, it’s a great place to come.”
The market was filled with numerous booths, most of those selling fresh, local produce.
Guests could purchase baskets of strawberries, artichokes, tomatoes, oranges and a variety of other fruits and veggies.
“Having the opportunity to come and sell my local fruits is a blessing,” local fruit vendor from the Pacific Coast Farmers Market Association Jose Fuentes said. “I have met a lot of people and noticed that some of the same faces always come back when we have this event.”
There were also booths selling everything from colorful clothes, jewelry, incense, to handbags.
Another booth sold a variety of plants and succulents in beautiful shaped glasses and pots.
The street food was also a big hit among guests. Some vendors sold popcorn, kettle corn, Thai food and Mexican food.
The savory smells followed you as you moseyed on down the street. The nice part about having the market located in San Pedro Square are all the restaurants that the booths face.
If people did not desire any of the street foods, there is an alternative right across the street.
Another plus about it facing the restaurants is that it is a nice place for attendees to sit, relax and grab a drink.
But that is only if they did not purchase any fresh groceries because they had to go home and refrigerate them.
“I work right around the corner, and look forward to these every time they come around,” San Jose resident Michael Mogannam said. “It is a perfect place to try different foods, but also pick up local fresh produce.”
The market is a great place to do your grocery shopping and what better way to shop than supporting your local farmers and small business owners in the area.
No matter what age you are, there is something for everyone to enjoy.
It is a beautiful way to spend a Friday afternoon and enjoy yourself with friends and family.