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Fresh fruit and delicious prepared foods abound at weekend Farmer’s Markets in Palo Alto

It’s wonderful to smell fresh fruit and vegetables, and it doesn’t hurt that the smells of fresh flowers are all around you.

That’s what it’s like when you enter the two farmers’ markets in Palo Alto, both of which are a short walk or bike ride from campus. The Palo Alto Farmers’ Market on Hamilton Avenue in downtown Palo Alto, parallel to University Avenue, is open from 8 a.m. to noon on Saturdays. The California Avenue Farmers’ Market on El Camino Real is open from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Sundays. Both markets are fantastic alternatives to grocery stores because they offer fresher produce. Farmers and vendors come from all over the area, selling everything from a huge variety of mushrooms to delicious macarons and pastries.

From Farm to Fork: A Stanford CSA for EPA

Community-supported agriculture represents a growing model for connecting consumers with farmers to provide support for local food systems. Membership in a CSA typically involves pledging financial support for a local farm or farms, such that CSA members cover the anticipated costs of farm operation and, in return, receive shares of the farm’s products.

Foods to make your summer special

On the flip side, this is definitely the best season for eating in Northern California. So many things are in season and the weather’s perfect for picnicking, grilling and endless outdoor dinners. So here’s a guide to my favorite easy-to-find summer foods around Stanford.