Monterey County is well-known for its produce from the Salinas Valley, seafood caught from the Monterey Bay and artichokes from Castroville. This August there will be a one-stop shop for all of the "bounty of Monterey County" at The Wharf Marketplace. Visitors and locals alike can purchase everything from seafood, flowers, cheeses, meats, vegetables to wines; think a similar version of the Ferry Plaza in San Francisco, except scaled down for Monterey.
The permanent farmers' market is conveniently located at the Pacific Railroad Passenger Station just between Old Fisherman's Wharf and the Commercial Wharf where many of the fishing boats unload their fresh catches. The historic train station has gone through quite the renovation! The freshly painted exterior provides a cheery welcome into what will soon hold the freshest seasonal fruits and vegetables from the county and state.
Rick Antle, owner, and Brant Good, general manager, are dedicated to providing the public with all local products whether it is sea salt from the Monterey Salt Company, roses from Green Valley Floral in Salinas or a dark roast from Seaside brewer ACME Coffee. The pantry portion of the shop will also offer basic items you would find in a grocery store such as canned goods, milk and eggs. An onsite café will whip up all sorts of smoothies, sandwiches and salads for those needing to reenergize from their jaunt on the nearby Monterey Bay Coastal Recreation Trail.
The store will be open daily 7am-7pm and will close at 2pm on Tuesdays during Monterey's Oldtown Farmers' Market. Stay tuned for an official open date in August 2013!
Which "bounty of the county" are you excited to purchase?