Saturday, April 7, 2012

San Pedro Square Farmers' Market Opens Today!!!

Several weeks ago there was a "controversial" post about the San Pedro Square Market, and I'm going to have to stand by everything that I said. I think that the San Pedro Square Market is going to become a landmark attraction in Downtown San Jose and it will be bringing in people from all over the bay.

If you don't believe me, today is a pretty good day to check out the market. If you do believe me, today is a pretty good day to check out the market. In summary, go check out the market today.

In 2 hours, the inaugural Saturday farmer's market is kicking off. Unlike the Friday one, this will be year round and tightly integrated with the San Pedro Square Market itself. In addition to the farmer's market, the second building (Lusardi building) will finally be open for business. Launching today is Veggie Box, which is worth a trip on it's own. You'll get a preview of Blush, a raw bar and bar-bar with an outdoor lounge that will be open until 2am after the official launch mid April. Showroom (I <3 SJ), Ay Dios Mio, and The Poppy Farm are up and running as well. A solid addition to the original building is Crepe-Paris, which serves sweet and savory crepes up until 2am on the weekends (I remember someone asking for a dessert place open late... done).

This is just the beginning. They're also launching live music every Friday. There are plans developing for a Saturday "night-market" from 6pm-midnight (there may even been a food truck or two). Epic events such as the next SJMADE + SJeats are coming. And there are new vendors launching practically every week.

For some more details on what's going down today, keep reading. Better yet, just come on down!

 Welcome back the San Pedro Square Market Newsletter. We have an incredible array of activities and openings this month, so let's dive right in.

  Tonight we kick off a new series, officially titled Music at the Market Powered by San Jose Jazz, that will run throughout the Spring and Summer every Friday evening from 7-9pm.

  Helping us get things started will be the Vitchev/Tamburr New Quartet, featuring Vibraphonist Christian Tamburr and and Guitarist/composer Hristo Vitchev. For opening night only, there will be a second show as well, featuring jazz violinist Mads Tolling. 
Vitchev/Tambur New Quartet
Though we're opening the series more on the modern jazz side of the spectrum, future dates will incluide a wide range of musical genres and styles, showcasing an eclectic selection of local artists.

Saturday, April 7th is a huge day for us, and we're affectionately referring to it as Opening Day.  We are holding the initial installment of the San Pedro Square Farmers' Market. This is a major centerpiece of our cultural programming, and we're partnering with the very best in the business, Urban Village Farmers' Market Association. They produce the highly-respected Campbell Farmers' market, among others. Our Market is targeted toward Downtown residents, and will take place year-round, rain or shine, from 10am-2pm on West St. John St. between N. Almaden and N. San Pedro, directly in front of SPSM. There will be 40+ vendors selling the finest, freshest local food available, as well as music and special events. Opening Day will feature a visit from Leslie Jonath, author of the recently-released At the Farmers' Market With Kids.
farmers market flyer
In addition to the Farmers' Market, we are welcoming several new permanent vendors to the SPSM team. The Lusardi Building (aka the big green building at the corner of N. Almaden and W. St. John) will open for the first time, with a great roster of businesses, including several retail locations that help us focus our vision as a Public Market, as opposed to a collection of restaurants. The roster for Opening Day looks like this, with a few more pieces yet to come:

Veggie Box, which will sell fresh produce, flowers, and an array of gourmet goods including bread, olive oil, jams, and spreads.
Blush Raw Bar & Lounge, a restaurant and bar specializing in Sushi, Oysters, and high end cocktails. Blush's back patio is destined to become the most desirable outdoor seating at the Market. Please note that on Saturday only the bar will be open, the restaurant will follow in a few weeks.
Ay Dios Mio, a unique boutique specializing in imported art, clothing, and kitchenware, will re-open permanently.
Showroom, an innovative t-shirt bar, will look to continue the success they've experienced at their first location, The Usuals, located down the road on The Alameda.
-The Poppy Farm, our newest vendor, is a garden and plant store that will sell live plants, tools, books, art, and basically everything a person with a green thumb would need to beautify their life.
Still to come in Lusardi will be Treatbot, the Karaoke Ice Cream Truck, and The Little Cheese Shoppe, both of which will be open soon.

Many of our vendors will be open special hours on Saturday, please see the list below:

In the El Dorado Building, we will have the official opening of Crepe-Paris, which will open at 7am. Try a savory 'Bonjour' crepe with scrambled eggs, ham, cheddar, and hash browns. It would pair beautifully with an artisan single-origin pour-over coffee from B2, which will also open at 7am.

Little Chef Counter will debut their brunch menu at 10am, featuring such innovative dishes as Pancake Benedict, Hash Poutine, and a fresh take on Chicken & Waffles.

The Market Bar is rolling out 3 new signature cocktails in addition to our lineup of craft beers, reasonably-priced wines, and the morning standby, the Bloody Mary. They will open at 10am.

On a RollRobee's Falafel, and Vino Vino are all opening an hour early (10am) to coincide with the start of the Farmers Market. Crewners Barbershop will be open all day for gentlemen seeking a respite from the hustle and bustle to enjoy a straight-razor shave or an expert haircut.

On the Peralta Adobe Plaza, we have a full day of music planned. From 2-4pm The Tom & Dave Show will bring their unique interpretations of Classic Rock to the stage. From 4-6pm we have a return performance from the Stan Erhart Duo, featuring scorching lead guitar from Stan himself. From 6-8 we welcome Rockin' Blues Express for their debut Market performance. As evening turns to night the vibe will get a little more left-field, with performances form indie rockers Hotel Island Breakdown at 9 and Pantheon at 10.

We sincerely hope that you'll join us this weekend and every day here at San Pedro Square Market. We have lots more surprises around the corner, including an Arts & Crafts Fair next Sunday April 15th featuring artisans from all over the state.
arts & crafts fair

We will be open on Easter Sunday with the exception of Robee's Falafel and Little Chef Counter, both of whom will be taking a well-deserved day off.

Make sure to check out our website often, we update it as often as possible. The single best way to stay up to date on what's happening here is to 'like' us on Facebook.

1 comment:

  1. I was there a couple of weekends ago with someone from Texas. She said it reminded her of Pike's Place in Seattle just not as big yet.

    In the always scientific measure, there's definitely an increase in the hotness of women in San Pedro Square. That's a sure sign it's becoming a trendy place.