J & P Cosentino Family Farm – Cambrian area, San Jose

Have you ever been to the J & P Cosentino Family Farm? If you’re a foodie who’s been in the Bay Area for a while, you might remember the incomparable quality of groceries at the Cosentino’s Markets or the insightful broadcasts on KLIV radio’s Produce Report by Mr. Produce himself, Phil Cosentino. While the famous fresh food family has stepped back from the spotlight in its members retirement years, you can still enjoy the taste of delicious Cosentino quality produce from the J & P Cosentino Family Farm!

 

J & P Cosentino Family Farm stand in Cambrian

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Goodbye, Cosentino’s Market! Thank you!

Cosentino’s Market in San Jose will be closing its doors tonight.  My husband, our daughter and I headed over there late this afternoon for one last schlep down the aisles, to buy a few things and most of all, to reminisce. It has been an icon in the South Bay area.  I’m truly sorry that it’s closing.

The Cosentino family (four brothers and also their extended clan, I suspect) has run this store (and at times, others too) for 64 years (when this part of California was still known as “The Valley of Heart’s Delight”).

Locally owned and operated, it was truly a part of the community and was one of only a few Bay Area grocery stores or small chains that is not owned by a far away corporation. The market was well known for tremendously diverse produce (sometimes very obscure items that Santa Clara County residents might not have seen anywhere else) and friendly service.

We made our way through the store.  Not surprisingly, many of the aisles were somewhat empty.  The produce area was 99% sold out – that was, after all, their biggest claim to fame in Silicon Valley, and we got there at around 5pm.

 

 

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