A friend of mine told me that this market was the best in the area, and I have to admit that I was hesitant to go. I've been by there many times (the Berkeley Horticulture Nursery is right across the street), but I'd never ventured into Monterey Market. I frequent Berkeley Bowl West and Trader Joe's and farmer's markets when I can. But farmer's markets often aren't open past the early afternoon, and that doesn't always work with my schedule. But the Monterey Market is open 7 days a week, and they have great prices. My little brother graduated from high school yesterday, and for the party my mom asked me to make a veggie tray and salsa. I also just wanted to get some produce for our house. I bought four brown paper bags full of produce for $35, and that is quite a deal, especially for really fresh, flavorful produce!
That $35 included almost four pounds of tomatoes for $3.50, which is much cheaper than any
grocery store or even most farmer's markets.
Here's a shot of the veggie platter: