In This blog post is a journal of the parking lot at the CalTrain station in Mountain View, CA. I run past it every week day. The parking lot is for commuters who are mainly going north to San Francisco. It is usually filled to overflow, with commuters also parking on all of the nearby city streets. In early March I noticed the lot was thinning out a bit. On March 6th I started taking occasional photos of the parking lot. On March 16th, the SF Bay area stay-at-home was announced. As the world was on virtual lock-down, spring marched on, oblivious to the crisis all around us. I started to take a few shots of blooms and buds to add to this journal to convey the sometimes surreal world of destruction and sheer beauty living side-by-side. This is my photo journal of the Corona Virus.
Despite the rain, there was good activity at the Market. The foot traffic is very low compared to a normal Sunday. Part of what I think is going on is that many households are sending just 1 or 2 people to the Market. You can see this in the video. Often the trip to the Farmers’ Market is a multi-generational family outing, with grandparents, parents, and children. So, the sales may still be decent despite the lower foot traffic. From what I can tell from the outside, 90% of the vendors are showing up.
I shop at this market every Sunday. Sadly, I have not entered the market for four weeks. As I am in a risk group, I am consolidating all of my shopping to one weekly trip to Ava’s Downtown Market on Castro Street in MB. They have 7:30 to 9 AM hours for 65 and over, pregnant mothers, and immune-supressed people. I go at that time. They have plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables, though I prefer the FM.
The Farmers’ Market also has food which some people rely on. Two vendors of fresh eggs. Goats milk. Honey. Homemade kimchi. Fresh chicken and other meats. Fresh fish. Of course, many beautiful bakeries. Organic fruit and vegetables. Some people with restricted diets depend on specific vendors at the Farmers’ Market. I look forward to the Sunday when I can return to the Farmers’ Market.