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Milk Pail Market says ‘goodbye’ to Mountain View with a party on Saturday

June 8, 2019
Steve Rasmussen, owner of the Milk Pail Market, chats with Hilda Crady, a customer of 45 years, in the grocery store on June 4. “It’s just such a nice place to come to,” said Crady. “I don’t know where I’m going to get my chocolate now. I’m really sad.” Photo by Magali Gauthier

From the Mountain View Voice – Thu, Jun 6, 2019, 10:41 am

Amid plans to shut down permanently, the popular Milk Pail Market is throwing a farewell party for its loyal customers and community. The free event set for noon to 4 p.m. on Saturday, June 8, will feature music, activities and plenty of cheese samples.

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Homeless In Mtn View

March 21, 2019

The city’s Monday night meeting lasting hours resulted in the drastic homeless measure

By Sue Wood, Patch Staff | Mar 20, 2019 6:00 pm ET | Updated Mar 21, 2019 5:17 pm ET

MOUNTAIN VIEW, CA — Mountain View is sorting through Monday night’s actions following a marathon council meeting to discuss home RVs taking over city streets.

The Rasmussen family are closing up shop soon in Mtn View – but not before giving back to the homeless – $10,000 to CSA.
(Milk Pail Market)

After almost two hours of public comment alone, the City Council approved motions to direct staff to draft an ordinance that will define where oversized vehicles — and ones that “discharge domestic sewage on the public right-of-way” may park. City staffers must also devise a plan for the council to approve funding in law enforcement and special services for those in need.

The proposed ordinance will come before the council at a later date. Meanwhile, the panel expressed interest in a temporary solution for the time being that will allow the RVers “to adjust” to their new reality.

Mountain View also needs to approve a “safe parking ordinance” that will include “temporary-use permits.” The council also wants staff to review its emergency rental assistance program.

More importantly, the city declared an “emergency shelter” crisis in the hopes of being on the state’s radar for more funding to address the mounting problem.

One Mountain View businessman does his part

Granted, there are  different variations of homelessness — as Steve Rasmussen of Mountain View would tell it.

The man behind the Milk Pail Market has known many people living in their RVs and cars, who he has kept prices low for after 45 years in business, he said. Rasmussen is shuttering the business in a few months, a gesture that became a watershed moment when he went to the City Council meeting Monday night. He wanted to thank the city for all its help while he was in business and ended up donating $10,000 to the local Community Services Agency that supports those in need.

“I thought if Google can donate a million dollars to the effort, I can donate $10,000,” Rasmussen told Patch Tuesday. “But in no way did I go there intending to do that.”

The steadfast local man was moved by the comments by homeless people he lives and works among. He also remembered the homeless man who he’s known for decades who created a website for his market – which is a Mountain View mainstay.

“He never took any money from me,” he said of the web designer living in the streets.

He also reflected on friends who his family has known that live in their vans. It was a “pay-it-forward” moment for the ages.

Mountain View is becoming a hot spot for the motoring public living in RVers.
(City of Mountain View)

Recreational vehicles have dominated Mountain Views streets, in particular on long, multi-city El Camino Real and Shoreline south of the Amphitheatre Parkway. Despite current city code requiring they move every 72 hours, more people have taken to RVs as where they lay their heads at night. But many are apprehensive to park just anywhere and often opt for safe neighborhoods surrounded by homes.

A significant crop of these RVers have no home and seek a desirable place to park. They are the new “mobile” homeless, joining their brethren with tents and makeshift shelters in trying to find their own space under the sun because housing costs have skyrocketed.

Santa Clara County boasts some of the highest housing market values in the nation. The median price of a single family home tops $1 million, wiping out any chance the poor or even the middle class can afford to buy into the desirable area.

The Silicon Valley city is so serious about the issue, it publishes an affordable housing map on its government website at https://www.mountainview.gov/.

Like other municipalities nationwide and especially the San Francisco Bay Area, Mountain View has noticed an increasing number of people who have driven into town and stayed on four wheels.

To All of Our Loyal Customers

October 18, 2016

Hi! I’m Steve Rasmussen. I was a young, brash upstart just out of school when I discovered The Milk Pail “Dairy.” Even before it became fashionable, I felt so strongly about bringing customers quality products at great prices, that my dad and I rescued The Milk Pail from bankruptcy Court in 1974.

Much has happened over the past several years. Our name has changed from “Dairy” to “Market” to better reflect what we are. The old drive thru area is now part of our beautiful, much talked about outdoor produce section; and of course, the very reason you are reading this, our new website! Through this new adventure, we hope to continue to bring our customers a unique and satisfying shopping experience with great customer service and new, exciting ways of selling excellent quality products at an affordable price.

What will continue is the ease and convenience of shopping at The Milk Pail Market. You’ll still be greeted with a warm and friendly smile every time!

The Milk Pail Market has been consistent over the years in offering you new ideas and exciting foods. Do you remember when we introduced exotic French, Danish, and Swiss type cheeses when the Supermarkets were fixated in Velveeta and Processed American Slices? Indeed, times have changed. The Milk Pail Market even existed years before two guys named Ben and Jerry thought ice cream could be fun! Now, we sell 1,000 pints a month of Ben & Jerry’s ice cream.

If you haven’t been to The Milk Pail Market lately, you will be amazed to see the abundance of new products lining our shelves. It’s true, some things only get better with age… Sharp cheddar and The Milk Pail Market!

Thanks to all of you for your loyalty these past years. Please let us know what you think of the new Cyber Pail! (A weak stab at humor for you net-savvy shoppers out there!)

Please contact us at The Milk Pail Market with any questions, comments, or suggestions.


Grocery Store Supervisor

Job Duties: Build and maintain relationships and open lines of communication with farmers and distributors; Determine appropriate pricing and volume for all produce and goods to be sold in the store based on market supply and demand; Set department schedules and adjust employee roster to meet personnel demands at all times; Shape the store’s advertising campaigns through continuous familiarity with current demographics and market demands surrounding the store; Ability to operate a forklift and an electrical pallet jack; Operate payroll software for personnel; Perform quality assurance of products.

Requirements: 5 years experience

Special Skills: Bilingual ability in English and Spanish in a grocery store setting

Salary: $61,235. Mail résumé to Steven Rasmussen at OpenAir Farms Inc. DBA The Milk Pail Market 2585 California Street, Mountain View 94040.

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The Milk Pail Market
2585 California St.
Mountain View, CA 94040
650-941-2505 cow@milkpail.com

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