Costanoa Commons logo with the tagline, "We grow for life."
Costanoa Commons
August 2018
Farm to cafe
A customer makes a purchase at Ada's Cafe.
Kathleen Foley-Hughes poses in front of Ada's Cafe.
Jars of jam, including jam made from organic Swanton strawberries from Costanoa Commons farm.
Ada's Cafe logo.Sometimes, you just don’t know where things will end up. Many years ago, Noah Habib, whose parents founded Costanoa Commons Farm, followed in Charlie Hughes’ footsteps at Terman Middle School in Palo Alto, CA. Charlie’s mom, Kathleen Foley-Hughes, started the Tasty Treats Cafe at Terman to offer special education students like her son, Charlie, an opportunity to learn cooking and vocational skills running a cafe for teachers and staff. Later, Kathleen went on to start a similar cafe at Charlie’s high school, and, in 2014, Kathleen’s vision of Ada’s Cafe opened its doors in Palo Alto. See

Ada’s is now a full service cafe at the newly renovated Mitchell Park Community Center. Here, young adults with special needs learn many skills, including food preparation for both the cafe as well as Ada’s catering business.

Ada's has aspirations to open more cafes, and our farm hopes to supply some of the food and flowers Ada’s uses in its popular cafes. Recently, during our farm’s peak strawberry production, Ada’s generously bought berries to make jam.

From our farm to Ada’s cafe, people with developmental disabilities are gaining skills, finding purpose, and creating delicious products for others to enjoy. We are committed to improving our farming skills and, together with the wonderful team at Ada’s, bringing our fresh produce to wider markets thanks to the perseverance of our trainees, volunteers, and employees. We’re inspired by Ada’s and so glad to be part of this unique farm to table partnership!
Party time!
While we’re busy harvesting several times each week now, as summer wanes our thoughts are turning to fall. Costanoa Commons’ team of board members, staff, and volunteers invite you to celebrate the end of our first season of production.

Please join us on Saturday, October 6th, from 3:00 to 6:00 p.m. for a relaxing time on the farm. We will have live music by Wildcat Mountain Ramblers, light food fare, beverages, art activities for the kids and tours of both the farm and the adjacent site of a future pocket neighborhood being created by Coastal Haven Families, LLC.

This event is free, but please register at so we can plan for food and drink. Also, parking is limited at the farm so we encourage carpooling, walking, or bicycling, or taking public transit. Guests with a disabled parking placard can park inside the farm’s entry gate.

We look forward to seeing you on October 6th and celebrating our first farming season with you, our community. Questions? Please see our website at or email us at Don’t forget your sunscreen and dancing shoes!
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