(I happen to know that Colma is in San Mateo County, California....)
It's not only a matter of what will grow in Colma, but what will grow in *your* location in Colma.
What kind of exposure do you have available: north-facing? east? south? west? How much sun will the plants receive on a regular basis?
How nutritious is the soil? Is compost available? Do you plan to make it available (i.e., make it yourself)?
I recommend the Sunset Western Garden Book
to new gardeners, experienced gardeners, and gardeners who have moved to or within the western states and provinces. I have never been without a copy of Sunset since I first took up gardening in California when I moved here from Atlanta after college.
For a map (somewhat simplified) of your Sunset climate zone, and an abbreviated (vs. the book) description of the zone, take a look at
which shows Sunset zones for the entire United States
. (Eastern U.S./Canada gardeners, take note!
Most of southern Canada is shown in the corresponding U.S. map, but I haven't been able to get a search to work...yet)
Which veggies will grow for you is highly dependent on how much sun you can give them. Fruiting vegetables (e.g., tomatoes, peppers, eggplant) require the most sun; leafing vegetables much less.
Sunset Zone 17, USDA Zone 9