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GRAPE ESCAPE

July 15, 2013 - 1:25pm
Author: 
Chris S.

Take a break from summer’s heat with a handful of cool, juicy, red and green grapes from Smit Orchards, R&L Farms or Lone Oak Ranch at the Pacific Beach Tuesday Farmers’ Market.

Eat them fresh, pop them in the freezer for an icy snack, or toss them with cantaloupe and strawberries from Kawano Farms for a fun fruit salad. Pick up chevre from Nicolau Farms and nuts from Hopkins AG for an appetizer of Chilled Green Grapes with Goat Cheese and Pistachios, use Maciel Farm’s fresh herbs and Mikolich Honey for a blended Basil-Grape Slush, or pair green grapes with English cucumbers from J.R. Organics in a cool gazpacho.

Get your grapes this Tuesday from 2 to 7pm and have a bunch of fun!

STRING IT ON!

July 12, 2013 - 11:07am
Author: 
Christina S.

Find piles of purple, green and yellow string beans at Vang’s Farm, Maciel Farm, J.R. Organics and all your favorites at the Little Italy Mercato!

Cook them with Mikolich Honey and Hopkins AG almonds to make Spicy-Sweet Beans, or pick up cherry tomatoes from Suzie’s Farm for this cool string bean salad. Try easy grilled green beans with a little lemon zest from Polito Farm- we added summer squash and onions from Schaner Farms to the mix.

These beans will keep in your refrigerator for a few days, but their snappy texture and flavor are best if you enjoy them soon after they’re picked, so fill your shopping bag this Saturday!

TRIED GREEN TOMATOES?

July 10, 2013 - 3:32pm
Author: 
Chris S.

Get your green tomatoes from J.R. Organics at the North Park Thursday Farmers Market; these unripe fruits have a firm flesh and a zippy, tangy flavor that’s perfect in salsa verde with citrus from R&L Farms and cilantro from African Sisters Farm. Make classic fried green tomatoes with pastured eggs from Paradise Valley Ranch and Belen Bakery bread crumbs, or try a grilled tomato caprese with garlic curds from Spring Hill Cheese Company. Pick up peppers and onions from Suzie’s Farm and an apple from Smit Orchards for green tomato chutney - we spooned it over grilled pork chops from Da-Le Ranch. If you’re holding out for ripe, red tomatoes, they’re starting to appear at Valdivia Farms and Kawano Farms, and the bigger heirloom varieties will be here over the next few weeks - summer’s going to get sweeter!

 

FILL THE GRILL

July 4, 2013 - 2:06pm
Author: 
Christopher S.

Keep the Independence Day celebration going with an all American barbecue from the Little Italy Mercato. Start with grown in the USA veggies like sweet corn from Kawano Farms, summer squash and onion from Sage Mountain Farm, and green beans from Suzie’s Farm. (click links for recipes!)

Carnivores can grab grass fed ground beef for burgers from SonRise Ranch (we top ours with organic cheddar from Spring Hill Cheese), pastured beef tri-tip from Da-Le Ranch, or locally made sausages from the Meat Men. Find free roaming chicken at Descanso Valley Ranch or Spur Valley Ranch, and get great grilling and basting sauce at Bistro Blends or Gourmet Delights.

Make BBQ season great this summer!

The North Park Market Wishes you a Happy 4th!

July 3, 2013 - 12:28pm
Author: 
Brijet M.

The North Park Thursday Farmers’ Market will be closed on July 4th so our farmers, vendors and staff can celebrate Independence Day.

We’re proud to support the American economy each and every week by offering you the chance to patronize local farms, small businesses, and the spirit of entrepreneurship. Have a safe, happy and healthy holiday! We'll see you back in North Park on Thursday, July 11th from 3 - 7pm

HERB'S THE WORD

June 27, 2013 - 11:35pm
Author: 
Christina S.

Spruce up supper with a wide variety of summer herbs from the Little Italy Mercato. Look for parsley, dill, cilantro, basil, rosemary and thyme at Suzie’s Farm, J.R. Organics or Gilbert Quintos Farm; Schaner Farms has bundles of herbs de Provence and Rivera’s Treasure Garden has a huge selection of potted herbs to take home and plant in your window box.

Visit your favorite rancher and make a herb-roasted chicken, pick up baby potatoes from Sage Mountain Farm or Polito Farm’s booth to toss with a handful of fresh chervil or tarragon, or pick up locally caught halibut at Poppa’s Fresh Fish or Salmon Slinger for lemon and herb poached halibut. Go to Maciel Farm or Kawano Farms to make this herb and beet salad and use Springhill Cheese Company butter and fresh chives to make this turnip roots & greens ragout.

Herb is the word!

HOME GROWN STONE ZONE

June 26, 2013 - 3:12pm
Author: 
C. Smyczek

Plump, juicy pluots are the latest California stone fruit to hit the North Park Thursday Farmers’ Market from Smit Orchards and R&L Farms.

Pluots are crosses of plums and apricots that come in many varieties, ranging in color from pale green to deep purple, and while most are quite sweet, you’ll find a few with a tart edge; they have fun names like Dapple Dandy, Flavor Grenade and Raspberry Jewel. They join a lineup that already includes white, yellow, and super sweet doughnut peaches, nectarines, apricots, and Brooks and Rainer cherries.

We like to toss them all together with toasted almonds from Hopkins AG in a stone fruit salad, and top it with a dollop of lemon quark from Spring Hill Cheese Company. Pick up the salmon and the cedar plank at Salmon Slingers to make this Cedar Plank Salmon with Pluot Glaze recipe (The California Olive has the Balsamic Vinegar)!

For dessert, this Pluot Pinwheel Tart looks divine. Shop for all your favorite stone fruits this Thursday!

STRING IT ON!

June 25, 2013 - 9:16am
Author: 
Christopher S.

Summer brings string beans from Suzie’s Farm, Kawano Farms and J.R. Organics to the Pacific Beach Tuesday Farmers’ Market.

Pick up purple, green or yellow beans and mix them with sweet corn from Sunterra Farms’ and cilantro from Gilbert Quintos Farm in a Spicy Blackened Bean dish, or keep it cool by tossing string beans with Nicolau Farms’ goat feta, Bistro Blends’ balsamic vinegar, and early season cherry tomatoes in this chilled green bean salad.

Wrap beans up with wild Alaskan filets from Salmon Slinger, spring onion from Maciel Farm, limes from Paradise Valley Ranch and Mikolich Honey in these Soy-Lime Salmon Foil Packets.

Stock up on string beans and all your favorite summer vegetables from 2:00-7:00 PM each Tuesday!

SQUASH AND GO!

June 21, 2013 - 3:45pm
Author: 
Christina S.

A cornucopia of summer squash will fill your shopping bags to overflowing tomorrow with crookneck, pattypan, eight ball and zucchini from Little Italy Mercato growers including Sage Mountain Farm, J.R. Organics, Maciel Farm and more.

Try big, light green Opo squash from Vang's Farm - find them in their new location between India and Kettner. Visit the French countryside by roasting your favorite squashes with the first heirloom tomatoes and fennel from Suzie’s Farm and Herbs de Provence from Schaner Farm. Pick up sweet corn at Kawano Farms’ stand for this fresh twist on ratatouille.

Use lemons from Polito Farm, estate bottled oil from The California Olive, and fresh herbs from Gilbert Quintos Farm for a marinated summer squash salad - we topped ours with goat’s milk feta cheese from Nicolau Farms. Stock up on squash this Saturday from 8 AM to 2 PM!

IT’S YOUR MARKET, CRY IF YOU WANT TO

June 19, 2013 - 10:09am
Author: 
C. Smyczek

All kinds of onions from local growers are turning up at the North Park Thursday Farmers’ Market!

Look for leeks at J.R. Organics and combine them with carrots, tarragon and Swiss Mountain eggs from R&L Farms’ stand in a tasty frittata. Slice scallions from Kawano Farms and add them to Fuerte avocados and limes from Paradise Valley Ranch for great guacamole. Spring onions from Valdivia Farms are delicious with a little char from the grill, or they shine in this simple soup that’s finished with a drizzle of extra virgin oil from The California Olive.

For a milder flavor, try onion sprouts from Suzie’s Farm - we like to layer them on a sandwich with cucumber slices and Spring Hill Cheese Company’s quark on a Belen Bakery baguette. Have fun with onions this Thursday!

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