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HAVE A PEAR-FECT DAY

September 20, 2013 - 10:41am
Author: 
Brijet Myers

Head to the Little Italy Mercato this Saturday and buy the pear-fect fruit for your summertime recipes. Asian pears have hit the market thanks to Heritage Family Farm, Gilbert Quintos Farm, Doucette Farms and Smit Farms, and these sweet fruits are pretty versatile. 

According to the Chinese, pears are considered a cooling fruit- and that's something we need during these last few days of summer! Grab some pears and a few fuji apples from Lone Oak Ranch for this Easy Pear Sauce (great for lunchboxes as the kids head back to school this month!). Buy lemons from Polito Family Farm and organic butter from Springhill Cheese Company for these Vanilla Roasted Pears

Goat cheese from Nicolau Farms and this Pear Marmalade go together perfectly on your favorite crackers or crusty bread from Bread & Cie or Belen Bakery. Try blending pears for a glaze like the one used on these chicken skewers (pick up the bird from Descanso Valley Ranch or Spur Valley Ranch). We used rich bleu cheese from the San Diego Cheese Store on this Asian Pear Pizza and loved the strong flavors. 

Pick up three or four pears to keep on hand for your summer salads, to pack in your picnic basket or munch while you shop the Mercato! 

WHAT'S IN YOUR LUNCH BOX?

September 18, 2013 - 3:29pm
Author: 
Brijet M.

School is back in session and the North Park Thursday farmers' market can help make packing up those lunchboxes a bit easier (and healthier). Grab fruits that are easy to tuck in the kids' lunch sacks like red and emerald pluots and gala apples from R&L Farms and Atkins Nursery's easy to peel golden nugget oranges. Find fresh made granola bars at Belen Bakery and bread while you're there for sandwiches. 

Buy crisp cucumbers and yellow wax beans (kids love them raw!) from J.R. Organics and crunchy rainbow carrots from Valdivia Farms (get ranch dressing for dipping from Epicurean Organic). Slice up your favorite cheese from Springhill Cheese Company and pack in a reusable container with Kyoho grapes from D&G Produce. Pick up dried apricots and raisins from Smit Farms by the bag to have on-hand during after school errands. Make your own trail mix using honey roasted almonds from Hopkins AG and Safari Crunch Granola (found at the Majestic Garlic booth).

Healthy snacks are ready to make this school year the best one yet! Shop the market every Thursday all throughout the year from 3pm - 7pm!

BEAUTIFUL BOUNTY FOR YOUR BODY

September 17, 2013 - 1:58pm
Author: 
Brijet M.

Eat well and feel great at the Pacific Beach Tuesday farmers' market. 'Tis the season for colds, flus and all-around energy lows after a fun-filled summer season- Luckily, it's also the season to find a bounty of health boosting foods and juices at the market.

Reboot with Greenfix Organic Smoothies by the cup or the jug. If you'd rather eat your greens than drink them, buy dark, leafy, vitamin-rich kale from J.R. Organics to mix into your salads or make into kale chips. Pick up bags of Valencia oranges from Paradise Valley Ranch to stock up on vitamin C, and grab a bottle of fresh-squeezed juice while you're there to drink right away.

The PB Tuesday Market is happy to welcome OH Juice to the market this week. Talk to owner Hannah about her specialized juices that she sources from local farmers and can get you on the track back to health. Eating well is the key to staying healthy and getting better, so let the market be your farmacy!

BLOOMIN' HERILOOMS

September 11, 2013 - 3:35pm
Author: 
Brijet M.

Summer brings the bounty of bright red, yellow, purple and orange tomatoes to the North Park Thursday farmers' market and we've been dicing, stewing and snacking on them during these warm days all summer long. But as the heat starts to wear off and the days get shorter, let's not forget to enjoy these juicy fruits scattered on the farmers' tables before they're gone! 

Pick the oddest shaped, biggest heirloom variety from J.R. Organics and dice them with chile peppers, onion and cilantro from African Sister's Farm for a bright salsa fresca, or add them to ripe avocados from Paradise Valley Ranch for guacamole.

Slice beefsteak tomatoes from Valdivia Farm and serve with your favorite cheeses from Springhill Cheese Company, fresh basil from Atkins Nursery and a touch of olive oil from The California Olive, or pick up R&L Farms citrus to try this cool and refreshing Grapefruit and Heirloom Tomato Salad. Buy multi-colored cherry tomatoes from Suzie's Farm to add a finishing touch on any salad or to snack on while you cook your main meal. 

These summer treats will be piled high at the North Park Market, see you there from 3-7pm

WANTED MELON!

September 5, 2013 - 10:07am
Author: 
Brijet M.

The heat is on in San Diego, and that means melons are gracing the farmers' tables at the North Park Thursday Farmers' Market. Save room in your shopping bag because you won't be able to resist the multi-colored melons found at Valdivia Farm, Behneman FarmsSuzie's Farm and J.R. Organics' booth. Find tips for best use of these sweet fruits here.

Classic red melons are perfect sliced and served on a tray for a BBQ side dish or packed in the kids' lunchboxes. Use orange or yellow watermelons, oranges and juice from Paradise Valley Ranch and cucumbers from African Sisters' Farm in recipes like Watermelon Salsa for a punch of color.

Serve up drinks for the grown-ups with a twist; try this Watermelon Tequila beverage with Meljess Bees Honey. Into pickling? Don't toss those rinds! Follow these steps to use the melon shell.

Enjoy them now.... when this season is over, you'll be melon-choly!

 

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GETTING TO KNOW YOU

August 27, 2013 - 10:45am
Author: 
Brijet M.

Get to know the farmers, vendors, craftspeople and Chefs at the North Park Thursday farmers' market! Ask the farmers for the best ways to store their crop after you bring it home; Larry and Goyo at J.R. Organics have great ideas to keep those heirloom tomatoes and juicy strawberries fresh. Ken at D&G Produce will describe the growing method and reason for the short season of his Kyoho Grapes.

Fisherman John can tell you which fish to buy at his Salmon Slinger stand for your preferred preparation style- grilling, baking or sauteing. Dave at the The California Olive will give you interesting facts about making his incredible olive oils and balsamics, Lydia knows everything about honey and what to buy from Meljess Bees and Chris, Tibor and Elizabeth love explaining the benefits of Greenfix Organic Smoothies (grab a jug!).

Don't forget to pick up a plate! Get some vegan grub and say "HI" to Don & Princessa at Moncai Vegan, order a bowl of steamy Pho from Ves & Cindy at Pho Realz and give Misty a high-five after snagging a Pubcake!

Join the market family every Thursday from 3-7pm!

 

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CATCH THIS MELON!

August 23, 2013 - 12:10pm
Author: 
Brijet M.

It's heating up in San Diego, and that means melons will soon be weighing down the farmers' tables at the Little Italy Mercato!

Save room in your shopping bag because you won't be able to resist the multi-colored melons found at Tom King, Suzie's Farm and J.R. Organics' booth. Find tips for best use of these sweet fruits here. Classic red melons are perfect sliced and served on a tray for a BBQ side dish. Use orange or yellow watermelons, oranges and juice from Paradise Valley Ranch and cucumbers from Maciel Farm in recipes like Watermelon Salsa for a punch of color.

Serve up drinks for the grown-ups with a twist; try this Watermelon Tequila beverage with Mikolich Honey, or buy white wine from Triple B Ranches, green tea from The Loose Leaf or Tea Gallerie and your favorite colored melon for a Watermelon Tea Cocktail. Into pickling? Don't toss those rinds! Follow these steps to use the melon shell.

Chop and toss melons into your favorite salads and pick up feta from Nicolau Goat Farm and mint from Riveras Treasure Garden for this Fresh & Frugal Salad.

Enjoy them now.... when this season is over, you'll be melon-choly!

IT'S A GRAPE DAY!

August 22, 2013 - 8:03am
Author: 
Brijet M.

It's a grape time to shop the North Park Thursday Farmers' Market. Grape season comes but once a year and the local farmers at the market are bringing a wide variety of the sweet, snack sized fruits.

Grab a bag of red flame grapes from R&L Farms and add to a fruit salad including strawberries from J.R. Organics, raspberries from Kawano Farms and a squeeze of local honey from Meljess Bees. Add a dollop of Ancient Secrets Greek yogurt (found at the Majestic Garlic booth) and breakfast is served. Grapes make the perfect addition to your cheese board; pick up a selection from Moonlight Cheese like the sharp, nutty flavored Idyllwild, and buy your favorite SpringHill Cheese Company curds. Add a handful of roasted raw almonds from Hopkins AG and you're set.

Green grapes from Smit Orchards can pull double duty as just the right touch of sweetness and the perfect texture when making this cucumber salad using crisp cukes from Valdivia Farm. Buy dark kale from Suzie's Farm and toss up this salad with grapes and feta cheese. Grapes aren't just for salads; grab a local chicken from Da-Le Ranch and lemons from Paradise Valley Ranch for this Roasted Lemon Chicken with Red Grapes. Toss grapes in this pasta dish and check out this unique Chicken Grilled Cheese with Grapes (grab a loaf of your favorite bread, like Country French, from Belen Bakery).

Kyoho Grape season only lasts a few months, so grab this special variety of big, juicy grape at D&G Produce while you can! Their larger size makes them perfect for snacking or adding to your favorite recipe.

Every day can be a grape day when you eat local at the North Park Thursday Farmers' Market from 3 - 7pm! 

SOMETHING'S FISHY

August 15, 2013 - 11:19am
Author: 
Brijet M.

Fisherman John from Salmon Slinger is back from Alaska and back at the North Park Thursday Farmers' Market- and he's bringing you his fresh catch!

Try the Wild Alaskan Sockeye Salmon grilled with yellow and purple string beans from Rodney Kawano Farms and a squeeze of fresh lemon from Paradise Valley Ranch. Buy enough Black Bean Chili from One Fresh Meal to serve on the side and dinner is decided! Try this Halibut with Basil, Garlic and Tomatoes using the abundance of heirloom tomatoes at the market; pick your favorite from the line up of beauties from J.R. Organics.

Put seafood on your shopping list and we'll see you at the market on Thursdays from 3 to 7pm!

MEET THE SWEETS AT THE MARKET!

August 5, 2013 - 6:00pm
Author: 
Brijet Myers

Satisfy that sweet tooth with locally made goodies at the North Park Thursday Farmers’ Market! Pick up a box of cupcakes made with beer from San Diego craft breweries like Stone and Ballast Point (try the Portzilla!) from PubCakes. Buy a mini-pie from Madison Ave Pies or bring home a whole one. Sourced from local fruits found at the market, flavors vary from Rhubarb to Peach Crumble!

Moncai Vegan is famous for their cinnamon rolls (once you have one, you'll know why)- but don't miss their donuts and featured dessert this week: Dark Cherry Streusel. Order a cup of iced Vietnamese coffee with a touch of sweet condensed milk from Pho Realz to go with your sweets!

Looking to make or bake dessert using the abundance of sweet summer produce at the market? Try this Vanilla Bean Quark Cheesecake with Balsamic Roasted Strawberries (what a mouthful.. literally!) using J.R. Organics' sweet, juicy strawberries and the perfect Balsamic Vinegar from The California Olive. If you find the thought of making cheesecake daunting enough without the added pressure of making your own quark from scratch (you're not alone)- pick up pre-made quark from Springhill Cheese Company. Find pounds of peaches for this Peach Cobbler at Smit Orchards and R&L Farms (get the egg at Suzie's Farm).

Buy baskets of berries at the market for these Goat Cheese and Fresh Berry Tartelettes. Ancient Secrets has the goat cheese and you'll find blueberries at Valdivia Farms, raspberries at Rodney Kawano Farms and almonds for the sablee at Hopkins AG. When all else fails, fresh berries tossed with a squeeze of lime juice from Atkins Nursery and drizzled with Meljess Bees honey is an easy dessert to serve!

Sweet dreams tonight, see you at the market tomorrow from 3 to 7pm!