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MEET AND GREET ON DATE STREET

November 8, 2013 - 2:44pm
Author: 
Brijet M.

Since expanding into a sixth block this past summer, the Little Italy Mercato has been able to bring even more locally owned businesses and farmers to Date Street every Saturday!

Gear up for the holidays and grab items from the newest booths on the block; buy Charlie's Butters to use on- as our staff would say- everything! Their Bird Rub butter is ready for the Thanksgiving turkey you can pre-order from Da-Le Ranch and Spur Valley Ranch. Get baguettes from Bread & Cie and check out Brookside Winery's jellies for your hors d'oeuvres plate. Add D&G Produce's Kyoho grapes to your platter for a sure win.

Fill your shopping bag with more new Mercato items like locally made tofu from SD Soy Dairy, bottles of California farm sourced juices made by Little Italy-based OH Juice and a plethora of spices from Coronado Spice Company.

Looking to spruce up your home decor? Hip Chicks has comfy, colorful chairs that will brighten up any room and make great gifts! Come see what's new at the Mercato tomorrow (and every Saturday) from 8am - 2pm!  

NORTH PARK MARKET: CRAFT HERE!

November 5, 2013 - 4:12pm
Author: 
Brijet M.

The North Park Thursday farmers' market is known for bringing locally grown and crafted goods to you each week and the North Park neighborhood is known for it's vibrant craft brewing culture. What better way to combine the two and celebrate San Diego Beer Week (November 1-10) then to pair your farmers' market finds with your favorite local brews!

Get an easy start by picking up Pubcakes cupcakes; grab their 'Beer for Breakfast' treat made with Alesmith Wee Heavy, bacon and maple cream cheese frosting. Buy pumpkins from Suzie's Farm or J.R. Organics, onion and celery from African Sisters Farm, and add Golden Hills Pils from Thorn Street Brewery for this Pumpkin Beer Soup! Serve with The Grand Pumpkin Ale from Poor House Brewery.

Need something a bit more hardy? Gather veggies from your favorite farmers, ground beef from Da-Le Ranch and make this Beer Chili to devour by the fire. Not into cooking with beer? Grab dinner at the market (a spicy Bah Mi sandwich from Pho Realz, hot tamales from Gourmet Tamales or flavorful Salvadorean Pupusa) and head to Tiger Tiger to wash it all down with Flying Ace IPA.

By now it's dessert time again, so grab another Pubcake and call it a day! Cheers to a delicious SD Beer Week!

GRAB A BITE TONIGHT!

October 23, 2013 - 5:06pm
Author: 
Brijet M.

Thursday is the perfect night to step away from the kitchen at home and let the Chefs at the North Park farmers' market do the cooking for you! Sushi Uno makes magnificent rolls while you watch, Don Tommy's fires up the grill to make quesadillas and Moncai Vegan serves up a different savory vegan dish to hungry shoppers every week!

Need to warm up? Grab a bowl of steamy hot Pho or a spicy Bun Cha-Cha-Cha from Pho Realz. Red Oven Pizza lights up their wood-burning oven to make pizza pies with market produce toppings and Stockroom Gourmet will fill your belly with out-of-the-world sandwiches. There's something for everyone at the North Park Farmers' Market... join us for dinner from 3-7pm every Thursday!

TIME FOR LIMES!

October 23, 2013 - 11:16am
Author: 
Brijet M.

Tahitian or Bearss limes from Paradise Valley Ranch at the North Park Thursday Farmers’ Market add a spicy, fragrant flavor along with a splash of bright acidity to guacamole, salsas, or margaritas (for the over 21 set!).

Find more fresh limes at the market from R&L Farms and Atkins Nursery. Pick up a locally raised chicken from Da-Le Ranch and cilantro from Suzies Farm for this simply delicious cilantro-lime chicken (made in a slow cooker!) and serve on fresh-made tortillas from Don Tommy's, topped with salsa from Gourmet Tamales, or kick it up a notch by garnishing the dish with these spicy Indian lime pickles.

Use juicy limes and organic butter from Springhill Cheese Company to make these amazing key lime meltaways; garnish them with candied lime peels. Isn't it time you cooked with limes? 

Let Us Eat Cake!

October 18, 2013 - 1:31pm
Author: 
Catt W

Join us this weekend for Cake Bake 2013 on Sunday, October 20th from 11 am to 4 pm at the San Digeo Public Market, 1735 National Avenue, San Diego. 

You know that the weekly farmers' markets at the San Diego Public Market are on hiatus while we work on the commercial kitchen and permanent shop spaces. But that doesn't mean there's nothing happening. Public and private events are keeping the space hopping! Next up: Cake Bake for No Kid Hungry this Sunday. 

• Choose treats from your favorite San Digeo bakeries

• Participate in Cake Walks to win prizes!

• Bring the kids for FREE Cup Cake Walks!

• Support Just Call Us Volunteers' Market Kitchen and No Kid Hungry

General admission is FREE (but please register online so we know how much to bake).

Tickets are available for a chance to walk to the CAKE WALK music and win cakes, dinners and other prizes, while you support these worthy causes.

See you at 1735 National Avenue, from 11 am to 4 pm on Sunday. 

MEET THE BAKERS & CONFECTIONERS FROM:
A Wonderful Cake
A. Einstein’s Confections
Cane Patch Pies
Cardamom Cafe and Bakery
Gayle’s Rum Cake
Jennywennycakes
Let ‘em Eat Cake
Madison Ave Pies
Sea Salt Candy Company
Under The Crust
Yummy Cupcakes
and more!
OTHER PARTICIPANTS INCLUDE:
Biscuit Gourmet Biscotti
Cafe Virtuoso
Cupcakes Squared
D-Bar
Icing Smiles
Moncai Vegan
Patisserie de Soleil
PubCakes
Swoon Dessert Bar and more! 

FALL-ING FOR NORTH PARK

October 17, 2013 - 9:39am
Author: 
Brijet M.

There’s a touch of autumn in the air at the North Park Thursday Farmers’ Market despite the recent warm days. Get in the Fall mood; buy fall squashes like butternut, acorn and spaghetti squash at African Sisters Farm (they are back today after a short hiatus), pick up fresh black eyed peas at Suzie’s Farm, and enjoy crisp Gala apples and freshly pressed cider from Smit Farms. Try this butternut squash soup using squashes and apples from the market!

Choose bright red pomegranates from Atkins Nursery (sprinkle them on Ancient Secrets Greek yogurt, found at the Majestic Garlic booth, for a treat) and plump raisins from R&L Farms. J.R. Organics has deep red and bright golden beets that make a great fall salad or give this Beet and Beet Green Gratin a try! Valdivia Farms has late season corn so sweet they call it “peaches and cream.” We’re sure you’ll fall for the flavors of autumn at the North Park Thursday Farmers’ Market

HAVE A STEW-PENDOUS DINNER

October 9, 2013 - 5:24pm
Author: 
Brijet M.

Dig out your blankets, it's time to light the fire and cozy up on the couch with a warm cup of stew made with ingredients found at the North Park Thursday farmers' market

Fall veggies are plentiful at the market these days. Buy pumpkins and squash at Suzie's Farm to make your favorite comfort recipe. Buy 2-3 persimmons from Atkins Nursery and grab dates from Moroccan Gold Dates so you can try this Sweet Pumpkin Persimmon Soup

Load up on pork shoulder from Da-Le Ranch for this hearty Rustic Winter Stew or gather root vegetables and make your own soup-er recipe. Not in the mood to cook? One Fresh Meal brings Vegan Black Bean Chili, Roasted Squash Soup and Parsnip and Apple Curry Soup to the market so you can take some home and enjoy it right away. No pots to clean! 

The North Park Thursday farmers' market is open rain or shine and we are looking at a dry day to shop this week! Come out and support your local farmers and food purveyors... see you there from 3pm - 7pm! 

WAVE YOUR POM-POM-POMEGRANATES

October 4, 2013 - 12:02pm
Author: 
Brijet M.

It must be Fall, because we have been seeing vibrant red pomegranates at the Little Italy Mercato. Look for them at Heritage Farm, Lone Oak Ranch, Fancy Treats Farm and Tom King in the coming weeks. Often called a ‘superfood’ due to their antioxidant content, pomegranates add a splash of color and a bright, sweet-tart flavor to all sorts of sweet and savory dishes.

Sprinkle the seeds over a cheesecake made with Springhill Cheese Company organic quark, or stir into your Ancient Secrets Greek yogurt in the morning. Cook them together with their juice to make a sauce for roast duck from Da-Le Ranch, or pick up avocados from Paradise Valley Ranch or Gilbert Quintos Farm for pomegranate guacamole.

Fresh pomegranates are in season from now through the end of fall!

HAVE A DATE AT THE MARKET

October 2, 2013 - 8:41am
Author: 
Brijet M.

Medjool dates from Morocco Gold Dates are back at the North Park Thursday Farmers’ Market! Grab a bag and have the perfect mid-afternoon snack, or check out these recipes including one that combines dates with toasted almonds from Hopkins AG and butternut squash from African Sisters’ Farm.

Pick up a naturally raised bird from Da-Le Ranch for this date-stuffed chicken, or use oranges from Paradise Valley Ranch for these vegan date and orange cookies. Get Granny Smith apples and raisins from Smit Farms for this gluten free pie, or for a lighter dish that’s still festive, pick up fennel from Suzie’s Farm and citrus from Atkins Nursery or R&L Farms for this citrus-fennel-date salad.

Make a date with the North Park Farmers’ Market every Thursday from 3 - 7pm!

SOMETIMES YOU FEEL LIKE A NUT!

September 30, 2013 - 12:31pm
Author: 
Brijet M.

Go nuts at the Pacific Beach Tuesday Farmers' Market! Hopkins AG brings a wide variety of dry roasted almonds, along with 100% pure almond butter- try a smear of on your sprouted wheat bread from Belen Bakery toast in the morning for a champion's breakfast. Toss slivered almonds in a salad like this; using the beet stems or a bowl of torn watercress from Suzie's Farm, goat cheese feta from Nicolau Farm and roasted beets from Maciel Farm.

Feeling extra nutty? Buy a bag of Mexican Chocolate roasted almonds from Smit Farms to snack on and grab a bag of gala apples from Lone Oak Ranch and dip in a jar of your favorite flavored or Classic Organic Valencia Peanut PB Peanut Butter! While you're there, grab a jar of their CinnaYum peanut butter to spread on your WowWow Waffle or eat with a spoon later.. 

Gilbert Quintos Family Farm has fresh picked macadamia nuts by the basket. These seasonal tree nuts have tough shells to crack, but Gilbert opens them up before he loads up the baskets, saving you the trouble. Feeling perplexed about nuts at farmers' markets? Check out a little back-story on these protein-rich treats here.

Stock up on a few pounds and try making macadamia nut butter. Since macadamia nuts are already so buttery, you don't need to add oil and the result is a smooth, delicious flavor you'll want to eat by the spoonful.

Macadamia nuts are often seen in Hawaiian dishes, so get in the mood and grab a fresh coconut from Coconut Fresh to sip while you shop. Aloha!