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SAVOR A CABBAGE DISH

February 21, 2014 - 12:33pm
Author: 
Brijet M.

Celebrate the cabbage at the Little Italy Mercato farmers' market! This crisp, leafy veggie packs a nutrient punch and tastes great cooked in a variety of ways. 

Pick up nappa cabbage at Vang's Farm and make an Orange Sesame Coleslaw using Polito Family Farms citrus and colorful carrots from Maciel Farm. Add some red chili flakes from Coronado Spice & Tea for a kick! Buy nappa cabbage to make Kimchi, or just pick up a jar of this deliciously sour stuff from Happy Pantry. Try braised cabbage for a great snack or sidedish. 

I'M PEAS TO MEET YOU!

February 16, 2014 - 1:05pm
Author: 
Brijet M.

Peas excuse us as we fawn over the new crop of peas at the North Park Thursday Farmers' Market! They are sweet and snappy, green and purple, and perfect for snacking or incorporating into your favorite dinner dish. 

Kawano Farms is *back* at the market starting this week and farmer Rodney is bringing his newest veggie: purple snow peas. These peas don't change color when you boil or bake them, so your meals will come alive with the vibrant purple color. Pick up cabbage, mint and cilantro at Suzie's Farm to use in this Cabbage & Pea Salad. The purple peas will give it a splashy tone. If you'd like them in your main dish, select a chicken from Da-Le Ranch and use peas in this Peas & Chicken Green Curry recipe. 

Buy baskets of green snap peas from J.R. Organics and eat them raw, dipped in Bitchin' Sauce or your favorite Baba Foods hummus flavor. Chop them up and toss them in a salad of greens, African Sisters Farm's roasted beets and slivered almonds from Hopkins AG

BE A JAR STAR!

February 16, 2014 - 9:46am
Author: 
Brijet M.

Tasty new concoctions in jars are the new kids on the block this week at the Pacific Beach Tuesday farmers' market. Since we are lucky enough to have a year-round growing season here in sunny SoCal, jarring and canning our fresh produce doesn't always come to mind. Good thing our farmers and vendors think of great ways to savor the seasonal flavors for us!

Stop at R&L Farms' stand this Tuesday and buy a pint or quart jar of their farm-fresh golden applesauce. Made from their Honeycrisp and Pink Lady varieties, this snack is made with nothing but apples- no added sugar, no preservatives. Serve some in a bowl with a shake of cinnamon from Coronado Spice & Tea Company for a healthy breakfast. Use a few cups in this applesauce cake recipe. Applesauce is a baby food staple, so pick up a jar if you have a tiny person to feed. 

MAKE A RAD DISH

February 12, 2014 - 10:59am
Author: 
Brijet M.

The colors of other produce are having a hard time comparing to the pinks and reds of this season's radishes at the North Park Thursday Farmers' Market. Find this subtly spicy, supremely crunchy, root vegetable grown by Valdivia Farms, J.R. Organics and Suzie's Farm

'Breakfast radishes' have a rosey pink color with a white tip. They are oblong and skinnier than their round relatives. Pick them up from Suzie's Farm and try them in the morning, sauteed in butter from Springhill Cheese Company (just like they do in France). If you need something a bit more hearty in the morning, grab a loaf of grainy bread from Belen Bakery and eggs from R&L Farms for this breakfast recipe

Buy fresh tomatoes and radishes from J.R. Organics, chili powder from Coronado Spice & Tea Company and pork shoulder from Da-Le Ranch to combine in this Tortilla Soup Recipe.

Lobby for Kohlrabi

January 28, 2014 - 6:54pm
Author: 
Brijet M.

Have you seen a unique looking purple vegetable at the North Park Thursday farmers' market lately? Kohlrabi has arrived, thanks to Suzie's Farm and J.R. Organics Farm, but it may be the lonliest veggie of all simply because few know A) What it is exactly, and B) How to cook it. Not to worry, we have tips and recipes for you... and we encourage you to get to know this versatile vegetable. 

When eaten raw, it has a crisp, almost spiced flavor. Find simple tips for preparing and eating kohlrabi here. If you find yourself stumped after discovering kohlrabi in your CSA box, try this baked kohlrabi fries recipe

Buy a bottle of garlic infused olive oil from The California Olive, slice your kohlrabi and make some baked chips. Try shredding it and pick up Himalayan Salt from Coronado Spice & Tea Company for this kohlrabi salad

BRIGHTEN UP YOUR HOLIDAYS

December 18, 2013 - 6:59pm
Author: 
Brijet M.

Fresh California oranges from Smit Farms, R&L Farms and Atkins Nursery at the North Park Thursday Farmers’ Market are sure to brighten your Holiday meals and decor this season!

Pair them with pomegranates and fresh mint from Suzie’s Farm in this holiday punch or visit Coronado Spice & Tea Company to make a festive orange pomander. Roasted beets from Valdivia Farms co-star with the citrus in this winter salad (we couldn’t resist topping it with chevre from Springhill Cheese Company), and pork chops from Da-Le Ranch get a burst of brightness in this grilled orange-rosemary pork chops recipe (get rosemary at J.R. Organics).

Try this orange cake with spiked sauce for dessert or just simply peel and eat your favorite orange on the go! Orange you glad you get year round citrus?

TOAST TO YOUR HEALTH

December 12, 2013 - 9:36am
Author: 
Brijet M.

Let the North Park Thursday farmers' market keep you healthy this holiday season so you can toast the New Year in good health! 

Pick up fruits and veggies packed with nutrients to keep you going; oranges from R&L Farms, juicy apples from Smit Farms and dark, leafy greens from African Sisters. Grab a bottle of local honey from Meljess Bees to soothe a sore throat and squeeze some in a cup of chamomile tea from Coronado Spice & Tea Company

Buy limes from Atkins Nursery and Greek yogurt from the Majestic Garlic booth to toss in the blender with green apples and leafy greens from your favorite farmer and whip up this easy, tasty green smoothie

Dark greens pack a nutrient punch- try these twists on classic salads: Butternut squash from J.R. Organics adds a splash of sweet flavor to this kale salad. Get rich olive oil from The California Olive and bread from Belen Bakery to make your own breadcrumbs to use in a Chard Salad. This flavorful beet greens salad calls for scallions you can find at Valdivia Farms' booth (Buy the beets from Suzie's Farm). Look for beet greens that are robust in color and not wilted. 

Ride your bike or walk to the market to keep your health in check. Exercising and eating healthy is a power combination no cold can stand up against! Cheers to feeling great this season!

ALL THE TRIMMINGS!

November 20, 2013 - 10:38am
Author: 
Brijet M.

Get a head start on your Thanksgiving Day meal shopping at the North Park Thursday Farmers' Market! (Remember that the market will be closed next Thursday so our farmers, vendors and staff can enjoy the Thanksgiving holiday with loved ones).

Gather goods that you can prepare ahead of time; buy Butternut Squash from African Sisters Farm, a bottle of local honey from Meljess Bees and cinnamon from Coronado Spice & Tea for this delicious roasted squash sidedish. Grab kale from Suzie's Farm and pick up pomegranates from Atkins Nursery to use in this Crispy Autumn Kale Salad- sprinkle with fresh chevre from Springhill Cheese Company! Add raw almonds from Hopkins AG and string beans from JR Organics to your shopping list for this twist on the classic green bean salad recipe.

See smiles at your Thanksgiving table when you serve dishes made with local goods from the North Park Market! We are grateful for the North Park Community for shopping at the market and supporting the farmers, vendors and local businesses who work hard to bring their goods to you every Thursday! 

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!