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HAVE A PET PEEVE?

June 6, 2014 - 4:04pm
Author: 
Brijet M.

Somehow word has gotten around that the Pacific Beach Tuesday farmers' market is "pet friendly". It's easy to understand how that's happened- PB is a very dog-centric neighborhood and our staff is a dog loving bunch outside the market.

But CalCode, the set of regulations that govern food safety at restaurants, grocery stores and yes, farmers' markets and special events, is not so pet friendly. While not restricting service animals, those regulations require that live animals be kept 20 feet from places where food is prepared or stored for sale to the public. In a crowded market like ours, that's tough to accomplish if you're bringing your dog along to help you shop.

Aside from the health regulation issue, the PB Tuesday farmers' market with its amazing farmers and vendors, live music, and great atmosphere is a popular place. It attracts a lot of shoppers and Bayard Street can get tricky to maneuver, even without leashes and dogs below eye level making things harder. We don't want a shopper to trip and injure themselves or one of our canine friends. Pets can be stressed out in large crowds of unfamiliar people and may act unpredictably. That can't be fun for you or your dog.

GOT A PET PEEVE?

June 6, 2014 - 12:08pm
Author: 
Brijet M.

Somehow word has gotten around that the Little Italy Mercato farmers' market is "pet friendly". It's easy to understand how that's happened- Little Italy is possibly the most dog-centric neighborhood in San Diego, despite the small condos that provide most of our housing. Our market is on a city street, and plenty of our neighbors pass by on their way to the de facto dog park at Washington Elementary School. Vendors offer natural pet food, treats, and pet portraits in Amici Park at the market just east of State Street. And our staff is a dog loving bunch outside the market.

But CalCode, the set of regulations that govern food safety at restaurants, grocery stores and yes, farmers' markets and special events, is not so pet friendly. While not restricting service animals, those regulations require that live animals be kept 20 feet from places where food is prepared or stored for sale to the public. In a crowded market like ours, that's tough to accomplish if you're bringing your dog along to help you shop.

TOMATO TAKE OVER!

May 21, 2014 - 11:08am
Author: 
Brijet M.

The first crop of plump tomatoes on the vine have landed at the North Park Thursday farmers' market, courtesy of Valdivia Farms! To us, tomatoes signal summer time and gets us excited for the onslaught of many different varieties of 'maters to come.

Try these baseball-sized tomatoes sliced and layered with J.R. Organics' cucumbers, and add a drizzle of reduced balsamic from The California Olive for a delicious vegan side-dish, or make a pot of cool gazpacho for warm days. Slice tomatoes for your Da-Le Ranch grass-fed beef burger on toasted rolls from Belen Bakery.

SHOP FOR MOM AT THE NORTH PARK THURSDAY FARMERS' MARKET!

May 7, 2014 - 12:40pm
Author: 
Brijet M.

Find treats and treasures at the North Park Thursday Farmers' Market to spoil the special Mother in your life! (psssst.. Mother's Day is this Sunday, May 11th!)

Start with something pretty to wear from Steps to Steelo fashion truck and locally made jewelry from Celestial Debris. If the mom on your shopping list loves art, check out the stunning framed photography from Juxtaposition Photo. Buy hand-cut soaps from Green Trinity to keep her looking and feeling fresh!

Moms with a sweet tooth will love a box of Pubcakes cupcakes or a pint of Calexico Creamery ice cream. Shopping for a mom-to-be? Find adorable one-of-a-kind onesies from Baby's Got Soul and pamper her tired feet with La Jolla Bamboo Boutique's comfy socks!

Don't forget fresh cut flowers from Hidalgo Growers and J.R. Organics... give a special mom some special love from the North Park Market

SING THE BLUES ON TUESDAY

May 5, 2014 - 7:30pm
Author: 
Brijet M.

Look for the first blueberries of the season at the Pacific Beach Tuesday Farmers’ Market from Smit Farms and Lone Oak Ranch!

Toss them in a cool fruit salad with Suzie’s Farm's strawberries and Kawano Farms’ raspberries or enjoy them stirred into Ari's Greek Yogurt (found at the Majestic Garlic booth) with a drizzle of orange blossom Mikolich Honey.

Pick up a basket of blues and cheese from Nicolau Goat Farm for blueberry goat cheese muffins - we serve them with a cup of dark roast from Coastal Local Coffee. Grab country French bread from Belen Bakery, whip up some french toast using eggs from Campo Creek Ranch and garnish with blueberries.

COOL OFF AT THE NORTH PARK MARKET!

April 30, 2014 - 12:55pm
Author: 
Brijet M.

The heat has turned up in San Diego, so come cool down with us at the North Park farmers' market. Grab a bottle of farm-fresh lemonade or blood orange juice from Heritage Family Farms and check out the variety of juices at R&L Farms.

Ice cold apple and apple-cherry cider or pomegranate juice from Smit Farms will lower your temperature. Pick up a jug of GreenFix Organic Smoothie to stay chill, and the cool cats at Juice Wave will make you a satisfying beverage using produce from the market farmers; try the 'Beet It'.. our personal favorite!

If the kiddos need a cool-down, buy a scoop of locally made ice cream from Calexico Creamery (and buy yourself a pint to take home!). Take a peek at this story of how the owners started as Chefs, took SD Weekly Markets' Vendor 101 Class and became farmers' market vendors selling some of the best ice cream in San Diego!

Stay cool at the North Park Market

SQUASH AND GO!

April 22, 2014 - 3:47pm
Author: 
Brijet M.

I scream, you scream, we all scream for ... squash! Summer squashes are making their way back to the North Park Thursday Farmers' Market and we are jumping for joy! Nothing says warm weather like grilling up yellow zucchini from J.R. Organics Farm with a drizzle of roasted chili avocado oil from The California Olive. They pair well with steak, burgers or fish- or make an entire vegetarian meal using your favorite squash as the main ingredient.

Buy a couple of eight ball squashes from Suzie's Farm and try this Stuffed Eight Ball Zucchini recipe. If you're heading to a pot-luck party, pick up almonds from Hopkins AG and try this Squash Salad- it's sure to be a crowd pleaser!

Slice up green squashes from Valdivia Farms and eat 'em raw, dipped in Bitchin' Sauce. While you're at Valdivia's stand, bag up some squash blossoms for this stuffed squash blossom recipe using Paradise Valley Ranch's avocados.

TURN UP THE BEET!

April 10, 2014 - 7:50pm
Author: 
Brijet M.

Just beet it at the North Park Thursday farmers' market! Your grandma would be proud of how trendy these purple veggies have become; find them on the menus of the best restaurants in San Diego and find them fresh from the farmer at the market.

Pick up a pretty bundle of purple beets from Kawano Farms and wash, roast and chop to toss in your salad and drizzle with The California Olive balsamic vinegar. Try this unique beet cracker recipe and dip 'em in sprouted garlic hummus from Majestic Garlic. Grab beets from JR Organics and red cabbage from Suzie's Farm for this recipe and serve with grilled sausages from Da-Le Ranch.

Pink beets from African Sisters' Farm are delicious grated with Valdivia Farms carrots in this slaw! Dance to the Beet at the North Park farmers' market every Thursday from 3pm - 7pm

BROCC ON!

March 26, 2014 - 11:42am
Author: 
Brijet M.

Be a brocc star at the North Park Thursday farmers' market! 'Tis the season to gather up these tiny trees and take them home to bake, roast, puree and devour. Pick a pretty bundle of broccoli at Suzie's Farm or J.R. Organics and chop the florets off the stalk, rinse, and serve raw with a tub of Bitchin' Sauce or Taziki from Baba Foods.

Boil broccoli florets gently and serve with a drizzle of The California Olive's balsamic vinegar along-side a roasted chicken from Da-Le Ranch. Crunch up almonds you buy from Hopkins AG, get dates from Morocco Gold Dates and whip up this broccoli salad.

LETTUCE ENTERTAIN YOU

March 19, 2014 - 4:26pm
Author: 
Brijet M.

You won't be bored by the salad base choices at the North Park Thursday Farmers' Market... lettuce introduce you to the variety of leafy greens and reds!

Pick up spring mix from African Sisters Farm for a variety of greens, ready to top with your favorite veggies. Buy a bag containing 3 heads of washed romaine lettuce at J.R. Organics for convenience, and grab a head of red leaf lettuce while you're there and use on sandwiches.

Suzie's Farm grows a wide assortment of leafy greens; try their perfectly-leafed salanova breed. Ask Claire in the Suzie's booth for ideas to use their red frill lettuce and micro-spring-mix greens.

Toss something new in your salad from the North Park Market!