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HAVE YOU 'BEAN' TO THE NORTH PARK FARMERS' MARKET LATELY?

July 31, 2014 - 1:14pm
Author: 
Brijet Myers

You’ll find piles of freshly picked purple, green, and yellow string beans at the North Park Thursday Farmers’ Market from Suzie’s Farm, JR Organics' Farm and Kawano Farms and so many ways to enjoy them!

Try them chilled and tossed with fresh basil and aged balsamic vinegar from The California Olive, sauteed with crunchy roasted almonds from Hopkins AG (we used their chipotle almonds for a spicy kick!), or roasted with fennel for a tasty treat.

If you’re cooking outside tonight, fill a foil packet with string beans, summer squash and spring onion from Valdivia Farm- it makes an awesome side dish to a Da-Le Ranch tri-tip.

Stock up on locally grown string beans on Thursdays from 3 to 7!

GRAPE ESCAPE AT THE NORTH PARK FARMERS' MARKET

July 8, 2014 - 12:42pm
Author: 
Brijet Myers

Take a break from summer’s heat with a handful of cool, juicy, red and green grapes from Smit Farms and R&L Farms at the North Park Thursday Farmers’ Market. Eat them fresh, pop them in the freezer for an icy snack, or toss them with melon and strawberries from Kawano Farms for a fun fruit salad.

Cover green grapes with chevre and roll in crushed pistachios from Hopkins AG for a unique party appetizer or snack, use Suzie's Farm's fresh herbs and Meljess Bees honey for a blended basil-grape slush, or pair green grapes with English cucumbers from JR Organics in a cool gazpacho. Feeling adventurous? Try this grape pie recipe!

Get your grapes this Thursday from 3 to 7pm and have a bunch of fun!

 

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LIGHT UP THE GRILL

July 2, 2014 - 8:30am
Author: 
Brijet Myers

Get ready for your Fourth of July celebration with grill-ready meats and veggies from the North Park Thursday farmers' market!

Pick up ribs, sausage, flank steak and more from Da-Le Ranch for grilling and serving. Make room on the grill for Kawano Farms sweet summer corn, slathered with Springhill Cheese Company's organic butter. Roasted padron peppers from Suzie's Farm make the perfect side-dish and they are sure to please your guests as they gaze at the fireworks.

Pick up strawberry jam from Urban Pantry, blueberries from Smit Farms and strawberries from JR Organics for a red, white and blue dessert. Shop the North Park market every Thursday from 3pm - 7pm to stock up on locally grown and produced goods, mingle with your neighbors and do good while eating well. Celebrate independents by shopping all the small businesses at the market this week!

Enjoy the holiday and be safe! 

GADZUKES, GET THESE CUKES!

June 26, 2014 - 8:37am
Author: 
Brijet Myers

Choose cucumbers in all shapes and sizes at the North Park farmers' market!

Find pickling cukes for this easy refridgerator pickle recipe at JR Organics and while you're there, grab a handful of lemon cucumbers (have you tried these?) for this recipe. Pick up English cucumbers from Suzie's Farm to dice and toss in your favorite salad with African Sisters Farm's kale, apples from Smit Farms and a drizzle of oil and reduced balsamic from The California Olive.

Use Valdivia Farm's cukes to slice and slip into your ice water for extra hydration! It's time to pick up a number of cucumbers at the North Park farmers' market today from 3 - 7pm

DREAM OF AUBERGINE

June 20, 2014 - 11:28am
Author: 
Brijet Myers

Aubergine, or eggplant, is in season at the Little Italy Mercato farmers' market, and it’s one of our favorite summer vegetables!

Select eggplants from Vang's Farm and make a classic eggplant parmigiana with fresh basil and, of course, real Parmigiano-Reggiano from Thyme of Essence Cheese. If you have the patience and the need to impress, Japanese eggplant from Suzie’s Farm and summer squashes from Kawano Farms are perfect for this gorgeous ratatouille recipe; yes it’s the one from that movie!

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LIFE'S A PEACH AT THE NORTH PARK MARKET!

June 10, 2014 - 12:55pm
Author: 
Brijet Myers

The North Park Thursday farmers' market is in summer mode, thanks to our favorite warm-weather fruits and veggies hitting the farmer's tables! Check out the selection and variety of stone fruit available, like sweet peaches courtesy of Smit Farms and R&L Farms!

Buy a bag of yellow peaches and throw them on the grill! Or grab some tomatoes from Valdivia Farms and whip up a peach salsa. Snag a bag of strawberries from Suzie's Farm and hit your next summertime party with a pitcher of white peach & strawberry sangria... you're sure to be voted "best guest"!

Donut Peaches (named for their donut-like shape and also known as Saturn Peaches) are now available and make great snacks for the kids' lunch bag, or slip them in your Bird Park Concert picnic basket!

Life's a peach at the North Park farmers' market

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