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June 27, 2013 - 11:35pm
Christina S.

Spruce up supper with a wide variety of summer herbs from the Little Italy Mercato. Look for parsley, dill, cilantro, basil, rosemary and thyme at Suzie’s Farm, J.R. Organics or Gilbert Quintos Farm; Schaner Farms has bundles of herbs de Provence and Rivera’s Treasure Garden has a huge selection of potted herbs to take home and plant in your window box.

Visit your favorite rancher and make a herb-roasted chicken, pick up baby potatoes from Sage Mountain Farm or Polito Farm’s booth to toss with a handful of fresh chervil or tarragon, or pick up locally caught halibut at Poppa’s Fresh Fish or Salmon Slinger for lemon and herb poached halibut. Go to Maciel Farm or Kawano Farms to make this herb and beet salad and use Springhill Cheese Company butter and fresh chives to make this turnip roots & greens ragout.

Herb is the word!


June 26, 2013 - 3:12pm
C. Smyczek

Plump, juicy pluots are the latest California stone fruit to hit the North Park Thursday Farmers’ Market from Smit Orchards and R&L Farms.

Pluots are crosses of plums and apricots that come in many varieties, ranging in color from pale green to deep purple, and while most are quite sweet, you’ll find a few with a tart edge; they have fun names like Dapple Dandy, Flavor Grenade and Raspberry Jewel. They join a lineup that already includes white, yellow, and super sweet doughnut peaches, nectarines, apricots, and Brooks and Rainer cherries.

We like to toss them all together with toasted almonds from Hopkins AG in a stone fruit salad, and top it with a dollop of lemon quark from Spring Hill Cheese Company. Pick up the salmon and the cedar plank at Salmon Slingers to make this Cedar Plank Salmon with Pluot Glaze recipe (The California Olive has the Balsamic Vinegar)!

For dessert, this Pluot Pinwheel Tart looks divine. Shop for all your favorite stone fruits this Thursday!


June 25, 2013 - 9:16am
Christopher S.

Summer brings string beans from Suzie’s Farm, Kawano Farms and J.R. Organics to the Pacific Beach Tuesday Farmers’ Market.

Pick up purple, green or yellow beans and mix them with sweet corn from Sunterra Farms’ and cilantro from Gilbert Quintos Farm in a Spicy Blackened Bean dish, or keep it cool by tossing string beans with Nicolau Farms’ goat feta, Bistro Blends’ balsamic vinegar, and early season cherry tomatoes in this chilled green bean salad.

Wrap beans up with wild Alaskan filets from Salmon Slinger, spring onion from Maciel Farm, limes from Paradise Valley Ranch and Mikolich Honey in these Soy-Lime Salmon Foil Packets.

Stock up on string beans and all your favorite summer vegetables from 2:00-7:00 PM each Tuesday!


June 21, 2013 - 3:45pm
Christina S.

A cornucopia of summer squash will fill your shopping bags to overflowing tomorrow with crookneck, pattypan, eight ball and zucchini from Little Italy Mercato growers including Sage Mountain Farm, J.R. Organics, Maciel Farm and more.

Try big, light green Opo squash from Vang's Farm - find them in their new location between India and Kettner. Visit the French countryside by roasting your favorite squashes with the first heirloom tomatoes and fennel from Suzie’s Farm and Herbs de Provence from Schaner Farm. Pick up sweet corn at Kawano Farms’ stand for this fresh twist on ratatouille.

Use lemons from Polito Farm, estate bottled oil from The California Olive, and fresh herbs from Gilbert Quintos Farm for a marinated summer squash salad - we topped ours with goat’s milk feta cheese from Nicolau Farms. Stock up on squash this Saturday from 8 AM to 2 PM!


June 19, 2013 - 10:09am
C. Smyczek

All kinds of onions from local growers are turning up at the North Park Thursday Farmers’ Market!

Look for leeks at J.R. Organics and combine them with carrots, tarragon and Swiss Mountain eggs from R&L Farms’ stand in a tasty frittata. Slice scallions from Kawano Farms and add them to Fuerte avocados and limes from Paradise Valley Ranch for great guacamole. Spring onions from Valdivia Farms are delicious with a little char from the grill, or they shine in this simple soup that’s finished with a drizzle of extra virgin oil from The California Olive.

For a milder flavor, try onion sprouts from Suzie’s Farm - we like to layer them on a sandwich with cucumber slices and Spring Hill Cheese Company’s quark on a Belen Bakery baguette. Have fun with onions this Thursday!

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June 12, 2013 - 2:57pm
Chris S.

You’ll find piles of freshly picked purple, green, and yellow string beans at the North Park Thursday Farmers’ Market from Suzie’s Farm, J.R. Organics, Valdivia Farms 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 African Sisters Farm, and a slice of of lemon from Atkins Nursery - it makes an awesome side dish to a Da-Le Ranch tri-tip or a grilled filet from the Salmon Slinger.

Stock up on string beans this Thursday from 3 to 7!


May 31, 2013 - 1:37pm
Chris S.

Look for cool, crisp cucumbers including Persian, Japanese, English and assorted pickling varieties from J.R. Organics, Suzie's Farm and Vang’s Farm at the Little Italy Mercato on Saturday. Get your Greek on by tossing sliced cukes with Nicolau Farms’ goat feta, kalamatas from Lisko Imports, onion from Second Chance Farm, and fresh oregano from Rivera’s Treasure Garden.

Try using Japanese cucumbers for this pickled cukes recipe. Buy garlic at Sage Mountain Farm and give these garlic dill refridgerator pickles a try. 

Line up some limes from Gilbert Quintos farm for a refreshing Cucumber Agua Fresca. Add Suzie's Farms' strawberries for a twist. If you prefer your cukes already pickled, Happy Pantry has naturally fermented pickled cucumbers and other local vegetables.

Stay cool as a cucumber at the Little Italy Mercato!


May 29, 2013 - 4:00pm
Sayer S.

The arrival of padron peppers from Suzie’s Farm at the North Park Thursday Farmers’ Market has become a rite of passage for many; they not only begin a parade of peppers, sweet, spicy, mild and wild that will last all summer long, but the blistered padron pepper is a beautifully simple Spanish tapa that San Diegans have adopted as their own. It has just three ingredients - padrons, oil, salt - so make sure to visit The California Olive for freshly pressed arbequina oil to bring out the flavor.

Most padrons are mild to medium, but occasionally you’ll encounter a fiery hot specimen, so we like to serve them with a few lemon wedges from R&L Farms of avocado slices from Paradise Valley Ranch in case a little cooling relief becomes necessary.

Pick up your padrons in North Park this Thursday!


May 28, 2013 - 7:38am
C. Smyczek

Keep cool this summer with citrus based juices, smoothies and punches from the Pacific Beach Tuesday Farmers’ Market. Start with a basic citrus-ade of Paradise Valley Ranch’s Eureka lemons or Bearss limes squeezed with Mikolich Honey, then brighten it up with blueberry puree from Smit Orchards, sliced peaches from R&L Farms of strawberries from Suzie’s Farm. Try Kawano Farms' new crop of cantelope for this sweet juice treat

Blend in cool mint or your favorite fresh herbs from Gilbert Quintos Farm, add refreshing cucumber from J.R. Organics, or mix in loose leaf iced tea from the Tea Gallerie. You’ll end up with a refreshing cooler that’s perfect fro washing down a spicy Gourmet Tamale, Papa Luna’s Empanada or a fish taco from Chip’s Beach Eatz.

Got a juicer? Grab veggies and fruits from your favorite farmers and check out these blends.  Kale and parsley are popular juicing ingredients and you'll find both at the market. If your juicer is collecting dust in the cabinet (like ours), try these easy juice recipes with no juicer required!

Stay cool!


May 24, 2013 - 9:50am
C. Smyczek

Roll down Date Street to shop the Little Italy Mercato for white and yellow peaches, nectarines, apricots and more from Smit Orchards, Lone Oak Ranch and Heritage Family Farms.

Slice them into a summer fruit salad with raspberries from Kawano Farms, strawberries from J.R. Organics or blueberries from Pudwill Berry Farms, or try roasted peaches with Nicolau Farms’ goat cheese and Papa Jim's Honey - we topped them with fresh macadamia nuts from Fancy Treat Farms for a tasty crunch.

Visit Keys Creek Lavender Farm to make a refreshing peach lavender soda, or try tossing sliced apricots with fennel from Maciel Farm, baby organic greens from Sage Mountain Farm and a splash of white balsamic vinegar from Gourmet Delights for a super simple yet flavorful salad.

Stock up on stone fruits this Saturday!