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GETTING TO KNOW YOU

August 27, 2013 - 10:45am
Author: 
Brijet M.

Get to know the farmers, vendors, craftspeople and Chefs at the North Park Thursday farmers' market! Ask the farmers for the best ways to store their crop after you bring it home; Larry and Goyo at J.R. Organics have great ideas to keep those heirloom tomatoes and juicy strawberries fresh. Ken at D&G Produce will describe the growing method and reason for the short season of his Kyoho Grapes.

Fisherman John can tell you which fish to buy at his Salmon Slinger stand for your preferred preparation style- grilling, baking or sauteing. Dave at the The California Olive will give you interesting facts about making his incredible olive oils and balsamics, Lydia knows everything about honey and what to buy from Meljess Bees and Chris, Tibor and Elizabeth love explaining the benefits of Greenfix Organic Smoothies (grab a jug!).

Don't forget to pick up a plate! Get some vegan grub and say "HI" to Don & Princessa at Moncai Vegan, order a bowl of steamy Pho from Ves & Cindy at Pho Realz and give Misty a high-five after snagging a Pubcake!

Join the market family every Thursday from 3-7pm!

 

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IT'S A GRAPE DAY!

August 22, 2013 - 8:03am
Author: 
Brijet M.

It's a grape time to shop the North Park Thursday Farmers' Market. Grape season comes but once a year and the local farmers at the market are bringing a wide variety of the sweet, snack sized fruits.

Grab a bag of red flame grapes from R&L Farms and add to a fruit salad including strawberries from J.R. Organics, raspberries from Kawano Farms and a squeeze of local honey from Meljess Bees. Add a dollop of Ancient Secrets Greek yogurt (found at the Majestic Garlic booth) and breakfast is served. Grapes make the perfect addition to your cheese board; pick up a selection from Moonlight Cheese like the sharp, nutty flavored Idyllwild, and buy your favorite SpringHill Cheese Company curds. Add a handful of roasted raw almonds from Hopkins AG and you're set.

Green grapes from Smit Orchards can pull double duty as just the right touch of sweetness and the perfect texture when making this cucumber salad using crisp cukes from Valdivia Farm. Buy dark kale from Suzie's Farm and toss up this salad with grapes and feta cheese. Grapes aren't just for salads; grab a local chicken from Da-Le Ranch and lemons from Paradise Valley Ranch for this Roasted Lemon Chicken with Red Grapes. Toss grapes in this pasta dish and check out this unique Chicken Grilled Cheese with Grapes (grab a loaf of your favorite bread, like Country French, from Belen Bakery).

Kyoho Grape season only lasts a few months, so grab this special variety of big, juicy grape at D&G Produce while you can! Their larger size makes them perfect for snacking or adding to your favorite recipe.

Every day can be a grape day when you eat local at the North Park Thursday Farmers' Market from 3 - 7pm! 

SOMETHING'S FISHY

August 15, 2013 - 11:19am
Author: 
Brijet M.

Fisherman John from Salmon Slinger is back from Alaska and back at the North Park Thursday Farmers' Market- and he's bringing you his fresh catch!

Try the Wild Alaskan Sockeye Salmon grilled with yellow and purple string beans from Rodney Kawano Farms and a squeeze of fresh lemon from Paradise Valley Ranch. Buy enough Black Bean Chili from One Fresh Meal to serve on the side and dinner is decided! Try this Halibut with Basil, Garlic and Tomatoes using the abundance of heirloom tomatoes at the market; pick your favorite from the line up of beauties from J.R. Organics.

Put seafood on your shopping list and we'll see you at the market on Thursdays from 3 to 7pm!

MEET THE SWEETS AT THE MARKET!

August 5, 2013 - 6:00pm
Author: 
Brijet Myers

Satisfy that sweet tooth with locally made goodies at the North Park Thursday Farmers’ Market! Pick up a box of cupcakes made with beer from San Diego craft breweries like Stone and Ballast Point (try the Portzilla!) from PubCakes. Buy a mini-pie from Madison Ave Pies or bring home a whole one. Sourced from local fruits found at the market, flavors vary from Rhubarb to Peach Crumble!

Moncai Vegan is famous for their cinnamon rolls (once you have one, you'll know why)- but don't miss their donuts and featured dessert this week: Dark Cherry Streusel. Order a cup of iced Vietnamese coffee with a touch of sweet condensed milk from Pho Realz to go with your sweets!

Looking to make or bake dessert using the abundance of sweet summer produce at the market? Try this Vanilla Bean Quark Cheesecake with Balsamic Roasted Strawberries (what a mouthful.. literally!) using J.R. Organics' sweet, juicy strawberries and the perfect Balsamic Vinegar from The California Olive. If you find the thought of making cheesecake daunting enough without the added pressure of making your own quark from scratch (you're not alone)- pick up pre-made quark from Springhill Cheese Company. Find pounds of peaches for this Peach Cobbler at Smit Orchards and R&L Farms (get the egg at Suzie's Farm).

Buy baskets of berries at the market for these Goat Cheese and Fresh Berry Tartelettes. Ancient Secrets has the goat cheese and you'll find blueberries at Valdivia Farms, raspberries at Rodney Kawano Farms and almonds for the sablee at Hopkins AG. When all else fails, fresh berries tossed with a squeeze of lime juice from Atkins Nursery and drizzled with Meljess Bees honey is an easy dessert to serve!

Sweet dreams tonight, see you at the market tomorrow from 3 to 7pm!

SOUPER COOL

July 31, 2013 - 12:19pm
Author: 
Chris S.

Chill out with cold soups made from the bright summer produce you’ll find at the North Park Thursday Farmers’ Market. Crisp cucumbers mingle with grapes from Smit Orchards and Ancient Secrets’ yogurt in this Chilly- Dilly Soup, super healthy greens get a boost of flavor from fresh citrus in Cold Kale-Summer Squash Soup, and crunchy radishes and cilantro from Valdivia Farm add a kick to Vegan Chilled Corn Soup.

If you don’t want to cook tonight, One Fresh Meal brings their signature gazpacho made from market fresh vegetables as well as a deliciously cool Mediterranean Chick Pea Salad. There’s no need to wait for winter to enjoy the comforting flavor of great soup! 

NEXT ON OKRA

July 24, 2013 - 10:32pm
Author: 
Christian S.

Look for fresh okra at African Sisters Farm and Suzie’s Farm at the North Park Thursday Farmers’ Market. These finger sized green pods arrived in the United States from Africa, and are a staple food in the American South, especially New Orleans- that city’s signature dish, gumbo, derives its name from an African word for okra.

Try an andouille sausage and chicken gumbo with locally raised meats from Da-Le Ranch, topped with a few drops of Mando Hot Sauce. Make a meatless meal of okra sauteed with garlic and heirloom tomatoes from Valdivia Farm, or pick up some citrus from R&L Farms for grilled okra with red-curry lime dressing.

Shop for okra and all your favorite summer produce from 3 to 7 PM!

HERMAN AVE IS LOOKIN' GOOD

July 17, 2013 - 2:29pm
Author: 
Brijet M.

Join us at the North Park Thursday Farmers' Market on July 18th at 5:30pm as San Diego Council President Todd Gloria celebrates the Herman Avenue makeover!

The market staff noticed Herman Avenue and adjoining sidewalks were in pretty bad shape, causing wheelchairs and strollers to get stuck and creating an unsafe path for our shoppers to walk through the market. Todd's squad of dedicated "sexy street lovers" jumped on our request to help fix the street! Herman Avenue now looks sleek and safe. Mr. Gloria will be joining us at the market to discuss the importance of investing in neighborhood infrastructure and also enjoying the abundance of summer crops, shopping for locally made food and checking out the craft items from our vendors! Won't you join us too? 

The North Park Thursday farmers' market is open every Thursday / rain or shine / year-round / 3pm - 7pm! Located on Herman Avenue, just south of University to North Park Way by the CVS. See you there! 

 

TRIED GREEN TOMATOES?

July 10, 2013 - 3:32pm
Author: 
Chris S.

Get your green tomatoes from J.R. Organics at the North Park Thursday Farmers Market; these unripe fruits have a firm flesh and a zippy, tangy flavor that’s perfect in salsa verde with citrus from R&L Farms and cilantro from African Sisters Farm. Make classic fried green tomatoes with pastured eggs from Paradise Valley Ranch and Belen Bakery bread crumbs, or try a grilled tomato caprese with garlic curds from Spring Hill Cheese Company. Pick up peppers and onions from Suzie’s Farm and an apple from Smit Orchards for green tomato chutney - we spooned it over grilled pork chops from Da-Le Ranch. If you’re holding out for ripe, red tomatoes, they’re starting to appear at Valdivia Farms and Kawano Farms, and the bigger heirloom varieties will be here over the next few weeks - summer’s going to get sweeter!

 

The North Park Market Wishes you a Happy 4th!

July 3, 2013 - 12:28pm
Author: 
Brijet M.

The North Park Thursday Farmers’ Market will be closed on July 4th so our farmers, vendors and staff can celebrate Independence Day.

We’re proud to support the American economy each and every week by offering you the chance to patronize local farms, small businesses, and the spirit of entrepreneurship. Have a safe, happy and healthy holiday! We'll see you back in North Park on Thursday, July 11th from 3 - 7pm

HOME GROWN STONE ZONE

June 26, 2013 - 3:12pm
Author: 
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!