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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! 

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!

GRAB A BITE TONIGHT!

October 23, 2013 - 5:06pm
Author: 
Brijet M.

Thursday is the perfect night to step away from the kitchen at home and let the Chefs at the North Park farmers' market do the cooking for you! Sushi Uno makes magnificent rolls while you watch, Don Tommy's fires up the grill to make quesadillas and Moncai Vegan serves up a different savory vegan dish to hungry shoppers every week!

Need to warm up? Grab a bowl of steamy hot Pho or a spicy Bun Cha-Cha-Cha from Pho Realz. Red Oven Pizza lights up their wood-burning oven to make pizza pies with market produce toppings and Stockroom Gourmet will fill your belly with out-of-the-world sandwiches. There's something for everyone at the North Park Farmers' Market... join us for dinner from 3-7pm every Thursday!

TIME FOR LIMES!

October 23, 2013 - 11:16am
Author: 
Brijet M.

Tahitian or Bearss limes from Paradise Valley Ranch at the North Park Thursday Farmers’ Market add a spicy, fragrant flavor along with a splash of bright acidity to guacamole, salsas, or margaritas (for the over 21 set!).

Find more fresh limes at the market from R&L Farms and Atkins Nursery. Pick up a locally raised chicken from Da-Le Ranch and cilantro from Suzies Farm for this simply delicious cilantro-lime chicken (made in a slow cooker!) and serve on fresh-made tortillas from Don Tommy's, topped with salsa from Gourmet Tamales, or kick it up a notch by garnishing the dish with these spicy Indian lime pickles.

Use juicy limes and organic butter from Springhill Cheese Company to make these amazing key lime meltaways; garnish them with candied lime peels. Isn't it time you cooked with limes? 

FALL-ING FOR NORTH PARK

October 17, 2013 - 9:39am
Author: 
Brijet M.

There’s a touch of autumn in the air at the North Park Thursday Farmers’ Market despite the recent warm days. Get in the Fall mood; buy fall squashes like butternut, acorn and spaghetti squash at African Sisters Farm (they are back today after a short hiatus), pick up fresh black eyed peas at Suzie’s Farm, and enjoy crisp Gala apples and freshly pressed cider from Smit Farms. Try this butternut squash soup using squashes and apples from the market!

Choose bright red pomegranates from Atkins Nursery (sprinkle them on Ancient Secrets Greek yogurt, found at the Majestic Garlic booth, for a treat) and plump raisins from R&L Farms. J.R. Organics has deep red and bright golden beets that make a great fall salad or give this Beet and Beet Green Gratin a try! Valdivia Farms has late season corn so sweet they call it “peaches and cream.” We’re sure you’ll fall for the flavors of autumn at the North Park Thursday Farmers’ Market

HAVE A STEW-PENDOUS DINNER

October 9, 2013 - 5:24pm
Author: 
Brijet M.

Dig out your blankets, it's time to light the fire and cozy up on the couch with a warm cup of stew made with ingredients found at the North Park Thursday farmers' market

Fall veggies are plentiful at the market these days. Buy pumpkins and squash at Suzie's Farm to make your favorite comfort recipe. Buy 2-3 persimmons from Atkins Nursery and grab dates from Moroccan Gold Dates so you can try this Sweet Pumpkin Persimmon Soup

Load up on pork shoulder from Da-Le Ranch for this hearty Rustic Winter Stew or gather root vegetables and make your own soup-er recipe. Not in the mood to cook? One Fresh Meal brings Vegan Black Bean Chili, Roasted Squash Soup and Parsnip and Apple Curry Soup to the market so you can take some home and enjoy it right away. No pots to clean! 

The North Park Thursday farmers' market is open rain or shine and we are looking at a dry day to shop this week! Come out and support your local farmers and food purveyors... see you there from 3pm - 7pm! 

HAVE A DATE AT THE MARKET

October 2, 2013 - 8:41am
Author: 
Brijet M.

Medjool dates from Morocco Gold Dates are back at the North Park Thursday Farmers’ Market! Grab a bag and have the perfect mid-afternoon snack, or check out these recipes including one that combines dates with toasted almonds from Hopkins AG and butternut squash from African Sisters’ Farm.

Pick up a naturally raised bird from Da-Le Ranch for this date-stuffed chicken, or use oranges from Paradise Valley Ranch for these vegan date and orange cookies. Get Granny Smith apples and raisins from Smit Farms for this gluten free pie, or for a lighter dish that’s still festive, pick up fennel from Suzie’s Farm and citrus from Atkins Nursery or R&L Farms for this citrus-fennel-date salad.

Make a date with the North Park Farmers’ Market every Thursday from 3 - 7pm!