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North Park Farmers' Market Blog


May 21, 2014 - 11:08am
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.


May 7, 2014 - 12:40pm
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


April 30, 2014 - 12:55pm
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


April 22, 2014 - 3:47pm
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.


April 10, 2014 - 7:50pm
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


March 26, 2014 - 11:42am
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.


March 19, 2014 - 4:26pm
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!


March 12, 2014 - 9:59am
Brijet M.

Spring is in full swing at the North Park Thursday Farmers' Market! Pop over and shop this week and enjoy the sunlight until closing time (7pm) thanks to the daylight savings time change last weekend. Because of the recent rain, our farmers have some early Spring season crops at the market now! Pick up bundles of broccoli from J.R. Organics, Suzie's Farm's famous pea tendrils and snag baskets of juicy red strawberries from Rodney Kawano Farms. Valdivia Farms' new fava beans taste divine in this dip made with Paradise Valley Ranch avocados and Ari's Greek Yogurt found at the Majestic Garlic booth!


February 26, 2014 - 1:33pm
Brijet M.

You don't have to beg for eggs at the North Park Thursday Farmers' Market! They can be found in different shapes and sizes from Suzie's Farm, Swiss Mountain Farm (at R&L Farms' booth) and Da-Le Ranch! 

Pick a pack of pretty brown or white eggs and make a simple French omelette using chives from Valdivia Farms. Add additional spices and veggies if you want to jazz it up a bit! If you're feeling adventurous, try this Tamagoyaki (Japanese rolled omelette)! 

Fans of the Paleo diet are loving this baked egg in an avocado recipe- buy a bag of avocados from Heritage Family Farms or Paradise Valley Ranch and give it a shot! When lunchtime rolls around, make this egg-in-a-hole grilled cheese using Firehouse Jack or Sharp Cheddar cheese and unsalted butter from Springhill Cheese Company and grainy bread from our newest vendor, Prager Brothers Artisan Breads. 

However you use your farmers' market eggs, we know you'll end up with an egg-credible meal! 


February 16, 2014 - 1:05pm
Brijet M.

Peas excuse us as we fawn over the new crop of peas at the North Park Thursday Farmers' Market! They are sweet and snappy, green and purple, and perfect for snacking or incorporating into your favorite dinner dish. 

Kawano Farms is *back* at the market starting this week and farmer Rodney is bringing his newest veggie: purple snow peas. These peas don't change color when you boil or bake them, so your meals will come alive with the vibrant purple color. Pick up cabbage, mint and cilantro at Suzie's Farm to use in this Cabbage & Pea Salad. The purple peas will give it a splashy tone. If you'd like them in your main dish, select a chicken from Da-Le Ranch and use peas in this Peas & Chicken Green Curry recipe. 

Buy baskets of green snap peas from J.R. Organics and eat them raw, dipped in Bitchin' Sauce or your favorite Baba Foods hummus flavor. Chop them up and toss them in a salad of greens, African Sisters Farm's roasted beets and slivered almonds from Hopkins AG