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SQUASH AND GO!

April 22, 2014 - 3:47pm
Author: 
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.

TURN UP THE BEET!

April 10, 2014 - 7:50pm
Author: 
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

BROCC ON!

March 26, 2014 - 11:42am
Author: 
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.

LETTUCE ENTERTAIN YOU

March 19, 2014 - 4:26pm
Author: 
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!
 

HAVE A SPRING FLING!

March 12, 2014 - 9:59am
Author: 
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!

EAT AN EGG-CELLENT MEAL

February 26, 2014 - 1:33pm
Author: 
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! 

I'M PEAS TO MEET YOU!

February 16, 2014 - 1:05pm
Author: 
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

MAKE A RAD DISH

February 12, 2014 - 10:59am
Author: 
Brijet M.

The colors of other produce are having a hard time comparing to the pinks and reds of this season's radishes at the North Park Thursday Farmers' Market. Find this subtly spicy, supremely crunchy, root vegetable grown by Valdivia Farms, J.R. Organics and Suzie's Farm

'Breakfast radishes' have a rosey pink color with a white tip. They are oblong and skinnier than their round relatives. Pick them up from Suzie's Farm and try them in the morning, sauteed in butter from Springhill Cheese Company (just like they do in France). If you need something a bit more hearty in the morning, grab a loaf of grainy bread from Belen Bakery and eggs from R&L Farms for this breakfast recipe

Buy fresh tomatoes and radishes from J.R. Organics, chili powder from Coronado Spice & Tea Company and pork shoulder from Da-Le Ranch to combine in this Tortilla Soup Recipe.

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?