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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!

WHAT'S IN YOUR LUNCH BOX?

September 18, 2013 - 3:29pm
Author: 
Brijet M.

School is back in session and the North Park Thursday farmers' market can help make packing up those lunchboxes a bit easier (and healthier). Grab fruits that are easy to tuck in the kids' lunch sacks like red and emerald pluots and gala apples from R&L Farms and Atkins Nursery's easy to peel golden nugget oranges. Find fresh made granola bars at Belen Bakery and bread while you're there for sandwiches. 

Buy crisp cucumbers and yellow wax beans (kids love them raw!) from J.R. Organics and crunchy rainbow carrots from Valdivia Farms (get ranch dressing for dipping from Epicurean Organic). Slice up your favorite cheese from Springhill Cheese Company and pack in a reusable container with Kyoho grapes from D&G Produce. Pick up dried apricots and raisins from Smit Farms by the bag to have on-hand during after school errands. Make your own trail mix using honey roasted almonds from Hopkins AG and Safari Crunch Granola (found at the Majestic Garlic booth).

Healthy snacks are ready to make this school year the best one yet! Shop the market every Thursday all throughout the year from 3pm - 7pm!

BLOOMIN' HERILOOMS

September 11, 2013 - 3:35pm
Author: 
Brijet M.

Summer brings the bounty of bright red, yellow, purple and orange tomatoes to the North Park Thursday farmers' market and we've been dicing, stewing and snacking on them during these warm days all summer long. But as the heat starts to wear off and the days get shorter, let's not forget to enjoy these juicy fruits scattered on the farmers' tables before they're gone! 

Pick the oddest shaped, biggest heirloom variety from J.R. Organics and dice them with chile peppers, onion and cilantro from African Sister's Farm for a bright salsa fresca, or add them to ripe avocados from Paradise Valley Ranch for guacamole.

Slice beefsteak tomatoes from Valdivia Farm and serve with your favorite cheeses from Springhill Cheese Company, fresh basil from Atkins Nursery and a touch of olive oil from The California Olive, or pick up R&L Farms citrus to try this cool and refreshing Grapefruit and Heirloom Tomato Salad. Buy multi-colored cherry tomatoes from Suzie's Farm to add a finishing touch on any salad or to snack on while you cook your main meal. 

These summer treats will be piled high at the North Park Market, see you there from 3-7pm

WANTED MELON!

September 5, 2013 - 10:07am
Author: 
Brijet M.

The heat is on in San Diego, and that means melons are gracing the farmers' tables at the North Park Thursday Farmers' Market. Save room in your shopping bag because you won't be able to resist the multi-colored melons found at Valdivia Farm, Behneman FarmsSuzie's Farm and J.R. Organics' booth. Find tips for best use of these sweet fruits here.

Classic red melons are perfect sliced and served on a tray for a BBQ side dish or packed in the kids' lunchboxes. Use orange or yellow watermelons, oranges and juice from Paradise Valley Ranch and cucumbers from African Sisters' Farm in recipes like Watermelon Salsa for a punch of color.

Serve up drinks for the grown-ups with a twist; try this Watermelon Tequila beverage with Meljess Bees Honey. Into pickling? Don't toss those rinds! Follow these steps to use the melon shell.

Enjoy them now.... when this season is over, you'll be melon-choly!

 

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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!