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North Park Farmers' Market Blog


August 15, 2013 - 11:19am
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!


August 5, 2013 - 6:00pm
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!


July 31, 2013 - 12:19pm
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! 


July 24, 2013 - 10:32pm
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!


July 17, 2013 - 2:29pm
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! 



July 10, 2013 - 3:32pm
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
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


June 26, 2013 - 3:12pm
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!


June 19, 2013 - 10:09am
C. Smyczek

All kinds of onions from local growers are turning up at the North Park Thursday Farmers’ Market!

Look for leeks at J.R. Organics and combine them with carrots, tarragon and Swiss Mountain eggs from R&L Farms’ stand in a tasty frittata. Slice scallions from Kawano Farms and add them to Fuerte avocados and limes from Paradise Valley Ranch for great guacamole. Spring onions from Valdivia Farms are delicious with a little char from the grill, or they shine in this simple soup that’s finished with a drizzle of extra virgin oil from The California Olive.

For a milder flavor, try onion sprouts from Suzie’s Farm - we like to layer them on a sandwich with cucumber slices and Spring Hill Cheese Company’s quark on a Belen Bakery baguette. Have fun with onions this Thursday!

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June 12, 2013 - 2:57pm
Chris S.

You’ll find piles of freshly picked purple, green, and yellow string beans at the North Park Thursday Farmers’ Market from Suzie’s Farm, J.R. Organics, Valdivia Farms and Kawano Farms and so many ways to enjoy them!

Try them chilled and tossed with fresh basil and aged balsamic vinegar from The California Olive, sauteed with crunchy roasted almonds from Hopkins AG (we used their chipotle almonds for a spicy kick!), or roasted with fennel for a tasty treat. If you’re cooking outside tonight, fill a foil packet with string beans, summer squash and spring onion from African Sisters Farm, and a slice of of lemon from Atkins Nursery - it makes an awesome side dish to a Da-Le Ranch tri-tip or a grilled filet from the Salmon Slinger.

Stock up on string beans this Thursday from 3 to 7!