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CELEBRATE WITH POMEGRANATE

December 5, 2012 - 9:54am
Author: 
Chris S.

Pomegranates from Paradise Valley Ranch at the North Park Thursday Farmers’ Market add a festive splash of color to any holiday recipe! You can get them whole, or pick up a tub of just the seeds.

We combine them with Swiss chard from African Sisters’ Farm, heirloom tomatoes from Valdivia Farm, Morocco Gold Dates and sweet gala apples from Smit Orchards in this super fun Christmas Tree Salad, or use Belen Bakery’s country French bread and pastured eggs for this pomegranate apple bread pudding.

Spoon pomegranate seeds over a cheesecake made with Springhill Cheese Company’s organic quark, or use them in stuffing for a roast chicken from DaLe Ranch. Use them to top baked yams or sweet potatoes from Proios Family Farm. Whole pomegranates can also be used to make beautiful natural ornaments for your tree!

Enjoy the beauty and flavor of the pomegranate this holiday season.

NORTH PARK MARKET, HOLIDAY EDITION!

November 28, 2012 - 2:18pm
Author: 
Brijet M.

Join us on Thursday December 13th at the North Park Farmers' Market from 3-7pm for a special Holiday Edition of the market! Shop all your favorite market vendors for your holiday gifts! We'll also have special guest vendors at the market, offering special gift items just for you! 

Fresh fashions from Therapie Boutique, soaps and lotions from Purity Apothecary or Barton Dunlevy's cute succulent art. Got a foodie on your gift list? Get your stocking stuffer sized jars of Meljess Bees honey and adorable tins of roasted almonds from Hopkins AG. Sustainable Pantry's gluten-free baking mixes and treats will please anyone on your list. 

Joining us for this evening only, Salt Farm will bring their incredible infused salts in great gift packs and jars that can be gift wrapped for you. Angel Me jewelry uses copper and natural elements to make one-of-a-kind earrings, necklaces and more. 

You won't want to miss this evening of shopping and enjoying the company of your friends, neighbors and North Park community! 

Check out our facebook event details here!

 

HAVE YOU TRIED THESE SIDES?

November 14, 2012 - 4:22pm
Author: 
Christopher S.

It’s your last chance to shop the North Park Thursday Farmers’ Market for Thanksgiving Day side dishes. Freshen up your green bean casserole with string beans and mushrooms from Kawano Farm’s stand and this recipe.

Pomegranates from Paradise Valley Ranch add a great local twist to dinner as a substitute for (or in addition to) traditional cranberry sauce (learn how here). Pick up apples from Smit Orchards, honey from Meljess Bees and butternut squash from African Sisters Farm for this glazed squash.

Does your family choose pumpkin pie or sweet potato pie for dessert? Make one of each; find pumpkins at JR Organics and sweet potatoes at Proios Family Farm, where you’ll also find Brussels sprouts that make an awesome dish when cooked with a little bacon from DaLe Ranch.

Great sides will bring wide smiles!

GOBBLE, GOBBLE!

November 6, 2012 - 2:55pm
Author: 
Christopher S.

It’s not too soon to start planning your Thanksgiving Day dinner at the North Park Thursday Farmers’ Market. Da-Le Ranch is taking pre-orders for naturally raised turkeys from their Lake Elsinore property; they range from about 12-22 pounds. Talk to the Not So Fast food truck about turkey orders as well. 

Find sweet potatoes and yams at Proios Family Farm, pie pumpkins at JR Organics, green beans at Kawano Farms, bread for stuffing at Belen Bakery, plus onion, celery and fresh herbs at Suzie’s Farm. Pick up some kale from African Sisters and put this crispy kale salad on your Thanksgiving appetizer menu. 

Don’t forget dessert; pick up Granny Smith apples from Smit Orchards and pomegranates from Paradise Valley Ranch for this apple-pomegranate pie that’s sure to become a holiday tradition. We sure are thankful for our great local farmers!

Beet It!

October 31, 2012 - 3:07pm
Author: 
Catt W

JAZZ BEET

Honestly, I've always loved beets, long before the North Park Farmers' Market made it easy to bring a bunch home any fall or winter Thursday. Rows and rows of jars of pickled beets glinted like rubies in my grandmother's pantry, and she was always happy to slide a few onto a plate beside a sandwich or stain a salad with a few slices. 

My husband? His only memories of beets involved chalky cubes in paper cups in the school cafeteria. For decades, he wouldn't touch them with a ten-foot pole bean. One night I mixed some into a pan of roasted veggies figuring he could pick around them, but he came back for more of that candy caramelized version before he knew what they were. Then came thick sliced beets grilled to sweet and smoky goodness. Now he's hooked.

SQUASH DARN DELICIOUS

October 24, 2012 - 12:14pm
Author: 
Chris S.

Find pumpkins and all your favorite winter squashes at the North Park Thursday Farmers’ Market. Is the sincerest squash a kabocha from Suzie’s Farm, an acorn from JR Organics, a butternut from African Sisters’ Farm or a pumpkin from Proios Family Farm?

We love simple roasted squash, dressed up with nothing more than a pat of organic butter from Springhill Cheese Company, but we also like to experiment by mixing mashed, roasted squash with chopped Morocco Gold dates, or topping it with roasted almonds from Hopkins AG, or drizzling with honey from Meljess Bees. Try something unique, like this roasted butternut squash tart!

Try stuffing a squash with spicy chipotle chorizo from Ochoa Family Chorizo, or for a milder but still flavorful dish use 5 year vintage Gouda from Taste Cheese. It’s squash-darned delicious!

Looking to make a baked treat with the abundance fo pumpkins? Try this easy pumpkin bread recipe and savor the flavor of fall! 

TOMATOES CATCH ONE LAST WAVE

October 9, 2012 - 9:19am
Author: 
Christopher S.

October usually brings apples and pears, pomegranates and pumpkins to the North Park Thursday Farmers’ Market (and you will find those things this week!), but the recent heat wave means we’ll also see another wave of warm weather crops that are usually gone by this time of year.

JR Organics and Valdivia Farms are still picking heirloom tomatoes; stretch summer out with this cool tomato and basil salad, using olives from Lisko Imports and crumbling some chevre from Taste Cheese on top. Or welcome winter with a warm bowl of tomato soup! Belen Bakery country French bread and cheddar from Spring Hill Cheese Company will make a tasty grilled cheese to go with that salad!

Kawano Farms and Proios Family Farm have more eggplants and summer squashes, and we spotted sweet and hot peppers at African Sisters’ and Suzie’s Farms.

R&L Farms and Smit Orchards are still harvesting peaches and pluots, and cantaloupe and watermelon are especially sweet right now. Enjoy the extended summer!

 

MEET THE FUNGUS AMONG US!

October 3, 2012 - 12:28pm
Author: 
Chris S. & Brijet M.

Find button, shiitake, crimini and portobello mushrooms at the North Park Thursday Farmers’ Market, grown in Escondido by Mountain Meadow Mushrooms and sold at the Kawano Farms booth. Sautee them with garlic from Proios Family Farm, stir-fry them with broccoli from African Sisters’ Farm, or stuff them with sausage from Ochoa Family Chorizo.

Grab a bag of green or yellow string beans from J.R. Organics and make this easy and scrumptious mushroom-and-bean salad. Add some slivered almonds from Hopkins AG for a little crunch!

Use olives from Lisko Imports, your choice of cheeses from Taste Cheese or Springhill Cheese Company and bella mushrooms and whip up this tasty treat: pizza stuffed mushrooms!

These mysterious mycological marvels resisted human efforts to grow them for thousands of years; only in the 1890’s did scientists learn to reliably cultivate agaricus bisporus, the common brown or crimini mushroom. The now familiar white mushroom is descended from a mutant batch of ‘shrooms that popped up on a Pennsylvania farm in 1926, and the shiitake mushroom has only been grown commercially in the United States since the 1980’s.

Pick up some mushrooms today to add a little magic to your meal!

 

ALL GOOD IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD!

October 3, 2012 - 12:11pm
Author: 
Chris S.

The communities around the North Park Thursday Farmers’ Market will be bustling in the coming weeks. North Park recently got some press for being among the nation’s best hipster neighborhoods, but you won’t need skinny jeans or a fixie to enjoy these events: Taste of North Park on October 6 features over fifty local flavors, including the creations of quite a few chefs who shop at the farmers’ market for produce on Thursdays.

Later that day the South Park Walkabout celebrates ArtOberfest with a walking tour of the area’s shops, galleries and eateries and frequent displays of public art. The following Saturday, the action moves back north for Ray at Night, San Diego’s largest and longest running monthly art walk, also featuring live music.

Get out and enjoy the neighborhood!

 

KEEP ON BROCCIN'!

September 26, 2012 - 11:56am
Author: 
Chris S.

Pick up fresh broccoli at the North Park Thursday Farmers’ Market from African Sisters’ Farm or Suzie’s Farm and brocc out in the kitchen! Stir-fry it with red bell peppers from Proios Family Farm, onion from JR Organics and almonds from Hopkins Ag, or pick up California cheddar and jack from Springhill Cheese Company for a bowl of broccoli-cheddar soup in a bread bowl from Belen Bakery. 

Dip it in any spicy habanero Bitchin Sauce or hummus from Baba Foods. Toss it with chopped garlic and oil from the California Olive Oil Company, roast in a hot oven and top with parmigiano-reggiano from Taste Cheese.

So versatile, so tasty, so healthy, it’s the brocc star of the vegetable world!