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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!

 

FALL FOR FRESHNESS

September 19, 2012 - 11:51am
Author: 
Chris S.

There’s a touch of autumn in the air at the North Park Thursday Farmers’ Market despite the recent heat wave. Look for fall squashes like butternut, acorn and spaghetti squash at African Sisters Farm, pick up fresh black eyed peas at Suzie’s Farm, and enjoy crisp Gala apples and freshly pressed cider from Smit Orchards. Try this butternut squash soup using squashes and apples from the market! 

Prois Family Farm has sweet potatoes and Brussels sprouts as well as ripe red pomegranates. JR Organics has deep red and bright golden beets that make a great fall salad. Valdivia Farms has late season corn so sweet they call it “peaches and cream.” We’re sure you’ll fall for the flavors of autumn at the North Park Thursday Farmers’ Market!

TASTE THE WORLD IN NORTH PARK

September 6, 2012 - 11:48am
Author: 
Chris S.

Visit the North Park Thursday Farmers’ Market for fresh local produce plus an international twist. Find Indian curry at Masala Cottage, German style bratwurst and sauerkraut at the Meatmen, and Japanese inspired seafood dishes at Miss Sushi.

Pick up fromage from France at Taste Cheese, olives from Greece at Lisko Imports, and balsamic vinegar from Italy at the California Olive Oil Company. Try a tamale at Gourmet Tamales, a quesadilla from Don Tommy’s Mexican Food, Belgian waffles from Wow Wow Waffles, and hummus and tabouleh from Baba Foods.

Taste the world without leaving North Park!

 

HEY SPUD!

September 5, 2012 - 10:03am
Author: 
Chris S.

What to do with locally grown, pesticide-free potatoes from Proios Family Farm at the North Park Thursday Farmers’ Market? Turn them into home fries and serve with scrambled eggs from Paradise Valley Ranch (grab a bag of valencia oranges while you're there and squeeze som OJ for your breakfast), roast them with a grass fed beef chuck roast or all natural chicken from DaLe Ranch for a classic meat-and -potatoes dinner, or make a healthy, vegan potato salad using creamy garlic spread from Majestic Garlic and olives from Lisko Imports.

Pick up curly kale from African Sisters for this soup. Toss potato wedges with avocado oil from the California Olive Oil Company and bake them; serve with a baked yellowtail fillet from the Ocean Beach Seafood Truck for a lighter version of fish and chips. Or grab a tuna steak from Miss Sushi and make this potato salad with tuna and arugula, using almonds from Hopkinds AG, arugula from J.R. Organics and apples from Smit Orchard in place of the pears for a crunchy twist.

Pick up some spuds today!

SAY CHEESE!

August 29, 2012 - 10:47am
Author: 
Chris S.

Cheese lovers have lots to smile about at the North Park Thursday Farmers’ Market!

Springhill Cheese Company brings estate cheeses and butter from their grass fed herd of Jersey cows in Sonoma County. Slice up their organic cheddar for a fruit and cheese plate with apples and grapes from Smit Orchards and almonds from Hopkins AG, or make a gooey grilled cheese with fresh garlic curds and French country bread from Belen Bakery.

Taste Cheese offers a great selection of hard to find imported and domestic cheeses; try Bucheron, a creamy, tangy goat cheese from France, with wedges of melon from Proios Family Farm or JR Organics. Italian Parmigiano-Reggiano is great for grating over a plate of fresh linguine from Lisko Imports with San Marzano tomatoes from Suzie’s Farm.

Great cheese? Yes, please!

 

WHERE HAVE YOU BEAN ALL MY LIFE?

August 22, 2012 - 10:18am
Author: 
Chris S.

You’ll find piles of purple, green and yellow string beans at the North Park Thursday Farmers’ Market from Kawano Farms, JR Organics, Valdivia Farm and Suzie’s Farm. Simply steam them and serve with herb roasted chicken from DaLe Ranch for a perfectly simple light dinner, or sautee them with bacon and a healthy handful of crimini mushrooms for a more substantial side dish.

We’re nuts about oven baked string beans with almonds from Smit Orchards or Hopkins AG, and we melt for string beans stewed with heirloom tomatoes and fennel from Suzie’s Farm. Chilled green bean salad is a classic favorite as well. 

But our favorite summer bean dish is a classic salad Nicoise; you’ll find plenty of recipes out there, each one a bit different, but we make ours with plenty of tri-colored string beans, grape tomatoes from JR Organics, potatoes and red bell pepper from Proios Farm, hard boiled egg from Paradise Valley Ranch, black olives from Lisko Imports and a chunk of seared fresh tuna from the Ocean Beach Seafood Truck. Grab a baguette from Belen Bakery and try this recipe too! 

Have a Nicoise Day!

APPLES FOR YOUR APPETITE

August 14, 2012 - 10:48am
Author: 
Chris S.

Get ready to go back to school with the first fresh Gala apples from Smit Orchards at the North Park Thursday Farmers’ Market. Enjoy crisp apple wedges dipped in all natural almond butter from Hopkins Ag, or make a sweet treat by dipping them in orange blossom honey from Meljess Bees.

Make a grilled cheese that’s sure to please with French country bread from Belen Bakery, fresh butter and cheddar cheese from Springhill Cheese Company, and thinly sliced apples - we like to add a handful of arugula from Suzie’s Farm just before we put the sandwich together. Make an awesome apple salad with fresh greens from your favorite farmer, apples, strawberries from Rodney Kawano Farm, honey roasted almonds from Smit Orchards and fresh chevre from Taste Cheese, all tossed with white balsamic from California Olive.

You may need more than an apple a day!

JUICY SCANDAL AT THE MARKET!

August 14, 2012 - 10:19am
Author: 
Chris S.

Find the Meat Men’s provocatively named salamis at the North Park Thursday Farmers’ Market, including Naughty Constable (with caraway and juniper berries), Tasty Treason (cardamom and orange), and the Juicy Scandal (spicy red chile and cinnamon). They’re made in San Diego with naturally raised pork free of hormones and antibiotics, and they make an excellent appetizer platter paired with Brigante pecorino from Taste Cheese, sliced apples from Smit Orchards and a branch of grapes from R&L Farm. Fresh sausages include the gouda filled kasekrainer and bratwurst with cheddar. Order one ready-to-eat in a fresh roll with Albert's special sauekraut and variety of mustards. 

Find more fresh sausage at Da Le Ranch, as well as pork, beef, lamb, bison, chicken and rabbit raised in Lake Elsinore, California. Da Le offers individual cuts of meat, weekly or monthly subscription boxes that contain a mix of meat and poultry, and whole or half animals by special order.

Want to eat your meat without doing the cooking? Stop by the Not So Fast food truck and try one of their tasty menu items using Open Space grass fed meats. Chip's Beach Eatz' pulled pork sandwich is another tasty market meat treat!

The taste of meat from the North Park Thursday Farmers’ Market can’t be beat!

 

THINK GLOBALLY, EAT LOCALLY

August 8, 2012 - 12:21pm
Author: 
Chris S.

Compassion for African Villages is the long name of the North Park Thursday Farmers’ Market’s latest agricultural addition. Located in the city of San Diego, just a few miles from the market, the farm has produced tomatoes, cucumbers, peppers, kale and other crops since 2007.

Founder and farmer Tsitsi Museta, who created her organization while she was a student at SDSU, uses the proceeds from the farm to support her home village of Rundongo, Zimbabwe, a community which has been devastated by malaria, cholera and AIDS. Support from the farm has allowed the construction of two clean drinking water wells, paid the salaries of teachers at the village school, and trained members of the community in basic health care. In addition to creating jobs locally and supporting relief efforts internationally, Tsitsi grows delicious vegetables! Please visit her at the North Park Thursday Farmers’ Market soon and eat well while you do good!