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October 3, 2012 - 12:28pm
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!



October 3, 2012 - 12:11pm
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!



September 26, 2012 - 11:56am
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!



September 19, 2012 - 11:51am
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!


September 6, 2012 - 11:48am
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!



September 5, 2012 - 10:03am
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!


August 29, 2012 - 10:47am
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!



August 22, 2012 - 10:18am
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!


August 14, 2012 - 10:48am
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!


August 14, 2012 - 10:19am
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!