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North Park Farmers' Market Blog


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!



August 8, 2012 - 12:21pm
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!

The Little Red Hens Build a Public Market

August 8, 2012 - 11:12am
Catt W


Public Markets like Pike Place in Seattle, Redding Terminal in Pennsylvania and Westside Market in Cleveland used public funds to get started. In San Diego, the City wouldn't do it. The Port said no. No County property donated, or big developers who want to step up.

So we're creating the San Diego Public Market ourselves. But unlike the Little Red Hen in the story, we have a flock of supporters. Ready to join in? Even a few dollars will add to what we need to build this new public gathering place and small business incubator, and we're offering cool rewards to those who help. 

Take a look at our Kickstarter Campaign to see what we're up to, and how you can look back and say you helped build the San Diego Public Market. Whether or not you can donate, you can help by spreading the word. Put the Kickstarter link on your Facebook page (and LIKE ours!), tweet it, email your friends.

Great cities all around the world have vibrant public markets and a network of neighborhood farmers' markets. We want the same for San Diego. A few dollars at a time, we can make a magical place. Thanks for joining our flock!


July 31, 2012 - 12:17pm
Chris S.

Spice up your night with salsa fresca made from North Park Thursday Farmers’ Market ingredients, great on grilled meats and veggies, or for dipping.

Start your shopping at Valdivia Farms, where you’ll find tomatoes, green onion and cilantro, then head across the aisle to Proios Family Farm for fresh garlic, sweet bell peppers and spicy chiles including jalapenos and habaneros. JR Organics has red and yellow onions and a dazzling array of heirloom tomatoes, but be sure to ask about tomatillos - they make an excellent salsa verde. Toss in other fresh vegetables like cucumbers, radishes, and banana peppers from African Sisters Farm, or add more complexity to your salsa by including sweet antohi peppers, poblanos or padrons from Suzie’s Farm.

Like sweet salsas? Grab a bunch of grapes from Smit Orchard and try this grape salsa recipe. Diced green tomatoes from Kawano Farm add a little tartness to any salsa, as does a squeeze of fresh lime from Paradise Valley Ranch or R&L Farms. If you don’t have time to make your own, pick up freshly made salsa from Gourmet Tamales. If you’re happier on the dance floor than in the kitchen, spice up your exercise schedule with a salsa dancing lesson at the Queen Bee Art & Cultural Center


July 25, 2012 - 10:17am
Chris S.

Shop for dinner, stay for dessert at the North Park Thursday Farmers’ Market! Visit Sunnyside Kitchen for freshly baked cookies just like Mom used to make (but even better!) like Chocolate Delight, Peanut Butter and Mama’s Oatmeal. Don’t miss their banana oatmeal muffins and brownie bites too! Under the Crust has apple crumb, blueberry, lemon and pecan pies among their amazing offerings- check out their mini-pies in tiny tins, perfect for single servings! Grab a few as a hostess gift. Keep strolling down Herman Street to Bluespark Baking for sweet and savory pastry pockets, and grab a signature Bluespark iced coffee while you’re there.  Use Meljess Bee's honey instead of sugar in your baking recipes, like this honey cake with stewed strawberries recipe. You can get the eggs and berries from the North Park Market too! Moncai Vegan bakes carrot cake and fudge brownies, both gluten-free, as well as awesome cinnamon rolls and giant salted caramel cupcakes (a market staff favorite!). Stop by Belen Bakery for a classic tollhouse cookie, scones and blueberry bread to satisfy your sweet tooth. Check out the unusual dessert tamales from Gourmet Tamales, including strawberry apple, orange mango and pumpkin spice. Our farmers' friut always makes a healthy sweet ending to your market meal. Life is short, eat dessert first!


July 18, 2012 - 12:17pm
Chris S.

Fresh okra is here at African Sisters, Proios Farm and JR Organics at the North Park Thursday Farmers’ Market! Try tossing a few lightly with California Olive oil, grill quickly on a hot grill, sprinkle with coarse sea salt and eat! For fans of Cajun and Creole cuisine, okra season means gumbo time. Lucky for you, the North Park Farmers’ Market is loaded with great ingredients for the perfect bowl. Find onion and garlic at Proios Farm, celery and cayenne peppers at Suzie’s Farm, green onion at Valdivia Farm and tomatoes at Kawano Farms. DaLe Ranch has naturally raised chicken and the Meat Men supply spicy fresh and cured sausage. If you’re new to gumbo, learn some technique and check out a recipe, but remember the key is to use great ingredients and have fun!