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Pacific Beach Farmers' Market Blog


February 24, 2014 - 10:31am
Chris S.

It has probably caught your eye at the Pacific Beach Tuesday Farmers’ Market, that pale green kaleidoscopic vegetable that looks like a cauliflower gone wild at the Suzie’s Farm stand. It’s called broccoli by some (due to the flavor) and cauliflower by others, and no, it’s not some crazy, hybrid, new millennium veggie.... it’s all natural, Baby. You can call it Romanesco!

No matter what you cauli it, rich in vitamin C and K, it’s more tender than most cauliflower, making it perfect for crudites dipped in Baba Food’s Baba Ganoush or Majestic Garlic's sprouted hummus. (We love that veg on veg action.) A quick trim and steam or slow roast is all it takes to cook this slightly nutty cauliflower variant. For an incredibly eye-catching side, steam for around 15 minutes and serve it whole, with the slightest drizzle of Bistro Blends' Myer Lemon Olive Oil. 


February 16, 2014 - 9:46am
Brijet M.

Tasty new concoctions in jars are the new kids on the block this week at the Pacific Beach Tuesday farmers' market. Since we are lucky enough to have a year-round growing season here in sunny SoCal, jarring and canning our fresh produce doesn't always come to mind. Good thing our farmers and vendors think of great ways to savor the seasonal flavors for us!

Stop at R&L Farms' stand this Tuesday and buy a pint or quart jar of their farm-fresh golden applesauce. Made from their Honeycrisp and Pink Lady varieties, this snack is made with nothing but apples- no added sugar, no preservatives. Serve some in a bowl with a shake of cinnamon from Coronado Spice & Tea Company for a healthy breakfast. Use a few cups in this applesauce cake recipe. Applesauce is a baby food staple, so pick up a jar if you have a tiny person to feed. 


September 30, 2013 - 12:31pm
Brijet M.

Go nuts at the Pacific Beach Tuesday Farmers' Market! Hopkins AG brings a wide variety of dry roasted almonds, along with 100% pure almond butter- try a smear of on your sprouted wheat bread from Belen Bakery toast in the morning for a champion's breakfast. Toss slivered almonds in a salad like this; using the beet stems or a bowl of torn watercress from Suzie's Farm, goat cheese feta from Nicolau Farm and roasted beets from Maciel Farm.

Feeling extra nutty? Buy a bag of Mexican Chocolate roasted almonds from Smit Farms to snack on and grab a bag of gala apples from Lone Oak Ranch and dip in a jar of your favorite flavored or Classic Organic Valencia Peanut PB Peanut Butter! While you're there, grab a jar of their CinnaYum peanut butter to spread on your WowWow Waffle or eat with a spoon later.. 

Gilbert Quintos Family Farm has fresh picked macadamia nuts by the basket. These seasonal tree nuts have tough shells to crack, but Gilbert opens them up before he loads up the baskets, saving you the trouble. Feeling perplexed about nuts at farmers' markets? Check out a little back-story on these protein-rich treats here.

Stock up on a few pounds and try making macadamia nut butter. Since macadamia nuts are already so buttery, you don't need to add oil and the result is a smooth, delicious flavor you'll want to eat by the spoonful.

Macadamia nuts are often seen in Hawaiian dishes, so get in the mood and grab a fresh coconut from Coconut Fresh to sip while you shop. Aloha!  


September 17, 2013 - 1:58pm
Brijet M.

Eat well and feel great at the Pacific Beach Tuesday farmers' market. 'Tis the season for colds, flus and all-around energy lows after a fun-filled summer season- Luckily, it's also the season to find a bounty of health boosting foods and juices at the market.

Reboot with Greenfix Organic Smoothies by the cup or the jug. If you'd rather eat your greens than drink them, buy dark, leafy, vitamin-rich kale from J.R. Organics to mix into your salads or make into kale chips. Pick up bags of Valencia oranges from Paradise Valley Ranch to stock up on vitamin C, and grab a bottle of fresh-squeezed juice while you're there to drink right away.

The PB Tuesday Market is happy to welcome OH Juice to the market this week. Talk to owner Hannah about her specialized juices that she sources from local farmers and can get you on the track back to health. Eating well is the key to staying healthy and getting better, so let the market be your farmacy!


July 15, 2013 - 1:25pm
Chris S.

Take a break from summer’s heat with a handful of cool, juicy, red and green grapes from Smit Orchards, R&L Farms or Lone Oak Ranch at the Pacific Beach Tuesday Farmers’ Market.

Eat them fresh, pop them in the freezer for an icy snack, or toss them with cantaloupe and strawberries from Kawano Farms for a fun fruit salad. Pick up chevre from Nicolau Farms and nuts from Hopkins AG for an appetizer of Chilled Green Grapes with Goat Cheese and Pistachios, use Maciel Farm’s fresh herbs and Mikolich Honey for a blended Basil-Grape Slush, or pair green grapes with English cucumbers from J.R. Organics in a cool gazpacho.

Get your grapes this Tuesday from 2 to 7pm and have a bunch of fun!


June 25, 2013 - 9:16am
Christopher S.

Summer brings string beans from Suzie’s Farm, Kawano Farms and J.R. Organics to the Pacific Beach Tuesday Farmers’ Market.

Pick up purple, green or yellow beans and mix them with sweet corn from Sunterra Farms’ and cilantro from Gilbert Quintos Farm in a Spicy Blackened Bean dish, or keep it cool by tossing string beans with Nicolau Farms’ goat feta, Bistro Blends’ balsamic vinegar, and early season cherry tomatoes in this chilled green bean salad.

Wrap beans up with wild Alaskan filets from Salmon Slinger, spring onion from Maciel Farm, limes from Paradise Valley Ranch and Mikolich Honey in these Soy-Lime Salmon Foil Packets.

Stock up on string beans and all your favorite summer vegetables from 2:00-7:00 PM each Tuesday!


May 28, 2013 - 7:38am
C. Smyczek

Keep cool this summer with citrus based juices, smoothies and punches from the Pacific Beach Tuesday Farmers’ Market. Start with a basic citrus-ade of Paradise Valley Ranch’s Eureka lemons or Bearss limes squeezed with Mikolich Honey, then brighten it up with blueberry puree from Smit Orchards, sliced peaches from R&L Farms of strawberries from Suzie’s Farm. Try Kawano Farms' new crop of cantelope for this sweet juice treat

Blend in cool mint or your favorite fresh herbs from Gilbert Quintos Farm, add refreshing cucumber from J.R. Organics, or mix in loose leaf iced tea from the Tea Gallerie. You’ll end up with a refreshing cooler that’s perfect fro washing down a spicy Gourmet Tamale, Papa Luna’s Empanada or a fish taco from Chip’s Beach Eatz.

Got a juicer? Grab veggies and fruits from your favorite farmers and check out these blends.  Kale and parsley are popular juicing ingredients and you'll find both at the market. If your juicer is collecting dust in the cabinet (like ours), try these easy juice recipes with no juicer required!

Stay cool!


May 14, 2013 - 10:20am
Christopher S.

Sweet corn from Imperial Valley is back at Kawano Farms’ stand at the Pacific Beach Tuesday Farmers’ Market - it’s delicious steamed, baked or sauteed, but it’s summertime so we’ll be firing up the barbecue for grilled corn on the cob.

Slather it with cultured butter from Spring Hill Cheese Company, or go vegan with a drizzle of extra virgin oil from the California Olive. Add chopped cilantro from Suzie’s Farm and a squeeze of calamansi lime from Paradise Valley Ranch, or pick up Hass avocados from Gilbert Quintos Farm for a summer corn salad - try it topped with a skewer of grilled shrimp from Salmon Slinger for a super healthy and flavorful dinner.

Take home some sweet corn this Tuesday - its’ a-maize-ing!


April 30, 2013 - 11:14am
Chris S.

We love legumes and spring brings fresh fava beans and English peas from Maciel Farm to the Pacific Beach Tuesday Farmers’ Market. Sautee up a succotash with sweet corn from Kawano Farms’ stand and summer squash from J.R. Organics, or visit Suzie’s Farm for fresh fennel and mint to make a spring fava bean salad.

Pair peas with cilantro from Gilbert Quintos Farm in this English pea puree topped with sea scallops from the Salmon Slinger. Fresh legumes are packed with protein and full of fiber, but they won’t add a lot of calories to dinner. They can be stored in your refrigerator for four to five days, but for the sweetest, freshest flavor, enjoy them the same day you take them home.

Do yourself a fava and pick some up this Tuesday!


April 22, 2013 - 9:25am
Christina S.

Spring brings bunches of herbs including mint, basil, parsley, lemongrass and more to the Pacific Beach Tuesday Farmers’ Market. Suzie’s Farm strawberries and fresh basil meet Nicolau Goat Farm’s fresh chevre and whole wheat levain from Belen Bakery in this tasty panini, and spring mint freshens up Maciel Farm’s English peas.

Go to Gilbert Quintos Farm to make lavender lemonade sweetened with Mikolich Honey, or combine J.R. Organics’ cilantro and radishes with avocado and lime from Paradise Valley Ranch in this crunchy salad that’s great on its own or topped with a grilled grouper filet from the Salmon Slinger.

Dill adds fresh flavor to this zucchini soup that’s garnished with Ancient Secrets’ yogurt and pistachios from Hopkins AG. Take home spring herbs this Tuesday!