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BERRY EXTRAORDINARY

March 18, 2013 - 2:17pm
Author: 
Christopher S.

Ripe red strawberries from Suzie’s Farm, J.R. Organics and Kawano Farms brighten the Pacific Beach Tuesday Farmers’ Market this week. Make them part of a special breakfast with Belen Bakery’s multi-grain bread, chevre from Nicolau Goat Farm and pastured Paradise Valley Ranch eggs in strawberry danish French toast topped with a drizzle of Mikolich Honey.

Enjoy them at lunch with fresh greens from Gilbert Quintos Farm and apples and nuts from Smit Orchards in a spinach, strawberry and pistachio salad. Try them at dinner with wild Alaskan fish from the Salmon Slinger and Berry Balsamic from Bistro Blends in halibut with strawberry salsa. Or simply slice strawberries and toss them with citrus segments from Lone Oak Ranch for a refreshing, low calorie snack anytime of day.

Stock up on strawberries this Tuesday!

A CHARD DAY'S NIGHT

March 11, 2013 - 10:07am
Author: 
Christopher S.

Look for leafy green Swiss chard at Maciel Farm, JR Organics and Suzie’ s Farm at the Pacific Beach Tuesday Farmers’ Market. Sautee it simply with a little extra virgin oil from The California Olive, with sliced spring onion or crimini mushrooms from Kawano Farms.

Make a chard pesto with pistachios from Hopkins AG, spread it over crostini from Belen Bakery and top them with Nicolau Goat Farm’s fresh chevre. Cook chard with raisins from Smit Orchards and rosemary in this recipe, or wrap chard leaves around an Alaskan filet from Salmon Slinger for lemon-thyme halibut - see Gilbert Quintos Farm for the citrus and herbs and Springhill Cheese Company for butter.

Besides being delicious, chard is super low in calories and loaded with vitamins K and A, calcium, potassium and other important nutrients, so make a healthy, tasty dinner tonight - it’s easy with chard!

SWEET BUZZ

March 4, 2013 - 9:54am
Author: 
Christopher S.

The busy bees at Mikolich Honey have been working overtime to supply the Pacific Beach Tuesday Farmers’ Market with Wine Country Wildflower, Orange Blossom, Wild Buckwheat, and Sage and Alfalfa honeys.

Stop by for a sample and note the subtle differences in flavor based on the nectars of the different plants the bees feed on. Create a sticky situation by spreading your favorite honey on toasted Belen Bakery bread and cover another slice with Pacific Beach Peanut Butter for a high energy sandwich. Get all four ingredients needed for this Strawberry Honey Jam recipe at the market; Grab strawberries at Suzie's Farm or Kawano Farm, lemons from Gilbert Quintos Farm and apples from Smit Orchards.

Spoon a little honey into a steaming mug of Tea Gallerie’s specialty infusions and keep warm on chilly mornings. Pick up thyme from Maciel Farm and chevre from Nicolau Goat Farm for these honey-goat cheese appetizers. Have a sweet Tuesday!

 

NOT JUST FOR GUAC ANYMORE!

February 25, 2013 - 3:47pm
Author: 
Chris S.

The Pacific Beach Tuesday Farmers’ Market is full of Hass, Fuerte, Zutano and Bacon avocados from Paradise Valley Ranch, R&L Farms and Gilbert Quintos Farm, and they’re good for more than just guacamole!

Try this beautiful avocado salad with blood oranges, beets from Maciel Farm, radishes from JR Organics and pistachios from Hopkins AG, or create your own avocado recipe - we love combing avocado with fennel from Suzie’s Farm and a little citrus balsamic from Bistro Blends, adding it to a sandwich of toasted organic cheddar from Springhill Cheese Company, and mixing diced avocado into tabouleh from Baba Foods for a California-Mediterranean treat.

Making a fresh salad with all your market goodies? Whip up a tasty dressing using avocados and orange juice like this one. What’s your favorite way to eat San Diego County avocados?

SNAZZY SALAD

February 11, 2013 - 11:41am
Author: 
Chris S.

Check out the wild salad greens at the Pacific Beach Tuesday Farmers’ Market; find mizuna, or Japanese mustard, at JR Organics and enjoy it’s slightly spicy flavor raw or stir-fried with other vegetables.

Look for tatsoi, also known as Rosette bok choy, at Suzie’s Farm and try bright red radicchio from Maciel Farm. Crunchy frisee is the key to a salad Lyonnaise topped with a perfectly poached egg from Descanso Valley Ranch.

Look for piquant dandelion greens, escarole, arugula, sorrel, purslane and more from your favorite farmers. Because salad doesn't have to be boring anymore!

ROOT DOWN

January 27, 2013 - 9:11pm
Author: 
Christopher S.

Get back to your root vegetables at the Pacific Beach Tuesday Farmers’ Market with carrots from Kawano Farm or beets from Maciel Farm. Try turnips from Suzie’s Farm, JR Organics’ parsnips, or kohlrabi from Gilbert Quintos Farm.

Toss your favorites with Basil Garlic Parmesan Oil from Bistro Blends for roasted root vegetables, or combine beets with chevre from Nicolau Goat Farm and Hopkins AG pistachios in this gorgeous Napoleon. Go raw with root vegetable slaw or get warm with spicy roasted parsnips (featuring apples from Smit Orchards).

Pick up a pastured bird from Descanso Valley Ranch for this one pot chicken with roasted vegetables, or try these delicious baked root veggie chips that are perfect for dipping in Bitchin’ Sauce.

Celebrate your roots!

RED IS THE NEW ORANGE

January 14, 2013 - 10:01am
Author: 
C. Smyczek

Check out the crimson hued blood oranges, or arrancia, at the Pacific Beach Tuesday Farmers’ Market this week.

Visit Lone Oak Ranch or Gilbert Quintos Farm to pick up this unique citrus, which looks like an ordinary orange on the outside but bursts with bright red color when cut open. The color comes from anthocyanins, powerful antioxidant compounds also found in red berries, and some people find a hint of raspberry flavor in the taste of blood orange juice.

It makes a wonderful addition to vinaigrette dressing made with olive oil from Bistro Blends or the California Olive; try drizzling it over a salad of fresh greens and roasted golden beets from Maciel Farm. Try pairing arrancia with Suzie’s Farm fennel and wild caught fish from the Salmon Slinger in salmon with roasted fennel and blood orange salsa.

It’ll make a bloody good dinner!

FUNGUS AMONG US

December 17, 2012 - 1:24pm
Author: 
Chris S. & Brijet M.

Find button, shiitake, crimini, and portobello mushrooms at the Pacific Beach Tuesday Farmers’ Market, grown in Escondido by Mountain Meadow Mushrooms and sold at the Kawano Farms booth. Sautee them with garlic and bell peppers from Proios Family Farm or stuff them with sausage from Ochoa Family Chorizo.

SoCal Shrooms has been sending their beautiful pink oyster mushrooms (almost too pretty to eat... almost) to the PB Market with Suzie's Farm. Pick some up and use in any recipe that calls for mushrooms. You can also pick up a "mushroom grow kit"- perfect to give growing a try or give as a gift to your urban-farmer-wannabe friend!

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 your choice of cheeses from Nicolau Farms or Springhill Cheese Company and bella mushrooms to 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!

CHICKEN OR THE EGG?

December 3, 2012 - 10:30am
Author: 
Christopher S.

Find natural, local, pastured chickens and eggs at the Pacific Beach Tuesday Farmers’ Market. Descanso Valley Ranch is home to birds that meet the prestigious French label rouge standards for quality - you’ll definitely notice the deeper, richer flavor of the meat. Roast it simply with salt, pepper, and fresh savory herbs from JR Organics, or make a big batch of chicken soup - you don’t have to wait ‘til you catch a cold to enjoy it!

The hens at Paradise Valley Ranch roam the avocado orchards by day and enjoy a diet of grass, bugs, and the occasional fallen fruit while they simultaneously provide natural fertilizer to the trees. Their eggs have sunny golden yolks and an incomparable taste. Combine them with persimmons from Smit Orchards or Gilbert Quintos Farm and a country French loaf from Belen Bakery in this amazing persimmon bread pudding.

Happy hens lay great eggs!

MOVE TO THE BEET!

November 26, 2012 - 3:55pm
Author: 
Catt W.

Love them or hate them (and people tend to go one way or another), you can find deep scarlet, orange and yellow beets at the Pacific Beach Tuesday Farmers' Market now, fresh from the fields at Suzie's Farm, Maciel Farm or Proios Family Farm. 

Honestly, I've always loved beets, long before the 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. 

If you're dealing with a skeptic, try these salty Parmesan Beet Chips made easy with garlic infused olive oil from California Olive. Toss roasted chunks with crumbled fresh goat cheese from Springhill Farm and greens from J.R. Organics and you'll rival the best restaurants in town. Or disguise and conquer with these crazy Beet Brownies: that's what we call a jazz beet!