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CONVICTED MELON CAPTURED

August 5, 2012 - 2:57pm
Author: 
Chris S.

READY & MELON

Nothing says summer like cool, crisp, sweet, sticky and succulent watermelon from the Pacific Beach Tuesday Farmers’ Market. Proios Family Farm, JR Organics and Kawano Farms are all harvesting melons large and small, red and golden for your enjoyment. Slice ‘em to eat on their own or dice into chunks to mix with grapes and peaches from R&L Farms in a summer fruit salad.

Pick the ripest melon by looking for the yellow spot on the bottom that shows it's been in the field a while.

Don’t toss the seeds out; instead, toss them with a little oil from the California Olive and a pinch of salt and roast for ten minutes in a 350 degree oven for a tasty, crunchy snack that’s great by itself or added to trail mix with raisins and dried apricots from Smit Orchards and almonds from Hopkins Ag. Grab cucumbers and tomatoes from Maciel Farm for this watermelon gazpacho, or try a Southern classic, pickled watermelon rind. Happy summer!

WE CHARDLY KNEW YOU

July 30, 2012 - 2:24pm
Author: 
Chris S.

You know you can get fresh green chard at the Pacific Beach Tuesday Farmers’ Market from Maciel Farms, JR Organics, Kawano Farms, Suzie’s Farm and Gilbert Quintos. You know it’s delicious when sauteed with garlic from Proios Family Farm and a little extra virgin oil from the California Olive. But did you know this? Chard is actually a form of beet; beets are chard that’s been selectively bred to produce big, sweet, earthy flavored roots, while chard is beets bred to devote their energy into large, leafy greens. The stems of chard may be naturally green, red, or golden, depending on the variety, but rainbow chard is a man made creation - it’s really different types of chard bundled together by the farmer to catch your eye! Check out this yummy chard-ravioli recipe, or pick up Italian eggplants at Suzie’s Farm and mushrooms from the Kawano Farm stand to try this Swiss Chard Stuffed Eggplant. Chard’s low in calories, high in fiber, and like other leafy green vegetables, can help reduce the risk of both cancer and heart disease as part of a healthy diet, so add something that’s good and good for you to your shopping cart - it isn’t chard to do!

SQUASH WITH PANACHE

July 23, 2012 - 3:04pm
Author: 
Chris S.

The Pacific Beach Tuesday Farmers’ Market is awash with summer squash in many varieties from your favorite local farms. Kids love flying saucer shaped pattypan squash from Kawano Farms; pick up fresh spinach for this kid-friendly stuffed squash recipe. Eight-ball squash from JR Organics are also super stuffers; fill them with a mixture of Nicolau Farms fresh chevre and diced red peppers and onions from Proios Family Farm. Zucchini from Maciel Farm is great for grilling. Slice it in half lengthwise, brush the cut side with Bistro Blends’ Roasted Garlic Chardonnay marinade, then grill and top with grated Peppercorn Dry Jack cheese from Springhill Cheese Company. Stock up on summer squash at the Pacific Beach Tuesday Farmers’ Market!

COOL AS A CUCUMBER

July 16, 2012 - 3:28pm
Author: 
Chris S.

Nothing says summer like crisp, refreshing cucumbers from Maciel Farm, Kawano Farms, J.R. Organics and Suzie’s Farm at the Pacific Beach Tuesday Farmers’ Market. Cool as the other side of the pillow, fresh cucumbers add crunch to salads and sandwiches, gazpacho and salsas. Need a cool summer drink? Add a few slices of cucumber to your water pitcher, chill over night and be ready for an amazingly refreshing beverage the next day - add a squeeze of fresh lime from Paradise Valley if you like. A cool snack? Mix Springhill Cheese lemon quark with chopped parsley, basil and mint from Suzie’s Farm and spread it on freshly sliced cucumbers. Cool soup? Puree cucumbers and fresh dill with a little yogurt for a crowd pleasing chilled number. Try a fresh fruity salad of cucumbers and cantaloupe from Kawano Farms. If you’re hankering for homemade pickles, grab dill from Suzie’s Farm or J.R. Organics and garlic and hot peppers if you like yours spicy. No time to make your own gazpacho? Pick up a container at One Fresh Meal and you're ready to go. You’d be a kook to miss out on cukes!

CELEBRATE INDEPENDENTS!

July 2, 2012 - 2:18pm
Author: 
Chris S.

Celebrate Independence Day by supporting small family farms and local businesses at the Pacific Beach Tuesday Farmers’ Market! Make a red, white and blue salad of red cherries,white peaches and blueberries from Smit Orchards or a slight variation, found here. If you’re grilling on the Fourth, there’s nothing more American than corn on the cob from Kawano or Maciel Farms. Spring onions from Gilbert Quintos, sweet peppers from Suzie’s Farm, and summer squash from JR Organics are also great on the grill. Feeling red, white and bitchin'? Grab some spicy Bitchin' Sauce for a bit of fireworks in your mouth! Don’t forget something cool to wash it all down - grab lemons from John Gilruth or Paradise Valley Ranch and honey from Mikolich Family Honey for an all-American lemonade. Happy Birthday America!

Life's a Peach!

May 7, 2012 - 3:22pm
Author: 
Chris S

LIFE’S A  PEACH
The season’s first white and yellow peaches from Smit Orchards and Lone Oak Ranch sweeten up the Pacific Beach Farmers’ Market this Tuesday. Fresh, juicy peaches are perfect on their own, or sliced and tossed with strawberries from Kawano Farms, blueberries from Smit Orchards and tangelos from John Gilruth.

Peaches are a grill’s best friend; if you’re firing up the barbecue tonight, start your dinner with this grilled peach and avocado salad with hass avocados from Mexico Lindo. We couldn't believe what grilling adds to peaches and avocados. Grab some early season tomatoes from JR Organics, thyme from Suzie’s, fresh goat cheese from Nicolau Farms and citrus balsamic vinaigrette from Bistro Blends for this peach and heirloom tomato salad.  For a unique and refreshing summer sipper, pick up lavander from Gilbert Quintos and honey from Mikolich for peach-lavander agua frescas.  

Have a little more experience in the kitchen? Finish dinner with a flourish by bringing home pastured eggs from Paradise Valley for this sabayon with balsamic peaches.  We’ll see you at the Pacific Peach Tuesday Farmers’ Market!

Loquation, Loquation, Loquation

April 30, 2012 - 5:03pm
Author: 
Chris S

GREAT LOQUATION!

Loquats from Rancho Mexico Lindo are occupying prime real estate at the Pacific Beach Tuesday Farmers’ Market just a couple of blocks from the ocean. Look for yellow-orange fruits about the size of a small lemon with an aroma of apricot and pineapple. They’re most often enjoyed fresh just the way they come off the tree, or sliced into a salad with other fruits like navel oranges from Paradise Valley Ranch, the season's first white peaches from Lone Oak or Fuji apples from Smit Orchards.

Loquats  also make great pies and cobblers, on their own or together with other fruits, and you can find more great ways to use them here.  Loquat butter, mmmm. A native of Asia, the loquat is related to the apple but it is nicknamed the Japanese plum, probably because its flesh is similar in color and texture to a plum. They have a short life span once picked, so they’re not often available in supermarkets; pick them up fresh at the farmers’ market instead to enjoy the best loquation in the nation.

Go Nuts!

April 30, 2012 - 4:51pm
Author: 
Chris S

WE'RE NUTS ABOUT ALMONDS  
Pick up California grown raw, roasted, salted and flavored almonds from Smit Orchards and Hopkins AG at the Pacific Beach Tuesday Farmers’ Market.  Toss some in your backpack whether you’re hiking Cowles Mountain or just taking the stairs to work, stash some in your desk drawer for the mid afternoon munchies, keep them on hand for a healthy snack for hungry kids.  

A handful of almonds has almost half the fiber your body needs each day, twenty grams of protein and a healthy dose of monounsaturated fats, the ones that lower levels of harmful cholesterol.  With fantastic flavors like Smit’s wasabi or orange honey and Hopkins’ peppered tomato or Mexican chocolate, there’s a perfect almond for everyone in your family.  

Sprinkle sliced almonds over stir-fried broccoli and mushrooms from Kawano Farms or a bowl of gazpacho from One Fresh Meal.  Go totally nuts and top a dish of almond-based Bitchin Sauce with crunchy crushed almonds - don’t forget celery and carrots from JR Organics for dipping. Spread some of Hopkins AG’s awesome almond butter on a slice of freshly baked Belen Bakery Date Walnut bread. Crunch on!

Corn to be Wild

April 23, 2012 - 4:43pm
Author: 
Chris S

CORN AGAIN!

Farmer Rodney Kawano is bringing the season’s first fresh, sweet summer corn from the Imperial Valley to the Pacific Beach Farmers’ Market this Tuesday.  Toss a few ears on the grill and slather them with butter from Springhill Cheese Company for a hot summer snack.  Slice off the kernels, blend them with a little soup stock and serve chilled for a cool corn soup; garnish with sprigs of fresh basil from Suzie’s Farm.  Sautee sweet corn in Hot Bistro Oil from Bistro Blends and add a handful of chopped epazote from Gilbert Quintos for a sizzling side dish.  Mix corn with cilantro, green onion and Anaheim chiles from JR Organics for a sweet and spicy salsa.  Pick up pastured eggs from Paradise Valley and organic cheddar cheese from Springhill for this fantastic corn pudding, or grab avocados from John Gilruth and tomatoes from JR for this avocado and grilled corn salad.  Let us know what you like to do with fresh California grown corn, we’d love to hear your suggestions - in fact, we’re all ears!

KaleStorm Headed to PB!

March 26, 2012 - 4:35pm
Author: 
Chris S

KALE STORM PREDICTED!

Feeling frail?   Eat some kale! You’ll find vibrant green, deep red and even bright purple  kale from JR organics and Suzie’s Farm at the Pacific Beach Tuesday Farmers’ Market this week. Red Russian, curly green, black, blue Scotch, Lacinato and Red Monarch are a few of our favorites.

Curly green kale combines beautifully with shaved fennel from Suzie’s, olive oil from The California Olive and balsamic vinegar from Bistro Blends, and spinach fettucine from Lisko Imports in this kale and fennel pasta recipe. Bake these tasty, crispy kale chips  with Red Monarch kale - they’re ideal for dipping in original Bitchin Sauce.  Lacinato kale, also known as dinosaur kale (a much more fun name, we think!) is a traditional crop of Tuscany and an essential ingredient in an authentic minestrone. Red Russian kale seems to have a particular affinity for garlic, so sautee it with some as a side dish, or layer it with garlic jack cheese from Springhill Cheese Company and sourdough bread from Belen bakery for a healthy twist on grilled cheese sandwiches.  

Speaking of health, there’s  growing body of evidence that kale is full of particularly potent source of nutrients that reduce the odds of developing several cancers. (But people taking commonly-prescribed blood thinners Warfarin should talk to their doctor before eating large amounts of kale.) A vegetable that’s tasty, versatile, and super healthy.  That’s something to kalebrate!