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Geeks over Greek

September 19, 2011 - 2:15pm
Britta t


Need some quick recipes for dinner? Want something light, refreshing, and easy? Now's the best time to head to the Pacific Beach Tuesday Farmers Market and stock up on all sorts of fresh Mediterranean ingredients to put together your best Greek family dinner yet.

Greek Saganaki is a savory traditional side dish that brings everyone together before a meal. Try a different twist and pan fry fresh slices of goat-feta cheese from Nicolau Farms. Arrange on a platter with juicy, sweet slices of San Marzano tomatoes from Suzie's Farm and lemon wedges. Or make your own tasty Skardalia dip using one pound of russet potatoes from Produce Stand, a few fresh cloves of garlic from Maciel & Family, and half a cup of raw almonds from Hopkins AG. Cook the potatoes, roast the almonds and blend together with a squeeze of lemon juice, salt and pepper, and enjoy with some fresh pita bread from Baba Foods.

You can't go wrong by making a huge Greek salad to share with friends and neighbors. Stop by JR Organics for a few heads of crunchy romaine lettuce, heirloom tomatoes, crispy cucumbers, and red onions. Add a few hungarian hot wax peppers from Suzie's Farm to give it a kick. Crumble in some feta cheese from Nicolau and top it off with some Kalamata olives from Lisko imports. Serve with a chilled glass of white wine, or use coffee from Agora Bean & Leaf to float the traditional three coffee beans in a glass of Sambuca ...the Greeks were always known for their decadence, weren't they?


Tis the season to eat rainbows

August 23, 2011 - 6:21am
Carolyn K

Despite no rain for many weeks, rainbows can be spotted all throughout the North Park Farmers market!  Stop by JR Organics, The Produce Stand, Valdivia  or Kawano Farms and your eyes will be treated to multi-colored melons and tomatoes.  Suzie's farm has peppers of every color;  R&L Farms has vibrant yellow & orange stone fruit;   John Gilruth's avocados are emeralds in the rough;  Smit Orchards' deep purple blueberries shimmer in the sunlight and Hillside has exotically colored passionfruit. 
Those colors mesmerize the eyes, but we suggest that you do more than gaze at the colors! Take a bunch of big bites because those colors, scientists and clinical nutritionists agree,contain essential health components that can help you stay healthy.   We found these recipes that  serve up a big slice of the rainbow and are delicious:   A Tomato, Watermelon and Nicolau Farms Feta Salad  or a  watermelon, peach, tomato and avocado salad .  After trying them you'll be clicking your heels and repeating that familiar phrase "there's no place like the North Park Farmers market!"


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