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February 11, 2013 - 11:41am
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!

Get more green

October 31, 2011 - 11:51am
Britta T

You know those greens you find in certain salads with really assertive flavors, like peppery arugula or bitter endive and dandelion? When paired with sweet citrus fruits like oranges, ripe pears or crunchy apples, and figs, you change the flavor experience of your daily dinner salad from great to sensational. Roasted nuts (almonds, walnuts, or pecans) bring out the even more sweetness in the greens. There are endless possible variations on this theme, especially if you account for dressings and oils or other heavier decorations. If you're hankering for something fresh, tasty, and not overly saturating, try combinging fresh arugula from Suzie's Farm with Valencia oranges from Paradise Valley Ranch, and roasted almonds from Hopkins AG. Or, for an easy lunch salad, combine frisee (that curly, fancy looking lettuce at Suzie's), with quartered ripe apples, toasted pumpkin seeds from the gorgeous varieties available at Maciel & Family, then top it with thin sheets of tender slices of beef that you can pick up from Son Rise Ranch and cook until they're perfectly roasted and juicy. 




August 8, 2011 - 1:38pm
Britta T


Often, this resplendant green is overlooked by far too many shoppers. Frisee is that sometimes wilty looking, brightly colored green with curly locks. Adorable, in the same sense that orphans are adorable. Eager and darling with that well-used look.

Frisee, otherwise known as Endive, is a peppery, nutty green that pairs perfectly with the first harvest of Autumn apples. Smit Orchards has bright, crispy, rouge Galas that only really taste their best during these first few weeks of harvest. Suzie's Farm has been offering delicate heads of frisee, along with an array of other fancy herbs like tarragon, stevia, and chamomile, that make an ideal, tender autumn salad. Mix a few tablespoons of fresh pressed olive oil from Falcone's with some apple cider vinegar and some minced shallot from JR organics. Add a spoonful of Mikolich's raw honey to make a well rounded, sweet vinaigrette. Gently tear the leaves of frisee into bite sized pieces, place 1 or 2 sliced Gala apples and perhaps a handful of dried cherries from Smit, and top it all off with raw, coursley chopped walnuts from Nicolau Farms. 

Enjoy the assertive taste of seasonal greens and the sweet juiciness of summer's last hurrah...



March 17, 2011 - 3:05pm
Hillary E.

The clocks have moved forward, the sun's out longer and for later and the shoppers at the Little Italy Mercato are bustling. Though the first day of spring may technically be this Sunday, the atmosphere is definitely blossoming, and the flowers are too! The last vestiges of winter - blood oranges, kale and chard - can still be found, but the new crops are creeping in. Suzie's farm has a curly abundance of frisée lettuce and sweet pea tendrils for sauteing or salad making. Maciel & Family's English peas are perfect blanched and added to your favorite pasta carbonara recipe. Colorful arrays of heirloom and rainbow carrots shout for attention at JR Organics. Sage Mountain offers plump spring onions and bright yellow tat-soi flowers, an edible garnish, that are sure to brighten your plate and a put spring in your step. It's about time your crisper drawer experienced a seasonal makeover!

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