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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!

Lettuce Gather

March 8, 2012 - 9:14am
Chris S


Tender red and green leaf, buttery Bibb, crisp romaine, and gorgeous Galactic are just some of the lettuces found at the North Park Farmers’ Market from Gilbert Quintos, JR Organics and Suzie’s Farm. Not just for salads anymore, these garden fresh greens can play multiple roles in your next dinner party. With its deep red wine color, slightly bitter flavor, and generously large leaves, galactic lettuce is perfect for an appetizer of lettuce wraps filled with braised beef from DaLe Ranch.  

Firm and crunchy romaine lettuce can take the heat, so slice a head in half, brush it with olive oil and grill it over hot coals - you’ll love the slightly smoky flavor, and it’s even better if you top it with a crumble of Parmigiano reggiano from Taste Cheese.  Think outside the box and try lettuce soup - it’s different and delicious, and a perfect way to use up any leftover lettuce hanging around the back of your refrigerator.  

If it is salad you're serving, there’s an endless list of toppings available at the market - will you pick up olives from Lisko Imports, dates from Morocco Gold, winter hoop-house tomatoes from Valdivia Farms or apples and almonds from Smit Orchards? Come by the North Park Farmers’ Market on Thursday and lettuce give you some more ideas!


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...


Get Juiced!

July 25, 2011 - 6:35am
Carolyn K

Enter the North Park Farmers' Market and you can't miss the unmistakable buzz of the blenders at Green Fix Smoothies as they make their delicious fruit and vegetable concoctions.  But we're also hearing the buzz of our shoppers talking about juicing at home.   Whether you use fruit or vegetables, juicing is a great way to use up the prolific summer offerings - especially the blemished ones - and get your daily dose of vitamins and minerals. 

Go green and detox like the stars by blending or juicing a mix of kale and lettuce from JR organics, a cucumber or two from Suzie's Farm and the juice of lemon from Paradise Valley Ranch.   To brighten up the flavor of any vegetable juice try adding an orange or two from Ranchito Rainbow or carrots from Kawano Farms into the mix.  For a fruit forward take try blending in pitted cherries, blueberries or peaches from Smit Orchards to your greens based drink. 

Now that should get you juiced!



April 8, 2011 - 2:54pm
Hillary E.


Have you noticed your favorite farmers are looking a little fuller these days? We're hitting the up swing of harvest season and new crops are just taking off. We're saying so long to the broccoli and deep green hues of winter and hello to the colorful bounty that's fast taking over. Find tiny sweet strawberries at JR Organics alongside their tender lettuce mixes. The squash blossoms and baby vegetables at Valdivia are as irresistible as always. Suzie's has sweet sugar snap peas and carrots in every color of the rainbow - well, almost. And the juicy Valencia oranges from Paradise Valley never get old; neither do their avocados for that matter. Not colorful enough? Grab some flowers from Maldonado and watch spring blossom in your very own home!


March 31, 2011 - 3:49pm
Hillary E.


Calling all aspiring urban farmers - Tom King Farms has your number. Find them at the Little Italy Mercato with their new lettuce box subscriptions and pick your own lettuce options.

Here's how the subscription works; you buy your initial box, either 3 or 4 feet in length, filled with soil and baby heads of greens. Each box is planted with variety in mind to keep your salad bowls ever changing. You take it home and the baby lettuces are yours to raise and harvest as you see fit. Then when it's all gone you return your box and exchange it for a new one, at a much reduced cost, to start anew. It's gardening made easy!

Or perhaps you'd rather harvest your own lettuces at the market? Tom King has you covered there as well. Simply select and pick your living lettuces right out of the planters to create your own custom salad mix. Whether you choose to pick at home or at the market, these greens are about as fresh as you can get!

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