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This'll Get Your Goat!

March 12, 2012 - 6:44pm
Author: 
Chris S

BAAAACK AT PACIFIC BEACH

Nicolau Farms is back at the Pacific Beach Tuesday Farmers’ Market with their farmstead fresh chevre.  If you’ve been missing their soft and creamy, tangy, tasty goat cheese lately, you’re not alone.  Their small herd of goats doesn’t make much milk in the winter, so the cheese has been scarce, but with the warmer weather it’s back!  

For a winning breakfast, spread a generous spoonful of classic chevre  over a thick slice of French toast made with Belen Bakery bread and pastured eggs from Paradise Valley Ranch.  Top with early-season sliced strawberries from JR Organics or Kawano farms and a drizzle of local honey from  Mikolich.  Need an easy appetizer that’s also delicious? Toss a handful of pitted black olives from Lisko Imports and a hunk of spicy red pepper chevre into a food processor, pulse a couple times and serve up a creamy take on tapenade.  If it’s a great salad you’re craving, mix goat cheese with roasted beets and arrugula from Suzie’s Farm, and make a blood orange vinaigrette with with citrus from Gilbert Qintos or Rancho Mexico Lindo and extra virgin oil from the California Olive Oil Company.

Nicolau Farms also has  wonderful sun-dried tomato and goat cheese ravioli, which would be perfect with a spinach pesto made with Maciel Farm’s  spinach.  If you saved room for dessert, try a slice of Nicolau’s famous goat cheese cake topped with a smear of date jam from Morocco Gold, or one of the delicious goat cheese based Viva Pops that you’ll find at the market.  Missing out on any of these goat cheese treats would be a baaad idea!

Salad of the Gods

September 19, 2011 - 3:20pm
Author: 
Britta t

GET TO THE GREEK

The Gods were onto something when they boasted of delicate olives, fresh salads, and the best of the Mediterranean's harvest. Now's the best time to head to the North Park Farmers Market and stock up on all sorts of fresh 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 feta cheese from Spring Hill. Arrange on a platter with juicy, sweet slices of Roma tomatoes from Valdivia Farms and lemon wedges from R&L Farms. Or make your own tasty Skordalia dip using one pound of russet potatoes from Produce Stand, a few fresh cloves of garlic, 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, then enjoy with some fresh pita bread from Baba Foods or try dipping sweet radishes and carrots.

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, cripsy cucumbers, and red onions. Add a few hungarian hot wax peppers from Suzie's Farm to give it a kick. Top it off with some Kalamata olives from Lisko imports and a glass of white wine, or use the traditional 3 coffee beans from Agora Bean & Leaf with glasses of Sambuca ...the Greeks were always known for their decadence, weren't they?

 

Geeks over Greek

September 19, 2011 - 2:15pm
Author: 
Britta t

GET TO THE GREEK!

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?

 

DOWN BY THE BAY

August 1, 2011 - 11:42am
Author: 
Hillary E.

WHERE THE WATERMELONS GROW

In the summertime, when the sun is shining and you have a beautiful view of the bay, your thoughts turn to picnics and watermelon. That's right, the watermelon's have made their debut at the Little Italy Farmers' Market! These sweet and juicy melons herald in the season of eating outdoors, where it's perfectly acceptable, encouraged even, to eat with your hands and get messy. Find them at JR Organics in shades of pink and yellow, but you better come early, these guys disappear fast.

Sliced into triangles and eaten plain. Sprinkled with Tajin - a seasoning mixture of salt, chile and lime for fruit and vegetables - found at Gourmet Tamales. Cubed and tossed with slivers of fresh mint leaves from Maciel & Family. Blended with a bit of lime juice and water to make an agua fresca. Watermelon, we love you so.

While there are no shortage of ways to eat this summertime staple, I find myself daydreaming about a watermelon salad I had in San Francisco last summer. A darling of restaurant's summer salad menus, this one was like no other I've ever had - it was a plate of summer's best offerings. Chunks of heirloom tomatoes, crisp cool watermelon, green and fragrant basil, slightly pickled onions and pops of nicoise olives. I've waited patiently for almost a year for the watermelons to return to the markets, and now that they're here it would be a shame not to make this salad again. JR Organics has your melons and basil, Suzie's Farms has a gorgeous rainbow of heirloom tomatoes, Vang Farms has onions of all kinds (I use sweet onions, but red onions that have been rinsed with cool water to take away some of the sting and then pickled would be great too), the nicoise olives are at Lisko Imports and the recipe to put it all together is right over here.

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