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PERSIMMON SAYS!

October 29, 2012 - 2:43pm
Author: 
Brijet M.

Find fresh fuyu persimmons from Gilbert Quintos’ Farm and Rainbow Ranchito at the Pacific Beach Tuesday Farmers’ Market. Look for small, bright orange fruits with a sweet floral aroma and firm flesh. They may look like squat, orange tomatoes but will have large flat stem on top.

Some varieties of persimmons are very tannic, and nearly inedible before they’re fully ripe and soft, but fuyu persimmons are much less astringent and can be enjoyed while they’re still crisp like an apple. Be sure to ask your farmer what kind of persimmon they are offering and how to best prepare them to eat. 

We've heard of persimmon salads, teas and even persimmon maragritas made in cinnamon salt rimmed glasses (yum!). Grab a bag of fresh-made tortilla chips from Ochoa Chorizo and whip up this persimmon salsa recipe! Their sweet-tart flavor pairs well with soft, fresh cheeses, like Nicolau Farm’s classic chevre or lemon quark from Springhill Cheese Company. They also make wonderful pies and tarts if the weather should cool off enough for us to use our ovens again!

Try this persimmon carpaccio with fennel salad, using fennel from Maciel Family Farm, radishes from Suzie's Farm and a red onion from Proios Farm. Toast pumpkin seeds from J.R. Organics' pumpkins and carve the rest for Halloween! Persimmon granted to enjoy the fall!

 

Home (Decor) for the Holidays

December 7, 2011 - 4:00pm
Author: 
Julie R

HAPPY HOLLY DAYS!

When you live in a climate where winter clothes = long sleeved t-shirts, sometimes the winter wonderland feeling doesn’t kick in easily, but get into the holiday spirit now by shopping at the North Park Farmers market! 

Pick up bunches of holly from Maldonado Growers to hang on your door or put in a big vase and decorate like a little Christmas tree. Buy their evergreen garlands to hang above your fireplace or wrap around the banister on your stairs. Not much of a decorator? Just place a potted poinsettia by the door and let those red flowers exorcise the Grinch in anyone.

Get a wreath made from red chilies and organic flowers from JR Organics to show the world that you are in the holiday spirit and proudly support local farmers and farmers' markets.  Pile chilis or red apples from Smit Orchards in a pretty basket from Paradise Valley Ranch and use as a centerpiece for your next dinner party.

Keeping it subtle? Pick a nice little succulent from John Gilruth and tie a ribbon around the pot, set it on your desk and ease on into the holiday spirit! Stack persimmons in a tall vase on the mantel, or use a pretty bouquet of red gladioli to make a statement and make yourself at home for the holidays. 

 

Thanksgiving and a Sweet Ending

November 14, 2011 - 12:45pm
Author: 
Britta T

It's a tough call deciding which part of the thanksgiving meal is the best- but shopping at the Little Italy Mercato might turn you into a full fall dessert worshipper. Why make traditional desserts when you can peruse all the offerings at the market and create your own dish full of splendor, spice, and everything nice?


Persimmon Cookies: Plain and simple and easy to bake. Use fresh persimmons from Terra Bella Ranch and bake with spices like ginger, nutmeg and cinnamon. Or you can buy a bag of cookie or sweet bread mix from Sustainable Pantry and just add the wet ingredients at home for a simple, satisfying dessert. 

Ginger roasted Pears: There are amazingly sweet and juicy Asian pears at the market from Lone Oak Ranch that are begging to be smothered in a sweet ginger syrup using fresh ginger from Vang Farms and roasted until they're tender and warm. Serve hot out of the oven with a cup of spicy chai tea from Cafe Virtuoso.

Decadent Desserts

October 19, 2011 - 11:51am
Author: 
Britta T

The evenings are indeed surrounding us earlier and there's a slightly brisk feeling in the air. But we've strung the lights at our Pacific Beach Tuesday Farmers' Market and are making the best of the shorter days! It's become quite the atmosphere for leisure, good spirits, and of course romance! If you're in the mood for a sweet treat while you're in the neighborhood, want a lovely place to stroll with your beloved after sunset on the beach, or need to pick up all the ingredients to make your own, homemade dessert delicacies, visit us this week for some sweet ideas!

Baked Apple Cookie Bars: Head home with a tub of yummy toasted granola from Safari Crunch, juicy honey crisp apples from Smit Orchards, and a few Pumpkin Praline cookies from The Cravory. Chop everything well and mix with butter, eggs, flour, baking soda, cinnamon, cloves) and bake at 350 degrees for 20 minutes. You can enjoy them warm, or freeze them to pack into school lunches for easy, "healthy" treats.

Slightly Sinful Saute: Persimmons are the select fruit of fall. Like orange hued tomatoes, their ripe pulp simply falls apart and melts in your mouth. For a quick, and slightly sinful dessert, peel and cut-up a few Fuyus (the shorter, stalkier variety) and sautee gently in butter and cinnamon, followed by a splash of Grand Marnier. Serve with a slice of pumpkin bread from Belen Bakery or a scoop of vanilla ice cream.

Take-me-away Take Away: If you simply want to enjoy dessert onsite with us while you stroll between the stalls, stop by Moncai Vegan for a fresh baked chocolate chip cookie, double chocolate brownie, or one of their mouthwatering lemon cakes. And its all vegan! If you're really in the mood to impress, choose a few dazzling tarts or a creme brulee from Lisko Imports and sit down and spoon feed your friends! 

 

Decadent Desserts

October 19, 2011 - 11:03am
Author: 
Britta T

The evenings are indeed surrounding us earlier and there's a slightly brisk feeling in the air. At the North Park Farmers' Market, we've strung the lights and are making the best of the shorter days, and it's becoming quite the atmosphere for leisure, good spirits, and of course romance! If you're in the mood for a sweet treat while you're in the neighborhood, want a lovely place to stroll with your beloved, or need to pick up all the ingredients to make your own, homemade dessert delicacies, visit us this week for some sweet ideas!

Head home with a tub of yummy toasted granola from Safari Crunch, juicy honey crisp apples from Smit Orchards, and deliciously sweet dates from Morocco Gold Dates. Chop everything well and mix with your standard cookie ingredients (butter, eggs, flour, baking soda, cinnamon, cloves) and bake at 350 degrees for 20 minutes. You can enjoy them warm, or freeze them to pack into school lunches for easy, "healthy" treats. 

Persimmons are the select fruit of fall. Like orange hued tomatoes, their ripe pulp simply falls apart and melts in your mouth. For a quick, and slightly sinful dessert, peel and cut-up a few Fuyus (the shorter, stalkier variety) and sautee gently in butter and cinnamon, followed by a splash of Grand Marnier. Serve with a slice of pumpkin bread from Belen Bakery or a scoop of vanilla ice cream. 

If you simply want to enjoy dessert onsite with us while you stroll between the stalls, stop by Moncai Vegan for a fresh baked chocolate chip cookie or one of their mouthwatering cakes. Speaking of cakes, Ciao Cupcake will be parked at the market this week so you can stock up on handmade, beautiful cupcakes like the "spiced carrot" or "pomegranate velvet". If you're really in the mood to impress, choose a few dazzling tarts or a creme brulee from Lisko Imports and sit down and spoon feed your friends!

 

Eat it Now

October 3, 2011 - 1:40pm
Author: 
Britta T

You can't deny the the season for warmer foods and cooler temperatures is here. October has already brought us beautiful foggy mornings, deliciously warm afternoons, and brisk evenings when we can and should be gathering with friends and family to eat together, meet together, and give praise where it's due to the incredible flavors of Fall. 

This week at the North Park Farmers' Market, be sure to do your homework and taste all the gorgeous offerings our vendors have to offer. Fuji apples and Royal Flame grapes from Smit Orchards are in their prime! Persimmons from John Gilruth are begging you to try them, and pears, pomegranates, and passionfruit from R&L are heavy with sweet juices. The guys at JR Organics are proudly stacking their orange glowing pumpkins and squash, so roll them around and pick out your best for jack'o'lanterns and pies. Don't forget to keep your eyes peeled for fresh broccoli, leeks, and carrots from Suzie's. It's time to cook it all down into warm soups and feed your folks!

Take home a slab of yummy gruyere cheese from Taste Cheese, just plucked earthen potatoes from Produce Stand, some fennel and chives or some yummy ham from Da Le Ranch and whip yourself up a soft, warm gratin that will beckon the neighbors for dinner. Drink wine or cider, take things slow, and catch up on everything that fell in between the cracks this summer...

Fall is fabulous, isn't it??

 

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