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HEY SPUD!

September 5, 2012 - 10:03am
Author: 
Chris S.

What to do with locally grown, pesticide-free potatoes from Proios Family Farm at the North Park Thursday Farmers’ Market? Turn them into home fries and serve with scrambled eggs from Paradise Valley Ranch (grab a bag of valencia oranges while you're there and squeeze som OJ for your breakfast), roast them with a grass fed beef chuck roast or all natural chicken from DaLe Ranch for a classic meat-and -potatoes dinner, or make a healthy, vegan potato salad using creamy garlic spread from Majestic Garlic and olives from Lisko Imports.

Pick up curly kale from African Sisters for this soup. Toss potato wedges with avocado oil from the California Olive Oil Company and bake them; serve with a baked yellowtail fillet from the Ocean Beach Seafood Truck for a lighter version of fish and chips. Or grab a tuna steak from Miss Sushi and make this potato salad with tuna and arugula, using almonds from Hopkinds AG, arugula from J.R. Organics and apples from Smit Orchard in place of the pears for a crunchy twist.

Pick up some spuds today!

Fennel is for Lovers

November 7, 2011 - 11:11am
Author: 
Britta T

Did you know that fennel actually grows wild in San Diego? A weed, but a treasure none the less, this rootvegetable will capture your heart over and over again as you fall in love with new recipes. Find bulbs and fronds of friendly fennel and more this week as you shop at the Little Italy Mercato.

Raw fennel tastes like the love child of celery and licorice. Roasting, however, brings out complex flavors and satiates our cravings for warm, tender food now with winter's return. Select a few stalks from Suzie's or Vang Farm this week and simply chop the bulb into quarters, then coat the pieces with a healthy dose of oil. We recommend trying avocado oil from Marion's or even a fine balsamic vinegar and oil from Gianni's Fine Foods. Toss with salt and pepper and roast in the oven until the outsides begin to crisp, leaving the insides warm and tender. Also, try roasting fingerling potatoes from Polito Farms with a bit of fennel seeds sprinkled on top for a sweet infusion.

For a flashier meal- experiment with this Yellowtail & Fennel Crudo recipe from Chef Brian Sinnot- An elegant, yet simple dish with fresh fennel, pomegranate seeds, and mint. Sift through the ruby round pomegranates at Lone Oak Ranch or Heritage Family Farms. Grab a bunch of mint from Schaner's, toss everything together and serve fresh. 

 

Fennel is for Lovers

November 7, 2011 - 10:41am
Author: 
Britta T

Fennel is that gorgeous, stalky frond that grows rampant throughout San Diego- A weed, but a treasure none the less, this root vegetable will capture your heart over and over again with new recipes. Find bulbs and fronds of friendly fennel and more this week as you shop at the Pacific Beach Tuesday Farmers' Market.

Normally fennel tastes like the love child of celery and licorice. Roasting, however, brings out complex flavors and satiates our cravings for warm, tender food now with winter's return. Select a few stalks from Suzie's Farm this week and simply chop the bulb into quarters, then coat the pieces with a healthy dose of oil (have you tried the avocado oil from California Olive Oil?). Toss with salt and pepper, and roast in the oven until the outsides begin to crisp, leaving the insides warm and tender. 

For a flashier meal- experiment with this Yellowtail & Fennel Crudo recipe from Chef Brian Sinnot- An elegant, yet simple dish with fresh fennel, pomegranate seeds, and mint. Sift through the ruby round pomegranates at Lone Oak Ranch or pick out a prize from John Gilruth. You can find fresh yellowtail or other filets with Miss Sushi, and Suzie's Farm has tiny, fragrant bunches of wild mint...

 

Teeny Weeny Cipollini

October 24, 2011 - 9:49am
Author: 
Britta T

Why is it a natural reaction so say "oh that's so cute"  whenever you see something that is smaller than it normally should be (like baby chickens, Smart cars, or those itsy bitsy Mexican gherkin cucumbers)? If the cucumbers got you, you'll be sure to fall hard for this season's tiny Cipollini onions at the Little Italy Mercato. Sweet and elegant, Cipollinis add amazing balance and richness to any dish. You can find some of the cutest little ones at Schaner Farms this weekend, and head home with them to make a tasty, full bodied Fall salad. 

Buy a few heirloom potatoes from Sage Mountain Farm and one or two stalks of sweet, fragrant fennel from Suzie's. Dice the onions and halve the potatoes, sauteeing them both in a Tuscan Herb Roasted Olive oil from Gianni Fine Foods. Add a bit of vegetable stock, and flat leaf parsley from JR Organics, let it simmer until the potatoes are soft. Then drain most of the liquid (saving it for your next soup, of course!), dust with a grating of Spring Hill Goat Cheddar, and serve warm, with salt and pepper to taste. 

If you want the pure flavor of the onions, roasting them with a bit of balsamic vinegar and thyme is an excellent option as well. This way, you can pair the onions with meat, chicken, or fish, or simply have an incredibly flavorful side dish to accompany soups or salads during these cooler nights. 

 

Potato Luck

May 24, 2011 - 1:21pm
Author: 
Catt W

POT LUCKS CALL FOR POTATO SALAD

For Memorial Day picnics or any pot luck, potato salads are a perennial hit. With potatoes back at the Little Italy farmers' market, we have all the ingredients to make your family favorite or a new variation on the theme.

My daughters are firmly hooked on the classic they grew up on. It's easy to make with yellow fingerling potatoes from Weiser Farms (find them at the Polito Farms stand), lots of hard boiled eggs from Schaner Farms or Swiss Mountain Ranch, and chunks of dill pickle from Happy Pantry. Salt and pepper and moisten the whole thing with a mix of plain yogurt and mayonnaise and they're happy. Mr. Market likes things a little fancier. For him, red potatoes, boiled eggs, spring green onion from Sage Mountain Farms, some crisped up bacon from SonRise Ranch and a vinaigrette dressing are the way to go. He doesn't mind at all if I toss in garlic scapes from Schaner Farms, or mix things up with purple peruvians or sweet potatoes from Vang's Farm. You can imagine the diplomacy required to plan a picnic at our house.

Whatever your favorite potato salad recipe (and we'd love it if you'd share), our insulated Little Italy market bags will keep a well chilled tub nice and cool on the way to your potluck this weekend. Pot appetit!

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