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Spotlight on Crystal Eyes

By now, many of you know that Mission Community Market is no ordinary farmers market. Besides fostering community, promoting family health, and engaging local youth, our market helps local businesses thrive. MCM diversifies our vendors, reducing competition and providing Read more

Mercado Kitchen: California Marinated Artichokes

Spring weather is here which means it's time to drag out that barbecue, wipe it off, and heat it up! At MCM you can now find Blue House Farm, Tomatero Farm, and Zuckerman's Farm offering an array of seasonal, local veggies Read more

Spotlight on Papi Chulo Salsa

Love in every bite There is never a dull moment at Mission Community Market and thanks to Roberto Biggs at the Papi Chulo Salsa stall, the vibrancy radiates from 4-8pm each week without fail. Inspired by the salsa at a Read more

Uni & Her Ukelele and the SOTA Vocal Department at MCM

Posted on by EmilyN in Blog, Live Music | Leave a comment

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This Thursday, we’re very excited to welcome some amazing performers to the market. At 4pm, MCM favorite Uni and her Ukelele will play her super fun pop ditties and will also invite kids to sing along with her!

At 6 pm, we’ll have a special performance from local youth from the San Francisco School of the Arts. The Ruth Asawa San Francisco School of the Arts Vocal Department of 92 students from grades 9-12 has been invited to perform in Carnegie Hall in New York City on January 20, 2014, the dream of all musicians.

Unlike other high schools, these students have been invited to sing the world premiere of a piece by renowned composer-in-residence Karl Jenkins, under the auspices of Distinguished Concerts International New York City (DCINY).  This invitation makes their opportunity truly unique. SOTA is a racially and socio-economically diverse public school with 22% students qualifying for free or reduced lunch. Of participants, only an estimated 20% can pay full price for this trip, 60% will need partial scholarship, and 20% will need full scholarships. This summer, they have been fundraising for their scholarship program, which has included a Sing-Along, a fish fry, and performing around the city. A group of twelve students from the group will perform this week at MCM to showcase their skills.

Please come out and support the SOTA Vocal Department and help them make their dreams of singing at Carnegie Hall a reality!

No Time To Cook? MCM has 7 Shortcuts for You!

Posted on by Dana Crary in Achadinha Cheese Company, Arizmendi Bakery, Blog, Chaac Mool, Coastside Farms, Happy Boy Farms, Home Made Ravioli, Jarred SF Brine, Marla Bakery, Roli Roti, Shrimp & Love, Vendors | Leave a comment

Although a visit to the market offers inspiration to cook with fresh, interesting, and colorful ingredients, it can be difficult finding the time to create epic meals from scratch. Mission Community Market has some excellent options for those who are short on time to spend in the kitchen. We’ve created a list of seven awesome products at MCM to help you create that delicious and nutritious semi-homemade meal in a snap!

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1. Home Maid Ravioli – Home Maid Ravioli Company carries several different types of freshly-made ravioli, pasta, and sauce. Highlights are Lobster Ravioli, Lemon Linguine, and their highly addicttive Garlic Cheese Dip which can be baked on sliced bread from Arizmendi to create some spectacular garlic bread. Although these pasta sauces are tasty on their own, they can be supplemented with produce such as onions and zucchini to make for a perfectly well-rounded meal.

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2. Happy Boy Farms Salad Mix - Colorful, fresh and certified organic, these greens have Nasturtium flowers sprinkled on top for some extra color and bite. No need to wash or chop, these greens are ready to eat right out of the bag. Toss some dressing on top and serve as a perfect side with any meal… perhaps next to some Home Maid Pasta.

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3. Chaac-Mool Corn Tortillas – Nothing beats a freshly made tortilla. Chaac-Mool’s hearty and wholesome creations, sold by the dozen, are so good they can be eaten plain as snacks, as quesadillas with some Broncha from Achadinha Cheese Company, or wrapped around delicious mix-ups at taco night.

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4. Coastside Farms Smoked Salmon - Rich and smokey, this buttery fish is wild-caught weekly in Alaska and smoked in San Jose. Coastside’s flavors include Garlic, Black Pepper, Honey, or just Plain, and they’re all simply delicious. Add it to your Happy Boy Spring Mix to create an awesome lunch or light dinner!

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5. Roli Roti Roasted Chicken and Potatoes - The line for Roli Roti Chicken often extends down the market for good reason. Too bad our photo doesn’t convey the glorious smells coming from their truck. As these herb-infused free-range chickens are spun on their rotisseries, all of their delectable juices fall onto organic rosemary fingerling potatoes. Take a whole chicken home with a pack of potatoes and let your imagination go wild; if you don’t end up wolfing it all down beforehand. An extra bonus is the delicious chicken stock you can make with the leftovers!

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6. Jarred SF Brine Pickles -  Organic produce preserved at the peak of its season, Jarred pickles can be snacked on, cooked with, or even thrown into a spicy cocktail. Check out Emiliana’s website for some inspiration and consider chopping up some pickled goodies to add to your Roli Roti potatoes or add some zing to your salad.

7. Marla Bakery Hand Pies – It’s no secret that Marla’s sweet treats are amazing, but did you know you can also get dinner at their booth? Every week, Amy and Joe lovingly create unique, delectable hand pies that can be taken home for a nice hearty treat. This week, choose from red wine & plum braised brisket or buttered summer squash, corn, and early girl tomato succotash. The flavors change weekly, so take a break from cooking and come down to see what they have to offer!

Apple Season is Here at MCM!

Posted on by EmilyN in Blog, Hale Apple Farm, Vendors, Zuckerman's Farm | Leave a comment

Last week marked the official start of Apple Season at MCM. Our favorite Sebastapol apple farmer, Dave Hale, brought with him the first crops of the season, and they did not disappoint.

Pink Pearls pictured below from Hale Farm are a customer favorite for their unique pink flesh that rivals watermelons in brightness and color.

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Hale Farm grows over 30 varieties of apples, including Gravensteins, which they also have at MCM right now. These delicious apples are native to Sebastapol, a little bit tart, and perfect for pies. This week, Delta-based Zuckerman’s Farm will also have their first crop of Gala Apples which we can’t wait to try!

Come on down to MCM this week and have a taste of these varieties of apples, and get excited for the bounty that is yet to come this autumn.

Youth Development with Pie Ranch

Posted on by Dana Crary in Pie Ranch, Vendors | Leave a comment

Mission Community Market has been very lucky to welcome Mission High School students to the market as a part of the unique educational programming at Pie Ranch. This inspirational program aims to grow and nourish young community leaders for food justice through education and hands-on experience.

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Lead by Rachel Vigil, this program focuses on entrepreneurship as a tool for community change and development. Students are currently creating a business plan to build a cafe on their school campus and use the revenue stream to support their schoolyard garden. Their long term goal is to build a larger farm behind the campus’ football field.

Once a week, students take field trips to Pie Ranch where they talk about food systems, harvest produce, mill grains, and prepare all the goods that they sell at MCM on Thursdays. These goods include wheat berries, pancake mix, flavored salts, organic flour, and yummy jams. Students are able to get their hands dirty and connect not only with their food source but also each other.

This Thursday (August 1, 2013) will be Pie Ranch’s final appearance at MCM for now, as this session of their student program is about to conclude. So come on out and show them some love! 

Knife Sharpening at MCM Last Thursday of the Month

Posted on by LaurenG in Bernal Cutlery, Blog, Vendors | Leave a comment

We are thrilled to have Bernal Cutlery at the Mission Community Market on the last Thursday of every month!  If you bring your knives by early in the market, Bernal Cutlery will have them ready for you the same day. bernal at MCM

Owner Josh Donald first became interested in knives by way of woodcarving, and his shop opened for business in 2005.  Bernal Cutlery specializes in Japanese Whetstone grinding techniques, which produce a sharper, longer-lasting knife, with less wear and tear during the sharpening process.  Other “fast but aggressive dry grinders and belt sanders… remove unnecessary amounts of metal and are prone to producing enough heat to ruin a blade, often producing ugly scratches and marks in the process.” To learn more about whetstone grinding versus other techniques, check out their website.  In addition to sharpening, Bernal Cutlery offers Japanese, French, and vintage knives for sale, as well as classes on knife skills. They recently moved from Bernal Heights to a new shop at 18th and Guerrero in the Mission, but they’re still keeping it real with their original name to pay homage to the neighborhood they first called home. When asked for some knife tips for our blog readers, Josh mentioned two common mistakes that people tend to make with their knives:

1) Putting their knives in the dishwasher – knives should always be washed by hand
2) Using bamboo cutting boards –they are harsh on knives and bruise their edges

Don’t forget to bring your slicin’ and dicin’ tools down to MCM this week for the best sharpening around and more knife tips from the pros!