Shop Whole Foods Potrero and Castro to Support MCM

Thanks to Whole Foods Market, when you shop at the Potrero or Market-Castro stores, bring in your own bags for groceries and you'll have the option of receiving a 5¢ credit (per bag) or to donate the 5¢ to MCM. Read more

Mercado Kitchen: Quick Persian Pickles

If you haven't picked up cucumbers from Blue House Farms yet, now is the time. Quick pickling the cucumbers is simple and results in sweet, tangy pickles that are perfect on kabobs, in burgers, or thrown on salads. They're easy Read more

Youth Surveyors Making Sure Mission Community Is Heard

Community is more than just part of Mission Community Market's name. And right now, the organization is making sure that the community is heard. A new survey project, funded by the San Francisco Foundation’s Great Communities Collaborative and organized by MCM Read more

People of MCM: Board Member Paul Geffner

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This week our featured shopper at MCM is none other than Paul Geffner, a key member on the MCM Board of Directors. Thanks to Paul, and all of our board members, for helping make MCM great!

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Where do you live?
Sausalito

Why are you on the MCM Board?
I was brought on by Ilaria, another board member who served as the driving force behind MCM’s creation. I own Escape from New York Pizza, another business on 22nd Street, and I believe 100% in the idea of the market. Thursdays at the Mission Mercado are a chance to come together for the good of the community and we have seen that what is healthy for the community is also healthy for businesses. The market also serves as an excellent incubator for small businesses.

What are you most excited to share about the Market?
MCM has a great feel and the food is good and honest. I look forward to the growth and establishment of the Mercado Plaza which will be a pedestrian friendly zone that will serve more diverse needs in the the community.

What is your newest project?
I have been collaborating with Adam Driver to build Driver’s Market, an all organic natural grocery store in Sausalito. Our goal is to promote diversity in the economy by supporting small businesses. Our Grand Opening is this Saturday, June 29th from 10-5. Come check us out!

Mercado Kitchen: Watermelon – Lemon Cucumber – Mint Agua Fresca

Posted on by Dana Crary in Blog, Blue House Farm, Happy Boy Farms, Mercado Kitchen, Recipes, Tomatero Farm | 2 Comments

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To celebrate the beginning of summer and the start of the most delicious season, we made Agua Fresca. When the summer heat comes this transformable beverage is fantastic to sip on a warm afternoon or as a fresh accompaniment with a weekend breakfast. Easy to make and simply delicious, you can use just about any fruit you have on hand to make Agua Fresca and you can make it as sweet as you like by controlling the amount of sugar that you add.

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For this batch, we used juicy pink Watermelon from Tomatero Farm, bright Lemon Cucumbers from Happy Boy Farms, and crisp clean Mint from Blue House Farm. The Watermelon was ripe enough that we didn’t add very much sugar to assure that our beverage was refreshing and thirst-quenching and less dessert-like.

To make this recipe you will need:

1 medium-sized watermelon

3 lemon cucumbers

1/4 c. sugar (Adjust this to your preference level) or agave nectar

1/4 c. water

1 bunch of mint

1 tray of ice cubes (about 12 cubes) Read more

Spotlight on Arzimendi Bakery

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Imagine working in an office that didn’t have a boss. All decisions would be made through a vote and each employee would have ownership of the business. The employees of Arzimendi Bakery work in such a place.  As a worker-owned cooporitive, decisions at the Arzimendi Association are made by group committees, not individuals. There are five locations around the Bay Area including one in the Mission District on 24th at Valencia.

We spoke to Yeni from Arzimendi who shared that she is often questioned about the business’ unique system. She explained that decisions may take longer to make by a group but ‘worker-owners’ are more involved and invested because, “the success and failure of the business is on us, not a supervisor.”  Their inspired baked goods and breads certainly delight the masses as there is frequently a line extending out the door of the bakery and they sometimes sell out of goods at the Mission Mercado. Yeni said one of her favorite parts about operating a stand at the Mission Mercado is her ability to interact and talk to shoppers about the products and offer tastings. Her favorite items at the market right now are the Caramelized Onion and Gouda Sourdough Boules and the Lavender Shortbread Cookies. Every single day Arzimendi creates a different type of “thin crust” pizza, a fruit scone, and a bread pudding. They announce these flavors on their twitter account @arizmendi_val, so follow them to stay up-to-date!

Yeni said that they’ll be featuring a ‘Red White and Blue Pie’ at the shop with raspberries, white peaches and blueberries in the coming weeks! Keep an eye out for tasty treats from Arizmendi at MCM each week 4-8pm on Thursdays!

Strawberry Bonanza at MCM!

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From the Top: Albion, Rosa, Eclaire, and Seascape Strawberries

From the Top: Albion, Rosa, Eclaire, and Seascape Strawberries

Strawberries may possibly be the most plentiful summer fruit at the market these days. Many people don’t know that there are actually several varieties of strawberries, and those of you who do might wonder how to choose between them! Well, you can’t really go wrong with any of these delicious offerings, but, there are indeed a couple key differences amongst them.  Thank you to Spencer from Tomatero Farms, Minnie from Blue House, and Sylvia and Justice from Yerena Farms for breaking down the features of the strawberry varieties they bring to market…

Albion – These big guys are one of the most common commercial strawberry varieties grown in California, particularly in the northern parts.  They are firm, hollow, and more sugary than other kinds of strawberries. Minnie from Blue House said that Albion is a “classic, sweet, juicy red berry which is great for baking or snacking.”

Chandler – The most commonly grown variety across the United States, Sylvia from Yerena says that they are “the most juicy.” Although we do not have one pictured above, Chandler’s vary from being long and wedge-shaped to large and conical.

Éclair – With their early season productivity a big plus for farmers, Sylvia likes this variety for their light sweetness.  Typically, she says, they are white on the inside.

Rosa – Another great choice, Spencer describes the Rosas as “smaller and juicier” with a more tropical flavor that is reminiscent of pineapple.

Seascape – Developed at UC-Davis, this variety is hearty and resistant to many diseases that can afflict strawberries while they are growing.   Sylvia says the Seascapes are “sweet, with a little bit of sourness.”

Sweet Ann – A newer variety on the strawberry scene that is making waves for being very flavorful, Spencer calls them “big, very sweet, and more juicy” than other varieties. They are larger, with medium firmness, and can have a sharper conical shape.

So next time you are at the Mission Mercado, keep an eye out for these varieties and don’t hold back–ask the farmers which berry is right for you!

Mercado Kitchen: Peach Galette

Posted on by LaurenG in Blog, Mercado Kitchen, Twin Girls Farm | Leave a comment

Galettes always look so fancy and beautiful, so I felt very intimidated to try make one on my own. You have probably seen a galette before – they’re more free-form than a fruit tart, with a simple, flat butter crust. They are very popular in France, both in their savory and sweet forms. With the help of my roommate (whose mother is a galette afficianado), I decided to rise to the challenge, inspired to make a sweet galette by the incredible peaches we’ve had from Twin Girls Farm in the recent weeks.

Peaches from MCM!

Peaches from MCM!

You’ll need

  • 2 – 3 peaches
  • 1 ¼ cup flour
  • 1 tbs sugar
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ½ cup butter
  • 3 TBs ice water Read more