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.
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!
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.
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!
Meet Shannon and Silas, regular market attendees and supporters of the MCM community. We got the chance to speak to them while they were tasting juicy stone fruit samples from Twin Girls Farms.
Where do you live?
How often do you come to MCM?
About every other week. We counter balance our visits with our CSA box which we receive from Eatwell Farm.
What are you buying today?
We haven’t started our shopping yet but we often come to MCM for inspiration on what to make for dinner that night. Today we will definitely be buying some of these peaches and nectarines from Twin Girls Farm.
What’s your favorite part of the Market?
MCM is a family-oriented environment. It is not just commerce taking place here but connections within the community. We often see friends and people we know here. We also love the live music.
What’s the best kept secret at MCM, or something you would like people to know about?
We are really excited that MCM is on the verge of getting growing into more of a community establishment. The momentum and support behind the Mercado Plaza has been exciting to be a part of and watch.
Thank you Shannon and Silas!
Frittatas are one of the easiest and most diverse dishes to make. Not only can you eat them for breakfast, lunch or dinner, you can throw just about any vegetables, cheeses, meats or even leftovers you have on hand to make an excellent flavor combination.
With this recipe I combined Purple and Yukon Gold potatoes from Blue House Farm, zucchini from Yerena Farms, fresh thyme from Happy Boy Farms, eggs from Great Valley Poultry, and olive oil from Terra Savia to create a savory and hearty weekend breakfast. Purple Potatoes look like precious gems, and when sliced add vibrant color to this dish. I was able to save the extra frittata in the fridge to make delicious cold egg sandwiches the next day.
To make this recipe you will need:
1 tsp. Olive oil
8 large eggs
Dash of heavy cream
1 small zucchini
2 small potatoes
1/2 tbls. Fresh thyme (Stems removed and chopped)
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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!
Where do you live?
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!