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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

People of MCM: Shalini, Jen, and their babes!

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Meet Shalini & Misha (left) and Jen & Ada (right), who live three doors down from each other, and just a couple blocks away from MCM! Fun Fact: They became good friends after their daughters were born – on the same day!

Where do you live? In the Mission.

How often do you come to the MCM?  Every week!

What are you buying?  Baked goods from Arizmendi, oranges from Twin Girls, mushrooms from Far West Fungi, veggies from Nyia Yi Farms (celery, ginger, mint & beets), and olive oil from Terra Savia.  And we’ll probably go to Roli Roti.

What’s your favorite part of the market?  Location, location, location.  I like that it’s walkable from the house.  You can bring your kid, it’s very child-friendly.

What’s the best kept secret at MCM, or something you would like people to know about?  Roli Roti is amazing.  I love that you can pick up dinner.  You can get a meal for everyone in the family, and then also shop for groceries.

Get Your Asparagus On at Zuckerman’s Farm!

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If you’re wondering why the asparagus from vendor Zuckerman’s Farm tastes so good, that’s because it’s grown in black delta peat soil.  The farm is located about 80 miles away in Stockton, on an ‘island’ in the delta formed by the San Joaquin and Sacramento Rivers as they flow toward the Bay Area.  Peat soil gets deposited from marshes and bogs as rivers run downstream, and is composed from 90% organic material, great for growing veggies!  Roscoe Zuckerman is the third generation farmer farming this land, after his grandfather fell in love with the property in the 1920s.  Currently, Roscoe and his crew are farming around 1500 acres!  Not only do they grow several different varieties and sizes of delicious asparagus, Zuckerman’s Farm also offers many kinds of potatoes (fingerlings, purple, Yukon, red, russets).  Zuckerman’s may even be bringing some blueberries and exotic melons (grown by a neighbor) to the market later this year!  Visit them at MCM and meet Angie – she loves working for Zuckerman’s so much she came out of retirement to sell their produce at farmers’ markets!

Personas de MCM: Sofia y Melanie

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This week our Person of MCM is Sofia and her daughter Melanie – I’m providing the interview in Spanish and English as I spoke to her in a combination of both languages. English translation follows.

Conozcan a Sofia y su niña Melanie de nueve meses de edad, clientes habituales de MCM que compran sus alimentos básicos al mercado.

¿Dónde viven? La calle Capp entre la 21st y la 22nd

¿Con qué frecuencia visitan al mercado? Cada semana.

¿Qué están comprando hoy? Veraduras de Blue House Farm, pan de Arizmendi Panadería, y peras Asiáticas de K&J Farms.

¿Qué es su parte favorita del mercado? Todo lo que quiero esta aquí.

¿Qué piensa usted que la comunidad debería saber sobre MCM? La gente debería saber que se puede comprar frutas y verduras muy frescas en el mercado.

English translation:

Meet Sofia and 9 month-old Melanie, MCM regulars who get their basics at the market.

Where do you live?  Capp between 21st and 22nd.

How often do you come to the MCM?  Every week.

What are you buying?  Vegetables from Blue House Farm, bread from Arizmendi Bakery, and Asian pears from K&J Orchards.

What’s your favorite part of the market?  I like that everything that I want is here.

What’s the best kept secret at MCM, or something you would like people to know about?  People should know that you can buy fresh fruit and vegetables at the market

Thanks to the MCM team for help with translation!

Mercado Kitchen: Berry-Spinach Salad

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Sliced Strawberries

O, glorious strawberry season!  How long have we waited for it to arrive?!  It seems like years. Well, at least one. We are so excited to be getting delicious, plump, juicy strawberries now in season from Yerena Farms at MCM.  This week, Tomatero Farms joins the mix and they’ll have berries as well!

If you have any will power at all, and you actually have some uneaten strawberries in your basket by the time you get home, make this delicious strawberry-spinach salad filled with candied walnuts and optional bacon vinaigrette!

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Jablow’s: East Meats West

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Jablow's Meats

Jablow’s Meats is one of MCM’s new additions to the market this season! Learn a little more about them, and then come on down to MCM to taste their delicious products and maybe take some home!

Jablow’s aims to offer the perfect marriage of East Coast deli meat culture and the West Coast commitment to organic practices and sustainability. Dan Jablow founded the company in 2009, with the desire to bring high-quality meats to the Bay Area, without shortcuts during the brining, curing, or ‘low and slow‘ smoking process.  You can learn more about Dan Jablow’s ‘meat awakening’ here. In addition to tasting amazing, their smoked meats are organic, pasture-raised, and hormone and antibiotic-free!  Jablow’s Meats was recently a Top 10 Finalist in the World Food Championship’s Sandwich Competition. They smoked their meat on the spot and served up a delicious hot pastrami sandwich, with glowing reviews. You can find their pastrami, bacon, pork loin, ham, and smoked ham hocks when you visit their stall at the Mission Community Market. Come pay them a visit to learn more about what makes their meats so special!