What did the Mission say?

As I approached the youth surveyor’s booth at MCM last Thursday, all six surveyors were engaged in conversation with a passer-by. They looked relaxed and in charge, fielding questions about where to use the bathroom even as they explained Read more

La Cocina Entrepreneurs Hit the Streets

Over the past six years, La Cocina’s Street Food Festival has become a San Francisco staple. The festival features innovative food, education and discussion, and a chance for the SF community to share experience and taste with each other. At the Read more

A Sweet Addition to MCM

A woman hangs out of a window, leaning over the edge to serve grits. On the other side of the window, the grits are cooked in small batches, with lots of cream, cheese, and hot sauce. That’s the vision that Read more

Amazing Art from Jen Kindell

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Part of MCM’s mission is to support small businesses in the Mission and Jen Kindell is a local artist that recently joined the market. Jen has been a vendor at MCM since February, and you don’t want to miss her beautiful silkscreened products, featuring vibrant, colorful images of seasonal fruits and vegetables. Jen began her career as an independent artist relatively recently – in August of last year, she started making screen prints of produce, just for herself. After seeing her work, friends and family members requested their own copies. She began selling her artwork on Etsy and at MCM, so that each of us can own a Jen Kindell original! She has an art degree from the Rhode Island School of Design and has also been an art teacher in the past, spreading her love of art to countless students!
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Jen is excited to be at MCM because she feels constantly inspired by the seasonal produce all around her.  Previously, she created a piece that is an ode to the purple asparagus from Zuckerman’s.  Her latest is a strawberry inspired by Tomatero Farm (a sneak peek of this awesome design is shown below).  “This is the best market in the city,” she says.  “I feel blessed to be a part of it.”  We’re glad to have you, Jen!  Come out to MCM to see Jen’s amazing artwork in person, and you can also visit her on the web!

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Mercado Kitchen: Roasted Beets & Sauteed Beet Greens

Posted on by EmilyN in Achadinha Cheese Company, Blog, Blue House Farm, Mercado Kitchen, Recipes, Terra Savia | Leave a comment

Most people compost things like beet greens and chard stems, but lots of unloved vegetable parts can actually be quite culinarily useful, not to mention tasty! These gorgeous beets are from Blue House Farm, and this simple recipe for roasted beets with wilted greens will show you how to utilize just about all of your beets.

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What you’ll need:

1 bunch beets with greens attached
1 shallot, chopped
1/4 cup olive oil from Terra Savia (divided)
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 Tablespoon red wine vinegar or the juice of 1 lemon
Salt & peepper to taste
Capricious cheese from Achadinha Cheese Company (or other hard cheese) Read more

Father’s Day is Coming!

Posted on by EmilyN in Blog, Jarred SF Brine, Vendors, Winters Tree Fruit, Yerena Farms | Leave a comment

Don’t forget about Pops!


Father’s Day is Sunday, June 16th. Show your Dad that you’re nuts about him with a variety gift box from MCM vendor Winter’s Fruit and Nuts. For the next two weeks, Winter’s will have 2-lb boxes of assorted almonds and pistachios for a special MCM price of just $15 (regularly $20)! Quantities are limited so drop us an email if you’d like to reserve a box.

Dad not nuts about nuts? No problem! Jarred SF Brine will have delicious pickled goods this week, with two varieties making their first appearance this season: Pickled Green Strawberries (from Yerena Farms) and Sweet Spiced Pickled Cherries. Pick up a jar of the cherries to make Dad the perfect Manhattan or Old Fashioned!

Give Input on the Future of Bartlett Street

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Invest in your community! Give input on the future of Bartlett Street at an open house Wednesday May 29th!

Join the City of San Francisco for an open house to discuss the future of Bartlett Street. Thanks to YOUR support, we secured funds for the Mercado Plaza project. Now tell us what you think the future should look like at an open house hosted by the San Francisco Planning Department, Dept of Public Works, MTA, the Rebar Group, and MCM. Improvements could include new pavement, safer sidewalks, market stalls, better lighting, street graphics, a marquee, and more. But it all depends on your input! Please come and tell us what you think! Light refreshments will be provided.

Mercado Plaza Open House
Wednesday, May 29 –  6:00-7:30 PM 
The Women’s Building, ROOM A
3543 18th Street, San Francisco, CA 94110

Questions? Contact Ilaria Salvadori at
(415) 575-9086 or ilaria.salvadori@sfgov.org

People of MCM: Tina & Zoe

Posted on by LaurenG in Blog, Bok Ssam, Coastside Farms, Flour Chylde Bakery, People of MCM, Peter's Kettle Corn, Twin Girls Farm, Vendors | Leave a comment

Meet Tina and Zoe (16 months), MCM regulars who love the music, food demos, and seeing their neighbors!

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Where do you live?  Liberty & Guerrero

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

What are you buying?  Peaches from Twin Girls, a special order from Bok Ssam (in a bowl) so that Zoe can eat it.  I love all the samples that the vendors give out, so that Zoe can try new things. Often, we get salmon from Coastside Farms or cakes from flourChylde. And, we LOVE getting the kettle corn from Peter’s Kettle Corn!

What’s your favorite part of the market? We like the music, and also the cooking demos at the Urban Sprouts booth.  I really like the guy who does them*; he’s always so engaging.  It’s also nice to see people from the neighborhood.

What’s the best kept secret at MCM, or something you would like people to know about? There are more food vendors than before; the market has really grown. Also, it’s a great place to have dinner, that’s why you see so many parents here.

* Editor’s note: That’s Raul Hernandez with Urban Sprouts! Yay Raul!