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

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

Father’s Day is Coming!

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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!

Mercado Kitchen: Miso-Tahini Dressing

Posted on by LaurenG in Blog, Mercado Kitchen, Nyia Yi Farm, Recipes, Tomatero Farm, Vendors | Leave a comment

I developed this Miso-Tahini dressing a couple of months ago and it’s the gift that keeps on giving.  It’s so simple, everyone is nuts about it, and it goes well with everything!  I have dressed green salads with it, poured it on cooked legumes with rice….the applications are ENDLESS!  I make it in a small mason jar, keep it in the fridge, and break into it all the time. Here, I’m making it for a dino kale salad with watermelon radishes!  If you haven’t had watermelon radishes before, they can be mild or spicy, depending on the time of year.  Not only are they tasty, these radishes add stunning color to any dish!

 You’ll need

  • 1 bunch dino kale, chiffonaded from Tomatero Farm
  • 3-4 watermelon radishes, thinly sliced
  • 2 tbs tahini
  • 1 tbs miso
  • 1 tbs sesame oil
  • 1 tsp rice vinegar
  • 1 big clove garlic, minced from Nyia Yi Farms
  • ¼ of a lemon
  • Pepper to taste Read more