Mercado Kitchen: Tortilla de Patatas (Spanish Omelette)

After last week's gazpacho recipe, I thought I'd share another one of my favorite dishes I came across when I lived in Barcelona. Tortilla de patatas is a staple in Spanish households and perhaps one of the best-known Spanish dishes. Locals Read more

Mercado Kitchen: Traditional Gazpacho

Surprise! I have another tomato-based recipe for you! Gotta take advantage of the season while you can; am I right? Gazpacho is a cold soup made of raw fruits and vegetables originating from Spain. This recipe is very close to Read more

Mercado Kitchen: Bruschetta

I am admittedly a tomato fanatic and I can honestly say that there are very few things that I look forward to more about summer than ripe tomatoes. Every week I fill my basket with at least a couple pounds Read more

Give Input on the Future of Bartlett Street

Posted on by EmilyN in Blog, Mercado Plaza | Leave a comment

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
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Mercado Kitchen: Never hard-boil eggs again!

Posted on by EmilyN in Great Valley Poultry, Recipes | Leave a comment

Hard-boiled eggs are a wonderful, pre-packaged, protein-packed snack! They also serve as great breakfast accompaniments to granola or cereal that alone just won’t keep you going until lunchtime. But after several recent unsuccessful batches of hard-boiled eggs resulting me destroying most of the egg trying to peel them (Did I use too much water? Boil them too long? Not soak them in the ice bath long enough?), I had just about given up.

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Trust us–once you steam your eggs you will never go back! And now that MCM vendor Great Valley Poultry offers organic, cage-free, farm-fresh eggs for jut $4.50 a dozen every Thursday, you’d be silly to pass up the chance to try this simple trick!

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