Mercado Kitchen: Cupboard Quinoa

CUPBOARD QUINOA Our lovely and handsome volunteer, Ronald Loosen, shared this tasty recipe of his with us. Stop by the info booth to let him know how your version turned out! Recipe below, check it out! QUINOA INGREDIENTS - 2 cups quinoa - Read more

Mercado Kitchen: Valentina's Veggie Medley

We often think that the Winter months bring us a lack of variety in the kitchen. How do we make our meals fun and interesting and into something delectable we want to eat? The answer is simple. Vegetables. California's bounty Read more

Mercado Kitchen: Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies

Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies by Anna of Three Babes Bakeshop   For the pumpkin puree: 1 small sugar pumpkin, or other culinary pumpkin from Blue House Farm Heat the oven to 350ºF. Remove the stem from the pumpkin, cut in half, and scrape out Read more

Wild for Mushrooms!

  It's hard to believe it's already September and Fall is upon us! While we may notice season changes a little less here in temperate San Francisco, the agricultural world lives by the seasons and there's no denying that we Read more

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

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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People of MCM: Kevin, Raffle Winner!

Posted on by LaurenG in 4505 Meats, Blog, Blue House Farm, Bok Ssam, Chaac Mool, Marla Bakery, People of MCM, Twin Girls Farm, Vendors, Yerena Farms | Leave a comment

Meet Kevin, who was the lucky winner of $50 towards shopping at MCM in our neighbor appreciation raffle! Neighbors who received an MCM flier on their door were eligible to enter, and Kevin took home the prize!

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Where do you live?  21st and Shotwell

How often do you come to the MCM?  This is my third time!

What are you buying?  I bought dinner for us– pulled pork from 4505 Meats, a Korean Fried Chicken & Waffle Sandwich from Bok Ssam, and nachos from Chaac-Mool.  I also got beets and spring onions from Blue House, nectarines from Twin Girls, raspberries from Yerena Farms, and a lamb tart from Marla Bakery.  I even have $4 left for next week!

What’s your favorite part of the market?  I like that it’s so close.  We don’t have a car, so it’s super easy and very straightforward.  Also, we just met some neighbors here, and there’s a sense of community.

What’s the best kept secret at MCM, or something you would like people to know about? There are not the same throngs of people here like other markets, it’s more mellow.