Meet Charlie of Coastside Farms!!
Charlie is the owner and founder of Coast Side Farms, a specialty smoked fish business. Charlie’s family knows fish in and out, so six years ago after 25 years of doing litigation support and touring as a jazz musician he decided to start his own business.
Charlie’s family in Alaska does all of the fishing by line and they travel up and down the west coast through British Columbia, Washington, and Oregon to catch wild salmon. Depending on the season, the salmon could be in a variety of locations. His cousin is responsible for smoking the fish. I got the pepper smoked salmon (see below), and all I can say is, it’s DELICIOUS! (check out our Mercado Kitchen recipe for a yummy breakfast taco to see Coastside Farms smoked salmon used in a recipe!)
Charlie loves the market life and says that his experience helping out at the Ocean Beach Farmer’s Market in San Diego is what made him want to sell at markets. So when you’re at the market be sure to stop by and talk with Charlie about this week’s fresh catch!
Meet Amy and Joe of Marla Bakery!!
Amy and Joe, co-owners of Marla Bakery, are an absolute delight and the goodies that come out of their kitchen are equally delightful. When telling me about how the Marla Bakery came to be, Joe explained that he fell in love with Amy’s baked goods first and then Amy. I must say both the baked goods and Joe and Amy are easy to fall in love with — I hope you try their delicious treats and meet them when you stop by the market! Read more
Inspired by Chaac Mool‘s delicious handmade tortillas and a recent dinner with friends at Gracias Madre I decided to make a breakfast taco featuring Coastside Farm’s delicious pepper smoked salmon and rainbow chard from Blue House Farms. Read more
Don’t be a last-minute Valentine’s Day shopper this year! Come on down to MCM this Thursday for a special appearance from Dandelion Chocolate and pick up some of their delicious handmade chocolate bars for your sweetie. They’ll be at MCM this week for a special appearance–they’ll be back this spring on a more regular basis.
Also at MCM this week, support your local food producer and MCM by pre-ordering Valentines for your honey at our 22nd Street info table!
We’ll have a variety of adorable valentines featuring yummy local foods from our vendors, including:
- “Will you juju-BE mine?” (featuring dried jujubes from Twin Girls)
- “Orange you gonna be my valentine?” (featuring blood oranges from Twin Girls)
- “Love you bunches!” (featuring a bunch of kale or other greens from Blue House Farm)
- “We make a great pear” (featuring an Asian pear from K&J Orchards)
- “Be my Sweetie” or “Be my G-Free Sweetie” (featuring a sweet treat from Marla Bakerly or a gluten-free sweet from Flour Chylde Bakery, respectively)
Fruit and vegetable valentines will be $3 each and the sweets will be $5 each.
Pre-order one of these tasty Valentines at MCM this week (2/7) for pickup at the market next Thursday–Valentine’s Day!
This weather is un-real, so this afternoon I decided to “chill out” with some fresh frozen yogurt made with ingredients from Twin Girls Farm. Its a super simple recipe so while you’re at the market tomorrow grab some fruits and make some fro-yo for the big game on sunday!
Yields: 2 servings
Total Time: 1 hour
1 Cup Yogurt of Choice
1 Blood Orange
1/2 Tsp Vanilla, optional
2 Tbs, Torani Syrup, (lemon or hazelnut) optional
1. Juice orange and lemon.
2. Put the seeds of one pomegranate in the food processor.
3. Add juice and yogurt, and vanilla and sweetener.
4. Freeze until frothy. (about 40 minutes)