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

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: Never hard-boil eggs again!

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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.


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!

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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!


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.

Promoting Hepatitis Awareness at MCM

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Did you know that May is National Viral Hepatitis Awareness Month and May 15th is National Hispanic Hepatitis Awareness Day?

As many as 75% of people with Hepatitis C are infected but don’t know they have it, and viral hepatitis is a silent, but serious epidemic affecting the Latino community.  At the center of MCM’s mission is our responsibility to promote the health and well-being of the community we serve.

To raise awareness of this important health issue, MCM is proud to host a group of bilingual community advocates and health educators on Thursday May 16 to provide information and medical and testing referrals. Stop by their booth in the center of the market and learn more about viral hepatitis!

People of MCM: Sylvie

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Meet Sylvie, a regular who stops at the market after work, before she heads back over the bridge!



Where do you live? I live in the East Bay, but I work at the Mission branch of the Library which is nearby.

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

What are you buying?  Strawberries from Yerena Farms and shiitake mushrooms from Far West Fungi.

What’s your favorite part of the market? It’s wonderful that it’s here…. and a great addition to this neighborhood.  I love seeing all the kids, music, and dancing.

What’s the best kept secret at MCM, or something you would like people to know about?  People should know that it’s here and that it’s a lovely place to meet your neighbors.

Flowers & gifts for Mom!

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Right in time for Mother’s Day, our new vendor Medrano Farms offers a variety of fantastic flowers that are perfect for Mom!

medranoIn addition to their amazing King Proteas, Irises, Gerber Daisies, Ranunculus, Roses, and other fine flora, they are planning to bring special Mother’s Day bouquets this Thursday (May 9th) that you can purchase for $5-10!  The Medrano family has been running their farm out of Monterrey County for the last twelve years. The family started out doing wholesale, and now sell at a few markets in San Francisco. We feel very lucky that they will now be coming out to MCM every week. When asked what he wanted to share with our blog’s readers, David Medrano’s response was simple: “Come and enjoy the beautiful flowers!” Show your love for Mom, and support a local farmer!

If you’re looking for a gift for Mom, we have plenty of awesome presents available this week to show mom you love her while buying locally!

Pick a peck of pickled goodies with a gift box from Jarred SF Brine! You can mix and match three 9-oz jars of pickles for $24.

If Mom deserves a little pampering, pick up some all-natural vegan body care goodies from En Vie Naturals, including soaps, scrubs, and lotions.

Animal Instincts Apparel will make their monthly appearance at MCM this week (2nd Thursdays)! Their line of screen printed tees, onesies, and sweatshirts feature adorable animal designs created by owner Jamai Lowell. These awesome designs are whimsical and unique, and they come in adult sizes for Moms and onesies for babies!

Artist Jen Kindell has beautiful tea towels and canvas bags, all screen printed with her designs featuring seasonal produce. Her newest creation is a limited-edition blood orange tea towel ($12 each, pictured). Her tote bags are $15.