How You Like Dem Apples?

Perhaps one of the best things about this Summer-Fall hybrid season is apples! As many MCM shoppers know, everything you thought you knew about apples before is probably not even half the story. With over 30 years of experience, Dave Read more

What did the Mission say?

As I approached the youth surveyor’s booth at MCM last Thursday, all six surveyors were engaged in conversation with a passer-by. They looked relaxed and in charge, fielding questions about where to use the bathroom even as they explained Read more

La Cocina Entrepreneurs Hit the Streets

Over the past six years, La Cocina’s Street Food Festival has become a San Francisco staple. The festival features innovative food, education and discussion, and a chance for the SF community to share experience and taste with each other. At the Read more

Five Ways to Beat the Heat at MCM

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The weather forecast for this Thursday is calling for temperatures in the 80s, something that rarely happens in San Francisco! We’re so excited for this week’s market to feel like a hot summer’s day that we’ve made a list of the five best ways that you can chill out, MCM style.

1. Peaches & Pomegranate Juice - We couldn’t possibly create a summertime feel without the most quintessential summer fruit – peaches! Take a stroll by Twin Girls Farm this week to taste the season’s first sweet, organic delights. While you’re there, grab a refreshing bottle of their 100% pomegranate juice – no water or sugar added, just pure, delicious juice.

2. Jasmine Tea Milkshake from Get Goes Mobile Cafe - That red coffee-mobile carries more than just wonderful espresso, pour-overs, and hot chocolate. They also have delightfully tasty milkshakes that will cool you off and transport your taste buds to a malt shop in the ’50s! Choose from mocha or espresso (both available in decaf or regular) and their newest delicious flavor, Jasmine Tea!

3. Shrimp & Love Ceviche – All of their ceviche varieties are refreshing and light – perfect for a hot day! We recommend the Green Aguachile Shrimp Ceviche – delicious shrimp marinated in lime and lemon juices with cucumber, red onion, and spices. Contrary to what your intuition might tell you, eating spicy food is actually a great way to cool your body down! Take some home for dinner this Thursday, or grab some chips and enjoy it right at the market!

4. Agua Fresca from Chaac-Mool – This week Chaac Mool will have three freshly-made, thirst-quenching flavors of agua fresca to choose from: Sandia (watermelon), Fresa (strawberry), and Jamaica (hibiscus). A glass of agua fresca pairs perfectly with a gordita or a couple of tacos and will keep you feeling cool while you cruise around the market.

5. Live Music – Nothing will chill you out quite like the musical stylings of Ben Brown and Jascha! It doesn’t get much cooler than blues, and Benjamin Brown is just about the most talented blues man we know. Benjamin will play 4 pm – 6 pm. Then Jascha will take to the stage to lull us into a mellow, euphoric state with his “catchy and cerebral” indie pop tunes.  Jascha will play 6 pm – 8 pm. Catch them at MCM this Thursday!

Mercado Kitchen: Asparagus & Farro Salad

Posted on by LaurenG in Blog, Mercado Kitchen, Nyia Yi Farm, Recipes, Terra Savia, Tomatero Farm, Vendors, Zuckerman's Farm | Leave a comment
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Asparagus & Farro

We all know that asparagus is the best, and often, I simply roast it in the oven with salt & pepper, olive oil, and a splash of lemon, and love life.  But, what about when you want something a little more?  I cooked up this easy Asparagus-Farro Salad with Feta, using the incredible asparagus that MCM is lucky enough to have from Zuckerman’s Farm.  For this recipe you’ll need:

  • 1 bunch asparagus
  • 2 cups of dry farro
  • 1 bunch red spring onions (from Tomatero Farm)
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced (from Nyia Yi Farms)
  • 2 – 3oz feta cheese
  • Olive Oil (from Terra Savia)
  • Red Pepper Flakes
  • Salt & Pepper to taste Read more

People of MCM: Shalini, Jen, and their babes!

Posted on by LaurenG in Arizmendi Bakery, Blog, Far West Fungi, For Kids, Nyia Yi Farm, People of MCM, Roli Roti, Terra Savia, Twin Girls Farm, Vendors | Leave a comment

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Meet Shalini & Misha (left) and Jen & Ada (right), who live three doors down from each other, and just a couple blocks away from MCM! Fun Fact: They became good friends after their daughters were born – on the same day!

Where do you live? In the Mission.

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

What are you buying?  Baked goods from Arizmendi, oranges from Twin Girls, mushrooms from Far West Fungi, veggies from Nyia Yi Farms (celery, ginger, mint & beets), and olive oil from Terra Savia.  And we’ll probably go to Roli Roti.

What’s your favorite part of the market?  Location, location, location.  I like that it’s walkable from the house.  You can bring your kid, it’s very child-friendly.

What’s the best kept secret at MCM, or something you would like people to know about?  Roli Roti is amazing.  I love that you can pick up dinner.  You can get a meal for everyone in the family, and then also shop for groceries.

Get Your Asparagus On at Zuckerman’s Farm!

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If you’re wondering why the asparagus from vendor Zuckerman’s Farm tastes so good, that’s because it’s grown in black delta peat soil.  The farm is located about 80 miles away in Stockton, on an ‘island’ in the delta formed by the San Joaquin and Sacramento Rivers as they flow toward the Bay Area.  Peat soil gets deposited from marshes and bogs as rivers run downstream, and is composed from 90% organic material, great for growing veggies!  Roscoe Zuckerman is the third generation farmer farming this land, after his grandfather fell in love with the property in the 1920s.  Currently, Roscoe and his crew are farming around 1500 acres!  Not only do they grow several different varieties and sizes of delicious asparagus, Zuckerman’s Farm also offers many kinds of potatoes (fingerlings, purple, Yukon, red, russets).  Zuckerman’s may even be bringing some blueberries and exotic melons (grown by a neighbor) to the market later this year!  Visit them at MCM and meet Angie – she loves working for Zuckerman’s so much she came out of retirement to sell their produce at farmers’ markets!

Personas de MCM: Sofia y Melanie

Posted on by LaurenG in Arizmendi Bakery, Blog, Blue House Farm, K&J Orchards, People of MCM, Vendors | Leave a comment

This week our Person of MCM is Sofia and her daughter Melanie – I’m providing the interview in Spanish and English as I spoke to her in a combination of both languages. English translation follows.

Conozcan a Sofia y su niña Melanie de nueve meses de edad, clientes habituales de MCM que compran sus alimentos básicos al mercado.

¿Dónde viven? La calle Capp entre la 21st y la 22nd

¿Con qué frecuencia visitan al mercado? Cada semana.

¿Qué están comprando hoy? Veraduras de Blue House Farm, pan de Arizmendi Panadería, y peras Asiáticas de K&J Farms.

¿Qué es su parte favorita del mercado? Todo lo que quiero esta aquí.

¿Qué piensa usted que la comunidad debería saber sobre MCM? La gente debería saber que se puede comprar frutas y verduras muy frescas en el mercado.

English translation:

Meet Sofia and 9 month-old Melanie, MCM regulars who get their basics at the market.

Where do you live?  Capp between 21st and 22nd.

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

What are you buying?  Vegetables from Blue House Farm, bread from Arizmendi Bakery, and Asian pears from K&J Orchards.

What’s your favorite part of the market?  I like that everything that I want is here.

What’s the best kept secret at MCM, or something you would like people to know about?  People should know that you can buy fresh fruit and vegetables at the market

Thanks to the MCM team for help with translation!