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

A Sweet Addition to MCM

A woman hangs out of a window, leaning over the edge to serve grits. On the other side of the window, the grits are cooked in small batches, with lots of cream, cheese, and hot sauce. That’s the vision that Read more

Mercado Kitchen: Asparagus & Farro Salad

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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!

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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

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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!

Mercado Kitchen: Berry-Spinach Salad

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Sliced Strawberries

O, glorious strawberry season!  How long have we waited for it to arrive?!  It seems like years. Well, at least one. We are so excited to be getting delicious, plump, juicy strawberries now in season from Yerena Farms at MCM.  This week, Tomatero Farms joins the mix and they’ll have berries as well!

If you have any will power at all, and you actually have some uneaten strawberries in your basket by the time you get home, make this delicious strawberry-spinach salad filled with candied walnuts and optional bacon vinaigrette!

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