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

Shop Whole Foods Potrero and Castro to Support MCM

Thanks to Whole Foods Market, when you shop at the Potrero or Market-Castro stores, bring in your own bags for groceries and you'll have the option of receiving a 5¢ credit (per bag) or to donate the 5¢ to MCM. Read more

Mercado Kitchen: Quick Persian Pickles

If you haven't picked up cucumbers from Blue House Farms yet, now is the time. Quick pickling the cucumbers is simple and results in sweet, tangy pickles that are perfect on kabobs, in burgers, or thrown on salads. They're easy Read more

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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Jablow’s: East Meats West

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Jablow's Meats

Jablow’s Meats is one of MCM’s new additions to the market this season! Learn a little more about them, and then come on down to MCM to taste their delicious products and maybe take some home!

Jablow’s aims to offer the perfect marriage of East Coast deli meat culture and the West Coast commitment to organic practices and sustainability. Dan Jablow founded the company in 2009, with the desire to bring high-quality meats to the Bay Area, without shortcuts during the brining, curing, or ‘low and slow‘ smoking process.  You can learn more about Dan Jablow’s ‘meat awakening’ here. In addition to tasting amazing, their smoked meats are organic, pasture-raised, and hormone and antibiotic-free!  Jablow’s Meats was recently a Top 10 Finalist in the World Food Championship’s Sandwich Competition. They smoked their meat on the spot and served up a delicious hot pastrami sandwich, with glowing reviews. You can find their pastrami, bacon, pork loin, ham, and smoked ham hocks when you visit their stall at the Mission Community Market. Come pay them a visit to learn more about what makes their meats so special!

Mercado Kitchen: Apple-Walnut Crisp

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I know what you’re thinking… you’re tired of waiting for stonefruit to come into season and you’re ready to bid farewell to citrus and apples. But don’t say goodbye just yet, especially when these April showers leave you craving some comfort food! Send apples off in style with this delicious Apple Crisp with walnuts and Creme Fraiche!  You’ll need:

  • 8 Apples from K&J Orchards
  • 1/2 lb of Walnuts from Winters Fruit Tree
  • 1 cup of Oats
  • Melted butter
  • 1/4 cup of Brown Sugar, split in half
  • 1/2 Lemon, juiced
  • 1/2 teaspoon Salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon of Cinnamon
  • Creme Fraiche Read more