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

People of MCM: Caleb

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Meet Caleb Zigas, an MCM regular (and local celebrity) who has incredible taste in t-shirts!  Like his style? You can buy your very own MCM tee at the market!

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Where do you live?  29th and Dolores

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

What are you buying?  I’m buying all my ingredients for a big Passover seder dinner I’m hosting for 25 guests this weekend.  I’ve got asparagus from Zuckerman’s Farm, fennel, beets, and cauliflower from Blue House, and mushrooms from Far West Fungi.

What’s your favorite part of the market? I love grabbing dinner at Chaac-Mool or Onigilly.

What’s the best kept secret at MCM, or something you would like people to know about?  If you believe in supporting community markets, this is one of the best examples possible.

Mercado Kitchen: Spring Frittata

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Spring Frittata

Spring Frittata

Spring has sprung!  What better way to celebrate than a delightful seasonal frittata that you can eat for breakfast, lunch, or dinner?  This dish is great for Easter brunches as well as kosher for Passover if you or your friends observe these holidays.  But, no matter who you are or when you make it, you can enjoy this simple recipe! Read more

People of MCM: Ane & Luke

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Meet Ane and Luke, who are newcomers to the area, but are excited to have the MCM in their backyard!

 

Where do you live?  In the Mission, we moved here about a month ago.

How often do you come to the MCM?  We have tried to come to the market every week since we’ve been here.  I [Ane] get excited about Thursdays!

What are you buying?  Today, we’ve bought pasta from Home Maid, oranges from Twin Girls, apples from K & J Orchards, kale from Blue House, and Broncha cheese from Achadinha Cheese Company.

What’s your favorite part of the market? It depends! I think it’s exciting to be able to get something to eat here, like a 4505 Meats burger, there’s something to crave.  But, everything here is special in it’s own way, so I can’t just choose one!

What’s the best-kept secret at MCM, or something you would like people to know about? We want people to know about it!  When Luke walked past and realized that the market was here, we both came back the same day to shop.  People should come check it out because it’s good…. and try everything!  Every week, we pick something different and get it.  This week, we’re going to eat the apples and cheese together.

 

Spotlight on Terra Savia

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We are pleased to highlight Terra Savia, one of our newest vendors at the market.  Terra Savia is located in Hopland, CA, in the hills of Mendocino and Sonoma Counties. Currently, they are bringing their incredible extra virgin olive oil to MCM, as well as some olive oil-based beauty products, including soap, moisturizing cream, and hand salve (of which MCM’s Market Manager Emily is a huge fan!)  Soon, they will be selling their wine at the market, so look out for Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, Petit Verdot, and more.

Owner Jim Milone is a fourth generation Hopland winegrower, with over 30 years of experience on the land.  His great-grandfather emigrated from Italy as a young man and operated the area’s first winery until the Prohibition Era, and the family has been there ever since.  In addition to Terra Savia’s commitment to organic, sustainable practices to create their wine, olive oil and honey, they are also focused on stewardship of their land.  For every acre of orchard that is planted for production, 1oo acres of open land is protected.  As a result, the property is home to over 100o species of plants and animals.  When you buy products from Terra Savia, your money is supporting both the local economy, as well as conservation and wildlife protection!

Come on down to MCM this week to taste some of their delicious olive oil varieties!

People of MCM: Shirley and David

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This week there were so many great folks at MCM, we decided to feature two! Meet two of our market patrons, Shirley and David. 

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Meet Shirley, who we wanted to feature because she is one of our most dedicated MCM customers!  She’s always at the market, dressed to the nines and looking fabulous.  AND every week, she leaves with her cart filled to the brim….

Where do you live?  23rd between Guerrero and San Jose

How often do you come to the MCM?  Every week!  One week I couldn’t come because I had people visiting.

What are you buying?  Asparagus from Zuckerman’s Farm, smoked fish from Coastside Farms, chicken from Roli Roti, mushrooms from Far West Fungi, a ham hock from Jablow’s Meats for my son, eggs from Great Valley Poultry, and cauliflower, greens, and broccoli from Blue House Farm.  I’m making broccoli and cauliflower soup tonight.

What’s your favorite part of the market?  It’s close and convenient, and it has most of the organic farmers that I’ve known for years.  For the last twenty-five years, I’ve eaten organic.

What’s the best-kept secret at the MCM, or something you would like people to know about?  No secrets!  We don’t want any, we want everyone to come!

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Meet David, who was kind enough to let us interview him before he ate his burger — what amazing willpower!

Where do you live?  22nd and Shotwell

How often do you come to the MCM?  This is my second time. I’m glad you’re back.  I’m glad it’s here.

What are you buying?  A burger from 4505 Meats.

What’s your favorite part of the market?  I like the different variety of pop up food stands, with food you wouldn’t necessarily get in the Mission.  You might have to travel to another neighborhood to get this variety.

What’s the best kept secret at MCM, or something you would like people to know about?  Good quality and fresh products that are here every week.