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

What’s the Fig Deal?

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Arata Farms have brought us this year’s first crop of Mission Figs! Mission figs were originally brought to the west coast of the US by Spanish missionaries, hence their name.  Though far from their native home in the Middle East, the delicious flavor of these treats has not been compromised one bit! Surprisingly, figs are not actually a fruit but rather the infructescence or scion of the tree, where the flowers and seeds are borne. Mission figs are ripe when they turn dark purple in color, which is why they are amongst the “black” variety. Figs are one of the highest plant sources of fiber and Calcium, and they have several other nutritional benefits including antioxidants.

Figs typically have a short, quick season in early summer (that’s what’s happening now) and a second, slightly longer season that runs from late summer into the fall.  Since these tasty, seasonal delights will likely vanish from our market after just a few weeks, it’s best to grab yours now while you still can!

Esmeralda and Javier: Vendors of the Week!

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Esmeralda Padilla and Javier Martinez of ZIA are our vendors of the Week! Esmeralda and Javier joined our market this year selling tees and tanks bearing their original screen prints. Javier’s art features grecas, skulls and masks.  He draws inspiration for his unique art from his Mexican heritage. Esmeralda’s art features succulents and other plants and is greatly inspired by Victorian-era nature illustration. Sustainability is important to Javier and Esmeralda, so they make sure that their tops are 98% American-made and each one is hand-printed with love by the artists!

This Thursday, July 5th, we’re excited to offer a special promotion featuring ZIA designs. If you purchase anything from ZIA this week at the market, you will receive a $2 credit towards any purchase at a farm stall at the market for use this Thursday or on any subsequent week.  That’s right–buy some rad apparel designed by local artists, get $2 off your purchase of figs, peaches, salad mix, or just about anything else the farmers have on offer.  It’s a win-win!

Come meet these talented local artists this Thursday at the market!

This picture of Esmeralda and Javier was taken by David Gartner as part of our Vendor Portraits Series.

The Last Market was Unforgettable!

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If you weren’t able to make it out to the Mission Mercado last night, there’s some bad news and good news.  The bad news is, you missed one of the best markets so far this season! The good news is, you can find us at 22nd and Bartlett every Thursday from 4 pm til 8pm, so you’ll get another chance next week to join in on the fun.

The weather set the tone for the market, with plenty of midday sunshine reminding us that yes, summer is actually here! And just in case you weren’t sure about that, the bounty of colorful tomatoes from Happy Boy Farms made that fact undeniably clear!  It was the perfect kind of day to enjoy a watermelon-mint popsicle from Pop Nation!

Those who had pre-ordered a Chef’s Market Box featuring the 4505 Meats burger and a fennel-nectarine side salad were not disappointed! We had a great team of MCM volunteers and some awesome folks from Good Eggs prepping the boxes for delivery and pickup and everything went off without a hitch. If you missed your chance to get a piece of the market box action, don’t worry!  There will be a new market box on offer the week after next, so keep an eye out for what delicious meal curated by a local chef you’ll be cooking next.

As always, MCM was thrilled to feature some very talented local musicians. First up was Steffy Sue, who entertained MCM patrons with some delightful, toe-tappin’ tunes on the ukulele! She was followed by La Orquestra 24, who were so loved by the crowd of eager salsa dancers and fans that they couldn’t stop playing until well after 8pm!

Not to be outdone by the musicians, the amazing Dilsa Lugo, La Cocina graduate and owner of catering company Los Cilantros offered an informative cooking demo at the market this week, passing her traditional Mexican cuisine expertise on to the masses.

Last night’s market reminded us all that 22nd and Bartlett is the place to be on Thursday evenings!  We hope you love the small, intimate feel of the market and getting to know each small business owner on a personal level. Over the next few weeks come back for amazing summer figs, crazy tomatoes and a surprise new treat for dinner…

See you next Thursday!

Make the 4505 Meats burger at home!

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Whether you’ve been a loyal fan of the Chef’s Market Box already or you’re new to the program, this week’s offer is one you won’t want to miss! MCM is thrilled to announce that San Francisco chef, founder of our weekly vendor 4505 Meats, and all-around culinary rockstar Ryan Farr is the mastermind behind this week’s box.

Mission Community Market and Good Eggs have paired up to bring you a box of perfectly portioned ingredients sourced from our own vendors to help you make a mouth-watering recipe designed by a local chef. We make it easy to bring San Francisco’s best culinary talent into your very own kitchen!

This week’s box includes everything you need to create the perfect 4505 Meats burger, with a delicious, seasonal green side salad. The contents of the box are:

-2 patties made of 4505 Meats’ dry aged, fresh ground, grass fed beef
-2 house-made sesame seed buns
-2 slices of tasty Gruyere cheese
-Crispy lettuce and sliced red onion
-4505 Meats’ proprietary secret sauce
-Salad fixin’s including lettuce, fennel, nectarines, lemon, and fresh herbs

Order online by 11:59pm Wednesday, June 27th, and pick up the Box at MCM on Thursday while you enjoy everything else the market has to offer! If you can’t make it to the market, get your box at one of four pick-up spots or we’ll deliver it directly to your doorstep. Please note that this box is only available through June 27th so order yours now and get excited for what’s coming up next!

Learn the Secrets of Mexican Cuisine!

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This week we will have a very special activity at the market- a cooking demo from Dilsa Lugo. Dilsa brings her passion for cooking all the way from her garden in Cuernavaca Mexico. Dilsa is a La Cocina graduate and she owns and operates Los Cilantros, a local and organic Mexican food caterer. Dilsa strongly believes in the benefits of farm to table practices for her business and her community which is why she wants to share her recipes with you. Come learn the secrets of her kitchen this Thursday at 5pm. Dilsa will be providing her demo in both English and Spanish!