Last night I made a quick stop by Yerena Farms and I grabbed a hearty helping of Squash Blossoms. Squash Blossoms are large, yellow, edible flowers responsible for producing squash. However, this particular group of blossoms had a different destiny. Many MCM patrons might not know how to cook these tasty little morsels, so here’s the simple recipe I used for making delicious stuffed squash blossoms. Follow these instructions and you’ll be cooking like a gourmet chef in no time! Read more
Our Vendor of the Week Cynthia has one of the sweetest jobs around. She works at Dandelion Chocolate, and you can find her at MCM just about every week. Because of her love for chocolate, Cynthia wants to become a expert. She’s taken Bean to Bar classes in Oakland and loves sharing her knowledge with the public. Read more
Two weeks ago, our Chef’s Market Box was so popular that we had to put a limit on the number sold! You can get a jump on your weekly meal planning and order your Chef’s Market Box today for this Thursday, July 12th. This week’s recipe comes to us from from Chef Ryan Baker of Cuisine Naturelle and Naked Kitchen SF. The recipe he’s designed exclusively for the Mission Community Market is freshly-made tagliarini pasta tossed with broccolini, summer squash, spring onions and mint, alongside a beet salad with fennel, radishes and tarragon. The box will include everything you’ll need to create this delicious seasonal meal! Place your order today for pickup or delivery this Thursday!
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 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.