If you’ve been to MCM in the past few weeks, you’ve probably caught yourself staring at the beautiful bounty that is the earliest crop of tomatoes from Happy Boy Farms and Tomatero Farm. A wide variety of heirloom and cherry tomatoes have been making their way into many a market basket! If you’re overwhelmed by all the varieties of cherry tomatoes available, never fear! Just take a peek at this helpful chart from the Happy Boy Farms website and you’ll sound like a pro in no time:
One of my favorite ways to showcase delicious, vine-ripened tomatoes is in a fresh salsa. This recipe is surprisingly simple and easy to create, but do yourself a favor and do not leave out the secret ingredient– ume, or plum vinegar–which adds a sweet tanginess while showcasing the ingredients perfectly. It will most likely involve an extra trip to a specialty store to find it, but you won’t be disappointed by the outcome. I like to use a mix of different tomatoes, to add variety in terms of both color and flavor. Larger heirloom tomatoes are the easiest to dice, but throwing in a handful of a few different types of chopped cherry tomatoes can really add depth and interest to the salsa. Be as creative as you want when choosing your tomatoes. Read more
With the ever-growing popularity of going gluten-free, the Mission Community Market is excited to be offering more and more wheat-free options for those with gluten sensitivities!
In June, Flour Chylde Bakery joined MCM, bringing with them tortes and cakes made entirely without wheat, rye, barley, or oat flours. Though they are not an entirely gluten-free bakery and suggest that those with extreme allergies not risk eating their gluten-free products, their baked goods are so tasty that the gluten-loving and gluten-averse patrons alike can enjoy them! They also offer a variety of other pastries that are not gluten-free.
This week, we’re excited to welcome a new vendor, Bread SRSLY, to the Mission Community Market! Bread SRSLY specializes in gluten-free breads and muffins baked in small batches. The menu rotates each week featuring two kinds of bread and one type of muffin, with ingredients sourced from local, sustainable producers. Read more
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!