Mercado Kitchen: Cupboard Quinoa

CUPBOARD QUINOA Our lovely and handsome volunteer, Ronald Loosen, shared this tasty recipe of his with us. Stop by the info booth to let him know how your version turned out! Recipe below, check it out! QUINOA INGREDIENTS - 2 cups quinoa - Read more

Mercado Kitchen: Valentina's Veggie Medley

We often think that the Winter months bring us a lack of variety in the kitchen. How do we make our meals fun and interesting and into something delectable we want to eat? The answer is simple. Vegetables. California's bounty Read more

Mercado Kitchen: Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies

Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies by Anna of Three Babes Bakeshop   For the pumpkin puree: 1 small sugar pumpkin, or other culinary pumpkin from Blue House Farm Heat the oven to 350ºF. Remove the stem from the pumpkin, cut in half, and scrape out Read more

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

Street Stage Launches at MCM today!

Posted on by Kaiya Gordon in Artists, Blog, Live Music, public art | Leave a comment

Highlighting San Francisco’s talented musicians is an important aspect of the community at Mission Community Market. That’s why MCM is excited to unveil an all-new street stage TODAY! The stage will serve as an important platform for our accomplished musicians to engage with the market and highlight their music. Get your first look at the stage below, then come see it in action tonight as local rockstars Diana Gameros and FriendsLa Gente Trio, and The Paper Dolls bring it to life!

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Our street stage is a new, one-of-a-kind design created by SF’s street stage team, John Francis and Ross Hansen, and was built in collaboration with San Francisco’s Pavement to Parks program. The new stage will carve out a space within MCM for local musicians to call their own. We are thrilled that the platform will allow for increased movement and visibility for performers at MCM. Like the prototype street stage that we debuted last year, we know that this new stage will be met with exuberance from our community of musicians, vendors, and shoppers.

Diana GamerosCelebrate the debut of this new stage with MCM on Thursday, as we kick off the summer with three fantastic musical acts. First, listen to Diana Gameros and Friends at 4pm. Diana Gameros is an innovative and versatile musician who writes bilingual songs of “love, longing, and hope.” Her music is firmly placed in the cultural crossroads between Mexico and the independent music scene of California. If you like what you hear, check out her upcoming gig on June 14th at the SFJAZZ center, and listen to her recent debut album, Eterno Retorno.

La Gente - Rafael SarriaTaking the stage at 5pm is a trio from the Bay Area’s beloved band, La Gente! Come listen and boogie to a high-powered musical blend of Reggae, Cumbia, Hip-Hop, Salsa, Rock, and World Music. Led by singer-songwriter Rafael Bustamarte Sarria, who is also an organizer of The Mission Arts Performance Project, the group has been heralded for transcending genres. La Gente is currently in production for their fourth studio album, and their set is sure to make everyone dance. If you just can’t get enough of La Gente, check out their all-ages Carnaval show this Saturday at The Chapel!

The Paper DollsLastly, don’t miss The Paper Dolls at 6:30 pm. Playing a mixture of old and new, covers and originals, The Paper Dolls are a San Francisco Classic. The talented duo behind the band, Uni and Em Doll, bring crooning vocals, ukeleles, and glitz. Want even more Paper Dolls? Check out their upcoming shows here.

The unique design of this stage is flexible and bright––optimal for the continuously moving atmosphere of the market!  Come and help us ring in the summer with fresh produce, tasty dinner, and great music from local artists Thursday May 22nd, 4pm-8pm, at Mission Community Market!

Mercado Kitchen: Fava Bean Dip

Posted on by BrittanyG in Blog, Blue House Farm, Mercado Kitchen, Recipes | Leave a comment

Sick and tired of making the same ol’ salsas and dips for summer BBQ parties? Try Mission Community Market’s fun version of a bean dip! Stop by Blue House Farm this Thursday from 4-8pm to grab your bundle of fava beans and impress your friends with this week’s healthy recipe!

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Fava Bean Dip

Fava beans are similar to other beans and contain what many call “perfect proteins.” They are loaded with amino acids and are also rich in fiber and vitamins A, B, C, K, E, PP, and mineral salts. More information on fava beans can be found here.

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Ingredients:
12 larger Fava Bean stalks from Blue House Farm
3/4 Can of black beans
2-3 Cloves of garlic, minced
1 whole Avocado
Salt, Pepper
2 tbs Olive oil

Directions:
Fava beans require a two step de-shelling process. First, remove the large beans from their pods. Once all the beans have been removed, add to boiling water for roughly a minute, then place directly in ice cold water. The second layer of skin should peel off easily. Little green beans about half the size of their skin should pop out.

In a saucepan, add roughly 2 tbs of olive oil. Add the minced garlic and sauté for just a moment. Add the fava beans, black beans, and spices. Stir for roughly 3-4 minutes. Grab a potato masher, add the avocado, and smash all ingredients until a soft bean dip remains.

Serve warm with organic blue corn tortilla chips.

Celebrate CalFresh Month at MCM on May 8th!

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DSC_0353Many people don’t know that CalFresh is the new name for California’s electronic food stamp benefit program. Federally known as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), CalFresh can help low-income Mission families put healthy and nutritious food on the table. We’re celebrating CalFresh customers this month at MCM, and on May 8th we’ll have a special CalFresh Awareness Day!

Mission Community Market has accepted food stamp benefits since its inception, and we partnered with The Bi-Rite Family of Businesses in late 2013 to offer a dollar-for-dollar match (up to $10) for patrons who shop at the market with their CalFresh card. This benefit was previously offered in 2012 and we were thrilled to bring it back this season with Bi-Rite’s support.  CalFresh users can swipe their card every week at the market for up to $10 in free produce!

Join us on May 8th as we feature:

A Presentation from Bi-Rite! Join us at 6:00 pm when Sam Mogannam will say a few words.

Giveaways – The first 50 CalFresh customers get a free item ($3-6 value) donated by MCM vendors! Choose from fruit and veggies, salsa, mini jams, baguettes, and more!

Benefits Pre-Screenings From SF-Marin Food Bank – You may qualify for CalFresh benefits – Talk to a specialist!

An Urban Sprouts Healthy Cooking Demo  – Learn to cook with what you can get at the market!

Community Outreach Tables – Chat with folks from The Women’s Building and The Shanti Project

Live Music from Benjamin Brown at 4 pm and Dean Harlem at 6 pm

Join us for a great day at MCM and celebrate healthy eating with us!

Spotlight on Lifefood Gardens

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Microgreens: A shot of vitamins

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As you approach the market from Valencia and down 22nd street, you may see what appears to be a stall full of lush grass and a happy smiling man. This is one of Mission Community Markets newest vendors, Lifefood Gardens, and the smiling man you see there each Thursday is Loren. He represents his girlfriend Katy’s business of growing and selling a variety of microgreens. They began growing microgreens in a sprout machine, and eventually moved to growing these baby plants in their bathroom, kitchen, and various other places in their small SF apartment for personal consumption. Katy, who has been a raw foodist for 13 years, developed an innate passion for growing microgreens within her home. When Katie got fed up with working in the software world, she decided to begin a garden. After success with their small personal microgreen operation, they purchased land up north in Lake County and built a large greenhouse to begin their dream garden. They originally planned to grow off-season tomatoes, but found that microgreens provided them with a financially viable and consistent harvest, as well as nutritious and delicious food. One and a half years later, they’ve grown their business to reach across the entire Bay Area, serving ten different farmer’s markets (six here in SF alone).

SF Markets
Thursdays: Crocker Galleria, Mission Community Market (!!)
Sundays: Fort Mason, Divisadero, Clement, and Sunset markets

Outside SF
Saturdays: Oakland Grand Lake, Berkeley, College of San Mateo, and the Saratoga markets

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Microgreens are just what they sound like –baby versions of many of the greens you know and love. Many studies show that microgreens may house more nutrients and vitamins than their adult forms, making microgreens an affordable option to get your daily dose of vitamin C, E, and beta carotene to name a few.

Stop by MCM each week on Thursday from 4-8pm to pick up a tray of microgreens to improve your health, boost your immunities, support a local business, and make a friend. Some of the different varieties include sunflower, garlic, onion, broccoli, mixed greens, radish, wheatgrass, and more. Not sure what to do with these fresh greens? Check out this week’s recipe highlighting sunflower microgreens in a healthy salad!

Mercado Kitchen: Mediterranean Microgreen Salad

Posted on by BrittanyG in Achadinha Cheese Company, Blog, LifeFood Gardens, Mercado Kitchen, Recipes, Twin Girls Farm, Vendors | 1 Comment

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Mediterranean Microgreen Salad

Microgreens are a new way to get your daily dose of vitamins, whether they are juiced, added atop salads, or upon a toasted baguette. This week, we’ve highlighted the microgreens in their very own salad. The greens are accompanied with some of our favorite vegetables and fruits, drenched in healthy Omegas, and topped with fresh feta cheese if you like! This salad is best enjoyed outside under the thick sunlight we San Franciscan’s have been enjoying this year! The subtle flavor of the tomatoes and cucumber help add a bit of moisture to the salad, while allowing the full flavor of the microgreens and sprouted beans from Lifefood Gardens to come alive in your mouth. Stop by the market this week from 4-8pm to pick up your own tray of microgreens and jump on the healthy bandwagon.

Ingredients:
Tray of Sunflower microgreens from Lifefood Gardens
1/2 bag of Sprouted beans from Lifefood Gardens
1 Tomato, chopped
1/2 Cucumber, chopped
Juice of 1 Lemon from Twin Girls Farm
Salt, Peppper
Healthy pour of olive oil
Crumbled feta from Achadinha Cheese Co. (Optional, but highly recommended)

Directions:
Acquire either a whole tray or a handful of sunflower microgreens from Lifefood Gardens. Lightly wash the greens and place in a large salad bowl.
Add chopped tomatoes, cucumbers, half a bag of any sprouted beans from Lifefood Gardens, the juice of one lemon, generous amounts of salt and pepper, and a healthy pour of olive oil (we used an olive oil that has been infused with garlic and fresh chilli for a light kick).

We chose to highlight the microgreens in a vegan salad for this recipe, but we think that adding a handful or two of fresh crumbled feta from Achadinha Cheese Co. would be a GREAT addition, helping balance the sweet and tangy flavors of the veggies with a salty, creamy bite of cheese.
Serve immediately or after a few hours when the flavors have infused (even after being coated with olive oil the microgreens hold their firmness for a day or two!).