“My Job is to Feed People”

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Dave Hale offers me an apple section as soon as I show up as his market stall. “This is the Pink Pearl, a very tart variety, very good for cooking!” Crunch! The Pink Pearl is indeed a pink-fleshed apple with a golden exterior. The tartness makes my mind flutter with inspirations for apple pies and salads. Dave Hale is a 5th generation apple farmer. His great-great-grandfather – William Ross, originally from Scotland – bought their land in Sebastapol in 1883. Dave grew up on the land, and in 1978 took over from his uncles. At the moment, they are working 40 acres, but he has gone up to 90 acres. “My job is to feed people, and that is what I do! Nice thing about markets, and the reason why I like to come here, rather than send an employee is the direct relationship between producer and consumer. If I send an employee, I can’t have the dialogue that you and I are having.” Dave attends an English woman who arrives with her two young daughters. She tells Dave how much she misses English apples, and he helps her select a few English varietals that might just cure her homesickness. During the apple season (August through Thanksgiving), his trees yield up to 30 different varieties of apples. He shows me the list: Akane, Arkansas Black, Baldwin, Belle de Boscop, Bellflower, Black Jonathan, Black Twig, Braeburn, Cameo, Early Jonathan, Fiji, Gala, Hoover, Jonagold, King of Tompkins, Liberty, Macoun, Mitso, Northern Spy, Pink Lady, Pink Pearl, Pippin, R.I. Greening, Ramey York, Romes, Sierra Beauty, Spitzenberg, Std. Jonathan, Wagner, Winesap, Winter Banana, Winter Permain, etc. What goodness and abundance! I can only identify about five. I ask which is his oldest apple. “I recently found the planting records in the attic in the house! The Balwin, Spitzenberg, and Wagner apples date back to the 1940’s, but the history of some of these apples dates back more than 100 years.” Dave also carries plums and pears and other fruits. He invites you to Hale’s Apple Farm for pumpkin picking season in the Fall.

by Adriana Camarena

Easy Summer Vegetable Melange

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Here’s an easy summer salad recipe made with produce from Her Farms, which offers some of the most reasonably-priced farm-fresh produce available. This takes 5 minutes to throw together and will make you the most popular boy or girl at the potluck.

Ingredients
3 ears fresh corn, shucked
4 zucchinis, diced
2 cups cherry tomatoes
1 bunch Thai basil, chopped
4 carrots, shredded
1/4 cup toasted pine nuts
1/2 cup crumbled feta cheese
3 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
juice of 1 lemon
salt and pepper to taste

Directions

Use a sharp knife to cut the kernels from the corn and place in a large salad bowl. Add the zucchinis, tomatoes, basil, carrots, pine nuts and feta. Toss with olive oil and lemon juice. Season with salt and pepper to taste.

Serves 4-6.

Mexican Cooking Competition: 9/16/10 at the MCM!

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September 16th is the Bicentennial of Mexican Independence Day and we could not be more excited that the date coincides with a Thursday this year! In honor of this occasion, we’ll be going full-speed at the Mission Community Market with music, food and all kinds of fun, including a Mexican Cooking Competition.

Here’s the deal:

Send an email to gmoskowitz at gmail dot com with your name and the name of your dish.

Prepare a single portion of your very best Mexican entree (no desserts or drinks) and bring it to the Market on Thursday, September 16th. The competition will get started at 6:30 PM, but make sure to arrive by 6 to make sure your entry gets in.

We will have a fabulous panel of celebrity guest judges who will taste the items and judge them on creativity, presentation and over-all quality.

The winner of the competition will receive a $25 credit to the MCM (not to mention all the fame and glory associated with winning!)

See you there!

Mission in the Street: A lesson from Madame Hunger

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Claribel and Hilda of Antojitos Salvadorenos Aminta

Aminta Calderón and her family set up Aminta’s Antojitos Salvadoreños inside the Mission Market about five years ago. On Thursdays, they set up a stand in the Mission Community Market for passersby looking for a savory hot pupusa, empanada or pastel to fuel their promenade. The pupusas are made of corn masa and stuffed with cheese, beans and/or chicharrón (pork cracklings). Aminta has lived in the Bay Area for 15 years now, and commutes out of Daly City. “It’s a real family business. Among the employees are my nephews, nieces, grandchildren, and husband, who all work in the restaurant.” At the outside stand, Claribel and Hilda (who are not family) expertly and expediently deliver the food to patrons. They are tough women, who know how to handle a crowd. I ask Aminta if she learned how to make pupusas in El Salvador. She says, yes. I pry a bit more, “Did your mother or aunt or grandmother teach you?” She laughs and delivers a wry smile, “La Señora Hambre me enseño cómo hacer pupusas; la mejor maestra.” “Madame Hunger taught me how to make pupusas; she is the best teacher”. I startle wondering about what other stories Aminta holds in her apron pockets. I order two pupusas for home with repollo (a cabbage and carrot coleslaw with vinegar) and salsa. Later at home, munching into my pupusa, I delight in thinking that I am biting into handmade food made from a recipe of life.

by Adriana Camarena

Eat Antojitos Salvadorenos at the Mission Community Market
Every Thursday 4-8pm – Bartlett Street and 22nd.

Keep on Positive

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Keep street life POSITIVE! In the wake of last week’s violence, let’s keep our streets active, safe and fun. This week at the MCM: the Mission Beacon and Mission Girls host t-shirt making, jump rope and activities. Painted Wonderland will face paint. The Community Music Center will be out there with instruments you can try out at the musical petting zoo!