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Spotlight on Crystal Eyes

By now, many of you know that Mission Community Market is no ordinary farmers market. Besides fostering community, promoting family health, and engaging local youth, our market helps local businesses thrive. MCM diversifies our vendors, reducing competition and providing Read more

Mercado Kitchen: California Marinated Artichokes

Spring weather is here which means it's time to drag out that barbecue, wipe it off, and heat it up! At MCM you can now find Blue House Farm, Tomatero Farm, and Zuckerman's Farm offering an array of seasonal, local veggies Read more

Spotlight on Papi Chulo Salsa

Love in every bite There is never a dull moment at Mission Community Market and thanks to Roberto Biggs at the Papi Chulo Salsa stall, the vibrancy radiates from 4-8pm each week without fail. Inspired by the salsa at a Read more

Mercado Kitchen: Roasted Delicata Squash

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

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Delicata squash are available at Tomatero Farm and Blue House Farm! These striped beauties are sometimes referred to as sweet potato squash because they taste sweet and creamy. As the name suggests, Delicata squash have delicate, edible skin making them very easy to prepare. No need to remove a thick skin like other squash varieties. Simply slice in half lengthwise, scoop out the seeds, roast with the skin on, and enjoy!

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The simplest preparation for Delicata is to slice each half into pieces approximately 1/2 inch wide and toss with olive oil to coat, then sprinkle with salt and pepper. Then roast at 400° F until tender and slightly browned and caramelized, about 40 minutes.

Another option is to cut into quarters, brush with cream, and sprinkle with parmesan cheese and sage. See the full recipe after the jump.

Both versions make a delicious addition to a fall meal, and they are also vegetarian and gluten-free which makes this dish great for bringing to holiday potlucks.

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Dia de los Muertos at MCM

Posted on by EmilyN in Artists, Blog, Floreria la Poblanita, public art | Leave a comment

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This Thursday at MCM, join us in celebrating Dia de los Muertos, a holiday celebrated in Mexico and other Latin American cultures acknowledging our ongoing relationship with ancestors and loved ones that have passed away. Through the creation of altars containing ofrendas, we honor and remember those who came before us. These ofrendas, or offerings, usually include sugar skulls, marigolds, the favorite foods and beverages of the departed, and favorite things of the deceased such as sports memorabilia or music. This week at MCM, we’re thrilled to welcome the following groups to help us celebrate this very special holiday:

Mission Cultural Center for Latino Arts, with festive arts and crafts
Hector Zavala, demonstrating some of his award-winning altars
Encantada Gallery, with sugar skulls, paper flowers, and more
Alejandro’s Trade, Andean wares including catrinas and other festive goods
Floreria la Poblanita, selling Marigolds and other floral arrangements
The Rabbit Hole, offering donation-based festive face painting

Check out the MCCLA website for more information about upcoming Dia de los Muertos events happening in the Mission.

Spotted at MCM: Craftsman and Wolves

Posted on by Carletta Wong in Arata Farm, Blog, Hale Apple Farm, Spotted at MCM, Tomatero Farm | Leave a comment

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Chef William and sous chef Connie from nearby Mission patisserie Craftsman and Wolves were spotted shopping at the Mission Community Market last Thursday. They are big fans of the market and can be found shopping at several vendor stalls almost every week. Last week they filled their cart with a variety of seasonal produce: kale and watermelon radishes from Tomatero Farm, apples from Hale Apple Farm, and quince from Arata Farm.

Right now as the seasons are changing there are a rush of changes at the patisserie, with new items in the works. Chef William told us his favorite season is always the next one with all the excitement of new seasonal ingredients becoming available.

What will Craftsman and Wolves be crafting with the produce from the market? Here’s a rundown:

Apples from Hale Apple Farm will be the market fruit paired with ‘damn fine’ granola and strauss yogurt. They are also for this exquisite apple & coconut tart with vanilla on a rye palet.

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Photo by Craftsman and Wolves

Kale from Tomatero Farm is for the savory kale salad with white butter beans, parmesan cheese, and croutons. The watermelon radishes will be dehydrated into pretty pink petal-like chips to top this new root vegetable croissant laminated with harissa butter.

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Photo by Craftsman and Wolves

Quince from Arata Farm is for a new cake being developed. The quince will be cooked sous vide for four hours and then paired with brown butter, pomegranate, and blonde caramel. Sounds amazing! Here’s a sneak peak of the prepared fruit – check back at Craftsman and Wolves for when this new seasonal cake will be available.

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Photo by Craftsman and Wolves

Craftsman and Wolves is located at 746 Valencia Street (between 18th and 19th Streets) in San Francisco’s Mission District. Open Monday-Thursday 7am-7pm, Saturday 8am-8pm, and Sunday 8am-7pm. Stop by and check it out and you might taste some Mission Community Market produce on their menu!

Note: MCM offers a reserved parking space for local restaurants and chefs picking up large orders at the market (at the end of Bartlett near 21st Street).

Mercado Kitchen: Sweet Potato Gnocchi with Tomato Sauce

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

**This awesome recipe was submitted by our wonderful volunteer Dena!

Fall is a fantastic time of year. Even though we don’t get the drastic and beautiful color-changing leaves that we can sweep into a pile in our lawns here in San Francisco, we still get all the pumpkin-spiced lattes and crisp fall winds that encourage us to cusp that latte tighter in our cold hands. As we welcome this new season and mourn the passing of summertime, pick up a few of the last tomatoes of the season this week from Blue House Farm and try out this simple recipe!

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The Mission Community Market is adorned with twinkling lights and the delicious fall veggies are pouring in. Inspired by autumn, this hearty recipe features a Thanksgiving staple, but not in any way you’ve likely seen it before. Ditch the processed marshmallows and welcome in… the sweet potato gnocchi.

The thing I want to mention about this recipe is how easy it is and how delicious the result is. The spices and fresh tomatoes in the sauce elevate this simple recipe into a gourmet dish.

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Mercado Kitchen: Persimmon Pecan Bread

Posted on by Carletta Wong in Blog, Great Valley Poultry, Mercado Kitchen, Recipes, Twin Girls Farm, Winters Tree Fruit | Leave a comment

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We’re fully into the autumn season, with fall flavors abundant at the market. Persimmons - both the Hachiya and Fuyu varieties - are a fun fall fruit available now at Twin Girls Farm. Hachiya persimmons are best used for baking or preserving. When they aren’t fully ripe they have an unpleasant, tannic flavor. Set them out on the counter to ripen. You’ll know they’re ripe when they feel like a water balloon filled with soft, squishy flesh. Fuyu persimmons are the opposite – meant to be eaten when firm and raw, they are sweet and crunchy and make a delightful addition to salads.

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Be sure to buy Hachiya persimmons for this easy one-bowl quick bread recipe. At Twin Girls Farm they will help you pick out the most ripe and ready fruit. For the cup of persimmon puree called for in this recipe, you’ll need about 3-4 ripe Hachiya persimmons. Cut off the top of each persimmon and slice in half. Use a paring knife to remove the small membranes, then squeeze the flesh out and discard the skins. Depending how smooth the persimmon flesh is, it’s optional to puree in a food processor and strain through a mesh strainer.

This persimmon pecan bread is moist and sweet with a delicious crunch from toasty Winters Fruit Tree pecans and a subtle boozy flavor from the addition of whiskey, making it a perfect snack on a crisp fall day. And don’t forget to pick up organic, free-range eggs from Great Valley Poultry to use in the recipe.

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The full recipe is after the jump. Happy baking!

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