A Sweet Addition to MCM

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Shop Whole Foods Potrero and Castro to Support MCM

Thanks to Whole Foods Market, when you shop at the Potrero or Market-Castro stores, bring in your own bags for groceries and you'll have the option of receiving a 5¢ credit (per bag) or to donate the 5¢ to MCM. Read more

Mercado Kitchen: Quick Persian Pickles

If you haven't picked up cucumbers from Blue House Farms yet, now is the time. Quick pickling the cucumbers is simple and results in sweet, tangy pickles that are perfect on kabobs, in burgers, or thrown on salads. They're easy Read more

MCM Returns next Thursday, January 23rd!

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After a brief hiatus, MCM is thrilled to be returning to Bartlett and 22nd Streets next Thursday, January 23rd. We’ll be back in action with that perfect blend of healthy local produce, tasty dinner options, locally-produced artisanal goods, live music, and fun! Here’s a sneak peek of some of the goodness that’s in store for you in just nine short days.

Live Music: Steve Long & Otto Mobile

We’re thrilled to kick off our 2014 season next week with two very talented artists.

At 4pm, help us welcome the supremely talented Steven Norman Long back to the market!

At 6pm, Matt Lundquist of Otto Mobile and the Moaners will entertain us with a mix of urban country, rock ‘n roll, and twangy bluegrass.

 Welcome Minnie Bell’s to MCM

As we announced in December, 4505 Meats and Onigilly have left MCM to focus on their brick-and-mortar establishments (4505 Meats will stay on as a retail vendor). Though this news is bittersweet, we are thrilled at the chance to support and grow other small local businesses! This month, we’re excited to introduce you to Minnie Bell’s Soul Movement, a La Cocina business ready to feed the MCM masses their delicious gumbo, tri tip sandwich, and more. Come say hello!

Volunteer with MCM!

Love MCM and want to get more involved? We want to hear from you!Our volunteers help out with a two-hour shift weekly at the market, or whenever their schedule allows. We also have volunteer opportunities outside of Thursdays to do building projects for the market, outreach, help with translation or data entry, and more.If you’re a Mercado lover and want to take your relationship with MCM to the next level, contact us for more info!

The Mercado Match is Back!

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Wondering what kind of awesome programming MCM offers to the community with funds from our fundraising efforts?

One example is a recent partnership with the Bi-Rite Family of Businesses, which will enable us to bring back the Mercado Match program, which we previously offered in 2011 and 2012.

This wildly popular matching benefit gives CalFresh (food stamp) users up to $10 free to use toward fresh fruit and vegetables when they swipe their card at the market. Beginning Thursday December 5th, 2013, we’ll make this weekly benefit available as long as possible to help incentivize grocery shopping at the market this holiday season and on into 2014. If you’re an EBT user, come by the MCM info booth this Thursday to learn more! 

The Mission Community Market would like to extend a heartfelt thanks to Bi-Rite for their generosity!

We Need Your Donation to Keep the Mercado Magic Alive

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We are asking for your support to continue to bring the mercado magic to you every week! Please donate to MCM this holiday season by clicking here.

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Mission Community Market was created by the people and for the people of the Mission.  Our weekly market is full of healthy, farm fresh products, small artisans, and local music. Add friendly faces with a place to gather and enjoy delicious dinner with your family, and you have the makings of a place con corazón, with heart!

MCM goes beyond the friendly farmers market by also offering the following unique ingredients:

Bilingual Health Promotion and Mission Mercado Match

To help reduce obesity and diabetes, we provide bilingual cooking demonstrations, a play space, and the nutritional resources you need to make everyday cooking fun and healthy. MCM is proud to offer these programs thanks to a strong partnership with Urban Sprouts and the Central American Resource Center (CARECEN). Thanks to another partnership with Bi-Rite Market, MCM doubles the dollars for all WIC and CalFresh (formerly food stamps) participants who shop for healthy produce at our market, supplementing diets of families who are food insecure, especially in the face of current CalFresh budget cuts.

Growing Small Businesses

Artisans and local merchants give MCM the homegrown and neighborhood feel that contributes to the community. For this integral sector of our family of vendors, we provide a platform to reach a weekly audience, technical assistance, access to market, guidance on packaging and marketing products, and sales opportunities to other businesses.

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Youth can dance, sing or act on the street at MCM. Sometimes it’s their first public performance, and it gives them an opportunity to soar! Participating youth are from Ruth Asawa School of the Arts (SOTA), The Marsh Youth Theater, Buena Vista Horace Mann K-8, San Francisco School, Mission Cultural Center, Everett Middle School, Edison Academy, and many others.

The Mercado Plaza – A Sense of Community Space

MCM successfully lead the efforts to create the Mercado Plaza on Bartlett Street. Canopies, lights, wider and beautiful sidewalks, murals and landscaping will make Bartlett a safer shared street. The space will be perfect to host a variety of community events for all – we can’t wait!

Creating a celebrated space and programming for all

Mission Community Market is the only community-based organization whose mission is to bring the diverse people of the Mission together through food, music, murals, or just gathering with neighbors. The Mercado Plaza will enable more positive programming to give back to our community, improve the quality of life in the Mission, and beautify the neighborhood.

We are asking for your support to continue to bring the mercado magic to you every week! Please donate to MCM this holiday season by clicking here.

Mercado Kitchen: Mushroom Quiche

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Stop by the Far West Fungi stall at the market to explore an amazing array of organic mushrooms. They are happy to share recipe ideas and give advice for how to use their more exotic mushroom varieties. For this week’s mushroom quiche, they recommended creamy, buttery king trumpets and firm, crunchy maitakes. To round out the mushroom flavor, we also tossed in some earthy crimini mushrooms.

The mushrooms in this quiche are complemented by mild, creamy Broncha cheese from Achadinha Cheese Company, made in Petaluma from a cow and goat milk blend. And don’t forget to pick up more ingredients for this recipe at the market, including eggs from Great Valley Poultry and shallots and herbs from Blue House Farm or Happy Boy Farms.

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Quiche is very versatile – serve it for dinner with a simple green salad, include it in a brunch menu, or have a slice as an afternoon snack. The full recipe is after the jump. Enjoy!

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Mercado Kitchen: Creamy Greens Soup

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The market is a great place to stock up on organic greens! Grab a variety of healthy greens, from kale and chard to collards and dandelion greens, available by the bunch from Blue House Farm and Happy Boy Farms. And at 3 bunches for $5, it’s a great deal! These farms also frequently sell spinach, lettuces, and beets, which usually contain free greens as an added bonus!

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Wondering what to do with all those greens? Here is a simple recipe for a creamy, tasty soup that can be made with any combo of greens you have on hand. This is a great way to make use of any leafy goodies, even if they’re approaching the end of their freshness. Made here with kale and mixed lettuces, you could substitute with one or more bunches of your choice.

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Full recipe found after the jump!

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