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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: Chiles Rellenos Casserole

Posted on by Carletta Wong in Achadinha Cheese Company, Blog, Blue House Farm, Great Valley Poultry, Happy Boy Farms, Mercado Kitchen, Recipes | Leave a comment

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The abundance of peppers at the market comes in many shapes, sizes, colors, and flavors. Don’t miss out as pepper season winds down! Blue House Farm and Happy Boy Farms tell us there are only about two to three weeks of peppers left.

Wondering what to do with all these wonderful peppers? Chiles rellenos are a traditional Mexican dish that translates as “stuffed chiles” – typically a roasted poblano pepper stuffed with cheese, fried in egg batter, and served over tomato sauce. This casserole is an easier version that’s also healthier because it’s baked instead of fried.

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This casserole features a variety of peppers that can be found at the market – red shishito peppers from Happy Boy Farms and round of Hungary, poblano, and lipstick peppers from Blue House Farm. A layer of tomato sauce made with heirloom tomatoes from Happy Boy Farms and laced with red shishito and round of Hungary peppers is topped with poblano and lipstick peppers stuffed with cotija and monterey jack cheeses. The casserole is then topped with an egg-flour mixture featuring eggs from Great Valley Poultry and baked to perfection. The peppers can be stuffed with cheeses of your choice – for an extra kick try the Hot Hilda fresh cheese curds from Achadinha Cheese Company flavored with cayenne and red chili!

The full recipe is after the jump. ¡Buen provecho!  Read more

Mercado Kitchen: Rustic Plum Tart

Posted on by Carletta Wong in Blog, Mercado Kitchen, Recipes, Twin Girls Farm | Leave a comment

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When you visit the market, it’s hard to miss the crowd of customers tasting and buying a delicious variety of plums, pluots, and other stone fruit from Twin Girls Farm. Now’s a great time to get your plum fix while they are still in season through next month. Enjoy them now, or you’ll have to wait for their return next year in late spring!

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Plums work beautifully in a rustic tart, also known en Francais as a galette. Flaky tart dough wrapped around colorful plums makes a striking dessert sure to get oohs and ahhs from your family and friends. Oh, and it’s also tasty and surprisingly simple to make! While plums are highly recommended, you can substitute almost any fruit in this recipe and customize your galette according to what’s in season.

The full recipe is after the jump. Happy baking!

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The Dearborn Cajun Players and Bonnie Sun at MCM

Posted on by EmilyN in Blog, Live Music | Leave a comment

This Thursday October 10th, get ready for another fun-filled market at 22nd and Bartlett Streets in the Mission, 4-8 pm. Enjoy live music this week from the Dearborn Cajun Players at 4 pm and Bonnie Sun at 6 pm.

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Both of these musicians are new to Bartlett Street and we’re thrilled to welcome them both!

The Dearborn Cajun Players will entertain us with some Cajun/zydeco music. This working-class style of music with Louisiana and Acadian roots, represents 100 years of history.  The acoustic shrill of the accordion, the melodic twine of the fiddle, the rhythmic blend of the guitar/ukulele, often sung in french, brings you the human quality and warmth of old time music.

Bonnie Sun is a San Francisco-based musician from Long Beach, California. She has been singing, playing the guitar and piano since she was 12 and began writing songs in 2012. Bonnie’s music has an acoustic neo-soul feel, with hints of jazz and soul. She generally plays with her band around the city, consisting of Luke Dennis on upright bass and Aaron Kircher on lead guitar. She is currently recording a 5-song EP, Tools to Carve A Path, to be released in November 2013.

Steamed Frijoles de Vara

Posted on by EmilyN in Blog, Mercado Kitchen, Recipes, Terra Savia, Yerena Farms | 1 Comment

These Heirloom Beans from Yerena Farms are called “Frijoles de Vara.” This recipe was suggested by Sylvia of Yerena Farms and comes highly recommended by our Executive Director Rosi! If you like edamame, this is a fun way to steam a new kind of bean that makes for a great appetizer or snack!

If you can’t find this specific type of bean, you can substituting other varieties like cranberry beans, but be sure to check with the farmer to find out how much longer you should cook them– you’d probably want to steam for an additional 20 minutes with other varieties.

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Ingredients:

    • Frijoles de Vara from Yerena Farms
    • 1-2 Lemons
    • Salt
    • Pepper
    • Olive Oil from Terra Savia
    • Cayenne Pepper

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The instructions are very simple! Place the beans in a steamer with a few inches of water. Steam for 10-15 minutes. When finished, transfer beans to a bowl and drizzle with lemon juice, olive oil, salt, pepper, and cayenne. It’s that easy!

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You can shell the beans once steamed, but I recommend just eating them out of the shells like edamame. Enjoy the spicy, salty, lemony flavor that accents the delicious natural flavor of these heirloom beans!

A Fruit of a Different Color

Posted on by EmilyN in Arata Farm, Twin Girls Farm, Vendors, Winters Tree Fruit | Leave a comment

Last week we spotted some unique pomegranates at the Winter’s Fruit Tree stand. That’s right–the folks that bring you delicious varieties of nuts every week also have some delicious fruit to share!

While most of us are used to seeing the “Wonderful” variety of pomegranates (deep red in color, delicious and available from Twin Girls Farm and Arata Farm at MCM), Phil Carter of Winter’s tells us that these light-colored poms are coming off 60-year-old trees on his property–trees so old that he isn’t quite sure what variety they are. He says that these fruit (sometimes called “white pomegranates”) are a variety that most likely originated in the Middle East, as it’s much more common to see lighter pomegranates there.

The seeds are light pink in color–somewhat reminiscent of cotton candy–and the flavor is sweeter and more mild than their Wonderful counterparts, without any tartness at all.

This delicious pomegranate didn’t last very long at this taste tester’s house…and we’ll definitely be going back for more next week. And so should you!