My name is Dana and I will be an MCM Intern this summer. Having spent some time as a Mercado volunteer and shopper, I am super stoked to be joining the team and contributing behind the scenes and on Thursdays. I’ve had a serious passion for healthy, fair, good food for as long as I remember. As with most foodies, this passion started as a love of cooking and eating and has morphed into a desire to make change within America’s food system by deepening consumers’ relationships with the food they eat. I can’t wait to be a regular part of the connections between producers and the public at the Mission Mercado. I’ll also be contributing to this blog regularly with vendor features, recipes, and more.
I spend my time between my job slinging deliciousness as a cheesemonger at Mission Cheese, delighting my roommates with home-baked cookies, and cooking up the treasures I discover at MCM.
Keep an eye out for my future posts and I’ll see you Thursdays at Bartlett & 22nd!
Part of MCM’s mission is to support small businesses in the Mission and Jen Kindell is a local artist that recently joined the market. Jen has been a vendor at MCM since February, and you don’t want to miss her beautiful silkscreened products, featuring vibrant, colorful images of seasonal fruits and vegetables. Jen began her career as an independent artist relatively recently – in August of last year, she started making screen prints of produce, just for herself. After seeing her work, friends and family members requested their own copies. She began selling her artwork on Etsy and at MCM, so that each of us can own a Jen Kindell original! She has an art degree from the Rhode Island School of Design and has also been an art teacher in the past, spreading her love of art to countless students!
Jen is excited to be at MCM because she feels constantly inspired by the seasonal produce all around her. Previously, she created a piece that is an ode to the purple asparagus from Zuckerman’s. Her latest is a strawberry inspired by Tomatero Farm (a sneak peek of this awesome design is shown below). “This is the best market in the city,” she says. “I feel blessed to be a part of it.” We’re glad to have you, Jen! Come out to MCM to see Jen’s amazing artwork in person, and you can also visit her on the web!
Most people compost things like beet greens and chard stems, but lots of unloved vegetable parts can actually be quite culinarily useful, not to mention tasty! These gorgeous beets are from Blue House Farm, and this simple recipe for roasted beets with wilted greens will show you how to utilize just about all of your beets.
What you’ll need:
1 bunch beets with greens attached
1 shallot, chopped
1/4 cup olive oil from Terra Savia (divided)
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 Tablespoon red wine vinegar or the juice of 1 lemon
Salt & peepper to taste
Capricious cheese from Achadinha Cheese Company (or other hard cheese) Read more
Don’t forget about Pops!
Father’s Day is Sunday, June 16th. Show your Dad that you’re nuts about him with a variety gift box from MCM vendor Winter’s Fruit and Nuts. For the next two weeks, Winter’s will have 2-lb boxes of assorted almonds and pistachios for a special MCM price of just $15 (regularly $20)! Quantities are limited so drop us an email if you’d like to reserve a box.
Dad not nuts about nuts? No problem! Jarred SF Brine will have delicious pickled goods this week, with two varieties making their first appearance this season: Pickled Green Strawberries (from Yerena Farms) and Sweet Spiced Pickled Cherries. Pick up a jar of the cherries to make Dad the perfect Manhattan or Old Fashioned!
Invest in your community! Give input on the future of Bartlett Street at an open house Wednesday May 29th!
Join the City of San Francisco for an open house to discuss the future of Bartlett Street. Thanks to YOUR support, we secured funds for the Mercado Plaza project. Now tell us what you think the future should look like at an open house hosted by the San Francisco Planning Department, Dept of Public Works, MTA, the Rebar Group, and MCM. Improvements could include new pavement, safer sidewalks, market stalls, better lighting, street graphics, a marquee, and more. But it all depends on your input! Please come and tell us what you think! Light refreshments will be provided.
Mercado Plaza Open House
Wednesday, May 29 – 6:00-7:30 PM
The Women’s Building, ROOM A
3543 18th Street, San Francisco, CA 94110
Questions? Contact Ilaria Salvadori at
(415) 575-9086 or [email protected]