More Than a Vendor

Sure, we know who has our favorite pluots or who bakes a mean vegan brownie, but every vendor has their own story. Sometimes it's difficult to imagine these people outside of the market setting, but many of our vendors Read more

How You Like Dem Apples?

Perhaps one of the best things about this Summer-Fall hybrid season is apples! As many MCM shoppers know, everything you thought you knew about apples before is probably not even half the story. With over 30 years of experience, Dave Read more

What did the Mission say?

As I approached the youth surveyor’s booth at MCM last Thursday, all six surveyors were engaged in conversation with a passer-by. They looked relaxed and in charge, fielding questions about where to use the bathroom even as they explained Read more

Mercado Kitchen: Brown Sugar-Glazed Carrots

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Blue House Farm Carrots

If you’re looking for a sweet but healthy snack, try glazing your carrots in some brown sugar, ginger, and garlic! This dish is delightfully full of flavor and satisfies your sweet tooth without the processed sugar conventional candy contains. Adapting your palate to craving healthier sweets can start with a visit to the Blue House Farm stand at this week’s market. They grow an array of organic vegetables, cut flowers, and fruits year-round on a beautiful farm tucked into the valley of Pescadero, California. Grab a bunch of carrots from the market, and add in some garlic, organic dark brown sugar, organic sweet butter and ginger from Rainbow Grocery or your local market to make this easy, delectable dish at home!

Glazed Carrots

Brown Sugar Glazed Carrots

Ingredients:

1 Bunch of carrots from Blue House Farm
1/4 cup Dark Brown Sugar
1 tbs. Ginger, minced
1/2 tbs. Garlic, minced
1/4 stick of Sweet butter

Instructions:

Slice carrots in half after a good wash to get all of the moist soil off of their skin. Blanch sliced carrots for roughly 6 minutes until they embody their true orange hue. In the meantime, melt butter in a separate pan. Add minced garlic and ginger when melted and simmer on low. Add brown sugar once the garlic and ginger have infused with the butter and add a dash of water. Strain carrots and add them into the brown sugar sauce and simmer until carrots turn slightly gold with sweetness. Serve alone or accompany with a side dish of coriander rice.

Mercado Kitchen: Asian Pear & Walnut Risotto

Posted on by BrittanyG in Achadinha Cheese Company, Blog, K&J Orchards, Mercado Kitchen, Recipes, Terra Savia, Winters Tree Fruit, Zuckerman's Farm | 1 Comment

This week’s recipe is the perfect representation of the change in seasons from winter to spring that we see here in San Francisco. It’s incredibly light and gentle on the palate, balancing a blend of Mission Community Market’s sweet and savory offerings.

Stop by K&J Orchards this week to try their mouthwatering asian pears! The subtle sweetness of the fruit expands into a powerful flavor with each bite. This family-owned farm lies north of San Francisco in Winters, CA and produce a variety of tree fruits throughout the season.

Next, walk just a few stalls up 22nd street and visit Achadinha Cheese Company’s stall. to try their wide variety of goat cheeses. Their enthusiastic salesperson Chris will intrigue you with all the creative combinations you can think of (and some you may never have thought of)!

Asian Pear Walnut Risotto

Ingredients:

1-2 Asian Pears from K&J Orchards
Butter
Coriander
1 cup Organic Arborio Rice
4 cups of water or broth
1 bunch julienned Asparagus (Asparagus from Zuckerman’s Farm could be available at the market as early as 1-3 weeks from now! We’re excited!)
1 1/2 cups of Walnuts from Winter’s Fruit Tree
5-6 Shiitake mushrooms from Far West Fungi, chopped
Honey from Terra Savia
Olive oil from from Terra Savia
Balsamic Vinegar
Fresh Feta from Achadinha Cheese Co.

Instructions:

Add a teaspoon of butter to a pot and melt. Add 1 whole chopped asian pear and half of the asparagus with a light sprinkle of coriander. On low heat, lightly brown the pears and asparagus.

Add 1 cup arborio rice with 1 1/2 cups water or broth into the pot. Bring to a boil and reduce heat. In a separate pot, heat 2 1/2 cups of water or broth.

Throughout the duration of the rice cooking, periodically stir well. Halfway through cooking add the rest of the julienned asparagus. Once the liquid is absorbed, begin to add the hot water/broth (1 cup at a time). Cook and stir after each addition until the liquid is fully absorbed before adding another cup.

Simultaneously in a separate dry pan (without any oil) brown the walnuts.

In another pan, add oil and chopped shiitakes. Cook on low heat.  Towards the end, add less than 1 tablespoon each of honey and balsamic vinegar. Stir well. At culmination, add 2 tablespoons of water and let the shiitakes sit in the warm pan until dinner is served.

Once risotto is almost complete, add a little bit of the brine from the feta container.

Plate risotto and top with shiitake, walnuts, feta, and some freshly shaved asparagus and asian pear.

(Serves 2-3)

Hello, Spring!

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Mercado Kitchen: Palmero Date Smoothie

Posted on by BrittanyG in Mercado Kitchen, Palmero Date Shop, Recipes, Vendors, Winters Tree Fruit | 3 Comments

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Have a sweet tooth but want to fulfill the craving with something healthy, kosher, and organic? Stop by the Palmero Date Shop stall this Thursday to pick up some tasty and succulent dates! Ronald will guide you through his wide variety of dates for any sweet or savory craving. His Jumbo Medjool dates are the best for snacking, as they embody the true unique flavor of perfectly ripe Medjool dates from Bard Valley California. Also highly recommended are his unique, dainty, and incredibly sweet Khadrawy dates that melt in the mouth — a delectable treat! This week Palmero Date Shop will be introducing new Varietal Date Paste balls that are great for making Vegan Date Shakes, as featured in the recipe below.

Palmero Date Shop is no ordinary date vendor. They provide traceability for all of their five varieties of dates produced on a small farm in Bard, California; 100% Organic, Kosher. They follow strict food safety procedures to ensure that their smooth pillows of natural sugar are dispersed responsibly and ethically to a wide range of communities in the San Francisco Bay Area and New York City. Not only do Palmero Dates track and document every batch of their mouthwatering dates, they work hard to educate the public about the unique date growing region in Bard, California.  One of their goals is to create a larger demand for varietal dates so growers will be encouraged to plant new date palm cultivars and ultimately expand the selection of dates for farmers market consumers in the future.

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For this weeks recipe, Ronald recommends their new Varietal Date Paste pack for a healthy, sweet, protein-packed Palmero Date Shake. To add to this tasty smoothie, stop by the Winters Fruit Tree stall to pick up some Raw Nonpareil Almonds! Check out the full recipe after the jump!
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MCM Vendor and Volunteer Appreciation Party

Posted on by EmilyN in Blog, Interns, Vendors, Volunteers | Leave a comment

This past Sunday, MCM threw a little bash at a.Muse Gallery in honor of our hard-working vendors and volunteers who make Mission Community Market happen every week! Here are some photos of the special night!

We were thrilled that so many local businesses were willing to generously donate to help make this event a success! We’d like to thank and recognize all of our event sponsors, including the following amazing folks!

Food was provided by:

Lolinda Restaurant | Wise Sons Deli | Azalina’s Malaysian | Roli Roti | Flour Chylde | Mission Cheese | Tacolicious | Arizmendi Bakery | Sour Flour | La Victoria Panaderia | Three Babes Bakeshop | Trader Joe’s | Pretzel Crisps

Beverages were provided by:

Almanac Beer | Lagunitas Brewing Company | Cole Hardware | Onigilly | Purity Organic | Bluxome Street Winery

Decorations were provided by:

Casa Bonampak

We’d also like to extend our deepest gratitude to Lori of a.Muse Gallery for offering her space for this party and helping make it a success – for anyone looking for a great event space, definitely check out a.Muse located at 18th and Alabama in the Mission.

And last but certainly not least, thank you to our amazing vendors and volunteers for helping make the market awesome each and every week!

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!