Spring is here! Cherry blossoms are beginning to bloom, the sky remains light into the evening, and the temperature is rising. However, spring means more than just beauty, rebirth, and an end to another wonderful winter, it also means strawberries! Mission Community Market welcomes back Yerena Farms to our Thursday market. Come by this week to grab a basket or three of this season’s freshest organic strawberries!
Spring Strawberry Salad Recipe
Basket of fresh strawberries from Yerena Farms
Feta cheese from Achadinha Cheese Co.
Roasted Almonds from Winters Fruit Tree
Spring greens from Blue House Farm
Balsamic Vinaigrette: 1 part balsamic, 1 part organic olive oil, dried basil, and a dash of truffle salt to cut the acid
Wash and dry the spring greens. Gently sliver the strawberries to display their beautiful insides and sprinkle on top of cleaned salad. Add crumbled goat cheese and chopped almonds. Drizzle with balsamic vinaigrette and enjoy with a side of buttered sourdough from Marla Bakery or a pasta dish from Home Maid Ravioli!
Delicious carrots are in season at the market! Celebrate the tasty root vegetable by making this sweet, creamy carrot soup. And don’t throw away the green, leafy carrot tops – you can use those to make fresh pesto that tastes great drizzled over the carrot soup. Pick up a bunch of carrots from Blue House Farm this week at the market and try it out!
Carrot flavor really shines in this soup made with both carrots and carrot juice. The carrots are cooked in a pressure cooker, resulting in richly browned and caramelized carrots thanks to the addition of baking soda that triggers browning reactions. Plus carrots are at their sweetest in the winter when the cold encourages conversion of starches to sugars, making it an ideal time to enjoy this soup.
Full recipes are after the jump!
Our clocks have moved forward an hour, but our palates may still crave a little taste of fall. This week’s savory recipe highlights a few amazing items from our market, including microgreens from our newest vendor Lifefood Gardens!
Garlic-Rosemary Mushrooms with Home Maid Ravioli
3 Large cloves of garlic
Olive oil from Terra Savia
Mushroom assortment from Far West Fungi: Maitake, Shiitake, King Oyster
Salt and Pepper
Package of mushroom and roasted garlic ravioli from Home Maid Ravioli
Spicy variety of microgreens from Lifefood Gardens
Fresh rosemary from a neighbors bush (or Rainbow Grocery)
In boiling water, add raviolis (previously frozen). Boil on medium for roughly 8-10 minutes.
In a separate pan, heat olive oil. Add rosemary and chopped mushrooms. Once this is cooked down a bit on simmer, add garlic. Stir occasionally. It is important to use a larger pan so the mushrooms do not crowd and the heat is on simmer. This concoction should simmer until the raviolis are compete and the meal is ready to be served.
On a plate, place raviolis and drizzle olive oil, salt and pepper. Place sauteed mushrooms on top of the raviolis and sprinkle a small handful of spicy microgreens to complete the meal! Enjoy with fresh bread from Marla Bakery or Arizmendi Bakery, available each week at the market!
Shop for a great cause next time you need to visit the hardware store! Thanks to a community partnership with Cole Hardware, you can help fundraise for MCM while shopping for things you already need!
How does it work, you ask?
When you’re checking out, just mention Mission Community Market (or our Group Number which is 21558), and 10% of your total bill will get kicked back to MCM. Pretty easy, right? You can even save and print the card below and stash it in your wallet to remind you to post your purchases to our account.
We know where we’ll be going this year to get all our canning supplies, seeds, gardening supplies, kitchen gadgets, and so much more! If you’ve never taken a stroll through a Cole Hardware, check out one of their four locations and prepare to be amazed! They offer so much more than your average hardware store. Support your local non-profit community market while shopping locally!
Big thanks to Cole Hardware for their support and generosity.