Mercado Kitchen: Cupboard Quinoa

CUPBOARD QUINOA Our lovely and handsome volunteer, Ronald Loosen, shared this tasty recipe of his with us. Stop by the info booth to let him know how your version turned out! Recipe below, check it out! QUINOA INGREDIENTS - 2 cups quinoa - Read more

Mercado Kitchen: Valentina's Veggie Medley

We often think that the Winter months bring us a lack of variety in the kitchen. How do we make our meals fun and interesting and into something delectable we want to eat? The answer is simple. Vegetables. California's bounty Read more

Mercado Kitchen: Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies

Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies by Anna of Three Babes Bakeshop   For the pumpkin puree: 1 small sugar pumpkin, or other culinary pumpkin from Blue House Farm Heat the oven to 350ºF. Remove the stem from the pumpkin, cut in half, and scrape out Read more

Wild for Mushrooms!

  It's hard to believe it's already September and Fall is upon us! While we may notice season changes a little less here in temperate San Francisco, the agricultural world lives by the seasons and there's no denying that we Read more

Fall in Love with MCM!

Posted on by EmilyN in Blog, En Vie Naturals, Floreria la Poblanita, Grandma's Homemade, Home Sweet Flowers, Marla Bakery | Leave a comment

This Thursday is February 13th, and we have everything you need to get ready to help you show your loved ones you care this Friday!

Rainy Showers Bring You Flowers!

Need a bouquet for that special someone in your life? We’ve got you covered this Thursday at MCM.We’ll have flowers available from Floreria la Poblanita and Home Sweet Flowers. That’s right–we’ll have not one but two amazing flower vendors ready to help you find just the right bouquet for the sweetie in your life. Floreria la Poblanita has been with the market since 2010! Locally based out of their shop near 24th and Mission, they’ll help you find some romantic roses or other gorgeous stems for your honey!

Do you know the meaning of a Tulip? It’s a declaration of love, of course! Home Sweet Flowers will bring mixed bouquets and flower bundles with romantic meanings. All their flowers are California grown and wrapped in burlap.

Come on down and pick out something nice for your sweetie pie!

Shop Locally for your Love

Why stop at flowers?! We’ve got some Valentine’s Day specials this Thursday at MCM that you won’t want to miss! Check them out:
  • Gift set containing three mini (1.5 oz) jars of jam in Strawberry, Quince, and Raspberry ($10)
  • Full size (8 oz) Strawberry Jam for just $5.00

Marla Bakery

  • Confection box ($15) containing: dark chocolate brownie bites, caramel, hazelnut & chocolate baci, and mini Mexican wedding cookies
  • A Chocolate Candied Orange Torte for Two may be special-ordered ($20)

En Vie Naturals

  • Body butters, soaps, and other all-natural body care products
…and even if you don’t have a special someone in mind just yet, you can always find a great lookin’ date at the Palmero Date Shop!

Cute as a Button!

We recently hosted a student intern for eight weeks and one of her many great artistic contributions to MCM was creating some unique new buttons and magnets for us! They are perfect for Valentine’s Day – tell someone how you feel with the message “Olive You!”

Check out her masterpieces at the MCM booths, and take one home for just $1 (suggested donation).

Thank you very much to Hannah for all of her hard work!

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!

walnutrisotto

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!

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!

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