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

La Cocina Entrepreneurs Hit the Streets

Over the past six years, La Cocina’s Street Food Festival has become a San Francisco staple. The festival features innovative food, education and discussion, and a chance for the SF community to share experience and taste with each other. At the Read more

No Time To Cook? MCM has 7 Shortcuts for You!

Posted on by Dana Crary in Achadinha Cheese Company, Arizmendi Bakery, Blog, Chaac Mool, Coastside Farms, Happy Boy Farms, Home Made Ravioli, Jarred SF Brine, Marla Bakery, Roli Roti, Shrimp & Love, Vendors | Leave a comment

Although a visit to the market offers inspiration to cook with fresh, interesting, and colorful ingredients, it can be difficult finding the time to create epic meals from scratch. Mission Community Market has some excellent options for those who are short on time to spend in the kitchen. We’ve created a list of seven awesome products at MCM to help you create that delicious and nutritious semi-homemade meal in a snap!

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1. Home Maid Ravioli – Home Maid Ravioli Company carries several different types of freshly-made ravioli, pasta, and sauce. Highlights are Lobster Ravioli, Lemon Linguine, and their highly addicttive Garlic Cheese Dip which can be baked on sliced bread from Arizmendi to create some spectacular garlic bread. Although these pasta sauces are tasty on their own, they can be supplemented with produce such as onions and zucchini to make for a perfectly well-rounded meal.

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2. Happy Boy Farms Salad Mix - Colorful, fresh and certified organic, these greens have Nasturtium flowers sprinkled on top for some extra color and bite. No need to wash or chop, these greens are ready to eat right out of the bag. Toss some dressing on top and serve as a perfect side with any meal… perhaps next to some Home Maid Pasta.

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3. Chaac-Mool Corn Tortillas – Nothing beats a freshly made tortilla. Chaac-Mool’s hearty and wholesome creations, sold by the dozen, are so good they can be eaten plain as snacks, as quesadillas with some Broncha from Achadinha Cheese Company, or wrapped around delicious mix-ups at taco night.

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4. Coastside Farms Smoked Salmon - Rich and smokey, this buttery fish is wild-caught weekly in Alaska and smoked in San Jose. Coastside’s flavors include Garlic, Black Pepper, Honey, or just Plain, and they’re all simply delicious. Add it to your Happy Boy Spring Mix to create an awesome lunch or light dinner!

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5. Roli Roti Roasted Chicken and Potatoes - The line for Roli Roti Chicken often extends down the market for good reason. Too bad our photo doesn’t convey the glorious smells coming from their truck. As these herb-infused free-range chickens are spun on their rotisseries, all of their delectable juices fall onto organic rosemary fingerling potatoes. Take a whole chicken home with a pack of potatoes and let your imagination go wild; if you don’t end up wolfing it all down beforehand. An extra bonus is the delicious chicken stock you can make with the leftovers!

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6. Jarred SF Brine Pickles -  Organic produce preserved at the peak of its season, Jarred pickles can be snacked on, cooked with, or even thrown into a spicy cocktail. Check out Emiliana’s website for some inspiration and consider chopping up some pickled goodies to add to your Roli Roti potatoes or add some zing to your salad.

7. Marla Bakery Hand Pies – It’s no secret that Marla’s sweet treats are amazing, but did you know you can also get dinner at their booth? Every week, Amy and Joe lovingly create unique, delectable hand pies that can be taken home for a nice hearty treat. This week, choose from red wine & plum braised brisket or buttered summer squash, corn, and early girl tomato succotash. The flavors change weekly, so take a break from cooking and come down to see what they have to offer!

Apple Season is Here at MCM!

Posted on by EmilyN in Blog, Hale Apple Farm, Vendors, Zuckerman's Farm | Leave a comment

Last week marked the official start of Apple Season at MCM. Our favorite Sebastapol apple farmer, Dave Hale, brought with him the first crops of the season, and they did not disappoint.

Pink Pearls pictured below from Hale Farm are a customer favorite for their unique pink flesh that rivals watermelons in brightness and color.

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Hale Farm grows over 30 varieties of apples, including Gravensteins, which they also have at MCM right now. These delicious apples are native to Sebastapol, a little bit tart, and perfect for pies. This week, Delta-based Zuckerman’s Farm will also have their first crop of Gala Apples which we can’t wait to try!

Come on down to MCM this week and have a taste of these varieties of apples, and get excited for the bounty that is yet to come this autumn.

Knife Sharpening at MCM Last Thursday of the Month

Posted on by LaurenG in Bernal Cutlery, Blog, Vendors | Leave a comment

We are thrilled to have Bernal Cutlery at the Mission Community Market on the last Thursday of every month!  If you bring your knives by early in the market, Bernal Cutlery will have them ready for you the same day. bernal at MCM

Owner Josh Donald first became interested in knives by way of woodcarving, and his shop opened for business in 2005.  Bernal Cutlery specializes in Japanese Whetstone grinding techniques, which produce a sharper, longer-lasting knife, with less wear and tear during the sharpening process.  Other “fast but aggressive dry grinders and belt sanders… remove unnecessary amounts of metal and are prone to producing enough heat to ruin a blade, often producing ugly scratches and marks in the process.” To learn more about whetstone grinding versus other techniques, check out their website.  In addition to sharpening, Bernal Cutlery offers Japanese, French, and vintage knives for sale, as well as classes on knife skills. They recently moved from Bernal Heights to a new shop at 18th and Guerrero in the Mission, but they’re still keeping it real with their original name to pay homage to the neighborhood they first called home. When asked for some knife tips for our blog readers, Josh mentioned two common mistakes that people tend to make with their knives:

1) Putting their knives in the dishwasher – knives should always be washed by hand
2) Using bamboo cutting boards –they are harsh on knives and bruise their edges

Don’t forget to bring your slicin’ and dicin’ tools down to MCM this week for the best sharpening around and more knife tips from the pros!

People of MCM: Shannon & Silas

Posted on by Dana Crary in Blog, Mercado Plaza, People of MCM, Twin Girls Farm | Leave a comment

Meet Shannon and Silas, regular market attendees and supporters of the MCM community. We got the chance to speak to them while they were tasting juicy stone fruit samples from Twin Girls Farms.

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Where do you live?

The Mission.

How often do you come to MCM?

About every other week. We counter balance our visits with our CSA box which we receive from Eatwell Farm.

What are you buying today?

We haven’t started our shopping yet but we often come to MCM for inspiration on what to make for dinner that night. Today we will definitely be buying some of these peaches and nectarines from Twin Girls Farm.

What’s your favorite part of the Market?

MCM is a family-oriented environment. It is not just commerce taking place here but connections within the community. We often see friends and people we know here. We also love the live music.

What’s the best kept secret at MCM, or something you would like people to know about?

We are really excited that MCM is on the verge of getting growing into more of a community establishment. The momentum and support behind the Mercado Plaza has been exciting to be a part of and watch.

Thank you Shannon and Silas!

Purple Potato, Zucchini and Thyme Frittata

Posted on by Dana Crary in Blog, Blue House Farm, Great Valley Poultry, Happy Boy Farms, Mercado Kitchen, Recipes, Yerena Farms | Leave a comment

Frittatas are one of the easiest and most diverse dishes to make. Not only can you eat them for breakfast, lunch or dinner, you can throw just about any vegetables, cheeses, meats or even leftovers you have on hand to make an excellent flavor combination.

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With this recipe I combined Purple and Yukon Gold potatoes from Blue House Farm, zucchini from Yerena Farms, fresh thyme from Happy Boy Farms, eggs from Great Valley Poultry, and olive oil from Terra Savia to create a savory and hearty weekend breakfast.  Purple Potatoes look like precious gems, and when sliced add vibrant color to this dish.  I was able to save the extra frittata in the fridge to make delicious cold egg sandwiches the next day.

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To make this recipe you will need:

1 tsp. Olive oil
8 large eggs
Dash of heavy cream
1 small zucchini
2 small potatoes
1/2 tbls. Fresh thyme (Stems removed and chopped)
Big pinches of salt and pepper Read more