Vendor of the Week | Mission Community Market

Spotlight on Jerk 'N Pickle

We've got so many great new vendors at the market this season! One of our newest vendors at the market is Jerk 'N Pickle, offering an array of pickles and beef jerky, from spicy to sweet to savory! Currently this Read more

Mercado Kitchen: Linguine with Zucchini and Mint

As spring begins to move into summer, more and more vegetables and fruits are popping up at Mission Community Market each Thursday. This past week Tomatero Farm introduced the season's first zucchini and yellow summer squash, while Blue House Read more

Spotlight on Crystal Eyes

By now, many of you know that Mission Community Market is no ordinary farmers market. Besides fostering community, promoting family health, and engaging local youth, our market helps local businesses thrive. MCM diversifies our vendors, reducing competition and providing Read more

Spotlight on Jerk ‘N Pickle

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We’ve got so many great new vendors at the market this season! One of our newest vendors at the market is Jerk ‘N Pickle, offering an array of pickles and beef jerky, from spicy to sweet to savory! Currently this vendor is at the market bi-weekly, so every other week you will find their stall in line with some of our liveliest new vendors: Grandma’s Homemade Jam and Papi Chulo Salsa. If you’re lucky enough to pass by Achadinha Cheese Co. when there are not five others sampling their delicious products, you may be given a bit of cheese to try with a sweet pickle! That’ll be sure to get your taste buds dancing (if Papi Chulo’s music and salsa hasn’t already!).

Jerk’N Pickle is a small family-owned business, founded in 2011 and located in Belmont, CA. The jerky is carefully handcrafted from All-Natural Choice Angus Beef, marinated in a secret mixture of ingredients, while their pickles focus on using only local, sustainable, and organic ingredients.

no nitrates, no hormones,

no antibiotics, no preservatives

A few of the products that you will find at their stall at Mission Community Market range from spicy green beans, half sour pickles, barrel fermented (their only pickle with probiotics!), pickled beets, jalapeño rings–the list goes on! Some of the jerky varieties you can find at the stall are black pepper, teriyaki, hot pepper, jalapeño, and more! In the near future, Jerk ‘N Pickle hopes to be at the market every week, filling our market bags with their delicious products weekly. Their products come with several added health benefits, including fiber, iron, and small amounts of potassium, vitamin C, and vitamin K! Stop by the market this week from 4-8pm and grab some tasty pickles and jerky for your weekend picnic!

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Spotlight on Crystal Eyes

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By now, many of you know that Mission Community Market is no ordinary farmers market. Besides fostering community, promoting family health, and engaging local youth, our market helps local businesses thrive. MCM diversifies our vendors, reducing competition and providing a wide variety of hand-made, hand-grown products to everyone that enters. This week, we welcome our newest addition to the market: Crystal Eyes.

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As a native to San Francisco, Maria Young has been vending on the street for many years. She began with working in health food stores, holding food demos at stores such as Rainbow Grocery, and learning the art of creating displays and the technique of sales. She was introduced by a friend to the owner of The Love of Ganesha on Haight Street where she made her first meaningful trade that got her into the crystal business. At a time in need, her friend loaned her crystals to sell on the street. This shop has provided the city with 16 years of giving, blessing those that enter, fostering community, and connecting people from all over the world. Maria is now a ‘branch’ of the store, sharing gems with everyone in SF and now at our very own market. For Maria, selling at MCM is all about

“the atmosphere, meeting people, and the experience”

photo 2(10)Each day, there are new people that are drawn to her, she watches the days change before her eyes, and loves seeing how these gems have the power to connect people. Though opening her own store isn’t in her immediate plans, she’s hoping to sell her wares at the Treasure Island Flea Market in the near future.

All of the items that lay upon her beautifully decorated table are naturally-found materials. She mainly sells crystals, jewelry, incense, sage, and palo santo at the market each Thursday from 4-8pm. Stop by this week and strike up a conversation with this San Francisco native!

Spotlight on Papi Chulo Salsa

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Love in every bite

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There is never a dull moment at Mission Community Market and thanks to Roberto Biggs at the Papi Chulo Salsa stall, the vibrancy radiates from 4-8pm each week without fail. Inspired by the salsa at a local Mexican restaurant, Roberto Biggs tested out many different recipes to try to replicate this spicy treat. Through many years of trial and error (like deciding whether to roast merely half of the garlic or the entire head) and balancing the proportions of the ingredients, seven and a half years later he has created what he believes is the perfect salsa. Many blind taste tests were done with the help of friends, relatives,  and local business owners. Finally, the salsa went commercial on March 31, 2013. Now one year later, Papi Chulo Salsa can be found at farmers markets in San Mateo, The Castro, Glen Park, and of course our very own Mission Community Market. His products are also found in Aisle 3B at Rainbow Grocery, and has been highlighted on three radio shows with a future TV debut lined up for April 17, 2014 @ 4:30 KOFY TV 20 on Earth Day.

Papi Chulo Salsa is unique because it’s more than just a condiment. This salsa can make the simplest recipes come alive. You can add Papi Chulo Salsa to your tacos, pizzas, sopes, nachos, burritos, pastas, ceviche recipes, and more. There are four varieties of his salsa: mild, medium, hot, and very hot. All the ingredients are sourced locally, organically, and sustainably. Roberto produces roughly 200 liters of salsa per week and individually bottles each batch immediately after production to ensure that the salsa remains at its freshest state. But shh…the secret ingredient in this amazing salsa is not onions, but oranges! Combined with heirloom tomatoes from San Benito Farm, the salsa dances uniquely on the tongue thanks to the extra tang of citrus.

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What can Mission Community Market and the patrons of Papi Chulo Salsa expect in the future? Chips! Roberto plans to hand-make his own salsa chips, with all future proceeds donated to the Breast Cancer Emergency Fund in honor of his mother. On a larger scale, expansion is the goal for Roberto Biggs, who hopes to expand past the Bay Area and into Southern California and Sacramento in the next five years. With a ten year plan of expanding coast to coast, Papi Chulo Salsa hopes to grace your table with its presence wherever you travel in the near future! Come on down to MCM each Thursday from 4-8pm to dance a few salsa steps with Roberto Biggs while you sample his amazing salsa!

Spotlight on Grandma’s Homemade

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As you travel though the market each Thursday, you may notice a man with an electric smile. Staged before him are a variety of colorful jams, arranged neatly in rows. As you approach the stand, you may notice his smile growing wider as he hands you a taste of one of his homemade jams. Each of these jams has been hand-crafted by Fadi Malouf  and his products are always free of preservatives. How Fadi Malouf arrived at making jam helps one understand the true passion that lies in each of these jars.

“Fruit and sugar fuels the energy between the people and me at the market, with only a jar in between”

After suffering from a near fatal accident as an industrial-fuel engineer in Lebanon, Fadi retired early and traveled to San Francisco merely ten days before 9/11. Initially just visiting family members, he was captured by the beauty of the bay and made the decision to stay due to the impending wars in the Middle East. Each Saturday, Fadi visited a local farmers market to connect with the farmers, the city, and his community. One Saturday he came across a large box of figs which was sold to him for a mere $20. Fadi said, “this box spoke to me, I don’t know what it was, but I just knew I had to buy it.” From this one box, Fadi made 43 jars of fig jam with the assistance of his grandmother via telephone in Lebanon. As a young boy, Fadi would help his grandmother make jam for sale at local markets which enabled her to make extra money during World War II.

These 43  jars were dispersed among family and friends who then inspired him to continue making jam to sell at his cousin’s cheese boutique. Customers started to inquire about the jam and eventually his jam reached a customer who happened to organize the Artisan Markets for Williams-Sonoma. He began to travel all over the Bay Area selling his jams at these Artisan Markets and now, three years later after that first fig purchase, Grandma’s Homemade jam is sold at twenty-one stores, six farmers markets, and is also available for purchase through Good Eggs.

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For Fadi, the act of making jam is nostalgic and comforting, as most of his recipes having been passed down for generations and now grace our own community market! Currently he has twelve flavors, the newest being Ginger jam! Take some of Grandma’s Homemade jam home today to truly understand the love and care that is put into each jar. To hear his story firsthand, stop by the Grandma’s Homemade stall at MCM each Thursday from 4-8pm or check out his Facebook page for more information.

New Vendor: Rhizome Urban Gardens

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photo 4We’re thrilled to introduce a new vendor to the market: Rhizome Urban Gardens!  Rhizome Urban Gardens is a worker-owned cooperative that designs, installs, and maintains organic gardens and landscapes. Though creating landscapes that are beautiful, ecologically sound, and food-producing, they can transform any space into an oasis!

At MCM, Rhizome will sell seedlings, starts, dish gardens, and creative plant arrangements. You can also pick the brains of the incredibly knowledgeable team behind Rhizome Urban Gardens for gardening tips, or perhaps even hire them to landscape your yard, incorporating the fundamentals of permaculture into your garden and your home.

Last week was their first week out at the market, so come on down this Thursday to say hello and welcome them to MCM!

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