**This awesome recipe was submitted by our wonderful volunteer Dena!
Fall is a fantastic time of year. Even though we don’t get the drastic and beautiful color-changing leaves that we can sweep into a pile in our lawns here in San Francisco, we still get all the pumpkin-spiced lattes and crisp fall winds that encourage us to cusp that latte tighter in our cold hands. As we welcome this new season and mourn the passing of summertime, pick up a few of the last tomatoes of the season this week from Blue House Farm and try out this simple recipe!
The Mission Community Market is adorned with twinkling lights and the delicious fall veggies are pouring in. Inspired by autumn, this hearty recipe features a Thanksgiving staple, but not in any way you’ve likely seen it before. Ditch the processed marshmallows and welcome in… the sweet potato gnocchi.
The thing I want to mention about this recipe is how easy it is and how delicious the result is. The spices and fresh tomatoes in the sauce elevate this simple recipe into a gourmet dish.
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We’re fully into the autumn season, with fall flavors abundant at the market. Persimmons – both the Hachiya and Fuyu varieties – are a fun fall fruit available now at Twin Girls Farm. Hachiya persimmons are best used for baking or preserving. When they aren’t fully ripe they have an unpleasant, tannic flavor. Set them out on the counter to ripen. You’ll know they’re ripe when they feel like a water balloon filled with soft, squishy flesh. Fuyu persimmons are the opposite – meant to be eaten when firm and raw, they are sweet and crunchy and make a delightful addition to salads.
Be sure to buy Hachiya persimmons for this easy one-bowl quick bread recipe. At Twin Girls Farm they will help you pick out the most ripe and ready fruit. For the cup of persimmon puree called for in this recipe, you’ll need about 3-4 ripe Hachiya persimmons. Cut off the top of each persimmon and slice in half. Use a paring knife to remove the small membranes, then squeeze the flesh out and discard the skins. Depending how smooth the persimmon flesh is, it’s optional to puree in a food processor and strain through a mesh strainer.
This persimmon pecan bread is moist and sweet with a delicious crunch from toasty Winters Fruit Tree pecans and a subtle boozy flavor from the addition of whiskey, making it a perfect snack on a crisp fall day. And don’t forget to pick up organic, free-range eggs from Great Valley Poultry to use in the recipe.
The full recipe is after the jump. Happy baking!
The abundance of peppers at the market comes in many shapes, sizes, colors, and flavors. Don’t miss out as pepper season winds down! Blue House Farm and Happy Boy Farms tell us there are only about two to three weeks of peppers left.
Wondering what to do with all these wonderful peppers? Chiles rellenos are a traditional Mexican dish that translates as “stuffed chiles” – typically a roasted poblano pepper stuffed with cheese, fried in egg batter, and served over tomato sauce. This casserole is an easier version that’s also healthier because it’s baked instead of fried.
This casserole features a variety of peppers that can be found at the market – red shishito peppers from Happy Boy Farms and round of Hungary, poblano, and lipstick peppers from Blue House Farm. A layer of tomato sauce made with heirloom tomatoes from Happy Boy Farms and laced with red shishito and round of Hungary peppers is topped with poblano and lipstick peppers stuffed with cotija and monterey jack cheeses. The casserole is then topped with an egg-flour mixture featuring eggs from Great Valley Poultry and baked to perfection. The peppers can be stuffed with cheeses of your choice – for an extra kick try the Hot Hilda fresh cheese curds from Achadinha Cheese Company flavored with cayenne and red chili!
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When you visit the market, it’s hard to miss the crowd of customers tasting and buying a delicious variety of plums, pluots, and other stone fruit from Twin Girls Farm. Now’s a great time to get your plum fix while they are still in season through next month. Enjoy them now, or you’ll have to wait for their return next year in late spring!
Plums work beautifully in a rustic tart, also known en Francais as a galette. Flaky tart dough wrapped around colorful plums makes a striking dessert sure to get oohs and ahhs from your family and friends. Oh, and it’s also tasty and surprisingly simple to make! While plums are highly recommended, you can substitute almost any fruit in this recipe and customize your galette according to what’s in season.
The full recipe is after the jump. Happy baking!
These Heirloom Beans from Yerena Farms are called “Frijoles de Vara.” This recipe was suggested by Sylvia of Yerena Farms and comes highly recommended by our Executive Director Rosi! If you like edamame, this is a fun way to steam a new kind of bean that makes for a great appetizer or snack!
If you can’t find this specific type of bean, you can substituting other varieties like cranberry beans, but be sure to check with the farmer to find out how much longer you should cook them– you’d probably want to steam for an additional 20 minutes with other varieties.
- Frijoles de Vara from Yerena Farms
- 1-2 Lemons
- Olive Oil from Terra Savia
- Cayenne Pepper
The instructions are very simple! Place the beans in a steamer with a few inches of water. Steam for 10-15 minutes. When finished, transfer beans to a bowl and drizzle with lemon juice, olive oil, salt, pepper, and cayenne. It’s that easy!
You can shell the beans once steamed, but I recommend just eating them out of the shells like edamame. Enjoy the spicy, salty, lemony flavor that accents the delicious natural flavor of these heirloom beans!