Shop Whole Foods Potrero and Castro to Support MCM

Thanks to Whole Foods Market, when you shop at the Potrero or Market-Castro stores, bring in your own bags for groceries and you'll have the option of receiving a 5¢ credit (per bag) or to donate the 5¢ to MCM. Read more

Mercado Kitchen: Quick Persian Pickles

If you haven't picked up cucumbers from Blue House Farms yet, now is the time. Quick pickling the cucumbers is simple and results in sweet, tangy pickles that are perfect on kabobs, in burgers, or thrown on salads. They're easy Read more

Youth Surveyors Making Sure Mission Community Is Heard

Community is more than just part of Mission Community Market's name. And right now, the organization is making sure that the community is heard. A new survey project, funded by the San Francisco Foundation’s Great Communities Collaborative and organized by MCM Read more

Mercado Kitchen: Chard Sausage Stuffing

Posted on by Carletta Wong in 4505 Meats, Arizmendi Bakery, Blog, Blue House Farm, Far West Fungi, Happy Boy Farms, Mercado Kitchen, Recipes, Winters Tree Fruit | Leave a comment

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This flavorful chard sausage stuffing makes a hearty side dish at your Thanksgiving table. And it’s chock full of amazing ingredients from the market! Like tasty bread from Arizmendi Bakery, sweet and savory chicken apple calvados sausage from 4505 Meats, robust pioppini mushrooms from Far West Fungi, and toasty walnuts from Winters Fruit Tree. Plus look for fresh produce for this dish – swiss chard, leeks, garlic, and herbs – at Blue House Farm and Happy Boy Farms.

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This recipe comes together easily and can even be assembled up to a day in advance to save you prep time on Turkey day. It would also work great to bring to a potluck Thanksgiving. So shop at the market this week (your last chance before Thanksgiving!) and try making a new side dish this year.

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Chard Sausage Stuffing

Adapted from a Sunset Magazine recipe

Ingredients:

1/2 lb crusty bread (we used a sourdough baguette from Arizmendi Bakery)

1 c milk

1 lb sausage (we used 1 package of chicken apple calvados from 4505 Meats)

2 small leeks, thinly sliced

2 cloves garlic, minced

1 c fresh parsley, chopped

2 c mushrooms (we used pioppini from Far West Fungi)

1 bunch Swiss chard, stems trimmed, coarsely chopped

1/2 c grated parmesan cheese

1 t dried basil (or one handful fresh basil, roughly chopped)

1/4 t dried sage (or approximately 10 fresh sage leaves, chopped)

1/2 c walnuts, toasted and roughly chopped

Salt and pepper to taste

Instructions:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Cut bread into 1/2-in. slices and place in a large bowl with the milk. Mix gently to saturate with milk and let stand about 30 minutes. Stir occasionally.

Slice the sausages into disks and sauté over medium high heat in a large pot, until lightly browned. Add leeks and sauté until slightly wilted. Add garlic, parsley, and mushrooms. Cook, stirring often, until vegetables are lightly browned, 5 to 8 minutes. Add chard and 1/3 cup water and cook, stirring often, until wilted, about 5 minutes.

Squeeze the soaked bread with your hands and break into tiny pieces. Add the cooked meat mixture, parmesan, basil, sage, and walnuts. Stir to combine. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Transfer to an 8×8 inch casserole dish. For moist stuffing, cover with foil. For crusty stuffing, do not cover. Bake until hot (at least 150 degrees in center) or lightly browned, at least 30 minutes.

Tips for making in advance: you can make the stuffing, put in the casserole dish and chill up to 1 day in advance. Allow about 1 hour to bake.

Stuffing photos by Carletta Wong

People of MCM: Kevin, Raffle Winner!

Posted on by LaurenG in 4505 Meats, Blog, Blue House Farm, Bok Ssam, Chaac Mool, Marla Bakery, People of MCM, Twin Girls Farm, Vendors, Yerena Farms | Leave a comment

Meet Kevin, who was the lucky winner of $50 towards shopping at MCM in our neighbor appreciation raffle! Neighbors who received an MCM flier on their door were eligible to enter, and Kevin took home the prize!

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Where do you live?  21st and Shotwell

How often do you come to the MCM?  This is my third time!

What are you buying?  I bought dinner for us– pulled pork from 4505 Meats, a Korean Fried Chicken & Waffle Sandwich from Bok Ssam, and nachos from Chaac-Mool.  I also got beets and spring onions from Blue House, nectarines from Twin Girls, raspberries from Yerena Farms, and a lamb tart from Marla Bakery.  I even have $4 left for next week!

What’s your favorite part of the market?  I like that it’s so close.  We don’t have a car, so it’s super easy and very straightforward.  Also, we just met some neighbors here, and there’s a sense of community.

What’s the best kept secret at MCM, or something you would like people to know about? There are not the same throngs of people here like other markets, it’s more mellow.

Mercado Kitchen: Berry-Spinach Salad

Posted on by LaurenG in 4505 Meats, Achadinha Cheese Company, Blog, Blue House Farm, Jablow's Meats, Mercado Kitchen, Nyia Yi Farm, Recipes, Terra Savia, Vendors, Winters Tree Fruit, Yerena Farms | Leave a comment

Sliced Strawberries

O, glorious strawberry season!  How long have we waited for it to arrive?!  It seems like years. Well, at least one. We are so excited to be getting delicious, plump, juicy strawberries now in season from Yerena Farms at MCM.  This week, Tomatero Farms joins the mix and they’ll have berries as well!

If you have any will power at all, and you actually have some uneaten strawberries in your basket by the time you get home, make this delicious strawberry-spinach salad filled with candied walnuts and optional bacon vinaigrette!

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People of MCM: Ane & Luke

Posted on by LaurenG in 4505 Meats, Achadinha Cheese Company, Blog, Blue House Farm, Home Made Ravioli, K&J Orchards, People of MCM, Twin Girls Farm | Leave a comment

Meet Ane and Luke, who are newcomers to the area, but are excited to have the MCM in their backyard!

 

Where do you live?  In the Mission, we moved here about a month ago.

How often do you come to the MCM?  We have tried to come to the market every week since we’ve been here.  I [Ane] get excited about Thursdays!

What are you buying?  Today, we’ve bought pasta from Home Maid, oranges from Twin Girls, apples from K & J Orchards, kale from Blue House, and Broncha cheese from Achadinha Cheese Company.

What’s your favorite part of the market? It depends! I think it’s exciting to be able to get something to eat here, like a 4505 Meats burger, there’s something to crave.  But, everything here is special in it’s own way, so I can’t just choose one!

What’s the best-kept secret at MCM, or something you would like people to know about? We want people to know about it!  When Luke walked past and realized that the market was here, we both came back the same day to shop.  People should come check it out because it’s good…. and try everything!  Every week, we pick something different and get it.  This week, we’re going to eat the apples and cheese together.

 

People of MCM: Shirley and David

Posted on by LaurenG in 4505 Meats, Blog, Blue House Farm, Coastside Farms, Far West Fungi, Great Valley Poultry, Jablow's Meats, People of MCM, Roli Roti, Vendors, Zuckerman's Farm | Leave a comment

This week there were so many great folks at MCM, we decided to feature two! Meet two of our market patrons, Shirley and David. 

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Meet Shirley, who we wanted to feature because she is one of our most dedicated MCM customers!  She’s always at the market, dressed to the nines and looking fabulous.  AND every week, she leaves with her cart filled to the brim….

Where do you live?  23rd between Guerrero and San Jose

How often do you come to the MCM?  Every week!  One week I couldn’t come because I had people visiting.

What are you buying?  Asparagus from Zuckerman’s Farm, smoked fish from Coastside Farms, chicken from Roli Roti, mushrooms from Far West Fungi, a ham hock from Jablow’s Meats for my son, eggs from Great Valley Poultry, and cauliflower, greens, and broccoli from Blue House Farm.  I’m making broccoli and cauliflower soup tonight.

What’s your favorite part of the market?  It’s close and convenient, and it has most of the organic farmers that I’ve known for years.  For the last twenty-five years, I’ve eaten organic.

What’s the best-kept secret at the MCM, or something you would like people to know about?  No secrets!  We don’t want any, we want everyone to come!

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Meet David, who was kind enough to let us interview him before he ate his burger — what amazing willpower!

Where do you live?  22nd and Shotwell

How often do you come to the MCM?  This is my second time. I’m glad you’re back.  I’m glad it’s here.

What are you buying?  A burger from 4505 Meats.

What’s your favorite part of the market?  I like the different variety of pop up food stands, with food you wouldn’t necessarily get in the Mission.  You might have to travel to another neighborhood to get this variety.

What’s the best kept secret at MCM, or something you would like people to know about?  Good quality and fresh products that are here every week.