Even our most loyal shoppers may be missing out on some of the best products that MCM has to offer, simply because they don’t know where to look! This week, we’d like to let you in on some of the best-kept secrets at MCM – in the hope that they won’t be secrets for long!
We know you love their assortment of raw and flavored nuts, but have you tried the deliciously creamy Roasted Almond Butter from Winter’s Fruit Tree? Come on down and pick up a jar this week!
You may frequent their stall for their yummy tacos and tamales, but did you know that you can take home those fresh, handmade corn tortillas from Chaac Mool? At just $3 a dozen, what are you waiting for?
Blue House Farm offers some of the best organic greens and veggies around, but have you tried their dried Cannellini beans? These beans are nutrient-rich and delicious!
We know you love their bread, but this week, try some fresh hummus from Arizmendi Bakery for just $3.50! We also have it on good authority that they’ll soon begin selling their own sauerkraut as well.
Don’t miss your chance to grab all this good stuff and more, this Thursday at MCM!
If you’re looking for a sweet but healthy snack, try glazing your carrots in some brown sugar, ginger, and garlic! This dish is delightfully full of flavor and satisfies your sweet tooth without the processed sugar conventional candy contains. Adapting your palate to craving healthier sweets can start with a visit to the Blue House Farm stand at this week’s market. They grow an array of organic vegetables, cut flowers, and fruits year-round on a beautiful farm tucked into the valley of Pescadero, California. Grab a bunch of carrots from the market, and add in some garlic, organic dark brown sugar, organic sweet butter and ginger from Rainbow Grocery or your local market to make this easy, delectable dish at home!
Brown Sugar Glazed Carrots
1 Bunch of carrots from Blue House Farm
1/4 cup Dark Brown Sugar
1 tbs. Ginger, minced
1/2 tbs. Garlic, minced
1/4 stick of Sweet butter
Slice carrots in half after a good wash to get all of the moist soil off of their skin. Blanch sliced carrots for roughly 6 minutes until they embody their true orange hue. In the meantime, melt butter in a separate pan. Add minced garlic and ginger when melted and simmer on low. Add brown sugar once the garlic and ginger have infused with the butter and add a dash of water. Strain carrots and add them into the brown sugar sauce and simmer until carrots turn slightly gold with sweetness. Serve alone or accompany with a side dish of coriander rice.
Stop by the Far West Fungi stall at the market to explore an amazing array of organic mushrooms. They are happy to share recipe ideas and give advice for how to use their more exotic mushroom varieties. For this week’s mushroom quiche, they recommended creamy, buttery king trumpets and firm, crunchy maitakes. To round out the mushroom flavor, we also tossed in some earthy crimini mushrooms.
The mushrooms in this quiche are complemented by mild, creamy Broncha cheese from Achadinha Cheese Company, made in Petaluma from a cow and goat milk blend. And don’t forget to pick up more ingredients for this recipe at the market, including eggs from Great Valley Poultry and shallots and herbs from Blue House Farm or Happy Boy Farms.
Quiche is very versatile – serve it for dinner with a simple green salad, include it in a brunch menu, or have a slice as an afternoon snack. The full recipe is after the jump. Enjoy!
The market is a great place to stock up on organic greens! Grab a variety of healthy greens, from kale and chard to collards and dandelion greens, available by the bunch from Blue House Farm and Happy Boy Farms. And at 3 bunches for $5, it’s a great deal! These farms also frequently sell spinach, lettuces, and beets, which usually contain free greens as an added bonus!
Wondering what to do with all those greens? Here is a simple recipe for a creamy, tasty soup that can be made with any combo of greens you have on hand. This is a great way to make use of any leafy goodies, even if they’re approaching the end of their freshness. Made here with kale and mixed lettuces, you could substitute with one or more bunches of your choice.
Full recipe found after the jump!
The sassy duo behind the organic, seasonal pies from Three Babes Bakeshop were spotted shopping at the market last Thursday. They picked up delicious berries from Yerena Farms (above) and sugar pie pumpkins from Blue House Farm (below).
Anna and Lenore can be found shopping at Mission Community Market every week – both for their pie business and to buy groceries for their apartment. They love that they get to see many of their friends from the SF food community there. They have been buying fruit from Poli and Sylvia Yerena since they launched their business, and are so impressed with Yerena Farms’ delicious berries all year round that they usually source all their berries from them. Lenore used to snack on berries meant for their pies, so now they have a rule that every Thursday she comes to MCM and buys her own personal flat of berries so that she can eat as many as she wants! Some of their other favorites at the market include tasty loaves of bread and delicious cookies from Marla Bakery, veggies from Happy Boy Farms, and pickles from Jarred SF Brine.
The berries and pumpkins Three Babes procured at the market are seasonal fillings for their amazingly flakey pie crust. Two of their favorite fall pies are pluot blackberry and pear raspberry.
With Thanksgiving around the corner, sugar pie pumpkin is very popular. They split and roast the sugar pie pumpkins and then scoop out and puree the flesh to make tasty pumpkin pies. While summer is their favorite season for pie fillings, fall is a close second with sugar pie pumpkins being at the top of their list!
You can order pies online from Three Babes Bakeshop or through Good Eggs. Get your Thanksgiving orders in and you might enjoy some Mission Community Market produce in your holiday pie this year! The babes can also be found selling their pies at the Ferry Plaza Farmers Market on Saturdays.
Photos courtesy of Three Babes Bakeshop