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Mercado Kitchen: Valentina’s Veggie Medley

Posted on by Valentina Cekovski in Blog, Blue House Farm, Far West Fungi, Mercado Kitchen, Moua's Farm, Recipes | Leave a comment

We often think that the Winter months bring us a lack of variety in the kitchen. How do we make our meals fun and interesting and into something delectable we want to eat? The answer is simple. Vegetables.

California’s bounty is incomparable and not to be taken for granted. From a variety of greens to colorful root vegetables, we still have a lot of produce options before spring rolls around. Don’t get discouraged. Focus on finding amazing fresh ingredients (found at your local farmers’ market) and the meal practically makes itself. Here is a veggie medley inspiration for you. Modify as you like!

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This meal was made in 3 parts. Makes 3-5 servings, depending on how hungry you are!

Prep Time: 30 mins. Cook Time: 1 hour.

Root Medley

  • 1 Bunch Golden Beets
  • 1 Bunch Red Beets
  • 1 Bunch Carrots
  • Olive Oil
  • Salt + Pepper
  • Red Pepper Flakes
  • Lemon Zest

Cut off Beet greens and put aside for Sautée (later). Cube beets and carrots to similar size. Mix in bowl with olive oil, salt, pepper, red pepper flakes, and lemon zest. Spread evenly on cooking sheet. Bake in Oven at 365° F for 45-50 mins.

Roasted Brussel Sprouts

  • 3-4 Cups of Brussel Spouts
  • Olive Oil
  • Salt + Pepper
  • Red Pepper Flakes
  • Lemon Zest
  • 2 Tablespoons Nutritional Yeast or Parmesan Cheese

Clean and chop Brussel sprouts in half, if desired. I find it absorbs more flavor when they are chopped in half but usually just chop the bigger brussels. Mix in bowl with olive oil, salt, peeper, red pepper flakes and lemon zest. Spread evenly in cooking pan. Sprinkle nutritional yeast/ parmesan cheese on top. Cover in aluminum foil and poke a few holes in foil for ventilation. Cook covered in oven at 365°F for 30 mins. Uncover, stir it up a bit and cook for another 30 mins! Yum.

Beet Green Sautée

  • Beet Greens from your 2 Bunches of Beets
  • 1/2 Cup Pine Nuts (Or Walnuts)
  • 1-2 Cups of Shitake Mushrooms
  • 1 Medium Onion
  • 3 Cloves Garlic
  • Olive Oil
  • Salt + Pepper

Sautée can be done while everything else bakes! Yay for time-saving.

Chop up onion and garlic and start the sautée with Olive oil on Medium heat. Add Shitake Mushrooms and pine nuts and let cook about 5-7 minutes. Chop up beet greens and add to your sautée. They cook down a lot! Add your salt, pepper and other herbs you like to taste! Cook ’til beet greens have cooked down a bit but are not soggy (about 5-8 minutes more).

Now that you have your three components, add them in equal parts on top of rice or lentils. And enjoy! 

 

 

Wild for Mushrooms!

Posted on by Valentina Cekovski in Blog, Far West Fungi, Vendor of the Week, Vendors | Leave a comment

 

It’s hard to believe it’s already September and Fall is upon us! While we may notice season changes a little less here in temperate San Francisco, the agricultural world lives by the seasons and there’s no denying that we are transitioning.

Soon the market will be full of apples, winter squash, and tender greens. But let’s not overlook one crop that also thrives in the fall and winter- mushrooms! With cooler temperatures and more moisture in the air, perfect growing conditions will soon dominate for mushrooms.

 

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Annabelle and Abby, our MCM Mushroom Magicians!

We are so lucky to have such a fabulous mushroom farm at our market, Far West Fungi. The Garrone family has been sustainably growing, distributing and marketing delicious mushrooms in the Bay Area for over 25 years! At their 60,000 square foot farm and facility in Moss Landing (right in the heart of Monterey Bay) they take great care to grow quality organic mushrooms. And the coastal fog gives the mushrooms that moisture they need to thrive.

What are mushrooms?

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The mycelium of the fungi grow underground and the mushroom “fruits” are above ground.

Mushrooms are just one part of a fungal organism. They are like the fruit of a fungal mycelium (thread-like structure) that grows underground (or through whatever it’s munching on). Far West Fungi’s site says it best- “The mushrooms is to mycelium what the apple is to it’s tree.” When the time and conditions are right, a lump forms on the mycelium and then “fruits” into a mushroom. And though some mushrooms are poisonous, sometimes they can be perfectly delicious.

Varieties at the Market and What You Should Know

Just like there are many types of fruit, mushrooms come in a variety of shapes, sizes, colors and growth patterns. They also contain such a range and density of nutrients for a variety of health benefits unlike any other organism. Here is a little guide to at least help you out at the market.

 

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Crimini

Most of us may be familiar with the classic Button Mushroom, or Crimini. They are mild in taste, easy to slice and can be used with versatility on dishes such as pizzas, pastas, sandwiches, and salads.

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Maitake

 

 

Otherwise known as hen-of the-woods, this mushroom cluster can be grilled, sautéed or used in soups and stews. It can help build up your immune system and is traditionally used medicinally in Japan.

 

 

 

 

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Shiitake

 

Shiitake are another meaty mushroom used often in Japanese cooking. They are versatile and the stems can be used for a good veggie stock. Studies show links between a protein that shiitake produce and cancer-prevention!

 

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Tree Oysters/Pinks

 

Oysters are a delicious and meaty wild mushrooms which cooks very evenly when sautéed. The pinks are a variety of the tree oyster and happen to have a shorter shelf life so use ‘em up quickly. They have antioxidant properties and are rich in iron.

 

 

 

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King Trumpets

 

Also known as a King Oyster, these tasty and versatile mushrooms are cute and dense- they soak up a lot of flavor and have a pleasant abalone/scallop-like texture. They are high in protein and support healthy cholesterol levels.

 

 

 

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Lion’s Mane

 

 

This fuzzy looking creature is part of the Tooth fungus family. It is often compared to seafood when used in cooking. A special benefit of this mushroom is that it has been linked to nerve-cell growth in anti-dementia studies.

 

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Nameko

These gelatinous coated cuties are great for miso soups or a breakfast frittata. They have immune system strengthening properties as well as some anti-cancerous properties.

 

 

 

 

Piopini

Pioppini

 

 

 

They are peppery and nutty and great for a stir-fry. They also contain many antioxidant properties and can be used medicinally for anti-inflammation.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

For more resources on health benefits of mushrooms, check out this Infographic!

With the fall temperatures and higher possibility of rain, we are looking forward to seeing more varieties at the market this fall and winter like Hen of the Woods, Wine caps, Hedgehog mushrooms and more! Check out FWF’s Calendar online for a complete list.

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At the market. Look at all those varieties!

Please remember Far West Fungi does not attend the Market on every third Thursday of the month!

 

Mercado Kitchen: Garlic-Rosemary Mushrooms over Ravioli

Posted on by BrittanyG in Arizmendi Bakery, Blog, Far West Fungi, Home Made Ravioli, Marla Bakery, Mercado Kitchen, Recipes, Terra Savia | Leave a comment

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Our clocks have moved forward an hour, but our palates may still crave a little taste of fall. This week’s savory recipe highlights a few amazing items from our market, including microgreens from our newest vendor Lifefood Gardens!

Garlic-Rosemary Mushrooms with Home Maid Ravioli

Ingredients:
3 Large cloves of garlic
Olive oil from Terra Savia
Mushroom assortment from Far West Fungi: Maitake, Shiitake, King Oyster
Salt and Pepper
Package of mushroom and roasted garlic ravioli from Home Maid Ravioli
Spicy variety of microgreens from Lifefood Gardens
Fresh rosemary from a neighbors bush (or Rainbow Grocery)

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Directions:

In boiling water, add raviolis (previously frozen). Boil on medium for roughly 8-10 minutes.

In a separate pan, heat olive oil. Add rosemary and chopped mushrooms. Once this is cooked down a bit on simmer, add garlic. Stir occasionally. It is important to use a larger pan so the mushrooms do not crowd and the heat is on simmer. This concoction should simmer until the raviolis are compete and the meal is ready to be served.

On a plate, place raviolis and drizzle olive oil, salt and pepper. Place sauteed mushrooms on top of the raviolis and sprinkle a small handful of spicy microgreens to complete the meal! Enjoy with fresh bread from Marla Bakery or Arizmendi Bakery, available each week at the market!

Mercado Kitchen: Eggs Benedict with Oyster Mushrooms

Posted on by BrittanyG in Arizmendi Bakery, Far West Fungi, Great Valley Poultry, Mercado Kitchen, Recipes, Twin Girls Farm | Leave a comment

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This week’s recipe combines three different recipes to create one delicious breakfast treat, perfect for any Sunday morning. Seize the opportunity to learn how to create your own home-made buttermilk biscuits, a delightfully easy mushroom hollandaise sauce, and poached eggs. Stop by the market this week to pick up some fresh oyster mushrooms from Far West Fungi, a lemon or two from Twin Girls Farm, and some delicious cage-free organic eggs from Great Valley Poultry to delve into morning creativity! Recipe to follow after the jump!
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Mercado Kitchen: Mushroom Quiche

Posted on by Carletta Wong in Achadinha Cheese Company, Blog, Blue House Farm, Far West Fungi, Happy Boy Farms, Mercado Kitchen, Recipes | Leave a comment

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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.

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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!

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