A picture is worth a thousand words, so take a look at all this selection of some of the beautiful, vibrant, tasty produce currently offered by MCM’s awesome vendors. Summer means that local farmers have quite the bounty of ripe, fresh fruit and vegetables including everything from squash blossoms to cantaloupe. Twin Girls Farm has organic Thompson seedless grapes that are incredibly sweet! Happy Boy Farms offer a bounty of deliciousness including Shishito Peppers, gorgeous heirloom tomatoes, and yellow watermelons. Blue House Farm had these lovely purple peppers last week. With such a vibrant colors and flavors, how could you go wrong? Come down to Barlett Street this Thursday to get your hands on some of your own!
If you’ve been to MCM in the past few weeks, you’ve probably caught yourself staring at the beautiful bounty that is the earliest crop of tomatoes from Happy Boy Farms and Tomatero Farm. A wide variety of heirloom and cherry tomatoes have been making their way into many a market basket! If you’re overwhelmed by all the varieties of cherry tomatoes available, never fear! Just take a peek at this helpful chart from the Happy Boy Farms website and you’ll sound like a pro in no time:
One of my favorite ways to showcase delicious, vine-ripened tomatoes is in a fresh salsa. This recipe is surprisingly simple and easy to create, but do yourself a favor and do not leave out the secret ingredient– ume, or plum vinegar–which adds a sweet tanginess while showcasing the ingredients perfectly. It will most likely involve an extra trip to a specialty store to find it, but you won’t be disappointed by the outcome. I like to use a mix of different tomatoes, to add variety in terms of both color and flavor. Larger heirloom tomatoes are the easiest to dice, but throwing in a handful of a few different types of chopped cherry tomatoes can really add depth and interest to the salsa. Be as creative as you want when choosing your tomatoes. Read more
Did you miss our Chef’s Market Box last week? If you did make sure to order one for next week! In the meantime here’s a sample recipe for you to try and you can get all the ingredients at our market on Thursday night. This recipe comes from Cynthia of Dandelion Chocolates, one of our vendors, and this is her favorite way to eat nibs!
Spring Mix with edible flowers from Happy Boy Farms
Oh! and the beautiful bowl? handmade and local by Smokin’ Pottery.
Thanks to the good people at GoodEggs we are very excited to bring you our second Chef’s Market Box at the Mission Mercado available for pick up this week! The Chef’s Market box features fresh ingredients that have been carefully selected and sourced from the Mission Mercado vendors. What makes our Chef’s Market Box Special? Also provided with your produce is the personal recipe of a Bay Area rock-star chef and everything in the box is perfectly portioned for you to make this recipe at home.
Our first box featured a delicious farro salad from Chef Jake Des Voignes of Local: Mission Eatery. If you missed it, read about it here. This week Eskender Aseged of Radio Africa is providing us with his own Alicha and Couscous recipe. Also new this week: A protein add-on brought to you by 4505 Meats. Order a box before they are gone!
As spring teased us with open skies and misty tufts of fog yesterday, a clear vision of Spring (and..wait for it… Summer) shone through on Bartlett Street. Baby carrots – awesome, tasty, orange – flew off the Happy Boy Farms table, just as delectably tangy raspberries made their first showing from Yerena Farms. And did someone say peaches?! Boom! The first crop from Twin Girls Farm is here! Don’t forget the Basil Menagerie by Lee Farms – brand new to MCM with cucumbers, mint, and FOUR types of basil from the Central Valley. Who knows what’s in store for next week…
And nothing like a little visit from the kinder. Nice to see Karen Solomon out with Urban Sprouts‘ Audrey Roderick, showing some good green time to youth from Buena Vista school, just down the block. Thanks you guys!
See you at Sunday Streets at Valencia and 22nd this Sunday, May 6th, 11-4! Thank you to Boogaloos for donating coffee and cake to the cause. All proceeds go to health education + play with Urban Sprouts and CARECEN.