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Mercado Kitchen: Spring Strawberry Salad

Posted on by Mission Community Market in Achadinha Cheese Company, Blog, Home Made Ravioli, Marla Bakery, Mercado Kitchen, Recipes, Winters Tree Fruit, Yerena Farms | Leave a comment

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Spring is here! Cherry blossoms are beginning to bloom, the sky remains light into the evening, and the temperature is rising. However, spring means more than just beauty, rebirth, and an end to another wonderful winter, it also means strawberries! Mission Community Market welcomes back Yerena Farms to our Thursday market. Come by this week to grab a basket or three of this season’s freshest organic strawberries!

Spring Strawberry Salad Recipe

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Basket of fresh strawberries from Yerena Farms
Feta cheese from Achadinha Cheese Co.
Roasted Almonds from Winters Fruit Tree
Spring greens from Blue House Farm

Balsamic Vinaigrette: 1 part balsamic, 1 part organic olive oil, dried basil, and a dash of truffle salt to cut the acid

Directions:

Wash and dry the spring greens. Gently sliver the strawberries to display their beautiful insides and sprinkle on top of cleaned salad. Add crumbled goat cheese and chopped almonds. Drizzle with balsamic vinaigrette and enjoy with a side of buttered sourdough from Marla Bakery or a pasta dish from Home Maid Ravioli!

Mercado Kitchen: Quince Ratafia Two Ways

Posted on by Mission Community Market in Arata Farm, Blog, Hale Apple Farm, Mercado Kitchen, Recipes | Leave a comment

Ah Quince, you perplexing fruit with a storied past. It looks like an apple or a pear, but don’t you dare take one bite of it raw! Supposedly, 17th Century cookbooks contain more recipes for quince than any other orchard fruit, so I wonder what cooks living hundreds of years ago knew that I don’t! But both Arata Farms and Hale’s Apple Farm have gorgeous quince right now at MCM so I decided to go ahead and give a new recipe a whirl.

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Tired of the usual jam and preserve recipes, I decided to try something that’s not for you teetotalers out there–an old-timey infused liqueur known as “ratafia” which is a name given to cordials made of different fruit, one varietal including quince. The recipe I adapted called for two quinces, but by the time I was finished grating the first one I had almost filled up an entire quart-sized jar. So I I decided to try two slight variations on the same recipe, using one fruit per jar. The main difference is that one recipe contains raw grated quince and the other contains chopped quince that I cooked down slightly. I’ll share the results with you in a few weeks when the infusion process is complete–though I feel confident both will probably be mighty tasty. The ingredients I used were the same for both recipes – these quantities will make you enough ratafia for about one quart-sized jar.¬† Read more