Yerena Farms

Location: Royal Oaks, CA

http://www.homecook.me/Yerenafarms or http://cuesa.org/farm/yerena-farms

Yerena Farms covers 22 acres in Royal Oaks, CA, about 100 miles from downtown San Francisco. A family operation, Yerena is run by brothers Apolinar and Gilberto Yerena, along with six full-time employees and help from their sister, Berta, and other brother, Guillermo. Presently, 10 of their acres are certified organic by Monterey County, with the remaining 12 in transition.

Yerena Farms grows squash blossoms, squash, jacon, raspberries, strawberries, tayberries, and blackberries.

Mercado Kitchen: Tortilla de Patatas (Spanish Omelette)

After last week’s gazpacho recipe, I thought I’d share another one of my favorite dishes I came across when I lived in Barcelona. Tortilla de patatas is a staple in Spanish households and perhaps one of the best-known Spanish dishes. Locals eat it for breakfast, lunch or dinner and every self-respecting tapas bar has it in its repertoire. It’s incredibly easy to prepare with only 3 main ingredients: potatoes, eggs, and onion. You can eat it warm or cold, serve alongside some …

Mercado Kitchen: Traditional Gazpacho

Surprise! I have another tomato-based recipe for you! Gotta take advantage of the season while you can; am I right? Gazpacho is a cold soup made of raw fruits and vegetables originating from Spain. This recipe is very close to my heart because I got it from my wonderful Catalan host family when I traveled to Barcelona a few years ago. It’s a staple in Spain, so much so that I’ve spotted people drinking canned gazpacho on the subway many …

Mercado Kitchen: Bruschetta

I am admittedly a tomato fanatic and I can honestly say that there are very few things that I look forward to more about summer than ripe tomatoes. Every week I fill my basket with at least a couple pounds of beautifully colored, sweet, juicy tomatoes. But even so, they only last a few days in my household. I just can’t help myself. Today I’m going to share my go-to bruschetta recipe which is one of my favorite tomato recipes. If …

Mercado Kitchen: Corn, Avocado, and Tomato Salad

This super easy and quick recipe can be summed up in one word: summer. As you have probably already guessed from the title, the main cast in this colorful salad are tomatoes, corn, and avocado. Tomatoes are at their peak season which means each bite is packed with a wonderfully delicious harmony of flavors from sweet to tangy. You could use frozen corn in this recipe, but why not take advantage of the fresh corn available at markets right now. …