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: Fava Bean Dip

Sick and tired of making the same ol’ salsas and dips for summer BBQ parties? Try Mission Community Market’s fun version of a bean dip! Stop by Blue House Farm this Thursday from 4-8pm to grab your bundle of fava beans and impress your friends with this week’s healthy recipe! Fava Bean Dip Fava beans are similar to other beans and contain what many call “perfect proteins.” They are loaded with amino acids and are also rich in fiber and …

Mercado Kitchen: Linguine with Zucchini and Mint

As spring begins to move into summer, more and more vegetables and fruits are popping up at Mission Community Market each Thursday. This past week Tomatero Farm introduced the season’s first zucchini and yellow summer squash, while Blue House Farm across the way had bundles of fresh mint… If you’ve never combined zucchini and mint together, this week’s recipe is a must try! The sweetness of the zucchini is highlighted by the mint when sauteed in fresh olive oil. Combined …

Mercado Kitchen: California Marinated Artichokes

Spring weather is here which means it’s time to drag out that barbecue, wipe it off, and heat it up! At MCM you can now find Blue House Farm, Tomatero Farm, and Zuckerman’s Farm offering an array of seasonal, local veggies perfect for grilling. Although you can roast almost any vegetable, this week’s recipe highlights the flowering artichoke drenched in healthy oils and grilled (or roasted in the oven) to a crisp, hearty perfection. You probably have a bottle of olive oil …

Mercado Kitchen: Southern Cabbage Recipe

Mission Community Market is pleased to welcome back Tomatero Farm to market Thursdays! This week we have highlighted a good ol’ head of cabbage.. To some, one of the most confusing vegetables to prepare. Does one steam, boil, sauté, or bake this round, green beauty? This week’s recipe guides you in the southern style of preparing a cabbage. This quick, easy, and delicious technique will highlight the flavor and texture of this mysterious veggie. To accompany the deep flavor of …