Cookin' the Market

Cookin' the Market A market chef program focusing on creating quick, nutritious meals using fresh, seasonal, locally-grown ingredients. Find recipes at cookinthemarket.org

Sharing free recipes, cooking tips, and cooking demonstrations around the San Francisco Bay Area.

Sharing free recipes, cooking tips, and cooking demonstrations around the San Francisco Bay Area.

DO YOU RECEIVE SSI? Don’t Miss Out On Food Benefits that started June 1, 2019! SSI recipients may be eligible for CalFre...
06/26/2019
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DO YOU RECEIVE SSI? Don’t Miss Out On Food Benefits that started June 1, 2019! SSI recipients may be eligible for CalFresh Food benefits.
There is NO CHANGE or reduction to SSI/SSP amounts.

http://calfresh.dss.ca.gov/food/

DO YOU RECEIVE SSI?Don't Miss Out On Food Benefits Beginning June 1, 2019 SSI recipients may be eligible for CalFresh Food benefits. There is NO CHANGE or reduction to SSI/SSP amounts. Choose an option below to learn more and to see if you qualify for these food benefits. Available in English, Spani...

What a season for these superstars! 🌟🍒 What’s your favorite type of cherry? No filter needed on these Rainier cherries 😍...
06/25/2019

What a season for these superstars! 🌟🍒 What’s your favorite type of cherry? No filter needed on these Rainier cherries 😍 Golden yellow with a red blush and crisp bite!

05/08/2019

CalFresh + Market Match means more greens! 💵🥚💵🥬🥦🥒🍈🍏🥗 Market Match enables healthy food choices for low-income shoppers. 73% of customers surveyed reported that they were able to increase the amount of fresh fruits and vegetables they were buying each week. 85% reported that they were buying different kinds of fruits and vegetables, and 71% said that their family’s health improved as a result of Market Match 💵💵 #ChooseCalFresh #CalFresh2019 #CalFreshAwareness #CalFreshFood #CalFreshHealthyLiving #CalFreshExpansion

Market Match means more money, healthful food on the table! “In 2017 alone, the program enabled low-income shoppers to p...
05/07/2019

Market Match means more money, healthful food on the table! “In 2017 alone, the program enabled low-income shoppers to purchase an estimated 9.5 million servings of fresh, farm-direct, fruits and vegetables, putting nearly $4 million into the pockets of California farmers.”
http://ow.ly/4F2u30oEAZJ

Have you heard of Good and Cheap: A Healthy Cookbook for Food Stamp Budgets ?  It's a fantastic cookbook by Leanne Brown...
05/06/2019

Have you heard of Good and Cheap: A Healthy Cookbook for Food Stamp Budgets ? It's a fantastic cookbook by Leanne Brown for people with limited income, particularly on a $4/day CalFresh budget. We love her Spicy Panzanella recipe so we're excited to try Strawberry Panzanella! YUM! We'll be sharing budget friendly recipes all month in celebration of CalFresh Awareness Month #choosecalfresh http://ow.ly/C5Km30oEwdH

05/04/2019

CalFresh stretches the food budget for low-income families and individuals. CalFresh + Market Match stretches it even further! Here’s how CalFresh and Market Match worked at the Pittsburg Farmers' Market this morning:
🍓🍓🍓 baskets of organic strawberries became 🍓🍓🍓🍓🍓🍓 baskets of organic strawberries for a family of 5! Delicious and nutritious 🙌🏽 Market Match

Hey, hey, it's MAY! May is CalFresh Awareness Month. CalFresh is California’s food stamps (SNAP) program. CalFresh helps...
05/02/2019

Hey, hey, it's MAY! May is CalFresh Awareness Month. CalFresh is California’s food stamps (SNAP) program. CalFresh helps to improve the health and well-being of qualified households and individuals by providing improved access to healthy and nutritious foods. Many are unaware they are eligible to receive benefits. https://www.getcalfresh.org/

"Our favorite Spring dish starts at the farmers market" The Kitchn Most of our favorite dishes also start at the farmers...
04/23/2019

"Our favorite Spring dish starts at the farmers market" The Kitchn Most of our favorite dishes also start at the farmers market! "Tender asparagus, green peas, and just-wilted arugula, all of which get tossed in garlic butter spiked with lemon..." We know what we're making for dinner. YUM!

https://www.thekitchn.com/garlic-butter-pasta-267634

In March we’ll be talking all about cheese, meat, poultry and FISH from the farmers market! Chef Marisa can’t wait to sh...
03/01/2019

In March we’ll be talking all about cheese, meat, poultry and FISH from the farmers market! Chef Marisa can’t wait to share her salt baked fish recipe with you 🐟🧂😋🍊

What fruit or veggies recharge your batteries?
02/27/2019

What fruit or veggies recharge your batteries?

In the first installment of this two-part article series, you read about the basic Who, What, Where, When, and Why of th...
02/26/2019

In the first installment of this two-part article series, you read about the basic Who, What, Where, When, and Why of the Farm Bill. In this second article, you’ll read about how the legislation impacts farmers’ markets, and major critiques of the bill’s framework and content.
https://www.pcfma.org/blog/new-year-new-farm-bill-part-2

Barbara Cecchini’s beet salad is a delicious root to stem recipe! So easy and so good 😊 Cecchini & Cecchini Asparagus Fa...
02/25/2019

Barbara Cecchini’s beet salad is a delicious root to stem recipe! So easy and so good 😊
Cecchini & Cecchini Asparagus Farm

INGREDIENTS

1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
6 beets - 3 medium red and 3 medium gold
Fresh beet tops from the beets
Garlic salt or a fresh garlic clove
Freshly ground black pepper

PREPARATION

Thoroughly wash beets and greens. Cut off beet tops and set aside to cook later. Cook beets in boiling water until a knife easily passes through the beets. With a slotted spoon remove beets from boiling water and set aside to cool. Place beet tops in boiling water and cook for 5 minutes. Remove and set aside to cool.

When the beets are cool enough, remove outer layer. The skin will remove easily if you squeeze the beet slightly with your hand. Quarter and slice the beets into a serving bowl. Thoroughly drain the greens, and squeeze them a little to remove excess moisture. Chop the beet greens and place them with the beets. Season the salad with balsamic vinegar, extra virgin olive oil, garlic salt and fresh ground pepper and serve.

If you find yourself without garlic salt, pulverize one small clove of fresh garlic and mix with oil and vinegar to evenly distribute.

Recipe: Barbara Cecchini, First Generation Farms, Brentwood

We 💚 you, our customers! Pacific Coast Farmers' Market Association farmers and producers are lucky 🍀 to have the support...
02/08/2019

We 💚 you, our customers! Pacific Coast Farmers' Market Association farmers and producers are lucky 🍀 to have the support of customers like you! 🙏 🙌🏽

We asked the Pacific Coast Farmers' Market Association team, “What’s your favorite thing about the farmers market?” We’l...
02/06/2019

We asked the Pacific Coast Farmers' Market Association team, “What’s your favorite thing about the farmers market?” We’ll be sharing their answers all month long 💚

We’re sharing what Pacific Coast Farmers' Market Association team members LOVE about the farmers market throughout the m...
02/04/2019

We’re sharing what Pacific Coast Farmers' Market Association team members LOVE about the farmers market throughout the month of February! We 💚 Iacopi Farms beans! You can find them on Saturdays at the College of San Mateo Farmers' Market and Pleasanton Farmers' Market. Here’s a recipe from the Iacopi family:

The Pacific Coast Farmers' Market Association team is at the office finding rainbows 🌈 on a stormy ⛈ morning and munchin...
02/04/2019

The Pacific Coast Farmers' Market Association team is at the office finding rainbows 🌈 on a stormy ⛈ morning and munching on oranges 🍊 from Lujan Farms. What are you munching on?

02/01/2019

What’s the Bay Area weekend forecast? It’s going to rain 🌧 and we’re still going to the farmers market to pick up tomatoes 🍅 for salsa 👍

Not looking to turn your lemons into lemonade? Add some salt and preserve them!PRESERVED LEMONSINGREDIENTS9 organic lemo...
01/23/2019

Not looking to turn your lemons into lemonade?
Add some salt and preserve them!

PRESERVED LEMONS

INGREDIENTS
9 organic lemons
Kosher salt
1 heaping teaspoon black peppercorns
2 bay leaves

PREPARATION
Scrub 3 to 5 organic lemons, enough to fit snugly in a medium jar with a tight-fitting lid (have 2 to 4 more ready on the side). Slice each lemon from the top to within 1/2 inch of the bottom, almost cutting them into quarters but leaving them attached at one end. Rub kosher salt over the cut surfaces, then reshape the fruit. Cover the bottom of the jar with more kosher salt. Fit all the cut lemons in, breaking them apart if necessary. Sprinkle salt on each layer.

Press the lemons down to release their juices. Add to the jar the peppercorns and bay leaves, then squeeze the additional lemons into the jar until juice covers everything. Close the jar and let ripen at cool room temperature, shaking the jar every day for 3 to 4 weeks, or until the rinds are tender to the bite. Store it in the refrigerator.

To use, remove a piece of lemon and rinse it. (Add more fresh lemons to the brine as you use them up.) The minced rind is added at the very end of cooking or used raw; the pulp can be added to a simmering pot.



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Candied Dark Chocolate Blood Orange! A sweet, winter treat that tastes as good as it looks 😍https://www.pcfma.org/eat/re...
01/16/2019

Candied Dark Chocolate Blood Orange!
A sweet, winter treat that tastes as good as it looks 😍
https://www.pcfma.org/eat/recipes/candied-dark-chocolate-blood-orange-slices

INGREDIENTS:
1 ½ cups organic cane sugar
1 cup of water
2 blood oranges, sliced crosswise into 1⁄4-inch-thick pieces
10 ounces good-quality dark chocolate (preferably 70% cocoa), chopped
Maldon salt for garnish

PREPARATION:
In a saucepan, combine 1 1/2 cups of the sugar and the water and bring to a boil over high heat, stirring constantly, until the sugar has dissolved completely, about 5 minutes.
Reduce the heat to low, add the blood orange slices, and simmer until translucent, about 20 -30 minutes. Remove the pan from the heat and let cool completely, about 2 hours in a cool spot.
Place waxed paper over a sheet pan. Using tongs, remove the slices, shaking off any excess syrup. Place on the rack in a single layer. Let the slices dry overnight. Reserve the syrup for another use (we used it to for our afternoon tea.)
Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Put the chocolate in a heatproof bowl placed over simmering water in a saucepan. Melt the chocolate, stirring until smooth. Remove from the heat.
Dip each candied blood orange slice halfway into the chocolate and then place on the parchment in a single layer. Leave until the chocolate has set, about 1 hour.
Garnish with Maldon salt.
Enjoy!

Safety first! Thank you to Manny and Scott from @amr_ambulance Contra Costa County for the refresher course on how to su...
01/09/2019

Safety first! Thank you to Manny and Scott from @amr_ambulance Contra Costa County for the refresher course on how to support someone with a health emergency! 🚨 Our Pacific Coast Farmers' Market Association market managers and staff appreciate you!

After a holiday break filled with meaty main dishes, the Pacific Coast Farmers' Market Association team was looking for ...
01/04/2019

After a holiday break filled with meaty main dishes, the Pacific Coast Farmers' Market Association team was looking for something lighter, brighter and starring a farmers market find. Here it is! We're about to whip up this Spicy Mushroom Larb from Healthyish What are you making? https://www.bonappetit.com/recipe/spicy-mushroom-larb

Cookin' the Market's cover photo
12/26/2018

Cookin' the Market's cover photo

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12/26/2018

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There’s a whole week of farmers’ markets before Christmas! Pacific Coast Farmers' Market Association found inspiration t...
12/17/2018

There’s a whole week of farmers’ markets before Christmas! Pacific Coast Farmers' Market Association found inspiration this weekend at the College of San Mateo Farmers' Market! What’s your go-to farmers’ market gift? 🎄🎁 Check out these PCFMA Holiday Gift ideas 💡

The farmers’ market has gifts for everyone! Here’s inspiration from the Pacific Coast Farmers’ Market Association 🎁

12/03/2018

Splish, splash 💦 apples and pears 🍏🍐🍎 in a bath! After a great weekend at the farmers’ market, Pacific Coast Farmers' Market Association staff are spending the day munching on Allard Farms Pears and Devoto Gardens & Orchards apples. 😋 What are you munching on?

Looking for a twist on the traditional stuffing recipe? Our Friendsgiving Turkey was stuffed with a blend of long grain ...
11/21/2018

Looking for a twist on the traditional stuffing recipe? Our Friendsgiving Turkey was stuffed with a blend of long grain rice, shiitake, bok choy and pomegranate.

Ingredients
1 Tbs. peanut oil or vegetable oil
12 oz. sliced shiitake mushrooms
1 small shallot, chopped (1/4 cup)
2 tsp. grated fresh ginger
1/4 tsp. Chinese five-spice powder
1 cup long-grain white rice
1 Tbs. low-sodium soy sauce
2 heads baby bok choy, thinly sliced
2 green onions, sliced (1/4 cup)
1 pomegranate
1 tsp. toasted sesame oil

Preparation
1. Heat peanut oil in large, nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add mushrooms and shallot; cook 5 minutes. Add ginger and five-spice powder; cook 30 seconds.

2. Add rice to skillet, and sauté 1 to 2 minutes, or until rice becomes translucent at the edges. Add soy sauce, and 1 1/4 cups water. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat to medium-low, cover pan, and simmer 12 minutes. Uncover, add bok choy, replace lid, and cook 5 to 7 minutes more, or until bok choy is wilted.

3. Sprinkle with green onions, pomegranate seeds, and sesame oil before serving.

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5060 Commercial Cir, Ste A
Concord, CA
94579

General information

Cookin’ the Market is a Marketing and Promotions program of the Pacific Coast Farmers’ Market Association (PCFMA), a not-for-profit organization that operates Certified Farmers’ Markets in the San Francisco Bay Area. PCFMA’s mission is to establish and operate community-supported certified farmers’ markets that provide: viable economic outlets for California farmers and food producers, local access to farm fresh products, support for local businesses, and education concerning food and sustainable agriculture.

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A few years ago, you did a demo at the Uptown Oakland farmer's market where you made Shaved Squash with Apricots and Pecans. I liked the recipe, found it on your website, and made it, and pinned it to my Pinterest account. I wanted to make it again this week, but when I follow the link from Pinterest, it says the page is not found. Do you still have that recipe that you could forward to me somehow?