About two weeks ago, I received a flier in the mail announcing the new Morena District Farmer's Market. My good friends PeterL and his lovely wife Ange, had mentioned something about this to me a few months back. Well, today was the premier...grand opening...opening day, I'm not quite sure what to call it. I just made sure to check it out.
The market occupies the space between Toys 'r Us and Petco on Morena Boulevard and takes place on every Tuesday from 3pm to 7pm. You can see the set-up from the street and if you've never been here, the parking lot is huge so I don't think parking will be a problem.
It really didn't look like much from the parking lot, but there were more stands than I anticipated. I was surprised at all the prepared food stands, which I think outnumbered all the other stands put together. Here's a sampling.
Quite a selection, huh?
I'm thinking that the range of produce vendors could be a little better, but that didn't stop me from buying a few items.
But a lot of what was available was quite nice......
In the end I picked up some beets, avocados, and some of that lovely broccoli.
And of course I made sure to grab some produce from these folks.
If there's anyone I'd like to support, it would be them.
I also picked a bottle of unfiltered extra virgin olive oil.....just to try out.
Walking through the market, I tried to think of some fast items for a light, but satisfying dinner for the evening.
There's one booth that I didn't photograph.....by the time I decided to purchase something from them, my hands were full of produce. It seems that since I first picked some up at the Little Italy Mercato in 2009, I've noticed one of these booths at every farmer's market. Yes, I bought an uni of my very own......
It was quite active....in fact, while I tried to figure out what I'd make for dinner, I'd open my fridge every so often and "pet my uni". Man, that does sound kinda wrong.....
Anyway, no time to roast beets, so I trimmed off the greens and did a nice saute.
I really had to think of what to do with the uni....as much as I enjoyed it, I couldn't keep petting it all night long. All the pigment was also starting to stain my hands. I love eggs with uni, but didn't want to take this lovely fresh uni and mix it into scrambled eggs, so I went with 8 minute boiled eggs topped with uni, drizzled with a generous amount of olive oil. Again, I won't win style points on this one, but with some kaiware on the side, this was delici-yoso!!!
Even though the Linda Vista Farmer's Market is almost the same distance, Bay Park is our neighborhood and it's good to have a farmer's market of our own. I'm hoping it does well and grows......so that I can keep on having uni for my Tuesday dinner!
Morena District Certified Farmer's Market
1210 Morena Blvd (Between Toys-R-Us and Petco).
San Diego, CA 92110
Every Tuesday 3pm - 7pm