These past two weeks we've been spending some extra time talking to people
from Happy Boy and Yerena Farms at our new digs, the Mission Community
Happy Boy has long been one of my favorites from my days working in Fort
Mason. Their produce is not only delicious, but beautiful, owing in no small
part to the amazing market staff. Taking up a quadruple booth, Happy Boy
Farms is one of the first to the market, setting up 2 hours early to make sure
their display is top notch. Signs, made by designer and marketeer Tent Gillette,
depict smiling tomatoes and dancing summer squash, complete with recipes.
Check out their booth Wednesdays at Market x 16th (4-8p), Thursdays at
Crocker Galleria (10-2), 21st x Bartlett (4-8p) and North Berkeley,
Saturdays in Noe Valley and Grand Lake, and Sundays at Ft. Mason and
Temescal. For a complete list of markets, visit their website.
Yerena Farms is becoming a new favorite. On 22 acres in Royal Oaks,
CA, Yerena Farms grows certified organic strawberries, raspberries,
blackberries, tayberries, yacon, cactus pears and summer squash. We
picked up a flat of raspberries and blackberries for this week's muffins,
and can't wait to bake them! The berries are exquisitely sweet, keep well
refrigerated, make an excellent jam, and turn muffins into muffin pies.
The folks at the Yerena market stands also work at the farm, so be ready
with a joke or something to lighten their afternoon! Find Yerena Tuesdays
and Saturdays at the Ferry Building, Wednesdays and Sundays at Civic
Center, and Thursdays at the Mission Community Market.
Here's a recipe for my favorite cold-weather summer snack:
Padron Pepper Poppers
1 basket padron or shishito peppers from Happy Boy Farms
1-2 T olive oil from O'Live Healthy
pinch of salt
In a hot skillet, add a generous amount of olive oil, and toss in rinsed peppers.
Sprinkle with salt. Cook, stirring occasionally, for 2-3 minutes. Serve hot.