Chile Acres Market Tacos

Taco Throw Down By Celia Petersen (Chile Acres)

You may know Celia for her hard work as a local farmer and her varieties of cheeses, duck eggs, gluten free goodies, soaps and hand woven textiles.  Celia has been at the Market since the very first one back in February of 2005!   So.. she definitely knows the Market well and made some mean Market Tacos for our Taco Throwdown!

You can read more about Celia here in this Vendor Profile: Chile Acres.

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Phoenix Public Maket Tacos

Market Shopping List:
Los Muertos Salsa – One Container of LMS Caviar
Carefree Spice Co – Green Chile Spice Blend
Maya’s Farm – Salad greens, finely chopped
Willy’s Tomato & Chile – One Guac Salsa
Fluffy Vegans – Kale Crunchies
YoBro – Microgreens
Chile Acres – Green Chile Goat Cheese
Abby Lee Farms – Two Tomatoes, chopped
Crooked Sky Farm – Two Onions, chopped
Tortirrikas – 12 Corn Tortillas
OHSO Distillery – Vodka (lime or mango flavored)
Limes for juice

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Prepare for Citrusocolypse

It’s every Arizonan’s duty to be able to recite the 5 C’s like the ABC’s: Cotton, Copper, Cattle, Climate, and CITRUS!

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In the early years of Arizona’s history, citrus was a major player in the fate of Arizona’s economy. Citrus was brought over to the Southwest in the 18th century by Spanish settlers. As grapefruit in particular gained popularity during the 1930s, more than 1 million crates of grapefruits were produced by our state in the year of 1935.

The industry flocked to Arizona, landing mainly in the Arcadia and Mesa areas, where many groves are landmarks for historic neighborhoods. The sprawl of these neighborhoods and urban areas in general encroaching on farmland is largely why orchards declined heavily in the 1990s.

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Our warm and sunny climate creates a perfect incubator for sweet, juicy citrus of many varieties. Today, shoppers at Phoenix Public Market can find tangelos, kumquats, ruby reds, and so much more in overwhelming abundance at every grower’s stand. The ubiquity of citrus in our Phoenician lives can make the fruit mundane and cumbersome, but there are plenty of ways to enjoy it and reap the nutritional benefits–it’s time to get creative!

Read on for 4 ways get excited about our prolonged and plentiful citrus season…

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Taste of the Market: Cucumber Soup

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Pickled Peppers

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Shop the Market for peppers and pickle them to top salads, sandwiches or to simply snack on.

Ingredients:

  • 3 cloves Garlic
  • 2 lbs Hot peppers
  • 1/2 cup Pickling salt
  • 1 cup White vinegar
  • 2 qt Water (or enough to fill the jar)

Directions:

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Market Recipe: Orzo Salad

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Ingredients
  • 1-1/2 cups dry orzo pasta from Decio Pasta
  • 2 tbsp olive oil, or just enough to lightly coat the pasta
  • juice and zest of 1 lemon
  • 1 large English cucumber, seeded and chopped
  • 1tbsp fresh mint, finely chopped
  • 1 tbsp fresh parsley, finely chopped
  • 1/2 cup goat cheese, Chile Acres
  • kosher salt and freshly-ground black pepper, to taste
Instructions
  1. Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Cook the orzo al dente according to package directions (about 9 minutes). Drain the pasta, let cool for a couple of minutes, and toss with the olive oil, lemon juice and zest, cucumber, herbs and cheese.
  2. Season with salt and pepper, to taste. Serve chilled or at room-temperature. Can be made up to a day in advance and kept in the refrigerator.

Market Meal: Frittata + Spring Salad

Steadfast Farm and Chile Acres Spring Salad

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Ingredients from Steadfast Farm:

  • Steamed beets cooled and sliced into medallions
  • Assorted fresh greens and your favorite seasonal veggies
  • Multi colored carrot curls made with a potato peeler
  • Minced scallions

Ingredients from Chile Acres Farm:

  • Chile Acres Marinated Mozzarella 4oz jar
  • 6 hard boiled and peeled duck eggs cut into medallions

 

Assembly:

  1. Toss the greens, carrot curls and scallions in a large salad bowl, with the jar of marinated mozzarella.
  2. Place beet and egg medallions in a pattern over the top of the salad.
  3. Cube a loaf of Ciabatta from The Proper Beast and toast in the oven to top it off with croutons and more crunch!
  4. Enjoy with a cold lemonade, hand crafted brew, or local wine.

 

Image Courtesy of Bojon Gourmet

Market Recipe: Carrot Top Pesto

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Just about everyone who has come to our market in the past month has left with a bag full of carrots. Whether they are purple or orange, big or small, chances are they probably don’t even last through the weekend. There are so many ways to eat carrots: cooked or raw, with dinner or as a midday snack. However, it is those green, leafy carrot tops that are always cut off and thrown out without a second thought. This easy carrot top pesto recipe will ensure not a single bite of those fresh carrots go to waste.

Ingredients:

1/4 cup pepitas

1 garlic clove

1 & 1/2 cup coarsely chopped carrot tops

1 tablespoon lemon juice

1/3 cup olive oil

1/2 cup parmesan cheese

Directions:

Wash carrot tops well and set aside to dry. Add pepitas and garlic to a food processor and pulse, scraping off sides as needed. Begin to add carrot tops and pulse again until desired texture is reached. Lastly, add lemon juice and parmesan to the food processor while blade is running. Drizzle olive oil onto the sauce and enjoy.

Market Recipe: Caprese Salad

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A Saturday morning market trip has found itself in the weekly routine of many of our customers. Roaming from booth to booth, market-goers are able to get their weekly shopping done in one place. Before the stress of the work week begins, it is always nice to plan out a few meals and gather the ingredients from local vendors.  A few days ago, Farmer Neal from Abby Lee Farms mentioned “tomatoes are going to be fantastic this week – three new color heirlooms and two new cherry colors.”  Why not pick up some of these delicious tomatoes at the market this weekend and make a few meals out of them? Here is a recipe to get you started. 

Picking up an item at Abby Lee Farms, Fiscalini Cheese, and Maya’s Farm, Caprese Salad is a quick and easy recipe to prepare using only market ingredients (and sustainable ones)! 

SHOPPING LIST:

3 Medium Tomatoes- Find them at Abby Lee Farms

8 oz Scamorza Cheese- Find it at Fiscallini Cheese

1/2 Cup Torn Basil Leaves- Find it at Maya’s Farm

DIRECTIONS:

Slice the tomatoes and scamorza cheese

Layer tomatoes and cheese on a plate with the torn basil

Optional: Drizzle with balsamic and sprinkle with salt and pepper to taste

Enjoy

Belinda’s Pickle Spread

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We all love Belinda’s Pickles and this week Belinda shared a delicious and easy recipe to whip up this weekend.

1 – 8ox block of Cream Cheese
8 – Belinda’s Pickles Chopped
1 – Pickled Red Fresno Chile (from Spicy Pickle jar)
1/3 Cup – Chopped Walnuts
1/3 Cup – Chopped Green Onion

Blend ingredients until smooth, add pickle juice to help create a spreadable texture.
Let Belinda’s Pickle Spread sit overnight in the refrigerator.

Serving Suggestions: Spread it on a bagel with smoked lox, serve on tortilla rolls sliced into bite sized pieces or enjoy it with some of your favorite crackers.

Did you know Belinda’s Pickles has been a vendor at the Phoenix Public Market for 11-years!