Little Italy Mercato Little Italy Mercato
Little Italy Mercato Little Italy Mercato


Don't stay out too late at Kettner Nights on Friday, because there's a lot going on in and around the Mercato this Saturday. You know this season's bounty won't last forever, even with our year-round growing season, so we're bringing out some experts to show you how to preserve what you buy. Our vendor Happy Pantry will teach you to relish your fresh veggies at 10:15 am, the Fermenter Club's Austin Durant will introduce you to fermenting with friends at 11 am, and Neighborhood Foodie Jen Barthell will show you how to make gorgeous beet-colored pickled eggs like these at 11:45. It all happens in the Amphitheatre at Amici Park.

While all that's going on, Chef Christy Morgan will be signing her book Blissful Bites and showing you how to make some of her fabulous recipes. Look for her between Columbia and State Street.

After the Mercato, enjoy a bite at your favorite Little Italy restaurant, and stick around for the opening of Farmacy at Gallery 680 on Beech Street, operated by our own Mercato Maestra Catt White. Art by local chefs and Little Italy farmers' market shoppers Melissa Mayer and Andrew Spurgin will make you think about the food on your plate in whole new ways. There's still time to reserve your tickets for First Look from 6 to 7 pm, where the food on the walls will come alive and you'll have the first chance to stake a claim to your favorite artworks. Get your tickets here  for that preview, or wait for the show opening at 7 pm when $5 donations will benefit ARTS, A Reason to Survive.

Next up: Slow Food Urban San Diego's $5 Challenge at the Mercato on Saturday, September 17. 


All your Italian favorites are in season at the Little Italy farmers' market now: heirloom tomatoes from Sage Mountain Farms, JR Organics, garlic from Maciel Family Farm and Sage Mountain (look for the beard to know it was grown here in the California dirt), heritage eggplant from Suzie's Farm and Tom King Farm. So do as the Romans do this week and cook up a delectable Italian feast. Be creative here and let the produce inspire you. Be brave, and be colorful! (We won't blame you if you stop by Mona Lisa, Filippis or Buon Apetito Market on the way home, to pic up a nice bottle of red wine before cooking up a rich, sensational meal.) Pick up a fresh baguette from Bread & Cie for a bruschetta starter, and move on to frog legs from Poppa's Fresh Fish for a first course (yes, Italians eat them too!), then pasta, grass fed beef or local pastured rabbit, and on to dessert. We give you plenty of ideas here to build your menu. Mangia Bene!

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