HAPPY ANNIVERSARY TO MARIPOSA MARKET
BY Mary Anne Trevey
Come August 25th, Mariposa Market will be celebrating our 39th anniversary. It’s hard to believe we’ve been in business for nearly 40 years. It seems forever ago that we started this business as a fruit stand next door to the old feed store across the street. As young enthusiastic “back to the landers” my husband, my brother, and I scoured Mendocino and Lake counties for produce that farmers wanted to give or sell to us. We sought out apples from backyards, walnuts from Lake county, pears, peaches, and grapes. Eventually we met some older farmers from Potter Valley who were excited to find a local market for their outstanding summer fruits and vegetables, including amazingly sweet corn and sumptuous sun-ripened melons. Our store received its initial following from the harvests that came our way from those Potter Valley farmers. Times changed, we got a little more business-minded, the old farmers passed on, and we picked up the slack by buying from a newly formed trucking business which specialized in organic produce. Gradually, we placed our emphasis on organics, not only because it was better for us, but also because it was better for the earth.
Gradually, our customers wanted more from us. They requested bulk foods, and then milk and cheese, then grocery items, and finally, health and beauty aides. By this time we really needed a bigger store. The opportunity came when 600 South Main became available. It seemed we would never grow out of that place. We now had air-conditioning, gas heat, plenty of storage room, office space, and a kitchen. Our creative juices ran rampant, but within ten years we were already outgrowing our boundaries. Fortunately, the place next door came up for auction. We purchased the land and then decided what Willits really needed was a full-on natural foods market. It was a scary undertaking and a huge investment but we moved forward with plans to build our dream store. Within a year it was finished and excitement ran high. Now we really had it all--fresh meat, a large produce department, walls of coolers and freezers, and a wonderful deli, that just keeps getting better and better. And best of all, we had a plethora of customers who were really devoted to supporting Mariposa Market. Together, we have been able to withstand the challenges of time, and are keeping this market alive and full of healthy food.
Please everyone, especially all of you who have made the market what it is today, come join us in celebrating our 39th anniversary at the end of August. It is our chance to say thank you for shopping local and supporting our Mendocino County food farmers. Bring your friends and families for a day of local food, demos, raffles, music, activities, and social interchange. We’ll see you there!
Sambal Chicken Skewers
Makes 4 servings
1/2 C packed light brown sugar
1/2 C unseasoned rice vinegar
1/3 C hot chili paste (such as sambal oelek)
1/4 C fish sauce (such as nam pla or nuoc nam)
1/4 C Sriracha
2 tsp finely grated peeled ginger
1-1/2 lbs skinless, boneless chicken thighs, cut into 1-1/2”-2” pieces
Soak 8 bamboo skewers in water for at least 1 hour.
Preheat grill to medium-high heat.
- Whisk brown sugar, vinegar, chili paste, fish sauce, Sriracha, and ginger in a large bowl. Add chicken, toss to coat.
- Thread 4 or 5 chicken pieces onto each skewer.
- Transfer marinade to a small saucepan. Bring to a boil, reduce heat, and simmer until reduced by half, 7-10 minutes.
- Grill chicken, turning and basting with marinade often, until cooked through, 8-10 minutes.
New Facial Care Line
In addition to the wonderful selection of face care products we carry at Mariposa, we are offering a new line from Raindance Organics. Raindance Organics is handcrafted in Oregon using organic and locally grown ingredients. This line is vegan, cruelty free and packaged in eco-friendly glass and compostable containers. The products are formulated using traditional herbal remedies and always crafted with integrity and respect for the environment. We now carry the facial toner, eye cream, geranium facial cream, & lavender facial cream.
Facial Toner: Balance and cleanse skin. Crafted with calming rose hydrosol, moisturizing aloe vera, astringent witch hazel hydrosol, and geranium.
Cream: De-puff and hydrate. Crafted with antioxidant and essential fatty acid rich oils, anti-inflammatory herbs, Arnica & Calendula, and Gotu Kola to retain collagen.
Facial Cream: Moisturizer for day or night. Non-greasy formula made with oils that are very close to our skin’s sebum, it soaks right in, and creates a moisture-barrier that lasts all day.
Lavender scent – Sensitive or acne prone skin
Geranium scent – Mature skin
By George Hedgepeth
Although commonly marketed as Rock Cod, or Pacific Red Snapper, the fascinating and diverse genus of Sebastes is more generally known as Rockfish. There are more than 50 species of this genus swimming in our coastal waters, from right against the shoreline to the very deep waters. The fishery for these is strong, and carefully regulated.
This regulation is a good thing, because many Rockfish have lifespans that exceed that of humans, even surpassing 150 years in some cases. Some species have indeed been over fished, and populations of several types crashed in the 1990's. Careful management has seen these fish recover to healthy levels.
Today, Mariposa Market carries Rockfish from Caito Fisheries. This company has deep California roots, and is in the fourth generation of family management. These fish are local, many being caught right off Ft. Bragg for the Caito facility there. The species often found in Mariposa's coolers include Canary, Chili Pepper, Boccacio, and several other deep-water species.
All are mild flavored and versatile, with a medium firm consistency. Whole fish are wonderful simply grilled, and filets make fantastic fish tacos. One can get a bit adventurous with these fish too, and they are wonderful in curries.
Here’s an idea to get you started!
Rockfish Coconut Curry
In a large, heavy skillet, heat coconut oil at medium heat.
Chop one medium onion, brown in coconut oil.
Add 1 to 2 tablespoons green curry paste, to taste, stir well.
Pour in 2 cans of coconut milk, stir until smooth, reduce heat to low.
In separate skillet, heat a bit of oil.
Cut 2 lbs Rockfish filets into bite sized pieces, then dust them with seasoned flour.
Lightly brown fish, then add to simmering curry.
Cook on low heat for 15-20 minutes.
Serve with jasmine rice and summer drinks
Honeyed Peach Galette
Makes two 8” galettes
1 C all-purpose flour
1 C white whole wheat flour
1 tsp kosher salt
1 tsp sugar
14 Tbsp cold unsalted butter, cut into pieces
4 tsp fresh thyme, divided
1/4 C ice water
For Filling & Tart:
1/4 C sugar
3 Tbsp flour
2 lbs peaches or nectarines
4 Tbsp honey
2 Tbsp unsalted butter, cut into pieces
- Make Crust: Pulse flours, salt, and sugar in food processor to combine. Add butter and 3 tsp thyme; pulse until pea-sized. Sprinkle in ice water; pulse until clumps form. Transfer to bowl; knead to bring dough together. Divide in half. Wrap each half in plastic wrap; press into flat disk. Chill 30 minutes.
- Make Filling: Combine sugar and flour in a small bowl. Thinly slice peaches; set aside.
- Heat oven to 400°. Soften dough at room temperature for 10 minutes. On floured surface, roll disks into ovals 13” long, 9” wide, and 1/4” thick. Place on a parchment-lined baking sheet. Sprinkle with sugar mixture, leaving 3” borders. Top with peaches, honey, and butter; fold edges over. Chill 30 minutes.
- Bake, rotating sheets midway, 40-50 minutes, until bubbling and golden. Sprinkle on remaining thyme 5 minutes before done.
The Best of Summer
By Amber Thurman
Melon is a delicious fruit, packed with nutrition. Melons plants belong to the family Cucurbitaceae. Melons contain niacin, vitamins A, B6, & C, as well as potassium. Their high water content makes them an excellent diuretic. There are many species of melons, but they belong to four genera: Momordica, Benincasa, Citrullus, and Cucumis. All but a handful of culinary melon varieties belong to the species Cucumis. Melons are a popular summer fruit in all parts of the world. Melons are usually consumed fresh, but also used in juices, desserts, fruit salads, or custards.
At Mariposa Market we feature many types of melons throughout summer, and many are locally grown. We have Seeded Watermelon, Seedless Watermelon, Honeydew, Orange Flesh Honeydew, Cantaloupe, Galia, and our newest addition, the Sugar Kiss melon. This melon is so sweet it's called "Sugar Kiss" for a reason. The cotton candy of melons, the soft orange center will melt on your tongue, bursting with a rich cantaloupe flavor. Sugar Kiss is a cross between the Galia and Charentais melons. They contain vitamins A and C, potassium, sodium, carbohydrates, glucose, and protein, with zero fats or acids. Cut up slices for your next picnic and enjoy one of summer’s best treats.