Guerilla Vegetable Delivery: Mariquita Farm Mystery Boxes

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If you're sick of eating out all the time but want to retain some of that adventurous culinary spirit in your own kitchen, we have just the thing for you: Mysterious Thursdays at Mariquita Farm. Dubbed "guerilla vegetable deliveries," the small family-run organic specialty farm near Watsonville shows up every other Thursday evening at a different San Francisco restaurant in an automobile described as a "taco truck-meets-the farmers market." There they sell their mystery boxes -- a bric-a-brac of interesting specialty veggies along with recipe suggestions -- for $25 a pop, and leave the customers to their own devices. Recent mystery boxes have packed all kinds of veggies I've never actually seen outside the hoity-toity confines of a tasting menu: Broccoli de Cicco, Erbette Chard, Spring Garlic, Puntarelle, Spigariello, and Chantenay Carrots. It's a learning experience, people. Give it a shot. The next Mystery Box handout happens Thursday, June 12 at Piccino (801 22nd St. at Tennessee) in Dogpatch; 5:00 -- 7:00 p.m. To secure your own mystery box email julia@mariquita.com or call 831-761-8380.

-- Brian Bernbaum

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