Guerilla Vegetable Delivery: Mariquita Farm Mystery Boxes
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or call 831-761-8380.
-- Brian Bernbaum