Thursday, September 4, 2008

Mercato Meat-Up

Catt Fields White, the Little Italy Mercato's "Market Maestra," is really doing remarkable things with this new market. The latest news? She's bringing meat to the market. It may be a San Diego first (let me know if I'm wrong). Catt's great little market e-newsletter says that starting Sept. 13 Da-Le Ranch, a family-owned operation near Lake Elsinore, will be at the market selling naturally raised, farm-fresh pork, lamb and chicken -- antibiotic and hormone free. And, as of Sept. 20, Chef Rey Knight, who worked at the Linkery in 2007 and continues to make salumi for Eclipse Chocolat, Ritual Tavern, Hamilton's Tavern and Urban Solace, will be offering his charcuterie at the Little Italy market. (Thanks, Jay Porter, for the correction!)

The Little Italy Mercato is held on Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. year-round on Date St., from Kettner to Union.

Da-Le Ranch offers tours of its 22-acre ranch (which includes a nursery, gardens, worm winrows, animal pens and a dog kennel). Good luck trying to figure out where they're located, however. There's nothing on the site. Not even a phone number...

Update, thanks to Alice Q. She found their contact info here. Of course, Da-Le Ranch might want to consider adding it to their own site ;)




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