09 May 2018

Napa Farmers Market Celebrates Cinco de Mayo

by Charlotte Billings and Connie Evans

Napa Valley Register

Cinco de Mayo celebrates the Mexican Army’s triumph over the French on May 5, 1862, at the Battle of Puebla. The Mexican Army was greatly outnumbered, so the victory provided an important symbolic boost for the Mexican government and the resistance.

In Mexico, Cinco de Mayo is not a huge holiday and mostly observed in the State of Puebla, considered the country’s gastronomic capital. In the United States, the day has become an occasion to celebrate Mexican culture and heritage.

At the Napa Farmers Market, we celebrate and honor the long participation of Mi Fiesta, a vendor at the market for more than 20 years. Silvia Infante’s Mi Fiesta booth has fresh hand-made tamales, pre-packaged enchiladas and chiles rellenos, salsa, guacamole, tortillas and salsa — in other words, everything you need for your Cinco de Mayo festivities.

Pick up eggs, tortilla chips, salsa and perky, freshly harvested cilantro at the Napa Farmers Market and celebrate Cinco de Mayo with chilaquiles for Saturday lunch. Or make the dish for Sunday brunch to keep the celebration going all weekend. Buy some fresh navel oranges for dessert or add a salad of farmers market greens, sliced radishes and oranges.

Chilaquiles

Enjoy this traditional Mexican breakfast on Cinco de Mayo and all year long.

Salsa verde, as much as you like

2 eggs, beaten

Handful of tortilla chips

Crema fresca, sour cream, queso fresco, and/or cilantro to garnish

Optional: Lime wedges and sliced jalapeño chile

Heat salsa verde in a pan over medium heat until it just starts to bubble. Add the eggs and stir until the eggs begin to set and the sauce starts to thicken. Add the tortilla chips, reduce the heat to low, and cook, stirring, until the chips are soft and the eggs are cooked.

Serve immediately with crema fresca or sour cream, crumbled queso fresco and chopped cilantro. Offer lime wedges and chiles if desired.

Serves 1

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Charlotte Billings is the manager of the Napa Farmers Market. Connie Evans is on the board of directors of the Napa Farmers Market.

The Napa Farmers Market takes place on Tuesdays and Saturdays from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., in the parking lot of the South Napa Century Center, 195 Gasser Drive, Napa. Vendors include many local produce and flower growers; fresh seafood and meat merchants; ready-to-eat fare; plus, other hand-crafted wares. Educational kids’ activities, chef demos and nonprofit-organization booths add to the enriching, multicultural shopping experience. The market also participates in the Market Match program, doubling the value of CalFresh benefits purchasing power for all eligible food products. For more information or a schedule of upcoming events, visit www.napafarmersmarket.org.