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Mission Local

San Franciscans love their neighborhood farmers markets and Mission residents are no exception. At public meetings held in 2009 for the Mission Streetscape Plan, a community-based planning process led by the San Francisco Planning Department, participants expressed desire for a farmers market, but one that was unique to the Mission. As a result, the Mission Community Market was created in 2010.
Mission Loc@l spoke with Jeremy Shaw, the Mission Community Market’s executive director, to learn about plans for 2011. The Mission Community Market returns tonight and will be held every Thursday from 4 to 8 p.m. at Bartlett between 21st and 22nd streets.

El Tecolote

Along with spring, The Mission Community Market is returning to Bartlett Street on April 14 after a four-month winter break. For the second year in a row, the vibrant community market will brighten the otherwise bleak alleys in the heart of the Mission District. Ultimately the organizer’s goal is to make the blocks between 21st and 22nd Streets a beautiful park-like space for people in the neighborhood to enjoy every day.

San Francisco Magazine

What the community got was a market—actually a street fair/after-school program/performance space/microbusiness incubator that materializes late on Thursday afternoons on Bartlett, a side street off 22nd. It’s not particularly ori­ginal, maybe, but it’s executed with a cheerful energy and low-key inclusiveness that feels rare in this city—in this world.

SF Gate

The Mission Community Market stresses a more service-oriented approach. To that end, the market opens up one block of Bartlett Street (at 22nd Street) for community organizations and developing local businesses (such as jewelers and bakers), plows revenue back into the neighborhood and reserves slots for kids’ activities – including musical performances, dance space and after-school programs involving food and nutrition, sponsored by nearby schools.

Uptown Almanac

Based on earlier trials of the Mission Community Market, I was worried that it was going to be more of a neighborhood freakshow than a farmer’s market.  Well, guess what people? It’s an excellent balance of both! Lots of veggies, fruits (get the 2 for $6 organic strawberries!), papusas and trannies dancing to horn instruments.  Unfortunately, the exorbitant prices at the MCM will never make this market a reasonable substitute for the Civic Center farmer’s market, but at least I can roll out of bed at 4pm on a Thursday afternoon and drag my ass over to 22nd and Bartlett and get veggies.

SF Gate

Photos of Mission Community Market’s Opening Day!

For more than two centuries, the red and black images of a rare American Indian mural remained hidden in the dark behind the elaborate altar at Mission Dolores, inaccessible to anyone save a few archaeologists and curators. Now, the public can see it, too – in a way. A replica of a large section of the mural as it looks buried inside the church today – aged with cracks, holes, smudges and peeled plaster – now covers a storefront wall along Bartlett Street, between 21st and 22nd streets in San Francisco’s Mission District.

KQED

In 2004, archaeologist Eric Blind and artist Ben Wood found a mural concealed behind an altar at Mission Dolores. The mural was painted sometime between 1791 and 1796, when the Ohlone and other local Native Americans are thought to have built the church. Painted on plaster, the mural is covered over with abstract patterns and Christian imagery. But about five years it was obscured behind a large wooden alter. Blind and Wood began digitizing the mural and asked local artists Jet Martinez, Ezra Eismont and Bunnie Reiss to paint it based on photos, outside a grocery store on Bartlett Street. Yesterday, the replica mural went on display.

San Francisco Bay Guardian

Ellen and Lance Anderson are visiting their son in the Sunset, all the way from upstate New York. They’d read about the mural they’re now standing in front of in the newspaper that morning, and decided to make a trip out to the Mission to check it out. “And maybe get something to eat,” Lance told me, looking around at the vendors setting up around us and the mural for the Mission Community Market’s first day of 2011.