Here at Mission Community Market, we’re excited to introduce you to the two newest members of our team! Mark Uhlig and Lauren Greis have joined on for the next few months as Market Assistants. Don’t be fooled by the photo below of these two goofing off at the end of a great market; they’re very serious about making MCM the best it can be!
Lauren Greis is excited to join the MCM team as our new Market Assistant, specializing in market operations, blogging, creating recipes, and so much more! Lauren came to the Bay Area four years ago via Chicago, Boston, DC, and Southeast India. She has worked in the non-profit world on international development, women’s rights, sustainability, and food justice issues. She enjoys hiking, biking, traveling to beautiful places, going to estate sales, and building community through gardening, cooking, and eating with others. Also, she likes smush-faced dogs, so she’d be more than happy to dog-sit yours while you shop at MCM!
Mark Uhlig is MCM’s Market Assistant, focusing on market operations and marketing! Born and raised in the Bay Area, he moved into San Francisco a few years ago where he currently attends San Francisco State University. He started interning with MCM in January and he’s having a great time meeting new people, enjoying delicious foods, and supporting an organization within the Mission community. He hopes to see you around the market!
For over fifty years and across four generations, Far West Fungi has been selling at Bay Area Farmers’ Markets, and we are thrilled to welcome them to MCM! A family-run business, John and Toby Garrone operate a 60,000 square food growing facility in the heart of Monterey Bay, just 95 miles south of San Francisco. The business is supported by John and Toby’s four sons and their families, many of whom you might see selling at MCM each week. With the help of a steady ocean breeze and the location’s northern coastal fog, Far West Fungi uses a balance of modern and traditional growing techniques to produce a diverse array of fresh, organic mushrooms.
Visit them at MCM to buy several varieties of mushrooms, mushroom-growing kits, and other fun products! You can also learn more about some of the many different types of mushrooms that exist at their Fungipedia page! Come visit them at MCM each Thursday 4-8pm and pick up some king trumpets, shitakes, or whatever kind of mushroom your heart desires.
Join us this Thursday 2/28 as we say goodbye to February and hello to two of our favorite local musicians: Benjamin Brown and CelloJoe. These two guys are no strangers to Bartlett Street, and their talents never fail to amaze.
First up at 4pm will be Benjamin Brown, a self-taught blues singer and songwriter living in Oakland, CA. At age 25, he is a self-taught blues guitarist who plays with as much soul as any contemporary blues artist.
At 6pm, we’ll enjoy music from the talented CelloJoe. Utilizing only his voice, a cello and a loop pedal, he is able to take listeners on a sonic musical journey. CelloJoe is able to record live on the spot with a looper and produce intricate tapestries of harmony, melody, and rhythm, and mimics everything from dubstep to folk to rock to classical to hip hop by beatboxing, throatsinging, singing, plucking and bowing the cello.
Come on down to MCM this Thursday for a grand ol’ time! MCM is every Thursday at 22nd/Bartlett, 4-8pm.
Meet Charlie of Coastside Farms!!
Charlie is the owner and founder of Coast Side Farms, a specialty smoked fish business. Charlie’s family knows fish in and out, so six years ago after 25 years of doing litigation support and touring as a jazz musician he decided to start his own business.
Charlie’s family in Alaska does all of the fishing by line and they travel up and down the west coast through British Columbia, Washington, and Oregon to catch wild salmon. Depending on the season, the salmon could be in a variety of locations. His cousin is responsible for smoking the fish. I got the pepper smoked salmon (see below), and all I can say is, it’s DELICIOUS! (check out our Mercado Kitchen recipe for a yummy breakfast taco to see Coastside Farms smoked salmon used in a recipe!)
Charlie loves the market life and says that his experience helping out at the Ocean Beach Farmer’s Market in San Diego is what made him want to sell at markets. So when you’re at the market be sure to stop by and talk with Charlie about this week’s fresh catch!
Meet Amy and Joe of Marla Bakery!!
Amy and Joe, co-owners of Marla Bakery, are an absolute delight and the goodies that come out of their kitchen are equally delightful. When telling me about how the Marla Bakery came to be, Joe explained that he fell in love with Amy’s baked goods first and then Amy. I must say both the baked goods and Joe and Amy are easy to fall in love with — I hope you try their delicious treats and meet them when you stop by the market! Read more