What did the Mission say?

As I approached the youth surveyor’s booth at MCM last Thursday, all six surveyors were engaged in conversation with a passer-by. They looked relaxed and in charge, fielding questions about where to use the bathroom even as they explained Read more

La Cocina Entrepreneurs Hit the Streets

Over the past six years, La Cocina’s Street Food Festival has become a San Francisco staple. The festival features innovative food, education and discussion, and a chance for the SF community to share experience and taste with each other. At the Read more

A Sweet Addition to MCM

A woman hangs out of a window, leaning over the edge to serve grits. On the other side of the window, the grits are cooked in small batches, with lots of cream, cheese, and hot sauce. That’s the vision that Read more

Come Listen: Hip-Hop Cello Fusion

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What do you do when you play a classical instrument like the cello but you love hip hop? Well, you have to beat box over it of course! Cello Joe is a self-proclaimed “International bicycle touring vagabond troubadour cellist beatboxer.” He has traveled all over the world with his cello and his bike “hoping to make the world a better place by making strangers smile.” Come see him perform at the Mission Community Market, this Thursday at 4pm. In the meantime, check out this video of Cello Joe playing in front of one of the Angkor Wat temples in Cambodia.

Vendor of the Week: Kim Leonard

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Vendor of the Week: Kim Leonard

Kim Leonard of En Vie Naturals photo by David Gartner

We are often preoccupied with questions about what goes in our bodies: where does our food come from? How is it produced? What are the values of the person responsible for bringing it to our tables? Yet it is less common to see us so preoccupied over what we put ON our bodies, where the largest organ in our bodies resides: the skin!

Meet Kim Leonard, she is the creator of En Vie Naturals, and our Vendor of the Week! Kim’s products and hand-made in small batches with carefully chosen ingredients for all skin types. All of Kim’s products are vegan and cruelty free. Made with her family and friends in mind, you can trust the intention behind her products. Her after-shower body sprays, for example, were created for and inspired by her sister who doesn’t like the viscosity of lotions. Stop by her booth and you are likely to get a recommendation from her customers who quickly swoop in on their favorite staples. Paula of Chile Lindo (aka The Girl from Empanada) was happy to give us a testimonial on Kim’s behalf saying that her unscented “Butter-me up” was “the best! Good for people with sensitive skin or who work in scent-free environments like kitchens!”

Check out her products online at envienaturals.com and come get the rare opportunity of talking to a beauty products manufacturer next Thursday at the market!

MCM Hiring a Market Manager

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The Mission Community Market (MCM) is a weekly, outdoor marketplace that celebrates the Mission District’s diversity with fresh foods, local businesses, and youth activities. MCM’s goal is to improve family health, economic opportunity and the safe, fun use of Mission streets.

MCM is a shared community space for local food, arts and after-school programs from Everett, Horace Mann and Edison schools as well as Mission Cultural Center, Community Music Center, Mission Beacon, Mission Girls and the Marsh Youth Theater. MCM partners with MEDA, La Cocina, and the Women’s Initiative to create opportunities for local micro-enterprise. MCM is increasing opportunities for community programming, partnerships, vendors and outreach.

MCM seeks an efficient, self-starting market manager for the following responsibilities:

  • Manage set up, operations, clean up of weekly outdoor/farmers market
  • Coordinate volunteer staff
  • Coordinate and communicate with vendors
  • Manage marketing strategies and promotions
  • Manage equipment needs and repair
  • Assist in other areas of market management based on experience and interest

MCM seeks the following qualities in its team:

  • Passion for community arts, food, health, and small business
  • Experience working in farmers markets or event management
  • Strong communication and organizational skills
  • Non-judgmental, upbeat and welcoming attitude
  • Spanish/English bilingual

It’s a highly rewarding, flexible and fast pace work environment. Working in the community with MCM you will gain:

  • Relationships with community organizations and city officials
  • Understanding of the business of a public market
  • High potential for job growth and expanding your role

15-20 hrs/wk. $12-$18/hr DOE

Email resume, brief cover letter to Jeremy Shaw jeremy [ at ] missioncommunitymarket.org

La Gente live at MCM

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This week our farmer’s market is going to be buzzing with the music of La Gente performed by its lead singer Rafael Sarria. La Gente mixes music from across the world to deliver powerful messages and contagious dance rhythms. Rafael who goes by “Raffa” is an engaging and energetic performer, talented in various musical instruments and can get everyone to get up and dance. Raffa is a Resident Artist at the Red Poppy Art House and one of the head organizers for M.A.P.P. (Mission Arts Performance Program), which is taking place this Saturday and Sunday all over the Mission. Don’t miss this electrifying performance at the Mission Community Market this Thursday at 4pm.

The First MCM Chef Market Box (5/31)

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GRILLED SUMMER SQUASH, CHARRED SPRING ONIONS, AND BASIL

What if a famous Chef picked out the freshest produce from Mission Community Market and created a market-inspired recipe for you? (He did!)

And what if we’ll deliver the recipe & all the ingredients so you can cook it up? (We will!)

And what if you could make it all happen right now? (You can!)

Order your Chef’s Market Box by noon Wednesday and get it on Thursday! Get in early with our first dinner: Farro with Roasted Summer Squash & Spring Onion, Spring Salad. Delivered by Good Eggs, designed by Chef Jake Des Voignes of Local: Mission Eatery!

Get it delivered or grab it from any of four pick up locations!