Raul Vasquez is a cheese-maker from Toluca, Mexico. In Toluca, Raul’s family made queso fresco out of the leftover milk from the cows in his grandfather’s ranch. When he moved to the United States, Raul started working for Spring Hill Cheese and has had a chance to help make the cheese at all levels of production from cutting, packaging and hand labeling to separating the curds.
Prepared with toothpicks, Raul has the most samples out of any vendor in the market! Some of his cheeses are fresh while others have been aged for several years. Raul can help you find a good staple like cheddar or discover a more rare variety like quark. Spring Hill’s butter is AMAZING and you can try some this Thursday at the market!
Last week we debuted our Chef’s Market Box, a box of fresh MCM produce, portioned perfectly to an original recipe from a famous San Francisco chef. Each week, a local chef will create a recipe and bring San Francisco’s best culinary talent into your very own kitchen!
Did you know that Dolores Park was at one point a Jewish cemetery? Is there a correlation between gang territory and Mission bakeries? Mission Possible: A neighborhood Atlas created in collaboration between Mission Loc@l and students of the Cage Lab (part of the Geography Department at UC Berkeley) juxtaposes our beloved Mission with facts from various “phenomena” pertinent to the neighborhood such as: Craigslist Missed Connections occurrences, landmarks, local businesses and more. There are only 300 of these atlases printed, making them a collectible Zeitgeist of the Mission as we know it. Check out some of the other maps here. And come get your hands on a copy at the Mission Community Market this Thursday. All proceeds of the atlases go to support Mission Loc@l!
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.
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!