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!
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
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.
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!
This past Wednesday night, May 16th, neighbors of the 22nd Street and Bartlett area met at the CCSF Mission Campus for an information session and brainstorming workshop on plans to redesign Bartlett Street. A partnership of MCM, the Rebar Group and CARECEN is coordinating with project sponsors of the “Giant Value” development at 2558 Mission (with an entrance on Bartlett) to secure funding for the planned improvement, which is a product of ongoing feedback received by the Mission Community Market since 2010.
Led by ReBar designer John Bela and Mission Community Market Executive Director, Jeremy Shaw, Wednesday night’s session focused on gathering ideas for the proposed street redesign from workshop participants and Bartlett Street neighbors. Victor Marquez, representing Oyster Development, gave an overview of the “Giant Value” redevelopment project, as well as the planned reconstruction of the adjacent New Mission Theater and historic marquee by Alamo Drafthouse Cinema. Primary concerns from the neighborhood include making the area safer, more family-friendly, and friendly to small businesses.
A variety of ideas, options, and concerns for Bartlett Street’s streetscape were presented at the workshop by project coordinators and participants, including:
- Stormwater management and permeable surfaces
- Pedestrian improvements
- The potential to build out the project in phases as more funding is secured
- Making Bartlett Street a gathering spot for a school-aged “walking schoolbus”
- Making space or play structures for children and families
- Better lighting
- Protect existing public housing
- “Shared Street” – vehicle access for loading/unloading and garages
- Engage the local library and local businesses. Improving street condition could help business!
- Use temporary improvements like mobile planters or vendor stalls in the interim development phase – don’t wait?
Since what it means to “improve” Bartlett Street is open to interpretation, gathering opinions from neighbors and stakeholders is very important. In order to facilitate this ongoing process, the MCM will be asking market-goers and neighbors to share their ideas with us for the next few weeks. We want to know what your top priorities are in any potential redesign. Make sure you check out the concept drawings, ask us questions about the Bartlett Street redesign project, and add your own ideas to the board when you stop by the Market!
See you there – every Thursday from 4-8 PM.
Please see the concepts discussed online.