Three’s Community

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Zhalisa, Jonny, and Jaylee live about 30 feet from the market, and they are neighborhood friends. Zhalisa works in marketing for a large internet search company. Jonny works at Boogaloo’s. Jaylee is a student and also works on 22nd Street. I caught these three sassy Mission dwellers on a food hunt. Before arriving at the Mission Community Market, they had stopped at the old fashioned Italian deli “Lucas” to buy ravioli. Now, they were selecting good veggies and fruit for the delectable dinner that they planned to cook and eat together. So far, they had lettuces, tomatoes, and a melon so fragrant that I could smell it from a distance. Zhalisa, Jonny and Jaylee remind me that cooking is the best instigator for conviviality. Bien hecho, amigos!

by Adriana Camarena

Romesco-Style Heirloom Tomato Sauce

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This easy, delicious sauce is a great way to take advantage of the plethora of different heirloom tomatoes still available at the market! Whether you hit up Her Farms, Happy Boy Farms, Tomatero Farm or Blue House Farm, make sure to get plenty of juicy, near-soft tomatoes. While you’re at the MCM, also pick up some raw almonds from Winters Fruit Tree to whirl into this easy, unique sauce.


1/4 cup extra virgin olive

4 cloves garlic, minced

1 green jalapeño, seeded and diced

4 large, juicy heirloom tomatoes, cored and chopped (about 3 cups chopped tomatoes)

1 handful fresh basil leaves, chopped

1 tsp Ancho chili powder

1/4 cup toasted sliced almonds, plus more for garnish

1 tbsp red wine vinegar


Heat the olive oil in a large saucepan over medium heat. Add garlic and jalapeño and cook for 30-60 seconds, just until fragrant (be careful not to burn the garlic). Reduce heat to medium-low and add the tomatoes, basil, chili powder, almonds and red wine vinegar. Cover and cook for 25-30 minutes or until tomatoes break down.

Puree until very smooth. Serve garnished with fresh basil and more toasted sliced almonds.

Makes about 2 1/2 cups tomato sauce

Put pep-n-your-step, organically

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Kim Leonard is the creator of “En vie naturals” a line of natural organic skincare products for women and men of ethnic skin types. Her products are made with all natural oats, nuts, and botanical extracts. At the market, Kim opens a jar of “Pep-n-your step” foot soak for me to smell. I stick my nose into a bouquet of peppermint, eucalyptus, lavender and menthol fragrances. Instant aromatherapy! Kim beams a happy healthy smile, and explains that “This foot soak is good for hardworking men and women, who are on their feet all day. 10 minutes in warm water will allow the natural agents to act and soften and relax the feet”. Kim is a vegetarian, and prides herself on not using any animal products, parabens, or toxins in her line. She is also a Mission local from all her life. Three years ago Kim began making skincare products for friends and family as a pastime. She was a coffee shop manager back then, but like many folk, she lost her job in the past few years. Not one to mope around, she quickly enrolled in the Women’s Initiative Program to gain the skills to make her boutique dream come true. She graduated in 2009, and her business is up and running. “Everything that you see here, I make with my own two hands!” She waves jazz hands in the air, and gives me another stellar Kim smile. She invites you to pass by her stall and check out her facial cleansers and scrubs as well!

by Adriana Camarena

Thursday Sept 9

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Big Tadoo Puppet Crew, Shakespeare’s Hip Hop and Ariel Eisen Starring

The Big Tadoo Puppet Crew is a Bay Area-based puppet troupe that combines storytelling with elements of poetry and song, illuminating with lessons of sustainability and democracy. They’ve toured over 50,000 miles on bio-fuel across the country performing at county fairs, farmers markets, music concerts and festivals.

See/Christian Elauri will bring us the Fool Truth, hip hop theater. “Ellauri is a commanding beat-boxer and performance poet, his freestyle recitations of passages of Shakespeare were among the most artistically impressive of the show.” – Star Bulletin

“Why be a critic when you could be starring in the play?” asks Ariel Eisen. She draws inspiration from Paul Simon and Bob Dylan to Billy Holiday, Ella Fitzgerald and Antonio Carlos Jobim. Come see her jazzy guitar, angelic voice and potent lyrics at 5pm.

Breezy Summer from Her Farms

 Remember summer weather? Taste it again with this easy summer salad recipe made with produce from Her Farms, which offers some of the most reasonably-priced farm-fresh produce available. Takes 5 minutes! Get recipe…

NEW DESIGNERS: Mixcoatl and the Mission Statement

The MCM is happy to welcome Mixcoatl from 24th Street (South Van Ness) and the Mission Statement from 18th Street (Mission/Valencia)! Mixcoatl Arts and Crafts has a variety of Mexican and Huichol jewelry, art and crafts – and lucha libre masks. The Mission Statement is a cooperative boutique of local designers of apparel and accessories for men and women on 18th Street between Mission and Valencia. Mission Statement will be joining the MCM every 2nd Thursday from now on.

Welcome to the Community Market!!!

Stick around for more AMAZING food vendors joining in the coming weeks.

This Week: Public Dance/Break/Jerk Space

Students from Everett Middle School and the Mission Beacon hold open workshop space for breaking, jerking, douggie. Open session for all Mission youth from 5pm on.

“My Job is to Feed People”

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Dave Hale offers me an apple section as soon as I show up as his market stall. “This is the Pink Pearl, a very tart variety, very good for cooking!” Crunch! The Pink Pearl is indeed a pink-fleshed apple with a golden exterior. The tartness makes my mind flutter with inspirations for apple pies and salads. Dave Hale is a 5th generation apple farmer. His great-great-grandfather – William Ross, originally from Scotland – bought their land in Sebastapol in 1883. Dave grew up on the land, and in 1978 took over from his uncles. At the moment, they are working 40 acres, but he has gone up to 90 acres. “My job is to feed people, and that is what I do! Nice thing about markets, and the reason why I like to come here, rather than send an employee is the direct relationship between producer and consumer. If I send an employee, I can’t have the dialogue that you and I are having.” Dave attends an English woman who arrives with her two young daughters. She tells Dave how much she misses English apples, and he helps her select a few English varietals that might just cure her homesickness. During the apple season (August through Thanksgiving), his trees yield up to 30 different varieties of apples. He shows me the list: Akane, Arkansas Black, Baldwin, Belle de Boscop, Bellflower, Black Jonathan, Black Twig, Braeburn, Cameo, Early Jonathan, Fiji, Gala, Hoover, Jonagold, King of Tompkins, Liberty, Macoun, Mitso, Northern Spy, Pink Lady, Pink Pearl, Pippin, R.I. Greening, Ramey York, Romes, Sierra Beauty, Spitzenberg, Std. Jonathan, Wagner, Winesap, Winter Banana, Winter Permain, etc. What goodness and abundance! I can only identify about five. I ask which is his oldest apple. “I recently found the planting records in the attic in the house! The Balwin, Spitzenberg, and Wagner apples date back to the 1940’s, but the history of some of these apples dates back more than 100 years.” Dave also carries plums and pears and other fruits. He invites you to Hale’s Apple Farm for pumpkin picking season in the Fall.

by Adriana Camarena