A new breed of farmers' market in San Francisco's Mission District combines food, culture, youth, and entrepreneurship.
Chances are if you've been to Bartlett Street between 21st & 22nd Street in San Francisco's Mission District, you didn't stay long. It's a block taken up mostly by a parking lot, a few apartment buildings and a lot of graffiti. Though he wasn't blind to this spot full of "waste and illicit activities,"planner and neighborhood resident Jeremy Shaw saw the potential for something else entirely to take its place.
Shaw's inspiration had come from his involvement with San Francisco's Great Streets Project, which "catalyzes the return of our city's streets to their rightful place as the center of civic life." Bartlett Street, he thought didn't have to be place to avoid but rather one to gather in. His vision has now taken form as the Mission Community Market, and since July, this once-derelict block now hosts a music, food, and family-filled gathering every Thursday from 4-8pm.