Springtime in the Commons means that the Heart of the City Farmers’ Market is brimming with new produce offerings. Whether you’re a longtime customer or new shopper, now is a great time to visit the market, which takes place in UN Plaza on Sundays from 7:00 am to 5:00 pm, and on Wednesdays from 7:00 am to 5:30 pm. Lookout for new springtime produce offerings like mulberries, zucchini, snap peas, and more. And grab some Tulips while you’re at it!
The Heart of the City Farmers’ Market has been operating in UN Plaza since 1981, and it’s no secret that this market is a major attraction in Civic Center Commons. But, did you know that the market plays a critical role in making fresh, healthy food accessible to those in need? Heart of the City Farmers’ Market:
Distributes over $1 million annually in food assistance at the Market information tent;
Executes the largest farmers market EBT program in California (nearly 70% of EBT benefits used at San Francisco farmers markets are used at this market!); and
Makes over $250,000 per year in grant-funded incentives available to promote purchasing sustainable, local produce with an EBT card.
The Heart of the City Farmers’ Market has been a true pioneer in making healthy eating accessible to all by accepting various forms of payment (such as EBT and WIC). We hope you’ll stop by the market to do your shopping and support the many small farmers who are bringing the bounty of spring to UN Plaza!
Facilitated by Dr. Elliot Gann, aka Phillipdrummond of Today’s Future Sound, StreetBeats: An Exploration of Culture through Hip-Hop is an intergenerational activation exploring the many different ways to experience and engage with Hip Hop at the Village Artist Corner (aka the Art/Lit Living Innovation Zone) on the first Sundays of March, April and May 2018.
Curated by the Asian Art Museum and San Francisco Public Library, the Village Artist Corner, outside the Asian Art Museum on Fulton Street at Larkin Street, serves as a venue for art to inspire change through shared experiences through rotating murals and monthly participatory programming created by the Village Artist-in-Residence.
With dozens of resource tents and tables flanking the steps of the San Francisco Public Library (SFPL), multilingual signs waving in the wind directing guests, and a stream of volunteers in bright blue shirts ready to help, Lava Mae hosted an employment-focused Pop-Up Care Village in the Commons on March 27th. The event provided a one-stop-shop for employment services for people experiencing homelessness, from free job preparedness advice, to hygiene kits, adult education opportunities, clothes, health services, food, books, and haircuts.
Founded in 2013, Lava Mae is a non-profit organization that fosters Radical Hospitality – transforming how essential services are deployed to unhoused individuals in the Bay Area and Los Angeles. Converting buses into showers and toilets, Lava Mae has served over 10,000 guests providing much needed access to hygiene resources. Lava Mae offers free hot shower services in the Commons every Tuesday from 8am – 1:30pm adjacent to the SFPL on Fulton Street and hosts Pop-Up Care Villages quarterly.
On February 21st, the Tenderloin Museum sponsored a pop-up drag performance during the Heart of Heart of the City Farmers’ Market, featuring the cast and creators from the The Compton’s Cafeteria Riot. With appearances by Collette Le Grande, Shane Zaldivar, Donna Personna, Pleasure Bynight and Miss J, the outdoor performance drew crowds of Farmers Market shoppers, local workers and residents who got a sneak peak of the talented performers bringing the story of protest from drag queens and their allies against police harassment at the Tenderloin’s Compton’s Cafeteria.
The Compton’s Cafeteria Riot, an original, interactive theater experience inspired by the historic riots that launched transgender activism in San Francisco, runs through May 4, 2018. Play patrons convene for an evening breakfast at the New Village Cafe where a 12 person cast dramatizes the inequalities facing the transgender and drag queen communities and their acts of resistance.
Don’t miss this unique play about a key historic movement in the Tenderloin community – buy your tickets now!
What holiday event would be complete without visits from Christmas VIPs such as The Great Dickens Christmas Fair‘s Scrooge and Ghost of Christmas Present? Not to mention the man-of-the-hour — Santa himself — was in attendance.
With drinks for kids of every age and hundreds of toys given away courtesy of the San Francisco Police Department, smiles were in abundant supply amid a chilly evening as the City’s central gathering place welcomed the holiday season in style.
If you missed the grand event, fret not, the tree is in Civic Center Plaza through the holidays for all to enjoy. How do you know this is a true San Francisco tree? If you look closely enough, you might think it leans left.
San Francisco celebrated the final Commons 3rd Thursday Block Party event last week, and while the inaugural season has come to a close, it’s just the beginning of what #WeHaveInCommons.
Throughout the inaugural series, music promotion stalwarts from Another Planet Entertainment, People in Plazas, and Noise Pop were the curated an astounding array of exceptional talent. The Commons visitors danced to Cuban all stars, shook to hip rockers, and grooved to beat bumping DJs. Off-the-Grid punched the flavor ticket, bringing food and drink. Visitors also perused museum exhibits, shopped at pop-up book stores, and got crafty with DIY workshops all in the City’s central public spaces. While you were there, you may even have noticed the trees getting wild.
In the final two events of the series, visitors rented free roller skates and with varying degrees of skill went round and round (and sometimes down) at the Church of 8 wheels roller disco. We’d be hard pressed to create a better people-watching spectacle.
The Commons Thursdays grew out the greater Civic Center Commons initiative, a strategic effort led by the City of San Francisco and community partners to transform daily experiences in our central public spaces and create a unified, inclusive civic “Commons.” The Commons Thursdays event was a collaboration between the City of San Francisco, Another Planet Entertainment, Off the Grid, Noise Pop, and the Civic Center Community Benefit District.
We can’t wait to see City Hall turn yellow, red, and blue again for the next Commons Thursdays in 2018. The inaugural series may be over, but is’ just a salvo, the very beginning of exploring, entertaining and engaging with what #WeHaveInCommons.