La Cocina at the Ferry Building

Remember the Calorie Neutral Challenge? Here’s the latest.

After the Presido 10 I have put things into neutral a little, no runs, just a bike ride and lots of long walks around San Francisco, especially the Mission District (a gangbuster chicken burrito was devoured at La Taqueria) and the waterside Embarcadero – home to the delightful Ferry Building Marketplace.

The Marketplace is a serious foodie hang-out with some of the best produce and artisan food I have ever had. It is also home to the acclaimed  Ferry Plaza Farmers Market, operated by the nonprofit Center for Urban Education about Sustainable Agriculture (CUESA).  The market is widely acclaimed for both the quality and diversity of its fresh farm products, and artisan and prepared foods. Through the Farmer’s Market and its associated educational programs, CUESA seeks to promote sustainable food systems which are environmentally sound, socially just, humane and economically viable.

Lots of nice treats were had here including beautiful strawberries, a sample cone of cured meats from Boccalone’s Tasty Salted Pig Parts and a sampler of salt chocolate from a wee stall run by La Cocina.

“The mission of La Cocina is to cultivate low-income food entrepreneurs as they formalize and grow their businesses by providing affordable commercial kitchen space, industry-specific technical assistance and access to market  and capital opportunities. We focus primarily on women from communities of color and immigrant communities. Our vision is that entrepreneurs will become economically self-sufficient and contribute to a vibrant economy doing what they love to do.”1

I got talking to the stall attendant who described the kind of support that La Cocina provide – which extends to brokering pro bono legal assistance. How great is that!

I checked it out later found Legal Services for Entrepreneurs, an economic justice project of the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights of the San Francisco Bar Area. “LSE provides free business legal services to low-income individuals, including women and people of color, who want to start or develop for-profit businesses and certain for-profit businesses committed to community economic development.”

Good work huh?!

Pete

1. La Cocina, http://www.lacocinasf.org/, accessed 23 April 2012.

2. Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights or the San Francisco Bay Area, http://www.lccr.com/lse.shtml, accessed 23 April 2012.

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