First Mission Community Market Today
"I'm looking forward to getting started," said Jeremy Shaw, MCM's lead organizer. "This is just the beginning of a new community space that the community will define."
Shaw said the market is starting well, with eight farmers and various prepared foods and crafts and artisan booths, five cultural, performance, youth or artistic partners, two after-school programs, tables from the YMCA, and an art project from Root Division.
"We need to make sure the balance of vendors is right, we need to make sure different types of emerging businesses from the neighborhood are represented," said Shaw. "We need to make sure to get the word out that this is a community space and a platform for existing institutions to bring the programs they are already doing into the street."
In the longer term, Shaw wants to see the weekly activity in the middle of Bartlett Street become a tool to long-term permanent improvements to the street.
"We will be consulting with the community and raising funds for making streetscape improvements, adding murals and considering other design components the community brings forward," he said.