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Thursday, July 29, 2010

Mint Plaza Farmers' Market a Chill Alternative to Heart of the City

Posted By on Thu, Jul 29, 2010 at 1:23 PM

click to enlarge Yesterday was week two for the seasonal Mint Plaza Farmers' market. - MARY LADD
  • Mary Ladd
  • Yesterday was week two for the seasonal Mint Plaza Farmers' market.
Yesterday's Mint Plaza Farmers' Market ― overall a smaller, somewhat tidier version of Heart of the City, happening simultaneously at Civic Center ― offered a chance to buy bread from two bakers (Beckmann's and Bakers of Paris), jars of spices from Spice Hound, and produce from a handful of mostly organic farms.

The week-old market, slated for Wednesdays through October 27, is organized by Urban Table, a South Bay nonprofit that produces smaller markets in business plazas and city centers. They're behind the North Beach Sunday market, too.

click to enlarge The market is a smaller, quieter version of Heart of the City, which takes place simultaneously in Civic Center. - MARY LADD
  • Mary Ladd
  • The market is a smaller, quieter version of Heart of the City, which takes place simultaneously in Civic Center.
The feel was mellow and intimate. There was music, flowers, and people enjoying leisurely lunches at tables outside Chez Papa. Thermidor had a few customers at the bar, and 54 Mint was wide open. Chez Papa had to-go lunch items for sale, and nearly all the plaza's signature orange chairs were filled with denizens taking a lunch break.

Mint Plaza Farmers' Market: Mint Plaza between Jessie and Mint Streets; Wednesdays through Oct. 27, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.

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