Bayview. The final frontier.
I've lived in San Francisco for just under 22 years. Until recently, I could count the number of times I'd been to Bayview on one hand. But Bayview is changing.
Last week a group of local artisans and neighborhoodies hosted their second monthly pop-up, Bayview Mercantile, at All Good Pizza on Third at Jerrold, showcasing many of the small, independent businesses in the area, including:
- Earl's Bread: I came to know Earl Shaddix because he's a fan of Punk Domestics, and it's because of him that I taught a fermentation class at Macy's with Nicole of FarmCurious. Earl's a DIY kind of guy himself; the reason he found the site was that he was researching how to make feta cheese for a Turkish boyfriend who was dissatisfied with what was available at the market. Earl became one of the earliest adopters of California's Cottage Food law that went into effect this year, and now makes bread and brittles for sale out of his home kitchen. Proceeds go to community causes in the Bayview. Loaves are just $5, and are worth every penny.
- Gratta Wines. We met Barbara Gratta at a pop-up last year, and instantly fell in love with her wines. Barbara is a true garagiste, with a fully bonded winery in her garage in her Bayview home. We've visited, and it's an impressive operation. More on her at a later date.
- Batter Bakery. Actually based on Polk Street, Jennifer of Batter just launched a new cart, from which she is selling handmade ice cream cookies. And, uh, YUM!
- SF Carriage. So new they don't even have a web presence yet. Handmade bent plywood and leather strap carriers designed for mason jars, so you can carry hot beverages in them. Proceeds will go to educational programs to train new artisans.
- And of course delicious pizza made in a trailer by All Good Pizza.
- Musical entertainment provided by Mad Noise.
The next Bayview Mercantile will be September 8, 11 am-4 pm, once again at All Good Pizza. See you there?