letter to the editor

Letter to the Editor – District 4 Needs Farmers’ Markets

Dear Editor,

For many years, my neighbors and I have been calling for a farmers market in the Sunset. Our District 4 is the only district in the City without a local market.

Recently, my car was stolen in front of my house. It was recovered by the SF Police but damages and evidence of heroin paraphernalia exceeded the value of the car.

I salvaged the car and bought a bicycle. I have given up car ownership. It also makes economic sense as I calculated a yearly savings of over $10,000.

It’s been a couple of months now and I absolutely love it. It is difficult to explain but I feel more connected to place, nature and people.  I feel joy and happiness when I ride (not to mention a reduced waist).

Now that I am traveling on two wheels at a slower pace, I have noticed many others without cars – seniors, students, children and conscious neighbors committed to leaving a small carbon footprint.

And I have discovered, much to my dismay, that our district is the only district in San Francisco that does not have its own farmers and community market.

I propose we have two farmers markets that can alternate dates. I propose a small market on Taraval between 46th and 47th avenues and the other near the end of the N-Judah line at La Playa in front of the cafe or the SFUSD elementary school at 45th. Or what about the huge parking lots at the beach or the SF Zoo?

Wouldn’t it be wonderful to have a place for neighbors to gather, have a human connection, sell organic and healthy food, and  promote local and home businesses?

We can support our wonderful grocers, Noriega Produce and Other Avenues (one of the few remaining worker co-ops). They can sell and maybe even sponsor healthy eating workshops.

Neighbors who have bee hives could sell their honey. Neighbors could sell spare eggs from their flock of backyard chickens, elementary school children and seniors could sell produce from school and backyard gardens. We could even sell wares from local artists. Doesn’t it sound like fun?

We can even have music. Sponsor quartets from Ruth Asawa School of the Arts, Lowell and Lincoln High Schools.

Let’s make it a festive weekly or monthly event. It would be a welcomed respite from negativity, isolation, and most importantly, get neighbors out on the street to practice the lost art of civility, reducing crime and helping reduce our neighborhood’s carbon footprint.

If you are interested in setting up a farmers market in the Sunset, please contact me at murphy999@gmail.com.

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