Gilberto was selling tamales in the Thursday morning rain near Cesar Chavez Elementary school. He also has Atole, a corn-based drink. Didn’t have any change with me so I can’t say how all this tasted, but the tamales ($1.50 a piece) smelled wonderful. La Cocina and the Mission Economic Development Agency are working to organize vendors like Gilberto and will be helping them to participate in selling in Dolores Park as well as in the planned Mission Community Market Thursday afternoon farmer’s market at 22nd and Bartlett Streets.

The market organizers will have a block party fundraiser from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on June 19th. Jeremy Shaw, the staff person, is looking for a desk to work from. Contact him at if you have extra – and free – desk space.

Lydia Chávez

I’ve been a Mission resident since 1998 and a professor at Berkeley’s J-school until 2019. I got my start in newspapers at the Albuquerque Tribune in the city where I was born and raised. The Tribune...

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