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Monday, January 4, 2010

Despite Health Dept. Threat, Underground Farmers' Market Plans to Do It Again

Posted By on Mon, Jan 4, 2010 at 1:55 PM

click to enlarge Last month's market was in a private home in the Outer Mission. - SF PUBLIC PRESS/FLICKR
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  • Last month's market was in a private home in the Outer Mission.
A buzz-chilling visit by the Health Department to last month's Underground Farmers' Market isn't deterring organizer Iso Rabins from trying it again. Rabins told SFoodie he's scoping locations for another UFM event on Jan. 28. The forageSF founder said there's a chance the event ― a mix of mostly unlicensed food and body products makers, with live music ― could happen at CELLspace (2050 Bryant at 18th St.). He's still putting together the vendor list, and is hoping to offer at least one interactive workshop (like pickle- or soap-making) this time.

What's to keep authorities from swooping down Jan. 28? "This time it's technically not open to the public," Rabins explained. "When you come to the door you'll have to sign up for a membership with the S.F. Underground Farmers' Market." Admission is free.

Rabins said he got the decision to go private from one of the Health Department officers who showed up last time. "She said you can't have an event like this that's open to the public," he said, and that attendees would have to be informed that they'll be consuming food prepared in home kitchens. Rabins isn't taking any chances. He said he left a message with the Health Department describing his plans.

Read more details at forageSF's Facebook page.

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