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Cannery Farmers Market -- Mishegoss or Revolution?

Gary Soup | Jan 11, 200411:03 PM

In case you missed GraceAnn Walden's column the other day, she had this startling news:

"Chris Martin, managing partner of the Cannery shopping complex (2801 Leavenworth, at Beach), has big plans for 2004, including a farmers' market in the plaza each Friday and one weekend day a month. He says there will be custom-built stalls, about 25 hand-picked organic farmers, some flower growers, fresh fish and -- holy parking goddess -- validated parking in the Cannery garages. Martin also says that several new restaurants will open in the Cannery next year."

Is this the ultimate commodification of "Farmers Markets"? Does it signal that FishWarf is ripe for culinary tourism? When will the Slanted Door Cannery branch open? Will the validated parking lure Stanley Stephan back to SF?

I'm seriously interested in these issues, as the Cannery is about a 10 minute walk from home and its form has always fascinated me. I think it was Allen Temko who said "It looks like a map of the inside of Leonard Martin's Mind." Will we find out what Leonard's boy Chris has in the recesses of his mind? Will we like it?

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