Saturday, April 17, 2010

Murals & Markets

My parents owned a restaurant during my youth and I remember spending many Saturdays here going from stall to stall with them to shop for fresh vegetables. Many decades later, I come back for a visit because the murals draw me in.


The San Francisco Farmer's Market opened in 1947 and this 1951 picture shows how it looked back then. (Photo courtesy of the San Francisco History Center)
You history buffs might like to read a historical essay about the popular San Francisco farmers markets written by John Brucato.


There is a mural for each stall. They were painted during the 2002-2003 timeframe as part of a community beautification project.


A close-up example of a mural within a stall.


I really like this one with the bees and colorful archway.


- Karen

13 comments:

Yvi said...

It looks great...colorful...the one with the bees is really beautiful!

Vigor said...

Love the paintings. :)

Life Ramblings said...

love all the murals especially the last shot. they are so colorful and appealing.

Beth said...

The Baltimore Farmer's market has murals too (on the underside of an expressway, since that's where it is!) and it makes it so festive!

dot said...

How unique! I'd love to shop there. It looks like the view in front of the stalls might be nice too.

impotenta said...

this is something special :)

Ratty said...

It would be worth going there just to see these murals. They're wonderful.

Gerald (Ackworth born) said...

Special "farmer's markets" are a relatively new thing in the UK. Of course we have a long tradition of markets of various types.

jam said...

Those paintings are beautiful!

Poetic Shutterbug said...

Karen, I remember going there with my family on Saturdays when I was young to buy our produce. I haven't been there in years but I love seeing those murals. I'll have to check it out again soon.

betchai said...

interesting pictures of paintings and structures Karen, I love seeing murals too.

Ruby's Raiser said...

Oh, I agree - awesome mural with the bees. Great shots as always, Karen!

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