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More Fresh Produce in Bayview!

Produce at Upper Crust Deli

My favorite Bayview corner sandwich shop, Upper Crust Deli on Third Street in San Francisco, has just started carrying fresh seasonal produce. They are now selling a variety of melons, potatoes, apples, bananas and many other healthy fruit and vegetable options.

Corner Store Helps to Fight Food Deserts

Upper Crust co-owner Mike GheithWhile I was buying an avocado this afternoon I asked Upper Crust Deli co-owner Mike Gheith about the store’s decision to start carrying more healthy food, and he explained:

“We decided to start selling produce because there just are not many places in the neighborhood to buy fresh fruits and vegetables. We always try to buy our produce locally, and go to the farmer’s markets whenever possible.”

Small corner stores are increasingly becoming an effective tool to help fight urban food deserts, particularly in largely minority and low-income neighborhoods like Bayview. Often in such marginalized neighborhoods we have a glut of unhealthy corporate fast food restaurants and little access to fresh seasonal produce; so the decision of local and independently owned Upper Crust to start offering fresh fruits and vegetables in the neighborhood is a most welcome one.

Please show your support for Upper Crust’s decision to make more healthy food options available to Bayview residents and patronize their store. They make excellent sandwiches too. Upper Crust Deli is located at 5100 Third Street, on the corner of Revere. They are open seven days a week, from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday thru Friday, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Saturday and 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Sunday; their phone number is: 415-822-3100.

Upper Crust Deli

For another local produce option in the neighborhood, the seasonal Wednesday Bayview Farmer’s Market will be starting up again on May 20th; the farmer’s market is scheduled to run through October and is from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. every week. It is located on Third and Oakdale Avenue, across from the Bayview Opera House.

The San Francisco Bicycle Coalition will also be providing their Bike Doctor services at the Bayview Farmer’s Market on May 20th and May 27th. This is an excellent opportunity to not only get your bicycle fixed up for free, but also to socialize with your neighbors and buy some tasty healthy fruit and vegetables.

bike doctor in BayviewSFBC Bike Doctor volunteers repair bicycles in Bayview at Literacy for Environmental Justice’s People’s Earth Day event last year.