SF LIFE: Pops, Mobilize Love, Baked Goods, Shop
Happy Father’s Day to all the Mr. Tomatoes out there. If you have forgotten about that man, we have a few ideas for you from the Bay Area. Many of us are struggling with how to assist with social injustice and we have a few ways to make this easier for you. Check out Mobilize Love, an unconventional strategy to curb social injustice. Bakers against racism is a program that has come to the Bay Area through tomorrow. Delicious baked goods for a great cause and support the Bay Area’s black fashion designers, and boutiques.
Time to celebrate POPS
Whether he can’t get enough barbecue or needs a new pair of kicks or new reading material, here are some suggestions straight from the Bay. If you can’t run and purchase, print a photo and a gift certificate!
In I Know This to Be True: Stephen Curry, the local basketball legend discusses his career achievements and personal life and demonstrates his determination, compassion, and leadership $15, chroniclebooks.com
Made from recycled water bottles with quick drying Aireator mesh, Ornot’s USA made Intersection Olive Orange Socks will jazz up dad’s sneakers and keep him comfortable on all his outdoor endeavors. $15, ornotbike.com
We thought it was important to let all Tomatoes know about Mobilize Love a local non-profit that is determined to take action on racial inequality, by launching an unconventional strategy that will curb systemic injustice. The first-of-its-kind in San Francisco, Mobilize Love is deploying a fleet of four outreach trucks to target communities in need by providing mobile human services. These include services that people of color are in urgent need of:
- a mobile laundromat that provides free laundry washing
- a mobile stage truck to provide youth with mentorship and after school programs
- a mobile wellness truck that provide hygiene, haircut, and medical care
- and a mobile food truck, which provides free hot meals to curb hunger and food security among low-income communities.
Mobilize Love is the first and only non-profit food truck in the Bay Area and has served over 5,000 hot meals since SIP began. For more info on the organization and ways you can assist visit Mobilizelove.org
Shop for Good
If protesting or signing petitions isn’t your jam, another way to make a difference and support the Bay Area black community is to buy from black-owned businesses. So here are two for you and we will share more next week.
Ever since she opened her namesake Oakland flagship in 2007, Sherri McMullen has been a force for fashion good and a style star in her own right. The shop features global and local brands with a focus on emerging African and African-American fashion and home-décor designers. She has a second location in Palo Alto, but for now head online! Shopmcmullen.com
Taylor Jay Collection
Oakland designer Taylor Jay was inspired to create her business to fill a need. What was she hunting for? Elevated, comfy and simple-chic. She launched her anything-but-basic basics collection designed for women of all sizes and body types. Garments are made from certified eco-friendly fabrics and use environmentally safe dyes at an Oakland factory—where ethical sourcing and fair labor practices are the order of the day. Taylorjaycollection.com
Bakers Again Racism
Bakers are fed up and firing up the ovens. Bakers Against Racism is a worldwide virtual bake sale, with proceeds going to organizations fighting systemic racism and injustice. Anyone can participate, from professional pastry chefs to regular home cooks. The site is simply tracking donations to measure impact, while the hashtag #bakersagainstracism is blowing up on Instagram. Here in the Bay Area, lots of local bakeries have joined in, and their boxes of anti-racist baked treats are already selling out like hotcakes. The event is running through tomorrow Here are a few of the bigger groups that are rolling up their sleeves, putting out beautiful baked goods, and donating proceeds to their favorite organizations. Please note, this list is far from comprehensive, and while these bakeries are selling out fast, others are jumping in with fresh options. So check your favorite bakery’s social media feeds for the latest. Because whether you’re craving cake, pie, or cookies, there’s a bakery that’s going to be making something sweet and paying it forward this week.
East Bay Bakers for Anti-Police Terror Project and Black Organizing Project
A crew of 20 pastry chefs in the East Bay have teamed up together, to put out a breakfast pastry box, afternoon tea box, chocolate babka, Blenheim apricot tart, buttermilk biscuits, and more. Options are selling out fast, but a few still available. Catch the crumbs while you can
Ferry Plaza Farmers Market for Black Earth Farms
Even if you miss all the presales, the Ferry Plaza Farmers’ Market is your backup plan. A group of home bakers has banded together to support their favorite black-owned farming collective. Just step right up this Saturday from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.