This small San Francisco-based nonprofit organization partners with 32 food microbusinesses that are launching, growing, or formalizing their operations.
La Cocina (which means “the kitchen” in Spanish) is a nonprofit organization that serves as a platform for low-income culinary entrepreneurs by providing access to a certified commercial kitchen, appropriate training, and technical assistance. The entrepreneurs’ businesses range from packaged food companies to catering services. La Cocina also rents a 4,400 square foot commercial kitchen space to established businesses. La Cocina’s entrepreneurs’ foods can be purchased at their kiosk in the Ferry Building seven days a week. Each month, La Cocina highlights an individual producer at their Ferry Plaza Farmers Market stand.
At the Ferry Plaza Farmers Market, the offerings at La Cocina’s stand change periodically but are always from the small businesses in La Cocina’s incubator program. Businesses vary widely in terms of where they buy their raw ingredients and what percentage of ingredients are local or organic, so ask about specific products to learn more.
The food made at La Cocina includes everything from organic Mexican food to handmade truffles to slow-roasted tofu.
San Francisco, California
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CUESA (Center for Urban Education about Sustainable Agriculture) is dedicated to cultivating a sustainable food system through the operation of the Ferry Plaza Farmers Market and its educational programs. Learn More »