A town full of DIY maniacs, a communal love of food and drink, and a harsh economy: It’s the perfect storm in which to launch Urban Peasant, a group of urbanites dedicated to teaching “homesteading in a modern world” (read: canning, preserving, cheesemaking and the like). At their first workshop, held Tuesday night at Living Room Events/Kitchenette in Dogpatch, home-brewer and -winemaker Scott Mansfield showed 30 folks how to make their own booze—in small batches and without the need to stomp grapes or mash hops and barley. Within two hours, Scott (full disclosure: he’s my husband) showed how to make cider, pomegranate wine, ginger beer and blackberry melomel (a honey-based drink).
This week I'm feeling my inner homebody looming large. More than ever, there seems to be a resurgence of spending more time nesting, and entertaining at home. The economy's got everyone a bit down, I know, but there's also an upside to slowing down a little, spending more time with family and friends within the confines of your own comfy dwelling. You can take pride in the smallest tasks, like canning & preserving, or painting a room a sunny bright color, or washing your linens by hand in some lavender scented water. It feels good to get back to the basics and appreciate the simpler things in life. So this week in Sfgirlbybay's Seven for 7x7, we're taking some time out for a few moments of zen.
Usually you don't go to someone's house to make a purchase, unless it's Tupperware or something seedy. But on Sunday you can find a whole slew of handcrafted goods for sale at a big, turn-of-the-century house on the corner of 6th and Irving. Why? It's the location for Underground Bazaar, a craft fair only featuring vendors whose work is made by hand. The event is both indoor and outdoor, admission is free, and the N will drop you off right at the corner, so there's really no excuse not to go... unless you are in fact looking for something seedy. In that case, take it down to Haight, you. For more information, click here.