This Kid Sold Us Some Fabulous Homemade Jam in Precita Park


Your Bernalwood editor was raised in a small town surrounded by cornfields, vegetable farms, and locavore M&Ms, so trust me what I say… small town life in the Big City doesn’t get much more tasty than this.

Last Sunday, Bernalwood’s Cub Reporter and I encountered this junior entrepreneur selling homemade jam for $5 a jar from a table in Precita Park. The jam was a plum-cherry blend, and he said it was made right here in Bernal using plums gathered from neighbors’ trees.

Of course we bought some. Because locavore. Plus, junior entrepreneur.

For breakfast on Monday morning, we took the jam for a test drive. I had mine on a slice of toasted Sour Flour bread, and it was… exceptionally delicious! Nice work, kid. Great product. See for yourself:


PHOTOS: Telstar Logistics

Bernal Neighbor Launches Concierge Service for Vacation Rental Hosts


Recently, Neighbor Emily launched Guesthop, a new service for people who host guests via websites like Airbnb and VRBO.  She tells Bernalwood:

From the East Side of Bernal, introducing

We created Guesthop to deal with the problems people face when they are hosts on AirBnB. People love to rent their spaces on AirBnB but it’s a lot of work! They have to list the place and handle inquiries, keep it clean, make it guest-ready, plus take care of the guests while they are in town. It’s a lot of management and attention to detail.

Basically, everything a concierge would do in a hotel — that’s what Guesthop does. We handle all the work for people, to make renting out your space hassle free.

Mention Bernalwood and get $10 off your first Guesthop service.

How to Buy Honey Made by Bernal Bees



We all know that life in Bernal Heights is mighty sweet.

But honey from Bernal Heights is  even sweeter. Neighbor Emily wrote Bernalwood recently to say: “I know a Bernal family that is making our own Bernal honey! I just got a jar the other day, and it’s a very nice, smooth honey. It doesn’t taste like I-280 at all!”

Locavore honey? Yum! Soon we received an email from Neighbor Samantha, who explained:

My husband Darren is in one of the photos, shown working a hive at the Alemany Farm.

He works with Karen Peteros of the San Francisco Bee-Cause. The jarred honey in the photos comes from the San Francisco Bee Farms, with hives located in Bernal, Visitation Valley, The Mission, and Potrero Hill.

This honey can be purchased directly from us for $13.00 per jar. To make a purchase, please contact Darren and Samantha Des Roches at we3desroches*at* or 415-648-4991. Proceeds benefit the San Francisco Bee Cause: Helping Bees Helping People.

PHOTOS: San Francisco Bee Cause

Gorgeous New Children’s Book Was Made in Bernalwood

Neighbor Ashley Wolff has a new children’s book that’s just been released, and it was created right in here in Bernal Heights:

I wanted to share the news that my new picture book is out at last. Baby Bear Sees Blue was conceived, designed, and executed at my studio on the 300 block of Highland Ave, the home of the magnificent palm tree.

Red Hill Books on Cortland just ordered copies of Baby Bear Sees Blue, and he has a Facebook page now with insider info that my fellow Bernalistas and dudes will want to know.

Here’s what the critics have to say about the book:

Inspired by the mother bear and cub in Blueberries for Sal, Wolff creates a gentel story for toddlers that introduces colors and images from the natural world…. Wolff’s lovely compositions feature inked linoleum block prints that render those bears a strinkingly deep, matte black. Lush, washy watercolors illuminate the scenes–colors in the downpour’s puddles reflect a rainbow. Curious Baby Bear is 100-percent toddler, and Wolff skillfully captures both the bear-ish…and the human…. Imbued with a spirit of exploration, fostered by parental protection, Baby Bear’s colorful adventures will enrich repeat bedtime read-alouds.” –Kirkus Reviews, December 15, 2011

“Wolff’s watercolor-tinted linocuts make each page of this story simultaneously cozy and dramatic—cozy because they star a fuzzy bear cub and his mother, and dramatic because each one contrasts dark shapes with washes of light and color…. Children will be absorbed by the complex textures of Wolff’s linocuts, the Japanese woodblock–style graded shades of the sky, and the reassuring comfort of a world that is always safely guarded by Mama Bear.” –Publishers Weekly, December 5, 2011, *STAR

Right ON! And hey, and what’s a book these days without a video trailer? Like the book, this one is beautiful: