Photo courtesy of East Lake Market.
A vendor sells fresh produce to East Lake Market shoppers.
While crowds fill Pepper Place to overflowing at each Saturday’s farmers market, the East Lake Market is staying intentionally small.
Program coordinator Deb Wakefield said the East Lake Market, now in its 11th year, limits its vendors and aims for a slower shopping pace so it’s open to all shoppers. She described it as “small and mighty.”
“We really pride ourselves on trying to be a place that’s accessible,” Wakefield said. “It’s small, but it’s the kind of thing where the small is good.”
The East Lake Market includes some craft vendors, music, children’s activities, health booths and a nearby playground. However, Wakefield said the focus is on local produce vendors to fill a “need for better access to healthy, hearty food.” The number of vendors changes each week. The summer months see the largest markets, as more foods are in the growing season.
The market isn’t just a place for grocery shopping, however. Wakefield said it is also a weekly way for East Lake residents to meet each other and enjoy their neighborhood.
“It provides a safe, happy, welcoming space for the community,” Wakefield said.
The East Lake Market opened in May and runs until October, each Saturday from 8 a.m. to noon. More information is available on the Market’s Facebook page.