Programs & Events


Mark your calendars! Join us April 15th for Opening Day!

The East Lake Farmers Market’s 5th Annual Collard Greens Cook Off will benefit Wholesome Wave Georgia.

 

Wholesome Wave Georgia has been working since 2009 to increase access to fresh, healthy, locally grown food for all Georgians. Their program helps Georgians to double the value of federal food nutrition programs at Georgia farmers markets. Every nutrition benefit dollar spent at the ELF market becomes two dollars for the shopper and the farmer. All net proceeds of the event go to this benefit doubling program at the ELF Market.

Whether you’re a professional chef, a grandmother, or competitive foodie, ELF Market invites you to sign up for the 5th Annual Collard Greens Cook Off. Three prizes will be awarded: the Amateur Prize is $100 and a certificate of honor, the Professional Prize includes a plaque plus major bragging rights and a chance to help a fantastic organization, and the People’s Choice Award winner will receive a custom trophy!

Last year’s event was a huge success. Fill out the Entry Form to join us this year!

 

 

Peachapalooza is just around the corner!!!

Come out in June to the ELF Market to celebrate Georgia’s favorite fruit! Our original signature event, Peachapalooza, is a chance for folks to showcase an old family recipe or a modern twist of your own device!

Sign up now to enter your favorite peach recipe! Anything goes… pie and cobbler (of course!), ice cream, jams and sauces, entrees, chutneys, salsas… so many things one can do with this stone fruit. We invite amateurs and pros alike (children, too)!

We’ll begin the tasting at 5pm and winners will be announced at 7pm. Don’t miss it!

 

  if you have any questions, don’t hesitate to email us at info@elfmarket.org.


Over $1200 Raised for East Lake Schools Coalition…

…And a record breaking 500 visitors at the market.  Check out the winners below!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ryan O’Neill of Saucy Spirits won best the Best Amateur Prize ($100) and the Most Original Use of Peaches Award with his Peach and Pepper Meatballs.

Wahoo! Grill of Decatur won Best Professional Prize and Best Booth Award with their fabulous setup and Roast Pork Tostada and Peach Salsa recipe.

No. 246 won the People’s Choice Award with their Heirloom Tomato Sorbet with Peach Gazpacho.

Thank you to everyone involved for your tremendous support and tasty recipes!  With the terrific showing and money raised, East Lake Schools Coalition will have more funds to go towards improving the schools of East Lake.

  

$1300 Raised for ELF Market’s Double Your Dollar Program!

And the winners are…

No.246-Professional’s Prize

Bone Lick BBQ-People’s Choice Award

John Beglar-Amateur Prize ($100)

Over 400 local community members came out to celebrate with us for our 3rd annual Collard Greens Cook-off.  No. 246 wowed the judges with their secret sauce, and Bone Lick BBQ was the pick of the crowd with their specially prepared pork (the chef even butchered the pig himself).  The story of the day was John Beglar who came straight off the street and signed up on-the-spot.  His recipe included a chicken wing twist never seen at the Collards Cook-off before.

The Cause: All proceeds from the cook-off help fund the market’s Double Your Dollar Program (a food assistance program) through Wholesome Wave Georgia.

 
       
  


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New in 2011: ELF Market receives tax exempt status as a 501(c)(3) organization!

The East Lake Farmers Market (ELFM) is proud to announce that the IRS has approved its application for tax exempt status as a 501(c)(3) organization. The IRS approval means that donations from supporters will now be tax deductible. In addition, it will allow the ELFM to have access to many more resources as it grows and continues to work with churches, schools, and senior centers to change health outcomes and build community. For details, download the full press release here.

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Market Programs

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ELF Market Cooperative CSA

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Join the Elf Co-op for weekly produce bundles fresh from the farm!
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This season, the ELF Market is adding a Cooperative CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) that will provide the East Lake community (and surrounding areas) with a stronger and more direct farm connection. The ELF Market Cooperative CSA; or ELF Co-op, will give you more access to fresh food while supporting local farmers. In our CSA, you can choose from several farms, each offering a unique weekly basket of produce. Your commitment lasts for 11 weeks, and you will have the opportunity to sign up for a second session. The first session will begin on April 21st. Click here for full details on the new ELF Co-op and how you can join!

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ELF Market is proud to be working with Wholesome Wave Georgia (WWG) to increase food accessibility for all Georgia’s citizens while contributing to our local food economy.

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Using private funds, Wholesome Wave doubles the value of SNAP benefits (EBT), WIC FMNP Coupons and WIC Senior Nutrition Coupons spent at the ELF Market. Basically, WWG leverages existing government food nutrition programs to encourage shopping at local farmers markets, by creating an incentive: Every EBT or WIC dollar spent at a WWG partner market becomes two dollars.

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What does that mean? It means more money for farmers. It means more people with access to good, healthy, local food. Click here to learn more about the program and its partnership with ELF Market.