The East Lake Farmers Market (ELF Market), a 501(c)3 organization, was founded in 2009 to expand local access to fresh fruits and vegetables in an under-served area of Atlanta. The ELF Market is a producers’ market that exists to build community, strengthen our in-town economy, and encourage healthy lifestyles by making wholesome, locally-sourced food accessible to all neighbors. We support independent farmers and healthy growing practices. We actively promote healthy eating, food literacy, community-building, and the work of other non-profits which, like ELF Market, also seek to serve the distressed and less prosperous in our community.
The ELF Market exists to strengthen the local economy and encourage healthy lifestyles by promoting products and programs from local farmers, businesses and artisans. We pursue vendor practices, programs and partnerships that have environmental, social and economic integrity.
ELF Market Strives to:
• Provide education and community outreach to market patrons and the local community about the benefits of local food
• Provide a Public Health Intern to develop outreach programs to positively impact the community’s health, with special attention and emphasis to low income and senior residents of East Lake
• Support local non-profit organizations who work in the East Lake neighborhood and use their resources to reduce hunger, provide shelter, educate and improve the quality of life for our less fortunate neighbors
• Provide a safe, family-friendly gathering place for residents of East Lake and surrounding neighborhoods
• Provide access to healthy food to low income residents by accepting SNAP/EBT cards and doubling the value of these dollars via a Georgia Organics and Wholesome Wave grant
• Bring positive community activity to an area formerly known for drugs and crime
ELF Market 2010 Progress Report:
The 2010 season was a turning point for the ELF Market, growing from a volunteer efforts of two committed people to a full working board of volunteers, paid staff, interns, a website and social media presence. In 2010, the ELFM grew to 12 vendors a week and customer counts increased from an average of 60 a day to 160 a day, with 4200 customer visits supporting the market throughout the season! In addition, the ELF Market was awarded tax exempt status as a 501(c)(3) organization by the IRS, which means donations from supporters are now tax deductible. We are proud of all ELFM has accomplished and look forward to another successful season.
For more information on last year’s accomplishments, download the 2010 ELF Market Progress Report.
Meet the Manager:
The East Lake Farmers Market welcomes Corinne Coe as its new Market Manager for the 2013 season. Corinne brings a wealth of non-profit administration skills, and urban gardening and homesteading experience. She was Market Manager for the Crescent City Farmers Market in New Orleans, worked as an Educator for Rogue Valley Farm to School in Ashland, Oregon, and recently spent two years in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, working in the field of Ecological Sanitation as Director of Communication & Administration for Sustainable Organic Integrated Livelihoods (SOIL). She earned a B.S. in Geography from Ohio University and a Permaculture Design Certificate from the Urban Permaculture Institute in San Francisco, California. Corinne was born in Birmingham, Alabama, and raised in Atlanta and New York City. She is a Master Composter and speaks Haitian Creole.
Photo coming soon!
Join us from 9am – 1pm on Saturdays beginning April 13th!