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West Central Marketplace

  • Address: 1511 N Elm St
  • Spokane, WA 99201
area: Downtown Spokane
  • overview
    The Marketplace is a multi-vendor farmer’s market that serves the West Central neighborhood. Operating Tuesdays from June through mid-October, the marketplace provides vital access for residents to fresh fruits and vegetables. West Central is a USDA-designated food desert, meaning low-mobility, low-income residents have no access to fresh foods of any kind. The marketplace has developed partnerships with the local WIC office, the regional health district, and others to ensure good access. In 2012, the market relocated to Cannon Playground, a city park adjacent to the West Central Community Center, which is also the home of the local WIC office. The park is a hub of activity in the neighborhood, and the relocation gave rise to a significant increase in customer traffic. Working with partners at Vinegar Flats Farms, New Leaf Bakery, the Porch Garden, and others, the marketplace is a vital and thriving meeting place. Our primary vendor is Riverfront Farm, and our participants get experience not just as vendors, but also as managers for the market, helping to recruit new vendors, develop marketing, and manage the bookkeeping.
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