El Mercado del Pueblo Opens in Boyle Heights

@elrandomhero hides behind an advertisement for churros. The opening of El Mercado del Pueblo highlighted street vendors selling antojitos, or mexican snacks. Kris Fortin/LAStreetsblog

El Mercardo del Pueblo, or the neighborhood market, opened Saturday after months of work securing a path for street vendors to vend legally. East Los Angeles Community Corporation organizers helped street vendors get permits, certificates, and undergo inspections in order to sell at the market, which was located at Hollenbeck Middle School.

Street vendors lined half of the market selling Mexican street food including tortas, huaraches, crepes, and churros, while the other side sold household items and clothing. While the event was festive, with live music and food, the market is also considered a farmers market. Yet, there were only  two sole produce vendors. One bought his products from downtown markets.

Follow the jump to check out photos from the market.

Find the produce vendors in this photo. . . Kris Fortin/LAStreetsblog

Balbina, one of the street vendors at El Mercado del Pueblo. Kris Fortin/LAStreetsblog

Behind vendor Balbina, one of the cooks makes a huaracha. Kris Fortin/LAStreetsblog

Clothing and household appliance vendors were also present at the El Mercado del Pueblo. Kris Fortin/LAStreetsblog

One of the produce vendors. Kris Fortin/LAStreetsblog

Juan Medina sits in front of his produce which he purchases from markets in Downtown LA. Kris Fortin/LAStreetsblog