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
  • Anonymous

    i like it

  • Autobiosuzy

    Let’s call it what it is which is a legal street food vendor market. A farmer’s market it’s not, but since this is the only permitting process that allows temporary food stands per the public health guidelines I see how it is being sold to the vendors. However, I don’t see the point in bringing in produce from downtown. There is no farmer’s market inspector in their right mind that would allow this, this would make an inspector cringe, and as a certified farmer I’d be insulted that a distributor of LA downtown produce was allowed to sell there. In reality it’s a disservice and shows that there is a lack of education on the part of the organizers for what a farmer’s market is. Instead of calling it a Street Food Fair, as it should be. Isn’t that event a carnival or food event, much more different category.

  • Jolvera

    Excellent idea! Best antojos..cant wait to come back!! Gracias al alcalde Zacatecano making things possible!

  • Mr J.

    OBAMA_HOPELESS

  • It looks a lot nicer than the International farmers market at the Mariachi center on 1st street. It looks clean and organized, I would go shopping here. Not at this location, but at other locations in Boyle Heights, I have seen produce q