Zucchini 500

Congratulations to the winners of our 1st Annual Zucchini 500, on Saturday, June 11. The competition was tough, but these three young entrants were awarded the following awards (featured from left to right): Most Nutritious, 1st to the Finish, and Most Creative.

The finals.


Congratulations to our Step Up After-school Students for winning $800 in a competition with the McWane Center, UAB, Community Foundation, and the Jefferson County Department of Health.  The kids worked together to develop a project that would create a healthy change in their community!

As part of the project, the students have expanded the Children’s Educational Garden adjacent to the market parking lot.  They have planted tomatoes, bell peppers, and eggplants from seeds, tested soil quality, prepped soil, and are now ready to plant more plants this Saturday at the East Lake Farmers Market!  In addition to the garden expansion, the money will go towards a “Healthy Kids Cookbook.”  The kids will be collecting recipes throughout the summer to be included in their cookbook.  Please submit any recipes to Cheryl Hinnen at cheryl.eastlakeumc@gmail.com.  Additional monies will be spent on children’s projects at the East Lake Farmers Market, kids cooking classes, and a health camp in June!  We hope that you will drop by the market to watch our garden grow! 


At Saturday’s market, collections will be taken for disaster relief: Hand towels, washcloths, combs, nail files or clippers, bath size soaps, toothbrushes, Band-Aids, gallon plastic bags, first aid kits, non perishable food items, diapers, baby wipes, condiments, gallons of uncooked vegetables, paper products, and bottled water. All items must be new.

Collections will be taken from 8 a.m. – noon at the East Lake Farmers Market (Corner of 2nd Avenue South and 78th Street South)


Here’s How:
$10     Become a Fan – You will receive a free fan and your name will be listed on our fan list online!

$25     Become a Fan – Along with a fan and online listing, you will receive a “Fans of the Market T-shirt!

$50     Become a Fan – Not only will you receive a fan, online listing, and t-shirt, but you will also receive a ticket to one of our “Fans of the market” events  (Our “Fans of the Market Luncheon” is coming up on May 14 and our “Fans of the Market Dinner” will take place later this summer.)

$100    Become a Fan – Receive a fan, online listing, t-shirt, one ticket for our “Fans” luncheon and “Fans” dinner in addition to a ticket for our annual Harvest Feast Banquet this fall!  (That is three wonderful events in addition to the other fun items!)

All monies go to support our wonderful neighborhood market and community events!

To become a fan, click here to give online or you may mail a check to: P.E.E.R., Inc., 7753 1st Avenue South, Birmingham, AL 35206.  Please make a note that you would like to “Become a Fan” with your donation!

Mother’s Day Gifts!

Haven’t found that perfect gift, yet?

We hope that you will consider giving a gift that supports the mission of P.E.E.R., Inc. this Mother’s Day!

Gift baskets come in a variety of sizes.  The basket featured (with jam, spaghetti sauce, and a market apron) is $40.

Aprons are $20.

Smaller baskets can be ordered at any cost.  Click here for a variety of options!

Our new aprons are the perfect gift for anyone, men or women, who love to cook!  Consider giving a market apron to your friends and family!

Community Garden boxes were constructed and made ready for the season on Saturday’s garden workday!  Thank you to all of our community gardeners who made this project a possibility!