One-Stop Health Shop

You can get your exercise—along with a side of fresh vegetables—all at the same location thanks to a partnership between the Winter Park YMCA and the East End Market.

Every Thursday from 9 a.m. to noon, the East End Market is setting up a “mini-market” at the Winter Park YMCA, stocked with a wide variety of products ranging from produce and organic juices to flowers and other healthy products, supplied by the East End Market. (The Market is due to open in its permanent home late this spring at 3201 Corrine Dr., Orlando, FL, 32803, and will house a dozen merchants, a demonstration kitchen, an incubator kitchen, office/retail space, a full-time caterer, restaurant and market garden.)

Since the YMCA continues to promote healthy eating, it was looking for a way to provide easy access to healthy, local produce, according to Bud Oliver, Executive Director for the Winter Park YMCA. And the mini-market does just that.

John Rife, East End’s founder and developer and also founder of the Winter Park Harvest Festival, agreed the market makes the convenient choice the healthy choice.

Because it is located in the YMCA, the market also provides an opportunity for customers—young and old–to learn more from vendors about the benefits of locally grown produce and how to prepare it.  “It provides the chance to have some cool dialogues,” Rife said.

What’s next? Oliver said the market could lead to providing healthy cooking tips and even cooking classes in the future.

You do not need to be a member of the YMCA to visit the market.

To learn more about the East End Market, go to http://eastendmkt.com/