After a six-season run, the East Lake Farmers Market is closing permanently. The market closed for the season early on August 1 due to personnel changes, and announced Tuesday that it will not reopen.
"The early closure was a tough decision," ELF Market board president Doug Williams said in a statement posted on the official Facebook page. "An even tougher one has been to accept that we do not have the resources to keep this enterprise going. We apologize for any inconveniences this closure has caused, and we thank you for your community support."
Williams went on to say that the market "does not have the volunteer or staffing resources needed to properly support it," and that it has not been able to thrive in Atlanta's competitive scene, which has grown significantly in recent years. Any funds, assets, and resources remaining after all vendors are paid will be donated to the East Lake Community Garden.