Getting ready for Lent at Broadway Market

Posted at 8:06 AM, Feb 08, 2016
and last updated 2016-02-08 13:50:16-05

It's the busiest time of the year at the Broadway Market.

Lent begins on Wednesday and that means customers will start heading to the historic east side market to get their pierogi, meat and of course butter lamb.

There's no denying the market sees a spike during Easter season. All the retail space available has been rented out for Lent, but that can be short lived.

"You know there's an immigrant population that's repopulating," Fillmore District Council Member David Franczyk said. "We have our basis of our traditional Polish American culture, African American heritage (but) we need to capitalize into more of the immigrant community."

Franczyk says the market has been doing a better job holding events for the neighborhood but there's still room for improvement.

"We don't want to see the day after Easter you (look like) a bowling alley and you don't have any activity the day after Dyngus day.  We need to keep up with exciting things. People will come if there's something  good. I always go out of my way to go to a place that I think is good. I'm here every day."

This year, a training kitchen to teach immigrant, refugees and vendors how to prepare food is a new addition to the market.

"There's going to be a kitchen that's here that's going to be available not only for vendors but for various community groups to do cooking education as a teaching tool so I think that could be an incentive...there's a revolution in food."

The kitchen will open sometime in the next few months. Here's a full list of the vendors and some of the events happening at the Broadway Market.