The Local, an outdoor market formerly known as the Lake Walk Farmer’s Market, has transformed into the most unique weekly outing experience in Bryan-College Station. Located right off FM 2818 by the Stella Hotel, The Local is a weekly neighborhood artisan market which includes vendors, food trucks and music.
Natalie Rosser, marketing coordinator for the market, helped The Local become what it is today. “We knew that the farmer’s market needed to grow and change, and we knew this would be a perfect time to brand it,” Rosser said. “We gave it its own name, put stricter guidelines on participating vendors and helped it blossom, so to speak.”
In order to provide the best experience possible for each person who takes the time to check out The Local, products for sale must meet high expectations when it comes to quality. It is rare to see an event in this area that caters so flawlessly to a wide range of people, from young families to students and the retirement community. Bringing the community together each week to a family friendly, unique event requires a lot of work and planning, but this team has done just that.
Rosser also let Maroon Weekly in on their focus and commitment to community and small business. “Instead of calling it a farmer’s market, it is now the Local because it isn’t just produce,” Rosser said. “We feel really passionate about the fact that we are able to give the area’s small business owners the opportunity to promote their products and who they are.”
The Local updates the list of vendors attending each week online. Some vendors return every week, but new vendors are constantly joining in on the event with fresh ideas and products.
Every Tuesday from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. The Local opens to the public, rain or shine. Similar to the luxurious quality of a big city marketplace, this up and coming area is a place you will want to check out and stay a while. Try it out, and maybe you will find your new favorite spot in BCS.