The 2626 Market is more than just a place to buy everyday veggies. It’s a place where everyday people gather to showcase power of community.
Around 13 years ago, the market’s founder, Mr. Wu, took stroll in what’s known as the Wuling Green Tunnels. This former Japanese highway road is still lined with tall, lush trees that were planted around 100 years ago.
Even though businesses are now sprouting up around the Green Tunnels, this wasn’t always the case. Taitung’s main throughfare moved over to Highway 9 in the 90s. In the following years, the community pretty much forgot about the Green Tunnels, and Mr. Wu feared that the trees would get cut down.
Therefore, in 2009, he started a coffee fair in the Green Tunnels. Mr. Wu figured the public would be more likely to protect the tunnels if they started spending more time there.
Mr. Wu’s vision resonated with people that appreciated the fair’s relaxed vibe under the trees. As the fair gained traction, Mr. Wu started to think outside the tunnels themselves. He wanted to help out local farmers by giving them a platform to sell their products to a larger market. Thus, in 2012 the 2626 Market was born.