Free Urban Foraging Workshops July 10 & 11

seafm-8-3-foraging (1)Did you know that many of the native species we see around us (and label as weeds) once were a prize source of both food and medicine? On Friday and Saturday, Our Kitchen Table’s urban forester, Laura Casaletto, will lead Urban Foraging Workshops at the Southeast Area Farmers’ Market. Ms. Casaletto will share how to identify the edible plants growing in your Grand Rapids neighborhoods. She has been using foraging as a means to supplement her family’s food budget for many years.

The Friday workshop at Garfield Park will start at 4 p.m.; the Saturday workshop at G R Ford will start at noon. The market is open for business:

  • Fridays, 3 p.m. to 7 p.m.  at Garfield Park, 334 Burton St. SE
  • Saturdays, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Gerald R Ford Academic Center, 851 Madison SE.

The Southeast Area Farmers’ Market warmly welcomes patrons using Bridge cards (SNAP), Double Up Food Bucks,WIC Project Fresh, Cash Value Benefits, Summer EBT and debit cards. If you make a purchase with a Bridge Card, you get $1 for every $1 you spend to buy more Michigan produce (up to $20 each visit).

Southeast Area Farmers’ Market open July 3

IMG_5534The Southeast Area Farmers’ Market will be open Friday July 3 but closed Saturday July 4. Regular market hours are Fridays,  3 p.m. to 7 p.m.  at Garfield Park, 334 Burton St. SE and Saturdays. 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Gerald R Ford Academic Center, 851 Madison SE.

The Market warmly welcomes patrons using Bridge cards (SNAP), Double Up Food Bucks ,WIC Project Fresh, Cash Value Benefits, Summer EBT and debit cards. If you make a purchase with a Bridge Card, you get $1 for every $1 you spend to buy more Michigan produce (up to $20 each visit).

The Market is off to a good start. Here are some photos from last Saturday’s Summer Celebration.

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A special thank you to Boston Community Bikes for doing free bike repairs; West Michigan Jewels of Africa Drum and Dance ensemble; Grand Rapids Fire Department; and musicians, Kelly Loucks-Wilson & Eddie Killowatts.

Free “how-to” garden class tonight!

anita aHow to Plan Your Food Garden
6 – 8 p.m. Monday June 29
Garfield Park Lodge
334 Burton St. SE 49507
Our Kitchen Table is offering its “How to Plan Your Food Garden” class just one more time in 2015. Facilitated by OKT garden coach, Mary Colburn, the class shares tips on soil, planting and caring for food plants, with special emphasis on achieving success in an urban setting. A requirement for OKT residential garden program participants, the free class is open to the public.

Southeast Area Farmers’ Market Summer Celebration Saturday

West Michigan Jewels of Africa Traditional African Dance and Drum Troop wowed the crowd at the market’s 2014 Summer Celebration.

West Michigan Jewels of Africa Traditional African Dance and Drum Troop wowed the crowd at the market’s 2014 Summer Celebration.

The Southeast Area Farmers’ Market hosts its Summer Celebration Saturday June 27 during market hours, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Gerald R Ford Academic Center, 851 Madison SE.. Special activities include live music, cooking demos featuring “Easy Salad Dressings,”  a noon performance by the West Michigan Jewels of Africa Traditional African Dance and Drum Troop and live music by guitarist, Eddie Killowatts.

The Southeast Area Farmers’ Market also operates 3 to 7 p.m. Fridays at Garfield Park, 334 Burton St. SE. Both locations warmly welcome Bridge cards (SNAP), WIC Project Fresh, Cash Value Benefits, Summer EBT and debit cards.Market patrons making purchases with Bridge Card/SNAP can sign up on site for Double Up Food Bucks—and receive $1 for each $1 dollar spent on Michigan produce, up to $20 for buying more Michigan produce each market visit

Though the market might look small, its vendors offer a nice the variety of locally grown produce and craft items. Come July, when the growing season is well underway, vendors will have much more fresh local produce for sale.

The Southeast Area Farmers’ Market is sponsored by Kent County Health Department, Greater Grand Rapids Food Systems Council & Our Kitchen Table, market managers.

Women of Color Convening Thursday June 25

What Does Our Southeast Neighborhoods’ Food System Look Like?

image (2)Women of Color Convening
6 – 8 p.m. Thursday June 25
Brown Hutcherson Ministries
618 Jefferson SE 49503

Have you heard people call our southeast side neighborhoods a food desert? Do you know why this is not a true picture of our foodscape?  Let’s share information and insights that can help us discover how to create better access to healthy foods  in our neighborhoods. OKT’s executive director, Lisa Oliver-King, will facilitate the dialogue. Our cooking coach, Ms. Toni Scott, will prepare and serve nutritious (delicious!) refreshments for this free event–succotash and ginger bubbly tea. Recipes available to take home!