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Southeast Area Farmers’ Market and Food Justice

Mr. Henry selling organic collards, kale, mustard and sweet potato greens at the Southeast Area Farmers' Market.

Mr. Henry selling organic collards, kale, mustard and sweet potato greens at the Southeast Area Farmers’ Market.

While most farmers’ markets have a business goal in mind, the Southeast Area Farmers’ Market’s main goal is food justice. Increasing access to healthy food in Grand Rapids’ southeast neighborhoods is the market’s food justice goal.

Food Justice grew out of the Environmental Justice movement, where communities of color and poor working class people began to realize that their lack of access to healthy and affordable food was not the result of their own behavior, but of a food system that was motivated by profit. It’s not that our neighborhoods are food deserts. Rather, they are victims of food apartheid.

If you’d like to discover more information about food justice, visit the OKT website to see the entire OKT Food Justice Series. The series includes information on the Farm Bill, GMOs, food workers’ rights, climate change and food justice, the impact women of color have had on the food justice movement and more.

The Southeast Area Farmers’ Market is open 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturdays at Gerald R Ford Academic Center through November 8. The market warmly welcomes SNAP/EBT, Double Up Food Bucks (DUFB) and WIC & Sr. ProjectFresh as well as cash and debit cards.

OKT yard gardeners reaping bountiful harvests

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Before blooming, the sunflower in the slideshow had been broken almost in two. Our grower, Fonda, put aloe on the severed parts and set it upright again using a band-aid, twist ties and a stick to help hoist it up! Now it’s blooming!

Southeast Area Farmers’ Market not open over Labor Day Weekend

seafm logoDue to our vendors’ holiday weekend plans, the Southeast Area Farmers’ Market will not be open this coming weekend (Friday Aug. 29 and Saturday August 30). As the Garfield Market site was scheduled only through August, the market will only be open at the Gerald R Ford Academic Center site Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. through the end of market season (Nov. 8). 

Please join us there Saturday September 6 for a large variety of chemical-free, locally grown produce and a free, urban foraging workshop! 

Free September market activities!

  • Sept 6 Urban Foraging How-to, 12 – 2 p.m.
  • Sept. 20 Art at the Market Attention local artists! Display the fruit of your labor at the market!
  • Sept. 27 Food Landscapes Bike Tour, 3:30 – 5:30 p.m. Meet at G R Ford Academic Center after the market (851 Madison SE, south of Franklin). Dress for the weather & bring a water bottle.

 

 

OKT kicks off “Prescription for Health” program

RxOur Kitchen Table, Kent County Health Department and Mercy Health are developing a new program to increase  Browning Claytor Health Center patients’ access to fresh, locally grown produce, Prescription for Health. The “prescription” forms, filled out by Browning Claytor physicians, can be redeemed for fruits, veggies, edible flowers and herbs at the Southeast Area Farmers’ Market.

 

Sign up for DOUBLE UP FOOD BUCKS at Southeast Area Farmers’ Market

When you use a SNAP Bridge Card to shop at the Southeast Area Farmers’ Market, the amount of DUFB SEAFM 7-25money that you spend is matched with Double Up Food Bucks. Double Up Food Bucks can then be used to buy fruits and vegetables that have been grown in Michigan—you can “double up” up to $20 per day.

You need a valid Bridge Card with food assistance benefits—and you only need to sign up only once, and it takes less than a minute. Our Kitchen Table is signing people up for Double Up Food Bucks at the Market.

You can earn up to $20 per market day in credits by using their Bridge Card to buy any approved foods with any participating vendor. Throughout Kent County, credits are stored automatically on a shopper’s Bridge Card.

You do not need to use your Double Up Food Bucks on the same day you get them. You can spend credits on fruits and vegetables grown in Michigan with participating vendors. In Grand Rapids, you can also take advantage of the Double Up Food Bucks program at the Fulton Street Farmers’ Market, YMCA Farmers’ Market and Veggie Van, Downtown Market farmers’ market and the Healthy Street Farmers’ Market.

The Southeast Area Farmers’ Market is open:

  • Fridays, 3 to 7 p.m. at Garfield Park, Burton Street and Madison Avenue SE.
  • Saturdays, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Gerald R Ford Academic Center, Madison Avenue just south of Franklin Street SE.

Both market sites feature local, chemical free produce and also warmly welcome SNAP/EBT, Kent County Health Department coupons,  WIC & Sr. ProjectFresh as well as cash and debit cards.

OKT gardens off to a good start!

Our Kitchen Table has distributed nearly 3,000 organic starter food plants to yard gardeners, school gardens and community gardens. Under the attentive care of our garden coaches and growers, the plants are making great progress and already yielding produce (mustard greens, kale and herbs!)

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