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Free “how-to” garden class tonight!

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6 – 8 p.m. Monday July 27
Garfield Park Lodge
334 Burton St. SE 49507

Our Kitchen Table is offering its “How to Plan Your Food Garden” tonight. 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.

Farmers’ market Fridays & Saturdays!

IMG_5517Shopping the Southeast Area Farmers’ Market is more than a convenient way to pick up fresh, locally grown produce. Every dollar, EBT swipe and Double Up Food Buck you spend helps build a new, alternative food system on Grand Rapids southeast side — and helps put an end to the food apartheid that denies so many of our community members from access to healthy foods.

The market operates at Garfield Park, 334 Burton SE, on Fridays from 3 to 7 p.m. and at GR Ford Academic Center, 851 Madison SE, Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. This weekend both market sites are hosting cooking demos and sampling. In addition, Saturday’s market has a new vendor, Bonao Cacao. Sales of their USDA certified organic cacao products help families in the Dominican Republic earn fair wages and safe livelihoods.

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Farmers’ Market in full swing at Garfield Park and Ford School

SEAFM ad 2015The Southeast Area Farmers’ Market is well underway at two convenient neighborhood locations:

  • Garfield Park, on Fridays, 3 to 7 p.m.
  • G R Ford Academic Center on Saturdays, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Our Kitchen Table’s new market manager, Christina Flier, brings experience in finance and food gardening as well as a clear awareness of justice issues. A woman of color living in the Baxter neighborhood, Flier also has become adept at preparing healthy, whole foods as her young daughter has many food allergies. “Having grown up growing food, I understand the importance for having access to fresh food and building a healthy, positive relationship with food. Food is the true medicine, life,” Flier says. “Food is a human right, not a privilege and teaching people to grow their own food and giving them easy access to fresh local produce is a great start in bridging that gap.”

Speaking of justice issues, did you know that Our Kitchen Table operates the Southeast Area Farmers’ Market as part of its food justice mission?  If you want to know more about that work—or become involved in it yourself—come on out to the free Food Justice Primer, 6 to 8 p.m. Monday July 20 at Garfield Park Lodge.  For information on the market and other programs, visit OKTjustice.org or call 616-206-3641.

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.

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.

Farmers’ Market this Friday 3 to 7 p.m. & Saturday 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.!

seafm logoSoutheast Area Farmers’ Market opening days are Friday & Saturday June 19 & 20. The market operates at two locations through November 14:

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

Neighbors love walking to the market, picking up fresh, locally grown produce and chatting with each other and the market vendors and staff. Don’t be afraid to ask how to use the fruits and veggies you pick up!

DUFB SEAFM 7-25The 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).

FREE Mobile Food Pantry at LINC Thursday

18155c10-ce7e-4b87-9f95-c0b5188fae7bLINC is collaborating with Feeding America West Michigan (FAWM) to host a FREE Mobile Food Pantry for our local community members.The FAWM Mobile Pantry is like a farmer’s market on wheels, providing fruits, vegetables, dairy, bread, & dietary staples straight to the community.  Each pantry provides about 3 days’ worth of supplemental food for 100-200 people. In addition, we are looking for volunteers to help run the event.  If you are interested in helping out, please contact Willie at 616.451.9140 or willie@lincrev.org .Join us Thursday at the LINC Gallery!