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Stop by Southeast Area Farmers’ Market Friday & Saturday!

SEAFM logoThe market is up and running! Market manager, Dorothy Griswold, notes that three vendors–Real Food Farms, Ms. Yvonne Woodard and Blandford Farm–will be on hand selling lettuces, kale, kohlrabi, scallions, tomatoes and summer squash.

Southeast Area Farmers’ Market operates on two days at two locations:

  • 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 accept SNAP/EBT, Double Up Food Bucks and WIC & Sr. ProjectFresh as well as cash and debit cards.

Southeast Area Farmers’ Market season starts today!

The Southeast Area Farmers’ Market season runs from today through November 8.Tolberts SEAFM 11-8

  • 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 will feature local, chemical free produce and accept SNAP/EBT, Double Up Food Bucks and WIC & Sr. ProjectFresh as well as cash and debit cards.

We hope to see you there!

OKT food plants leave greenhouse for gardens

On Saturday, OKT garden coaches, Jeff Smith and Camilla Voelkers, picked up the organic starter food plants that Blandford Farm grower, Aaron Snippe, tended for the OKT’s Food Diversity Project yard and community gardens. This slide show gives you a peak inside the greenhouse. Thank you, Aaron, for all of your great work!

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Southeast Area Farmers’ Market kicks-off season June 20

seafm logoThe Southeast Area Farmers’ Market kicks off its 2014 season June 20. The market will continue at its previous locations:

·         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 will feature local, chemical free produce and accept SNAP/EBT, Double Up Food Bucks and WIC & Sr. ProjectFresh as well as cash and debit cards.

This marks the fourth year that local food justice non-profit, Our Kitchen Table (OKT), has managed the market in partnership with the Kent County Health Department and Greater Grand Rapids Food System Council.OKT has hired Dorothy Griswold as the market’s new manager. Griswold has been working in the local food movement in Grand Rapids for 11 years. She actually helped to found the Southeast Area Farmers’ Market when it first opened nearly a decade ago.

Tolberts SEAFM 11-82014 OKT-sponsored market events

·         June 28 Summer Celebration with special activities and music.

·         July 10, 11 & 12 and Sept. 4 & 6, Urban Foraging Workshop.

·         Aug. 1& 2, Make Your Own Personal Care Items Workshop

·         Sept. 18 & 20, Art at the Market

·         Oct. 11, Greens Cook-off and Fried Green Tomato Festival

·         Oct. 16& 18, World Food Day Activities

·          Oct. 25, Fall Celebration

Southeast Area Farmers’ Market opens June 20

SEAFM logoThe Southeast Area Farmers’ Market kicks off its 2014 season June 20. The market will continue at its previous locations:

  • 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 will feature local, chemical free produce and accept SNAP/EBT, Double Up Food Bucks and WIC & Sr. ProjectFresh as well as cash and debit cards.

This marks the fourth year that local food justice non-profit, Our Kitchen Table (OKT), has managed the market in partnership with the Kent County Health Department and Greater Grand Rapids Food System Council.OKT has hired Dorothy Griswold as the market’s new manager. Griswold has been working in the local food movement in Grand Rapids for 11 years. She actually helped to found the Southeast Area Farmers’ Market when it first opened nearly a decade ago.

2014 OKT-sponsored market events

  • Pickles 001June 28 Summer Celebration with special activities and music.
  • July 10, 11 & 12 and Sept. 4 & 6, Urban Foraging Workshop.
  • Aug. 1& 2, Make Your Own Personal Care Items Workshop
  • Sept. 18 & 20, Art at the Market
  • Oct. 11, Greens Cook-off and Fried Green Tomato Festival
  • Oct. 16& 18, World Food Day Activities
  •  Oct. 25, Fall Celebration

Funding for the Southeast Area Farmers’ Market is provided by a grant from the W K Kellogg Foundation and ACCESS of West Michigan.

 

A farm focused on food justice, Sandhill CSA still has shares available

barnThough located just outside of Hastings in Barry County, Sandhill CSA farm is delivering shares to the Grand Rapids area beginning June 13. For $300, shareholders receive a healthy portion of organic produce every week through the end of October—and shares are still available. Farmers, Scot Miller, Jenn Seif, and Ron Irvine, also offer  meat and poultry shares for an additional cost.  A Seeds of Justice “sowing group,” Sand Hill CSA serves as working group of  Grand Rapids’ Institute for Global Education (IGE).

 

Like most CSA (community supported agriculture) farms, Sand Hill uses the proceeds from shares bought in the spring to cover the costs of growing. CSA shareholders get more than good food, they become educated about healthy eating habits and become part of a more sustainable food system.

 

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Snowy was born on Sandhill CSA early spring.

Unlike other CSAs in the area, Sandhill has a specific focus on food justice. Ten percent of their produce is given away to families with income challenges. Their long-range goals include being able to provide free food shares to these and other people in Barry County who have limited access to healthy foods. Also, the farm hopes to be able to mentor micro-farm start-ups throughout Barry County.

 

For information or to purchase a 2014 share, contact Farmer Scot at sandhillcsa@gmail.com or (269) 792-9183.