Southeast Area Farmers’ Market — July specials!

SEAFM logo 6 2017The Southeast Area Farmers’ Market takes place 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturdays at Martin Luther King Jr. Park, 900 Fuller Ave. SE 49506. In addition to fresh, local produce and cottage kitchen goodies, the market has cooking demos scheduled for the last two weeks in July.

The July 22 demo will feature easy, healthy affordable recipes featuring in-season produce. The market will also host special guests from Bridge Magazine. Bridge’s mission is “to inform Michigan citizens about their state, amplify their views and explore the challenges of our civic life. Our goal at Bridge is simple: To better inform Michigan’s private citizens so as to encourage a vibrant state in both the private and public sectors.” Patrons who sign up to subscribe at the market will receive a free tote bag and be entered to win one of five $100 Amazon gift cards. Stop by their table to share issues you feel this publication ought to be covering! Stop by their table to share issues you feel this publication ought to be covering!

Green tomato CookbookOn July 29, the market will host its annual Fried Green Tomato Festival. Patrons can sample fried green tomatoes and other green tomato delicacies. In addition, the market will hand out free Green Tomato Cookbooks, featuring everything from southern fried green tomatoes and chow-chow to pickles and green tomato cake. The market will also hand out coupons good towards the purchase of green tomatoes.

The Southeast Area Farmers’ Market warmly welcomes patrons using Bridge cards (SNAP), WIC Project Fresh, Cash Value Benefits, Summer EBT, Double Up Food Bucks and debit cards. When using the Double Up Food Bucks program, patrons purchasing Michigan produce at select farmers’ markets with Bridge cards receive $1 for each $1 dollar spent, up to $20 each market visit.

For information, email seafm@OKTjustice.org or visit http://www.OKTjustice.org/farmers-market

 

Urban Roots sponsors workshop “Garden Heroes and Villains.”

unnamedUrban Roots Community Farm, Market, and Education Center
1316 Madison Ave SE Grand Rapids, MI 49507
Thursday July 13th 6:30pm – 8:00pm

Come be a kid with us! Have fun with Urban Roots exploring the farm with magnifying glasses and learning all about the heroes and villains of the garden. Even if you don’t have a garden, you will love this class! Urban Roots’ workshops are fun, down to earth, and a great way to check out it sotherprograms. This class is VERY kid and family friendly.

The workshop is free, though Urban Roots does appreciate donations to help defray costs.

Kalamazoo: Annual Black Arts Festival: UNITY THROUGH CULTURE

saveTHEdate2k17 [WEB] (2)The Black Arts & Cultural Center of Kalamazoo has offered our city intentional and culturally relevant festivals for the past 31 summers. Filled with fun for the entire family, vendors, entertainment and a focus on black arts and culture, the Black Arts Festival is a wonderful way to unite the people of Kalamazoo in order to enhance the community and radiate positivity. To continue the tradition of offering a multitude of activities for guests of all ages, this year’s festival will include a youth day, a unity call to action by local clergy, the kick off of Face Off Theatre Company’s third season and a focus on using culture to promote unity. Starting July 13, we invite the Kalamazoo community and beyond to join us for four days of exposure to black arts and culture.

“There is no better time than the present to advocate for unity through culture.” says Yolonda Lavender, Executive Director, Black Arts & Cultural Center. Lavender goes on to say, “In light of the climate of our nation, BACC is proud to provide an opportunity for all people from all walks of life and cultures to unite.”

The first festival in 1986 and was orchestrated by Gail Sydnor, Lois Jackson and James C. Palmore. Later in order to keep black arts and culture in the forefront, the Black Arts and Cultural Committee was created the same year changing its name to ‘Center’ in 1990. Since its founding, the Black Arts Festival has maintained its legacy of showcasing the unique aspects of Black arts and culture. This year’s festival will represent the work of the Black Arts & Cultural Center and its commitment to continue uniting the Kalamazoo community for years to come.

 

 

 

 

 

July 13th

Youth Day-11am-3pm- Bible Baptist Church 1700 N. Drake Rd.  Kalamazoo, MI 49006- ages 7-17, FREE FOOD, games and more! FREE ADMISSION!

Face Off Theatre Company Production of “In the Blood”-7:30pm- Epic Center 359 S. Kalamazoo Mall Kalamazoo, MI 49007 – Ticket prices: $8 (groups of 8), $10 (BACC Members), $15 (students/ seniors), $20 (general)

July 14th

Face Off Theatre Company Production of “In the Blood”-7:30pm- Epic Center 359 S. Kalamazoo Mall Kalamazoo, MI 49007 – Ticket prices: $8 (groups of 8), $10 (BACC Members), $15 (students/ seniors), $20 (general)

July 15th

Unity Through Culture Weekend-11am-8pm- La Crone Park 535 W. Paterson St. Kalamazoo, MI 49007- Vendors-Food-Live Entertainment-Kids Activities-African Drum & Dance Tent and More! FREE ADMISSION!

Summer Black Party-9pm-1:30am- Rootead 1501 Fulford St. Kalamazoo ,MI 49001 Sounds by DJ Conscious -$10 admission-21+

July 16th

Unity Through Culture Weekend-11am-6pm- La Crone Park 535 W. Paterson St. Kalamazoo, MI 49007- Vendors-Food-Live Entertainment-Kids Activities-African Drum & Dance Tent and More! FREE ADMISSION!

 

Visit blackartskalamazoo.org or contact BACC at info@blackartskalamazoo.org or 269-349-1035 for more information. Follow us on Twitter & Instagram- @blackartskzoo

Food Justice class: Mapping the Food System

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The Southeast Area Farmers’ Market is one of the healthier locations on GR’s southeast side food map! Saturdays 11 a.m. to 4p.m. at MLK Jr. Park.

Mapping the Food System
Monday July 106—8 p.m.
Baxter Community Center
935 Baxter SE 49506
(entrance on Bemis)
Sponsored by OKT &
Baxter Community Center

Whether you are a parent, grandparent or live alone, if you want to discover better ways to stretch your food dollar and improve your diet, this workshop is for you. Join OKT and Baxter Community Center as we work together to create food maps for our neighborhoods. What is a food map? It is a map listing all the options for accessing food where you live. After identifying these locations, we will talk about (1) the nutritional quality of the food available and (2) how we can get more nutrients into our diets using the resources that we have: food assistance dollars, gardens, foraging, pantries, farmers’ markets, buying clubs and retail establishments.

We’ll also talk about food justice, food security, food apartheid and food literacy! In OKT also welcomes those who work on issues of hunger, under-nutrition and food justice to join this important conversation.

GRFD Residential Safety Program at Southeast Area Farmers’ Market Saturday July 8

free-smoke-alarmsSoutheast Area Farmers’ Market
11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturdays
MLK Jr. Park
900 Fuller Ave. SE
We warmly welcome SNAP, Bridge Cards, WIC  and Doube Up Food Bucks!

THE GRFD WANTS YOU TO BE SAFE IN YOUR OWN HOME!

The Residential Safety Program, or RSP, is a voluntary solution to help homeowners prevent fires. The RSP is designed to reduce the number and severity of fires in Grand Rapids. The GRFD and our partners are offering the following:

  • Free in home fire safety assessments
  • Free smoke alarm upgrades and installations
  • One-on-one fire safety consultations specific to the residence
  • A connection with our partners to assist with fire safety issues

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The RSP is starting with focus to help five neighborhoods in Grand Rapids that have historically had the highest number of fires. To qualify for the program, homeowners must meet the following requirements:

  • Reside within the City of Grand Rapids
  • Be a home owner, residing within the dwelling.
  • Rentals do not qualify at this time.

Homeowners can ensure their safety by scheduling an appointment. Contact us at 311
Also view our Media Reports and Video page for more information on this Program and other Fire Safety Information!​

 

Free Urban Foraging Workshop at Farmers’ Market Saturday

 

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Noon to 2 p.m. Sat. July 8
Southeast Area Farmers’ Market
MLK Jr. Park, 900 Fuller SE 49506

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 Saturday July 8, Our Kitchen Table’s urban forester, Laura Casaletto, will lead an Urban Foraging Workshop 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.

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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 opens Saturday July 1

13882561_1253537447998287_2460462587423020698_nThe Southeast Area Farmers’ Market kicks off its 2017 season on Saturday July 1 at Martin Luther King Jr. Park, 900 Fuller Ave. SE 49506. The market will operate Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. through Nov. 11. Market events commence July 8 with a visit from the Grand Rapids Fire Department Residential Safety Program and an Urban Foraging Workshop (noon to 2 p.m.). A new addition to the market, once a month it will host area artists at its Arts Market tent.

“As market managers for the past seven years, Our Kitchen Table has well established the market at MLK Jr. Park,” says Lisa Oliver-King, executive director of Our Kitchen Table. “Neighborhood residents have enjoyed having access to fresh, local produce and cottage foods within walking distance.”

dufb_bridgecardThe Southeast Area Farmers’ Market warmly welcomes patrons using Bridge cards (SNAP), WIC Project Fresh, Cash Value Benefits, Summer EBT, Double Up Food Bucks and debit cards. When using the Double Up Food Bucks program, patrons purchasing Michigan produce at select farmers’ markets with Bridge cards receive $1 for each $1 dollar spent, up to $20 each market visit.

The Market has an exciting line-up of market activities on its 2017 calendar. In addition, community organizations will be on hand with information, activities and services. The following events will take place from 4 to 6 p.m. at the Friday market and 12 to 2 p.m. at the Saturday market:

 

  • July 8 Urban Foraging Workshop
  • July 30 Fried Green Tomato Festival
  • Aug. 5 DIY Personal Care Items Workshop
  • Sept. 15 Art at the Market
  • Oct. 1 Greens Cook-off
  • Oct. 7 Greens Cook-0ff
  • Nov. 4 Fall Celebration

Cooking Demos: July 22, Aug. 19, Sept. 23, Oct. 28 and Nov. 4.

 

Arts Market Tent:  July 15, Aug. 12, Sept. 16 and Oct. 21

 

For information, email seafm@OKTjustice.org or visit http://www.OKTjustice.org/farmers-market