Southeast Area Farmers’ Market: Big Changes, Big Plans

Southeast Area Farmers’ Market: Big Changes, Big Plans The Grand Rapids Times 7-15-2011 article source http://www.grtimes.com/archive2011/7_15_2011.asp

The Southeast Area Farmers’ Market has made some big changes this year, changes that we hope make shopping there more convenient for our neighbors.

For one, the market has moved ― and not to one new location but two.

Both locations do more than sell fresh local produce, with an emphasis on our neighborhood backyard growers.

Each provides food samples, kids’ activities and educational resources to help you and your family grow better health.

The Garfield Park market is open Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

The women of Our Kitchen Table (OKT) will stage healthy food cooking demos here so you can learn how to prepare fresh foods that are new to you and how to prepare favorite foods more nutritiously.

This market location accepts Bridge/EBT card, Project Fresh certificates and Double Up Food Bucks. For every $2 spent on fresh Michigan-grown fruits and vegetables purchased with a Bridge/EBT card, customers receive $2 worth of Double Up Food Bucks tokens to buy more food. Bridge/EBT card users can receive up to $20 in Double Up Food Bucks tokens per visit per farmer’s market daily.

The Gerald R. Ford Middle School market is open on Fridays from 5 to 7p.m. At the market OKT has installed raised bed garden plots where you can learn how to grow your own food in your own backyard, in containers on your deck or in community and communal gardens. Customers can purchase fresh food at Gerald R. Ford Middle School with cash and debit cards.

Why is OKT in the farmers’ market business? Well, not to make money. OKT believes that everyone, no matter their income level, has the right to healthy, whole foods. Access to good, healthy, local food is not only about consumers having choices and urban growers and farmers having places to sell. Access to healthy food is an environmental justice and food security issue. Come to the markets and chat with OKT and with our vendors. You’ll find that they are primarily neighborhood urban growers who share a consciousness about the environment their food is grown in as well as how it is grown.

OKT encourages and offers soil testing to our market vendors. Also, we supplied our vendors with a “grub box,” a variety of food plants organically grown by OKT, to add to their gardens. The Southeast Area Farmer’s Market is not the largest farmers’ market in town. But that’s no reason not to stop by, chat with the vendors and staff and help build a healthier community around fresh, whole foods

Southeast Area Farmers’ Market: Big Changes, Big Plans The Grand Rapids Times 7-15-2011 article source http://www.grtimes.com/archive2011/7_15_2011.asp

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