Southeast Area Farmers’ Market looking forward to busy fall

Now that school is back in session, the Southeast Area Farmer’s Market Gerald R Ford Middle School location  will remain open–but for fewer hours.  Beginning Sept. 9, this location will be open from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., so as not to interfere with school traffic and activities.

August was a grand month for this location. During the four dates the market was open, we counted a total of 310 customer visits.  That means a lot of healthy food is making it into our neighborhoods’ kitchens. A big thank you to all those who came to the market! Thanks for telling  your friends and neighbors. Another big thank you to The Grand Rapids Times!  The column they have been running about the market has been instrumental in spreading the word.

The Southeast Area Farmer’s Market’s two locations distributed 137 Double Up Food Bucks tokens to our customers. These customers doubled the amount of produce they received for the amount they spent. It’s not too late to take advantage of this program. If you shop with an EBT card, you will receive a $2 token for every two dollars you spend—up to $20 in tokens each time you visit.

The markets also honored $225 worth of Kent County Health Department and Project Fresh coupons. If you have any of these coupons, bring them in before it’s too late!

The Southeast Area Farmer’s Market Garfield Park location is open Saturdays 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.  Both farmers’ market locations will be open through November 6.