The Southeast Area Farmers’ Market will offer more than fresh produce this year. Our Kitchen Table (OKT), the Greater Grand Rapids Food Systems Council (GGRFSC) and the Kent County Health Department (KCHD) will take turns hosting fun, educational events throughout the market season.
- OKT will host do-it-yourself workshops on making wine, making soap, urban food foraging and brewing beer from homegrown hops.
- The KCHD plans on bringing in staff members to share about the animal shelter, various preventive health issues and healthy eating.
- The GGRFSC will host children’s arts and crafts activities, provide information on the dangers of genetically modified foods and hold question and answer sessions on the 2012 Farm Bill, which determines the budget for SNAP (food stamps) and local farm initiatives.
In addition, OKT is inviting local chefs to do hands-on, healthy food cooking demos—and working on some surprise celebrity appearances. Plus, market manager Yvonne Woodard will ensure that music and dancercise continues as a weekly activity.
As the market season progresses, OKT hopes to line-up even more fun and informative activities for market days. After all, the Southeast Area Farmers’ Market is more than a place to stop for produce, it’s a place where neighbors come together, make friends and build community.