South East Area Farmers’ Market opens Saturday June 2

Come to Garfield Park next Saturday between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. to celebrate the beginning of farmers’ market season right here on the southeast side! Market master, Yvonne Woodard of Our Kitchen Table (OKT) has vendors lined up for this small but satisfying market. These vendors will be selling chemical free produce that has been locally grown. It will be a small start as several of our regular vendors do not have produce ready yet.

The South East Area Farmers’ Market Gerald R Ford Middle School market will commence after school gets out, Friday June 15 from 2 to 7 p.m.

Both market locations participate in the following food programs: WIC Project FRESH, Market FRESH, and the Kent County WIC Pilot Project. Patrons are welcome to make their purchases with cash, checks, debit cards and EBT cards.

Those using EBT cards can get twice as much for their money with Double Up Food Bucks. For every dollar spent, $2 worth of produce can be purchased, up to $40 worth of food for $20 spent on an EBT card. That’s twice as much healthy nutrition for the dollar!

2 thoughts on “South East Area Farmers’ Market opens Saturday June 2

  1. The Market is such a valuable energy center and gathering point, not only for providing healthy food, but for food education and community-building around local food sources. But I’m concerned that 2 market times and places spreads vendors too thin. Wouldn’t it be better to have a single market time and place and combine resources?

    • OKT manages the Southeast Area Farmer’s Market from a justice approach, not an urban ag approach. While it is hoped that participating vendors get a fair price for their produce, the goal is to build an alternative food system that provides healthy, fresh, chemical-free fruits and vegetables to Grand Rapids neighborhoods that are denied access to good foods by the current industrial food complex. Having the market in two locations not only increases access to more people (many who do not have reliable transportation) but also fosters community through the creation of place, a place where neighbors can gather, get to know each other and grow power to further build that alternative food system.

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