Southeast Area Farmers’ Market Vendor Profile: Darlene Gibbons

One of Our Kitchen Table’s founding members, Darlene Gibbons is also one of the Southeast Area Farmers’ Markets’ most faithful vendors. A 1974 graduate of Ottawa Hills High School, Ms. Gibbons has deep ties to the neighborhoods the market serves—even though her small farm is located in Allendale.

If you’ve been to the farmers’ market the past few weekends, no doubt you have chatted with Ms. Gibbons and admired the chemical free produce she has grown. As a staunch advocate for community improvement, she expends a lot of energy advocating for environmental and social justice right here in the Grand Rapids area.

If you have a conversation with this soft spoken grandmother, you’ll no doubt discover her heart for justice as well as a great depth of political and historical knowledge.

Ms. Gibbons is also a college student—and the mother of two successful college graduates. This past spring, her son Dr. Baron Colbert, 30, received his PhD from Michigan Technological University. He lives in the Upper Peninsula with his wife and four children. Her son Brandon Colbert, 27, who earned his Master’s Degree in Sociology this year, works as a Regional Director of Leadership Platform Acquisitions, in Washington, DC.

In addition to gardening, Ms. Gibbons spends time reading about social justice issues, quilting and sewing for her grandchildren.

Don’t forget to stop by the Southeast Area Farmers’ Markets this weekend: 2 – 7 p.m. Friday at Gerald R Ford Middle School or 10 – 3 Saturday at Garfield Park. Both market locations accept cash, debit cards, EBT/SNAP, Double Up Food Bucks, WIC Project Fresh and Kent County Health Department coupons.