Last Saturday, the Southeast Area Farmers’ Market celebrated community with its annual Grand Opening Celebration. Market Manager Roni VanBuren and the market team put together a wonderful day for community to celebrate healthy foods and healthy fun.
Activities began with El Amin’s blessing of the market. As he poured out water as an offering, his blessing called to remembrance community members’ roots in Africa, the times of slavery, sharecropping and migration north to cities like Grand Rapids.
Grand Rapids musician and artist, Derrick “Vito” Hollowell, spun tunes that kept the market atmosphere mellow and upbeat. Urban farmer and kitchen coach, Anja Mast demonstrated how to make easy greens smoothies and raw kale pasta salad. The samples went quick! And, the Jewels of Western Michigan wowed the crowd with African Dance and Drumming.