Farmers Market at MLK Jr. Park Saturday!

Stop by for organic, fresh, local produce from Groundswell Farm, tasty cottage kitchen goods, and handcrafted personal care items and crafts.

Groundswell Farm organics will do your body good!

Ask our market manager, Belinda Hendersen, about ordering bulk whole foods with us, e.g. dry beans, whole grain flours, nuts and seeds, pasta, rice and more..

Items are ordered from Country Life Natural Foods, a supplier to Michigan food co-ops. View the entire PDF Catalog herePlace your order by emailing or in person at the market.  Orders will be available for pick-up at the market on October 10.

As the Southeast Area Farmers’ Market accepts Bridge card/SNAP/EBT, its patrons using these programs will be able to buy bulk food items at the market along with fresh, local fruits, vegetables and herbs. The market offers some bulk foods for direct purchase as well. By ordering together, minimum purchase requirements for free delivery are met. Food orders will not be marked up from the catalog price. And, OKT is not adding any kind of fee to orders.

Food Justice Film Festival

The Food Justice Film Festival, Sept 24-27, features four award-winning films that connect issues of environmental justice with our food system, racial justice and access to healthy, sustainable food. Watch independently or set up watch-parties with your staff, friends, family to stay connected during these trying times. Films are free for all audiences. Each film will be available for 24-hours on its scheduled day during the #FoodJusticeFilmFestival.

  • Sept. 24: “Gather” – a brand new release about indigenous food sovereignty, traditional food systems that protect biodiversity of nature.
  • Sept. 25: “Invisible Vegan” – a film about African American access to healthy, sustainable food, cultural heritage, and plant-based diets.
  • Sept. 26: “Dolores” – featuring Dolores Huerta, an influential labor leader and her work to protect farmworkers.
  • Sept. 27: “Urban Roots” – highlighting the urban farming movement to address lack of access to sustainable, healthy foods.

Each film at the #FoodJusticeFilmFestival has an accompanying panel of interviews with filmmakers and activists including:

  • Dolores Huerta – renowned labor activist
  • Sanjay Rawal – dir. (“Gather”) and Jasmine Leyva – dir. (“Invisible Vegan”)
  • Jo’Vonna Johnson Cooke – Maitu Foods, Eugene Cooke – Grow Where You Are
  • Jacqui Patterson – climate activist from the NAACP
  • Twila Cassadore – San Carlos Apache activist
  • Samuel Genshaw – Yurok tribe and director of the Ancestral Guard
  • lauren Ornelas – director of the Food Empowerment Project
  • Kat Lopez – Veggie Mijas (activistas de la tierra)
  • Alfonzo Chavez – Food justice advocate, Flowers and Bullets
  • Neza Xiuhtecutli – Farmworkers Association, Florida

Free workshop at farmers market shares how to make your own personal care items

Make Your Own
Personal Care Items
12 – 2 p.m. Sat. Sept. 12
Market hours: 11am. -4p.m.
Southeast Area Farmers’ Market at MLK Park,
900 Fuller Ave. SE 49506

Are you tired of paying too much for your personal care items? Does the list of chemical ingredients scare you? (It should!) Come to the Southeast Area Farmers’ Market Saturday and learn how to make your own!

Ms. Yvonne Woodard, market manager and vendor, has been making her own personal care products for years. She started doing so because of her health — she simply could not physically tolerate store-bought, chemical laden products.

Stop by and learn her tried-and-true recipes for the products living closest to your body!

DTE Energy will be at the market sharing energy saving resources. Urban Core Collective will be helping patrons register to vote.

Farmers market at MLK Jr. Park Saturday Sept. 5

Southeast Area Farmers Market
12 – 2 p.m. Saturday Sept. 5
MLK Jr. Park, 900 Fuller Ave. SE 49506

Stop by for organic, fresh, local produce from Groundswell Farm, tasty cottage kitchen goods, and handcrafted personal care items and crafts.

Staff from the Urban Core Collective will offer voter registration. Resilient Roots Wellness and The Grand Rapids Yoga Company will offer an All levels | All bodies | ALL people YOGA class

Yoga at Joe Taylor Park market

yoga 1Southeast Area Farmers Market at Joe Taylor Park
6 – 8 p.m. Thursday Aug. 26
Last market at Joe Taylor Park this year!

Resilient Roots Wellness and The Grand Rapids Yoga Company will offer an All levels | All bodies | ALL people YOGA class during the market tonight.  The socially-distanced yoga class is yoga 2trauma-sensitive and donation-based: In your times of abundance, pay more to accommodate those in need, in times of need-pay less.

Stop by the market, load up on healthy food, and build your wellness!

#gryoco #resillientroots

Urban Foraging Workshop at Market Saturday

LauraSoutheast Area Farmers Market
12 – 2 p.m. Saturday Aug. 22
MLK Jr. Park, 900 Fuller Ave. SE 49506
Stop by for organic, fresh, local produce from Groundswell Farm, tasty cottage kitchen goods, and handcrafted personal care items and crafts.

Did you know that many of the native species we see around us (and label as weeds) once were a prize source of both food and medicine? On Saturday August 24, citizen forester and urban forager, Laura Casaletto, will share how to identify the edible plants growing in your Grand Rapids neighborhoods. She has been using foraging as a means to supplement her family’s food budget for many years.


Register to vote at the market Saturday!

Southeast Area Farmers Market:  11 a.m. – 4 p.m. Saturday Aug. 8
MLK Jr. Park, 900 Fuller SE 49506

On Saturday August 8, staff from the Urban Core Collective will be at the Southeast Area Farmers Market to offer voter registration.

59e817b183c1d90001dd359d_YellowBus_Mockup_UCC 3Urban Core Collective’s mission is “Uplifting historically marginalized communities to a place of greater self sufficiency by unifying communities of color in order to reduce the effects of systemic racism.”

If you are already registered to vote, please think about the young people in your life that have turned 18 and could make a difference in this next voting cycle. Following is UCC’s Aug. 2 blog post for your consideration.

AUGUST 2, 2020


Even though Clarissa Mata was only 12 years old at the time, she remembers the night of November 4, 2008 like it was yesterday. She and her family were gathered around the television set in her home in Jenison, Michigan watching the election results come in state by state. Watching America elect their very first Black President forever marked her life.

“I watched the country turn a different color [Republican-led red to Democrat-led blue] and I just remember thinking it was so cool that people get to determine the future of this country,” she says.

Today, Clarissa is 18 years old and is planning to vote for the first time in a presidential election this November. Although this may be the first presidential election Clarissa can vote in, she has been engaged in local politics since she was 16 years old. Using her Facebook, Instagram and Tik Tok profiles, she is constantly posting content to remind her followers and friends to register to vote.

“I want to live in a country that reflects the people and what the people want,” she explains.

Through her social media content she talks about politics and the politicians that she likes. “If I can reach the people who can vote there, that’s me being informed and helping other people be informed,” she adds.

Clarissa believes that her vote matters and she wishes more people believed that they too have the power to make a change.

“I think a lot of people think it’s just one vote and that their vote doesn’t matter, but that thinking at a large scale can become dangerous. Those hundreds of votes can make a difference—especially in local elections where there have been so many times where the results are determined by a few votes,” she says.

As a member of the LGBTQ+ community and first generation Mexican-American immigrant, Clarissa says she cannot vote for a candidate who doesn’t want to address the current climate crisis, ensure equal rights for LGBTQ+ people, fight for reproductive rights and comprehensive immigration reform for undocumented immigrants.

“Sometimes it gets a little hard to find a candidate that encompasses my values because of my identities and beliefs,” she explains.

Clarissa is part of a new generation of Americans known as Generation Z. According to data from the Pew Research Center, one-in-ten eligible voters in the 2020 electorate will be a part of generation Z. Generation Z is more ethnically and racially diverse than any previous generation and is most likely to believe that Black people are treated less fairly than people of other races and ethnicities.

When it came to registering to vote, Clarissa did it the day she turned 18. She says she thought it was going to be a really long process, but she simply went to and was able to quickly register to vote.

“It took me five minutes and it was done. And two weeks later I got my voter’s registration card. It seems silly, but I treasure my voter’s registration card,” she adds.

Advocacy for Clarissa comes easy. As a digital native, she has grown up surrounded by smartphones and computers. Back in 2018, she did not hesitate to use the internet to educate her mother about the candidates running in the midterms. “My mom was hesitant to vote because it was 6:30pm on the day of election and she didn’t know who was running and why… but I sat her down and I told her we were going to learn about the candidates and then I would drive her to the polls,” she remembers. That day, her mother voted thanks in part to the encouragement from Clarissa.

Although Clarissa is only 18 years old, she has already made waves advocating for the election of Milinda Ysasi, the first Latina commissioner of the city of Grand Rapids, and more recently for the election of Bryan Berghoef, Democrat candidate challenging Republican candidate Bill Huizenga for a congressional seat. Knowing more about Clarissa, it’s no surprise that three years ago Grand Rapids Mayor Rosalynn Bliss called Clarissa “the next Mayor of Grand Rapids” after hearing about her ten year plan.

“In 2017, we were at Lions and Rabbits for an award ceremony. I went since my mom won an award and I met Mayor Bliss there. I talked to her about everything I was doing and what I plan on doing and she said, ‘Wow. The next mayor of GR right here!’”

Clarissa wants to fight for the rights of her West Michigan community and plans to run for office in ten years after finishing law school.

“I think a lot of people my age want to leave this town and this state and I can understand why. But, I think if you can take the time to find your people you will find that we can all co-create a place of belonging for all. If it’s not here yet—we can imagine it and create it,” she shares.

Clarissa may not be a lawyer yet, but until she is she will be focusing on her studies at Grand Rapids Community College and participating in local elections while working part time at her mother’s business, Lindo Mexico Restaurante Mexicano.

Written by Michelle Jokisch Polo