“Art at the Market” added festive flair to farmer’s market

IMG_1150Along  with local produce, delicious cakes, pickles and chow chow, last Saturday at the Southeast Area Farmers’ Market offered Art at the Market.

Rokhaya Ndao, Motherland Beauties, showcased handmade jewelry, bags, African art and fabrics crafted by women in Senegal, who profit from their sales.  women’s projects in Senegal, West Africa. Fine artists Alma Suarez, Derrick Hollowell and Eddie Kurlowicz shared prints  of paintings and pencil drawings; Alma offered small sculptures depicting Catrinas, figures featured as part of the holiday Dia de los Muertos. Crafters vended jump ropes, scarves and kitchen accessories. Market manager, Yvonne Woodard, was proud to share the children’s book her son, Chris Dudley, illustrated,  “Nyrah’s Bully Friend.”

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Call for artists!

Art at the Market 8x5The Southeast Area Farmers’ Market hosts “Art at the Market” during market hours, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sept. 16 at Martin Luther King Jr. Park, 900 Fuller Ave. SE 49506.  The market invites local fine artists and crafters to stop by and vend at the market with no vendor fee.

Our neighborhoods have many accomplished artists in its midst. Art at The Market will provide them an opportunity to showcase their talents, inspire their neighbors and share any messages that their art expresses. The date was chosen to coincide with Artprize as this event is not always accessible to artists from the Market’s neighborhoods or neighbors living nearby.

The market is open 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Artists will need to provide their own tables, tents and chairs.

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

SONY DSCMake Your Own Personal Care Items
12 – 2 p.m. Saturday August 5
(Market hours are 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.)
Southeast Area Farmers’ Market
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!

Bridge Magazine at farmers’ market Saturday

bridgeBridge Magazine, the free, online publication of the nonprofit Center for Michigan,  has spent the last two summers visiting farmers’ markets across the state. Come to the Southeast Area Farmers’ Market Saturday and subscribe and you will receive a free tote bag (great for all those fruits and veggies) and be entered to win one of five, $100 Amazon gift cards.

Bridge Magazine offers in-depth news covering Michigan current affairs and public policy issues around the state from a nonpartisan perspective. It always has been, and always will be free. But if you decide you’re not that keen on it after your first issue, you can unsubscribe at any time.

The Center for Michigan, is a non-partisan non profit organization that works to amplify resident’s voices to leadership in Lansing across the state.




Urban Roots sponsors workshop “Garden Heroes and Villains.”

unnamedUrban Roots Community Farm, Market, and Education Center
1316 Madison Ave SE Grand Rapids, MI 49507
Thursday July 13th 6:30pm – 8:00pm

Come be a kid with us! Have fun with Urban Roots exploring the farm with magnifying glasses and learning all about the heroes and villains of the garden. Even if you don’t have a garden, you will love this class! Urban Roots’ workshops are fun, down to earth, and a great way to check out it sotherprograms. This class is VERY kid and family friendly.

The workshop is free, though Urban Roots does appreciate donations to help defray costs.