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A whole lot of whole foods

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Baxter Community Center Marketplace

Our Kitchen Table’s Collective Whole Foods Purchase Group added a new member about a year ago. Baxter Community Center began ordering whole foods for its pantry program in 2016, when OKT leveraged grant dollars to create the Southeast Area Farmers’ Market “Market Bucks” program. Run in partnership with the Urban Core Collective, most Market Bucks end up in the hands of income-challenged individuals seeking to access healthier foods for their families. These individuals, for the most part, have spent their Market Bucks on locally grown fruits and vending vegetables offered by neighborhood growers vending produce at the Southeast Area Farmers’ Market.

 

However, Baxter Community Center is also a Market Bucks recipient. They’ve been using them to purchase whole foods for their pantry patrons. Their last order included quick rolled oats, pinto and black turtle beans, black-eyed peas, organic pasta Market Bucksand yellow grits. These staple, whole food items not only offer excellent nutrition but also encourage patrons to cook healthier, affordable meals from scratch at home.

Thank you, Baxter Community Center, for being a vital part of OKT’s Collective Whole Foods Purchase Group!

If you are interested in purchasing Country Life Natural Foods bulk whole foods with OKT, email media@OKTjustice.org for information. Southeast Area Farmers’ Market patrons can also place orders at the market during the growing season, June through November. No fees! No mark-ups! EBT accepted. View the catalog here.

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Eat healthier with bulk, whole foods!

clnf catOrder by 5 p.m. Jan. 16. Pick-up at truck at Baxter Community Center week of Jan. 22.

OKT’s Collective Whole Foods Purchase Group offers OKT constituents  and others opportunity to purchase bulk whole foods, e.g. dry beans, whole grain flours, nuts and seeds, pasta, rice, peanut butter, popcorn, vegetable oils, honey and more. Many organic  and vegetarian items are availbale, too!

Items are ordered from Country Life Natural Foods, a supplier to Michigan food co-ops. View the entire PDF Catalog here. Place your order through the contact form on our website or via email.

If you want to pay with Bridge card/SNAP/EBT, please let us know when you order. By ordering together, we can meet minimum purchase requirements for free delivery. OKT does not mark up the price or charge a fee to your order.

Don’t miss it! Last farmers’ market this Saturday

IMG_1119Saturday November  11 is the last time that the Southeast Area Farmers’ Market takes place in 2017. The market will take place in LINC’s parking lot at 341 Hall St. SE from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. The market moved here three weeks ago due to ongoing construction at MLK Jr. Park.snap

Stop by and stock up on Southeast GR’s finest greens, local produce, cottage kitchen foods and more! As always, we welcome Bridge Card, SNAP, Double Up Food Bucks, WIC, Sr. Project Fresh and SEAFM Market Bucks.

Farmers’ market at LINC a success!

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Thursday market at UMCH,  9:30am-1pm, UMCH, , 904 Sheldon SE 49507
No market Oct. 27
The next market will take place Nov. 4
 11a.m. – 4p.m.  at Linc, 167 Madison Ave. SE  

Last Saturday, the Southeast Area Farmers’ Market set up shop in LINC’s parking lot at 167 Madison Ave. SE.  Shoppers began crowding around vendors’ tables before they even had a chance to set up. Yes, the location has changed but the vendors remain the same! Stop by for Southeast GR’s finest greens, local produce, cottage kitchen foods and more!

Due to ongoing construction at MLK Jr. Park, the market will operate at LINC on Nov. 4 and 11. The market will not take place Oct. 27.

As always, we welcome Bridge Card, SNAP, Double Up Food Bucks, WIC ,
Sr. Project Fresh and SEAFM Market Bucks.

 

Southeast Area Farmers’ Market open Saturday at LINC

IMG_1119Look for the Yellow Market Tents!

Southeast Area Farmers’ Market
11a.m. – 4p.m. Saturdays through 11/11
At Linc, 167 Madison Ave. SE  

Due to ongoing construction at MLK Jr. Park, the market will operate at LINC through the rest of the season. The location has changed but the vendors remain the same! Stop by for Southeast GR’s finest greens, local produce, cottage kitchen foods and more!

As always, we welcome Bridge Card, SNAP, Double Up Food Bucks, WIC ,
Sr. Project Fresh and SEAFM Market Bucks.

Because of the unexpected location change,the market will not be hosting its
Greens Cook-off this Saturday.

OKT and United Methodist Community House food gardening program experienced successes and challenges

UMCH-Logo_with-tagFrom June to September 2017, Our Kitchen Table worked with the United Methodist Community House to plant raised bed food gardens and engage folks of all ages in healthy eating strategies. Program participants included children from the UMCH Child Development Center and summer camp programs as well as adults from its Transitional Living and Seniors program.

OKT designed and built 22 raised beds, filled them with soil and provided organic food plants—fruits, vegetables, herbs and edible flowers. An OKT food garden coach facilitated the programming. The various UMCH programs met at the raised beds to learn about food growing and accessing healthier foods in neighborhood. Many of the adult participants also attended OKT’s food growing series and food justice class—and became patrons of the Southeast Area Farmers’ Market.

The raised beds did resent some challenges. The harvest did not yield the expected amount of food, although enough was picked to use for the food demos and classes held at the garden site. OKT is taking steps to figure out why low amounts of food were produced and amend the situation–and the soil, if needed. In its many years of growing food, OKT has not encountered such low yields before.

Thank you, United Methodist Community House, for this great opportunity to grow justice!