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Greens Cook-off and Green Tomato Festival Saturday Nov. 3!

Don’t miss the Southeast Area Farmers’ Market’s biggest event!

Meet our celebrity Judge: Chef Trimmel, Forty Acres Soul Kitchen

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Weigh in on Urban Ag at the Southeast Area Farmers’ Market Saturday

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11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday Oct. 27
MLK Jr. Park, 900 Fuller Ave. SE

Bridge Cards, Double Up Food Bucks and WIC Welcome!

The City of Grand Rapids Urban Agriculture Committee wants to know your thoughts about urban agriculture. Come to the market Saturday and let them know what you think. OKT’s executive director, Lisa Oliver-King is on the committee. Some questions that she and Our Kitchen Table is asking include:

  • Should zoning ordinances be changed to support urban farms? If they are, who should operate them? City residents and small, local farmers, or high-powered agricultural industrialists looking for investment opportunities?
  • Who should eat the food? Neighborhood residents with little access to healthy whole foods or the clientele of high-end restaurants?
  • How will urban ag projects will impact the neighborhoods where they operate? Will they support the existing residential community or hasten gentrification and higher housing costs?

“School gardens, urban farms, [and] composting and educational initiatives have tremendous potential for shaping a city’s fabric,” says Levi Gardner, Urban Ag committee chair. “Through this community engagement process, we hope to better understand how these initiatives and many others like them fit into our growing city. While we are benchmarking against other cities in this process; we are welcoming Grand Rapids residents to voice their ideas, questions, and concerns about this work.”

Farmers’ Market at LINC Oct. 6

SEAFM fallSoutheast Area Farmers’ Market, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturdays
Oct. 6, 13, 20, Nov. 3 & 10 at LINC Parking Lot, Madison Ave. north of Hall St. SE
Oct. 27 at MLK Park

grfd.jpgOn Oct. 6, GRFD Residential Safety Program (RSP) will share resources at the market.  The RSP is designed to reduce the number and severity of fires in Grand Rapids. The GRFD and our partners are offering free in home fire safety assessments, free smoke alarm upgrades and installations, one-on-one fire safety consultations specific to the residence and a connection with our partners to assist with fire safety issues

Farmers’ Market at MLK Jr. Park 9/29

IMG_1119Southeast Area Farmers’ Market
11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturdays

MLK Jr. Park, Sept. 29 & Oct. 27 Franklin St. & Fuller Ave. SE 

LINC Parking Lot,
Oct. 6, 13, 20, Nov. 3 & 10
Madison Ave. north of Hall St. SE 

The Southeast Area Farmers’ Market provides a wide variety of local produce, cottage kitchen foods, personal care items, crafts and ready-to-eat foods. Our vendors are primarily women of color, home growers and residents of OKT’s targeted neighborhoods. In addition to providing access to healthy food, the market hosts meal preparation activities, workshops and guests from community organizations.We Bridge Card, SNAP, Double Up Food Bucks, WIC and many other assistance and coupon programs.

5 reasons to shop Southeast Area Farmers’ Market this weekend

  1. 2018 flyerFresh is best for you and your family

Freshly picked, local produce has more flavor and more nutritional value than produce that’s grown far way, picked green, and transported hundreds or thousands of miles.

  1. You are helping build an alternative

The industrial food system feeds us nutrient-poor, chemical laden foods that cause a wide range of health problems. We need to build an alternative. You can start building it right here in Grand Rapids.

  1. You are helping Mother Earth

Local foods grown in living soil without chemicals do not contribute to global warming, environmental degradation, and the global health and environmental risks associated with GMOs.

  1. You get to know your neighbors

Yes, you can shop the market in less time than a fast-food drive-through, but why? Stick around, chat with our vendors, get acquainted with your neighbors and build community.

  1. Help reduce the stigma

The Southeast Area Farmers’ Market not only accepts food assistance dollars, we WELCOME them. Not because there is a profit to be made, but because healthy food is a human right. Everyone should be able to purchase healthy and whole food in our communities!

Learn about Planned Parenthood’s resources at Farmers’ Market Saturday

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11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday Sept. 15
LINC parking lot,
Madison Ave. north of Hall St. SE.
Bridge Cards, Double Up Food Bucks and WIC Welcome!

On Saturday Sept. 15, staff from Grand Rapids’ Planned Parenthood Irwin/Martin Health Center  will table at the market, providing information about the full range of affordable services that they offer area residents with or without health insurance.

Did you know that in addition to helping with women’s healthcare and contraception, the health center offers general healthcare, HIV testing, LGBT services, men’s healthcare, pregnancy testing and services and more?

In addition, Planned Parenthood’s trained educators offer comprehensive sex education that helps youth and others learn about sex and sexuality, explore values and beliefs about those topics ,and gain the skills that help them make healthy choices despite bullying or peer pressure. Statistics have proventhat comprehensive sex education is more effective than abstinence only programs in reducing teen pregnancies, abortions and STD rates.

OKT is proud to stand with Planned Parenthood!

Urban Roots Community Market reopens Sept. 6

IMG_9769_market_wuendy.JPGUrban Roots is reopening its Community Market, 1316 Madison Ave SE, on September 6 with a celebratory event, 12 to 1:30 p.m. Thursday Sept 6. The market, which offers healthy, affordable, local  produce and whole foods will be open for business 12 to 7 p.m. every  Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday.

Urban Roots is a non­profit 501(c)3 community farm, market, and education center in the Madison Community. Working with students of all ages across Grand Rapids, its mission is to cultivate durable and resilient families, communities, and ecosystems through urban agriculture. For information, visit http://www.urbanrootsgr.org