Next farmers market July 25

20200711_111314 (1)The next Southeast Area Farmers Market will take place 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday July 25 at MLK Jr. Park. Along with our neighborhood vendors, Groundswell Community Farm will again join the market with a truckload of fresh, local, produce sustainably and fairly grown in Zeeland.

According to the Michigan Farmers Market Association, farming and food production are not stopping during this pandemic! Michigan farmers continue to grow and produce a wide variety of food and farm products. Follow their easy tips as you support your farmers markets this season.

Be prepared and be patient! When you’re getting ready to go to the market, make sure you bring your face mask, shopping list, and an insulated tote bag. Plan ahead for longer lines and maybe some waiting. Use the time to look up new seasonal recipes!

20200711_110329Enjoy your personalized shopping experience! Share the items on your list with your vendor and they’ll grab it for you to minimize risk of contamination. All the tables in front of you will be clean and clear so they can easily be sanitized.

When it’s time to pay, ask your vendor about low touch or touchless payment options! They say cash is king, but this summer, card is preferred.

20200711_111722Finally, stay informed! Some markets have created drive-thru or traffic flow instructions, so keep an eye out for signs, maps and chalk arrows. Others have started online marketplaces for even easier shopping.

Now that you’re ready to shop, find a farmers market near youMarkets are adapting quickly to an ever-changing landscape, so be sure to contact your market directly or follow them on social for the most up to date details on their hours and operations.

These tips are presented by the Michigan Farmers Market Association and Taste the Local Difference.


First Joe Taylor Park Farmers Market today!

20200711_111314 (1)Southeast Area Farmers Market
6 – 8  p.m. Thursday July 16
Joe Taylor Park, 1038 Bemis St. SE 49506

The Southeast Area Farmers Market. takes place at Joe Taylor Park today at 6! Stop by for organic, fresh, local produce from Groundswell Farm, tasty cottage kitchen goods, and handcrafted personal care items and crafts.

The market had a great debut last Saturday  at MLK Jr. Park. Join the excitement! And eat healthy! We warmly welcome SNAP, EBT, P-EBT, Double Up Food bucks, WIC Project Fresh and Sr. Project Fresh.


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Groundswell Farm vendor at Southeast Area Farmers’ Market

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opens 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. Saturday July 11
MLK Jr. Park, 900 Fuller SE 49506

Our Kitchen Table is thrilled to announce that Groundswell Farm will be a vendor on alternate dates at the Southeast Area Farmers Market. In addition to selling produce in Holland and at the Fulton Street Farmers Market and now our market, Groundswell offers a Community Supported Agriculture, or CSA, model of agriculture that connects them directly with local consumers. Customers purchase a “share” of the farm at the beginning of the season and receive fresh, produce weekly during the growing season. Groundswell offers share via SNAP.

39926334_10155377238270672_5485237973651816448_oIts website says, “Joining a CSA lets you reconnect with the food you eat. You will notice a difference in the taste, flavor and nutritional value of your ingredients. You think about meals in reverse by cooking with what you have and what’s in season. You might even help to plant or harvest some of your food as a member during various farm events!”

Groundswell is run by African American farmer, bruce michael wilsonBruce Michael-Wilson. A graduate of Central Michigan University, Wilson was raised from a toddler on the 160-acre family farm where he grew up in Hopkins Michigan. At age six, he wrote his own book, “Our Big Farm.” As he grew older, he also worked for neighboring farmers in the hay fields, gardens, and milk barns honing his skills and developing his agricultural acumen.

Please visit the market Saturday between 11 a.m. and 4 p.m. and purchase your fresh produce from Groundswell! OKT has long hoped to add a CSA farmer to our vendor list and ask for your support in making this a successful strategy for the market and the farm.

Southeast Area Farmers’ opens July 11

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The Southeast Farmers’ Market opens 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday July 11 at Martin Luther King Jr. Park, 900 Fuller SE, Grand Rapids 49506. The Market seeks to provide a wide variety of local produce in neighborhood. Vendors are primarily women of color, home growers, and residents of southeast Grand Rapids. In addition to providing access to healthy food, the market hosts meal preparation activities, workshops, and resources from community organizations. It welcomes Bridge Card, SNAP, Double Up Food Bucks, WIC and many other assistance and coupon programs. Joe Taylor Park, 1138 Bemis St. SE, will host the market 6 to 8 p.m. every other Thursday beginning July 16. kyprii

When you stop by he market, say hello to Aquinas College graduate, Kyprii Whitney,  this season’s market intern. Born and raised in Detroit, Kyprii hopes her internship at the market will bring her one step closer to a career in music marketing.

Program for Growth gardens all set to feed families!

Participants of Our Kitchen Table’s Program for Growth are already harvesting some fresh, organic produce from their gardens and looking forward to an abundant summer season.  Ms. Doris shares, “I have collards, turnips, tomatoes, cucumbers, bell peppers and sweet herb [stevia]. I’m just loving it!”

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Photo courtesy Miss Doris and Stephen Smith.

Ready, set, grow!

Our Kitchen Table Program for Growth participants were busy during the month of May!

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In addition to planting cold crops like kale and herbs, they also got their containers and raised beds ready for the warm season crops, which will be delivered soon. Farmer Williams delivered premium, healthy soil and helped construct raised beds, including OKT’s first waist-high raised-bed, designed to make growing food more accessible. Participants were careful to follow social distancing guidelines. Program for Growth weekly meetings are continuing via Zoom conferencing.

Program for Growth plants early cold crops

Last week, under the direction of OKT’s consulting farmer, Kelsey Hakeem, garden coaches from OKT’s Program for Growth distributed cold-crops for end-of-April planting: chard, kale, parsley, and chives.

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The garden coaches observed strict social distancing guidelines and suited up with head coverings, protective jumpsuits, masks and gloves. Planting instructions are being shared via text and email. Plants are now in the ground at MLK Jr. Leadership Academy and several Program for Growth participant’s home gardens.

MIFMA provides farmers market guidelines for P-EBT

As part of the federal response to COVID-19 a program, P-EBT/Pandemic EBT will provide food assistance to Michigan families that participate in free or reduced lunches at school. The Michigan Farmers Market Association has released the following information to help farmers accept these benefits at farmers markets.


And, here is information on the program for consumers:ebt