Southeast Area Farmers’ Market open Nov. 5 & 12

SEAFM 6-17You have ony two more weeks to shop at the Southeast Area Farmers’ Market. Stop by between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. Saturday November 5 and 12 to experience a cornucopia of local, fresh produce! And, yes, the market vendors accept SNAP, EBT (Bridge Cards) and WIC!

On Nov. 5, community partner The Great Start Collaborative will be on hand to share resrouces and information. Great Start’s goal is: “Every young child in Kent County will enter kindergarten healthy and ready to succeed in school and life.”

The market hopes to continue to offer monthly opportunity to purchase bulk whole foods, e.g. dry beans, whole grain flours, nuts and seeds, pasta, rice and more (SNAP/Bridge Card accepted for purchase). Items are ordered from Country Life Natural Foods, a supplier to Michigan food co-ops. View the entire PDF Catalog here. If you’d like to place an order, email it to by Dec. 5. Pay at the pick-up (date TBD) at Garfield Park Lodge, 334 Burton St. SE 49507.

Free healthy cooking class tonight!

cook-eat-talk-bannerCook, Eat & Talk
6 to 8 p.m. Thursday Nov. 3

Sherman Street Church kitchen
1000 Sherman St. SE 49506

Join us tonight for week 5 of OKT’s new 8-week Cook, Eat & Talk series with phenomenal cooking coach, Anja Mast. Anja has scoured a host of African American cookbooks to come up with healthy, low-cost, easy-to-prepare dishes that reflect tradition and taste awesome. This evening, we’ll be cooking Slow Braised Mustard Greens (vegan) and  Classic Mixed Greens w/ Ham Hock as well as tasting Hoppin’ John w/ Collard Greens (crockpot recipe) and Dill Pickled Mustard Greens.

No cost. Good eats. Great ideas.

Spoke Folks at the Southeast Area Farmers’ Market Saturday

12033116_935696813168490_1102537330503624023_nThe Spoke Folks will be at the Southeast Area Farmers’ Market Saturday. Representatives from this amazing Grand Rapids non-profit are favorites with market patrons because they not only provide advice and information, they also do bike repairs on-site and teach children and adults how to make their own minor bicycle repairs. Now is the perfect time of year to shop farmers’ markets. You’ll find an abundance of fresh produce as well as cottage food goods and craft items. Do you like Watkins products? 0912151135Be sure to look up or faithful vendor, Mr. Price. Craving collards? The Tolberts have collards, mustard, turnip and more.
The Southeast Area Farmers’ Market is open 3 to 7 p.m. Fridays and 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturdays. Vendors gladly accept SNAP, WIC, and Senior Project Fresh/Market FRESH and Double Up Food Bucks.

Southeast Area Farmers’ Market partners with YMCA Veggie Van


veggie vanSoutheast Area Farmers’ Market
MLK Jr. Park
Fridays 3 to 7 p.m.
Saturdays 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
SNAP, WIC, Sr. Project Fresh/Market FRESH and Double Up Food Bucks

The Southeast Area Farmers’ Market has another new vendor: The YMCA Veggie Van. Because it operates on a smaller scale than most farmers’ markets, the market has had challenges attracting more vendors. The Veggie Van will nicely complement the great range of items that its current vendors offer—especially now that the market is located at MLK Jr. Park, 900 Fuller Ave. SE, and has a lot more traffic.

Like its other faithful vendors, the Veggie Van will sell locally grown, top-quality fruits and vegetables and accept SNAP, WIC, and Senior Project Fresh/Market FRESH benefits. And, like the Southeast Area Farmers’ Market, it receives funding from the W. K. Kellogg Foundation.

While the Veggie Van will only be at the Southeast Area Farmers’ Market on Saturdays, the regular market vendors will be on hand both market days: 3 to 7 p.m. Fridays and 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturdays. Please come out and support these vendors who live, work and grow right here in Grand Rapids’ southeast neighborhoods!

The Tolberts are back with their amazing greens and other delicious in-season produce. Mr. Price offers fresh fruits as well as Watkins products. Ms. Yvonne Woodard, Ms. Darlene Gibbons and other regulars offer everything from herbs and chemical-free produce to kettle corn and craft items. When you buy from these vendors, you not only get healthy foods, you also help build an alternative food system that more justly serves your neighborhood.

Free foraging workshop at Saturday’s market


Urban forager, Laura Casaletto, always has interesting information edibles growing in your yard, park and  neighborhood.

Urban Foraging
12 – 2 p.m. July 9
MLK Jr. Park
900 Fuller Ave. SE 49506

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 July 9, Our Kitchen Table’s urban forester, Laura Casaletto, will lead an Urban Foraging Workshop at the Southeast Area Farmers’ Market. Ms. 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.

SEAFM ad 2016The Southeast Area Farmers’ Market warmly welcomes patrons using Bridge cards (SNAP), Double Up Food Bucks,WIC Project Fresh, Cash Value Benefits, Summer EBT and debit cards. If you make a purchase with a Bridge Card, you get $1 for every $1 you spend to buy more Michigan produce (up to $20 each visit).