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Grand Rapids Food Co-op hosts Jon Steinman, author of Grocery Story

unnamedTuesday, October 22 7-9 pm
DGRI Conference Room, 29 Pearl St. NW.
Admission is free

Grand Rapids Food Co-op is hosting Jon Steinman, author of Grocery Story, an in depth exploration of cooperative grocery stores and how they differ from the commercial sector. Jon will be offering an engaging presentation with time for discussion, book signing.

Who Owns Your Grocery Store?
New book about consumer-owned grocery stores pulls back the curtain on the grocery giants. Food has become ground-zero in our efforts to increase awareness of how our choices impact the world. Yet while we have begun to transform our communities and dinner plates, the most authoritative strand of the food web has received surprisingly little attention: the grocery store―the epicenter of our food-gathering ritual.

unnamedThrough penetrating analysis and inspiring stories and examples of American and Canadian food co-ops, Grocery Story makes a compelling case for the transformation of the grocery store aisles as the emerging frontier in the local and good food movements. Author Jon Steinman:

  • Deconstructs the food retail sector and the shadows cast by corporate giants
  • Makes the case for food co-ops as an alternative
  • Shows how co-ops spur the creation of local food-based economies and enhance low-income food access.

Grocery Story is for everyone who eats. Whether you strive to eat more local and sustainable food, or are in support of community economic development, Grocery Story will leave you hungry to join the food co-op movement in your own community.

Jon Steinman is the producer and host of the internationally syndicated radio show and podcast Deconstructing Dinner (2006-2010) and of Deconstructing Dinner: Reconstructing our Food System – a television and web series currently streaming online. Jon was an elected director from 2006-2016 of the Kootenay Co-op – Canada’s largest independent retail consumer food co-op, serving as Board President from 2014-2016. He lives in Nelson, British Columbia. www.deconstructingdinner.com

Farmers’ market at MLK Jr. Park Saturday

20190824_110954The Southeast Area Farmers’ Market will meet 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at MLK Jr. Park, 900 Fuller SE 49506 this Saturday, Sept. 28. In addition to shopping for fresh local produce, baked goods, and crafts, stop by to chat with the community partners planning to be there:

  • Grand Rapids Public Library will host Storytime at the market through Oct. 26.
  • United Healthcare will share information on how to access free benefits with Medicare and Medicaid.

Meet our new market manager!

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11 a.m. – 4 p.m. Saturday Sept. 7
LINC Lot, 1167 Madison Ave. SE 49507 (just north of Hall St.)

Ayanfe Jamison has stepped into the market manager role at the Southeast Area Farmers’ Market. She also works at New City Farm as its garden coordinator and farm assistant.

Ayanfe hails from North Carolina and has great experience with agriculture, community development, and youth empowerment. When you stop by the market Saturday, please give her a warm welcome!

The market will meet at the LINC lot on Sept. 7, 14, and 21. and at MLK Jr. Park, 900 Fuller SE 49506 on Sept. 28.

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 welcome Bridge Card, SNAP, Double Up Food Bucks, WIC and many other assistance and coupon programs. How the Double Up Food Bucks Program Works 

Get fresh produce for your Labor Day cookout at the Southeast Area Farmers’ Market

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Southeast Area Farmers’ Market
Saturday 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
8-31-2019 at LINC parking lot
Madison Ave. just north of Hall Street SE.

Kids Food Basket is joining the Southeast Area Farmers’ Market this Saturday as a vendor. Their melons, tomatoes, and sunflowers will be a wonderful complement to the fresh Michigan produce our other vendors will on hand.

For more convenient access to rest room facilities, the market will meet at LINC most weekends through November. See exact dates and locations below.

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Urban Foraging Workshop at Farmers’ Market Saturday

 

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Noon to 2 p.m. Sat. Aug. 24
Southeast Area Farmers’ Market
MLK Jr. Park, 900 Fuller 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 August 24, citizen forester and urban forager, Laura 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.

Stop by to sample Sumac-ade drinks (a delicious pink lemonade substitute) and two types of finger foods made primarily from wild greens including lambs quarters and garden hostas.

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This Saturday at the Market

FB-event-RR-2019-1024x576.pngThe Southeast Area Farmers’ Market is happy to share MLK Jr. Park with the GRAAHI & Urban Core Collective 2019 Rhythm Run on Saturday Aug. 17. Even if you’re not participating in the run or walk, you’ll find lots of fun activities to take part in and resources to benefit from–lots of kids, activities, too!

While you’re there, be sure to shop under the yellow market tents for fresh, local fruits and veggies and delicious cottage kitchen goods. The market is open from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Run festivities begin at 8 a.m. and run through 11 a.m.

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

grSoutheast Area Farmer’s Market
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