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!

Celebrate Black Breastfeeding Week!

BBW-Logo-AugustDatesTop Five Reasons We Need A Black Breastfeeding Week

Black Breastfeeding Week was created because for over 40 years there has been a gaping racial disparity in breastfeeding rates. The most recent CDC data show that 75% of white women have ever breastfed versus 58.9% of black women. The fact that racial disparity in initiation and even bigger one for duration has lingered for so long is reason enough to take 7 days to focus on the issue, but here are a few more:

1. The high black infant mortality rate: Black babies are dying at twice the rate (in some place, nearly triple) the rate of white babies. This is a fact. The high infant mortality rate among black infants is mostly to their being disproportionately born too small, too sick or too soon. These babies need the immunities and nutritional benefit of breast milk the most. According to the CDC, increased breastfeeding among black women could decrease infant mortality rates by as much as 50%. So when I say breastfeeding is a life or death matter, this is what I mean. And it is not up for debate or commenting. This is the only reason I have ever needed to do this work, but I will continue with the list anyway.

2. High rates of diet-related disease: When you look at all the health conditions that breast milk—as the most complete “first food,” has been proven to reduce the risks of—African American children have them the most. From upper respiratory infections and Type II diabetes to asthma, Sudden Infant Death Syndrome and childhood obesity—these issues are rampant in our communities. And breast milk is the best preventative medicine nature provides.

3. Lack of diversity in lactation field: Not only are there blatant racial disparities in breastfeeding rates, there is a blatant disparity in breastfeeding leadership as well. It is not debatable that breastfeeding advocacy is white female-led. This is a problem. For one, it unfortunately perpetuates the common misconception that black women don’t breastfeed. It also means that many of the lactation professionals, though well-intentioned, are not culturally competent, sensitive or relevant enough to properly deal with African American moms. This is a week to discuss the lack of diversity among lactation consultants and to change our narrative. A time to highlight, celebrate and showcase the breastfeeding champions in our community who are often invisible. And to make sure that breastfeeding leadership also reflects the same parity we seek among women who breastfeed.

4. Unique cultural barriers among black women: While many of the “booby traps”™ to breastfeeding are universal, Black women also have unique cultural barriers and a complex history connected to breastfeeding. From our role as wet nurses in slavery being forced to breastfeed and nurture our slave owners children often to the detriment of our children, to the lack of mainstream role models and multi-generational support , to our own stereotyping within our community—we have a different dialogue around breastfeeding and it needs special attention.

5. Desert-Like Conditions in Our Communities: Many African American communities are “first food deserts”—it’s a term I coined to describe the desert like conditions in many urban areas I visited where women cannot access support for the best first food-breast milk. It is not fair to ask women, any woman, to breastfeed when she lives in a community that is devoid of support. It is a set up for failure.

Posted August 19, 2014 in: 2014 by Kimberly Seals Allers


Southeast Area Farmers’ Market — July specials!

SEAFM logo 6 2017The Southeast Area Farmers’ Market takes place 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturdays at Martin Luther King Jr. Park, 900 Fuller Ave. SE 49506. In addition to fresh, local produce and cottage kitchen goodies, the market has cooking demos scheduled for the last two weeks in July.

The July 22 demo will feature easy, healthy affordable recipes featuring in-season produce. The market will also host special guests from Bridge Magazine. Bridge’s mission is “to inform Michigan citizens about their state, amplify their views and explore the challenges of our civic life. Our goal at Bridge is simple: To better inform Michigan’s private citizens so as to encourage a vibrant state in both the private and public sectors.” Patrons who sign up to subscribe at the market will receive a free tote bag and be entered to win one of five $100 Amazon gift cards. Stop by their table to share issues you feel this publication ought to be covering! Stop by their table to share issues you feel this publication ought to be covering!

Green tomato CookbookOn July 29, the market will host its annual Fried Green Tomato Festival. Patrons can sample fried green tomatoes and other green tomato delicacies. In addition, the market will hand out free Green Tomato Cookbooks, featuring everything from southern fried green tomatoes and chow-chow to pickles and green tomato cake. The market will also hand out coupons good towards the purchase of green tomatoes.

The Southeast Area Farmers’ Market warmly welcomes patrons using Bridge cards (SNAP), WIC Project Fresh, Cash Value Benefits, Summer EBT, Double Up Food Bucks and debit cards. When using the Double Up Food Bucks program, patrons purchasing Michigan produce at select farmers’ markets with Bridge cards receive $1 for each $1 dollar spent, up to $20 each market visit.

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