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5 reasons to shop at the Southeast Area Farmers’ Market Saturday

11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday Oct. 13 & 20; Nov. 3 and 10 
LINC parking lot, Madison Ave.. SE just north of Hall
Saturday Oct. 27 at MLK Jr. Park

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Here are five reasons why you might want to shop the market this week!

1. Fresh, local produce tastes better and is better for you. You get more flavor and nutrients when produce is picked when its ripe.

2. The market is helping to build community. And that builds people power.

3. Your purchase supports local growers.

4. Your purchase helps build an alternative to our broken food system.

5. It’s fun! Get outdoors, chat with neighbors, go home with good food.

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Greens Cook-off & Fried Green Tomato Festival Nov. 3

Greens Cook Off banner 2Enter to win! Stop by to taste!Our Kitchen Table and the Southeast Area Farmers’ Market are gearing up for the annual Greens Cook-off and Fried Green Tomato Festival to be held 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday Nov. 3 at the LINC farmers’ market location.

Do you have a prized green tomato recipe? Here’s your chance to win a prize with it. Do you have a secret family recipe for collards or some other greens? Come and show it off. You don’t have to register ahead of time. Simply bring your dish to the designated table at the farmers’ market by 11:30 a.m. and OKT will register you on site. We will provide electricity to keep your crock-pot warm.

At 12: p.m., our local celebrity judges will taste and evaluate the dishes for taste, texture, nutritional content, presentation and wow factor. Prizes will be awarded for first place, second place and honorable mention at 2 p.m.

As part of the event, OKT will be handing out free Green Tomato Cookbooks.

Southeast Area Farmers’ Market — check locations!

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11 a.m. – 4 p.m. Saturdays through November 10
MLK Jr. Park, Franklin St. & Fuller Ave. SE on Sept. 29 & Oct. 27

LINC Parking Lot, Madison Ave. north of Hall St. SE on
Sept. 15 & 22,  Oct. 6, 13, 20, Nov. 3 & 10

Look for these community partners at the Market this month!

  • Sept. 15 Planned Parenthood
  • Sept. 29 GR Veg Fest

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.

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

Growing food and eating healthy at MLK Jr. school 

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OKT’s Program for Growth at Martin Luther King Jr. Leadership Academy , in collaboration with Grand Rapids Public Schools, challenges students and their families to eat healthy through growing food and learning to cook more nutritious meals. Way to go MLK!

OKT JOINS THE ART VAN CHARITY CHALLENGE 2018 ON CROWDRISE

artvanHelp OKT win $50,000 by donating to its CrowdRise campaign

OKT has joined the Art Van Charity Challenge 2018, a fundraising competition on CrowdRise, the largest crowdfunding platform for good.

To help OKT reach its $1000 goal click here.

The Art Van Charity Challenge 2018 focuses on organizations committed to women, children and human services in Michigan, Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Iowa and St. Louis.  Participating organizations will compete for $305,000 in prize money. We’ve joined the challenge on CrowdRise in hopes of raising money to support the Southeast Area Farmers’ Market.

Taking place 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. Saturdays at MLK Jr. Park, 900 Fuller Ave. SE July 7 through November 10, 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 
The Art Van Charity Challenge 2018 launched on CrowdRise on Tuesday, May 1st, 2018 at 12pm ET and runs through Tuesday, May 22nd, 2018 at 1:59:59pm ET. The top 5 Tier 2 teams that raise the most during the Challenge will win…

1st Place receives $50,000
2nd Place receives $25,000
3rd place receives $10,000
​4th place receives $10,000
5th place receives $10,000

CrowdRise Challenges are innovative fundraising competitions for charitable organizations designed to build capacity, create massive engagement and leverage, and use the power of the crowd to provide new meaningful funding streams for organizations in every sector.