5 reasons to shop Southeast Area Farmers’ Market this weekend

  1. 2018 flyerFresh is best for you and your family

Freshly picked, local produce has more flavor and more nutritional value than produce that’s grown far way, picked green, and transported hundreds or thousands of miles.

  1. You are helping build an alternative

The industrial food system feeds us nutrient-poor, chemical laden foods that cause a wide range of health problems. We need to build an alternative. You can start building it right here in Grand Rapids.

  1. You are helping Mother Earth

Local foods grown in living soil without chemicals do not contribute to global warming, environmental degradation, and the global health and environmental risks associated with GMOs.

  1. You get to know your neighbors

Yes, you can shop the market in less time than a fast-food drive-through, but why? Stick around, chat with our vendors, get acquainted with your neighbors and build community.

  1. Help reduce the stigma

The Southeast Area Farmers’ Market not only accepts food assistance dollars, we WELCOME them. Not because there is a profit to be made, but because healthy food is a human right. Everyone should be able to purchase healthy and whole food in our communities!

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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.

Learn about Planned Parenthood’s resources at Farmers’ Market Saturday

unnamed (2)Southeast Area Farmer’s Market
11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday Sept. 15
LINC parking lot,
Madison Ave. north of Hall St. SE.
Bridge Cards, Double Up Food Bucks and WIC Welcome!

On Saturday Sept. 15, staff from Grand Rapids’ Planned Parenthood Irwin/Martin Health Center  will table at the market, providing information about the full range of affordable services that they offer area residents with or without health insurance.

Did you know that in addition to helping with women’s healthcare and contraception, the health center offers general healthcare, HIV testing, LGBT services, men’s healthcare, pregnancy testing and services and more?

In addition, Planned Parenthood’s trained educators offer comprehensive sex education that helps youth and others learn about sex and sexuality, explore values and beliefs about those topics ,and gain the skills that help them make healthy choices despite bullying or peer pressure. Statistics have proventhat comprehensive sex education is more effective than abstinence only programs in reducing teen pregnancies, abortions and STD rates.

OKT is proud to stand with Planned Parenthood!

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

GR Veg Fest folks to table at farmers’ market Sat. Sept 1

Southeast Area Farmers’ Market,Saturdays 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.
On Sept. 1, 8, 15 & 22 the market meets at LINC  Madison Ave. north of Hall St. SE 

poster-2018_headersize-copy-1-e1534247292667Volunteers from the Grand Rapids Veg Fest will be sharing resources at the Southeast Area Farmers’ Market on Saturday Sept. 1.

VegFest is an annual vegetarian food festival held in cities around the world to promote veganism and vegetarianism, healthy lifestyles, compassion for animals and conservation of the environment.

Grand Rapids is one of the most vegan friendly cities in the US with more than 40 identified vegan friendly restaurants in town and boasting one of the oldest, most active vegetarian Meetup groups.

Do you need to be vegan to attend? No! The goal of annual Grand Rapids Veg Fest is simple: to promote plant based diets for health, compassion, and conservation of the environment. With local and national vendors, nationally-recognized speakers and food samples galore, Vegfest is the place for vegans, vegetarians, or omnivores curious about the health benefits of a plant based diet

Local and national vegan businesses including foods, cosmetics, clothing and fashion, animal rights organizations, restaurants and wellness coaches will be at the Veg Fest. Exhibitors are encouraged to provide samples, sell products on site, promote their organization and recruit volunteers for their campaign. Attendees will be able to learn about new products, make connections with local vendors, watch plant based cooking demonstrations, attend lectures and receive the support and resources to learn how a plant based diet could work for them.

 

While OKT does not promote vegetarianism or veganism, we do recognize eating a plant-based diet as one of many strategies for growing food and environmental justice and decreasing the exploitation of people and animals.

Food Access in Michigan Project launches website

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Percent of food insecure* households in Michigan

The Food Access in Michigan (FAIM) Project has launched its website – www.faimproject.org – highlighting the systemic challenges in addressing food insecurity while seeking to support regional food systems that strengthen local communities across the state.

The FAIM Project is a USDA-funded study rooted in an environmental justice framework examining food access and food insecurity in Michigan. Primarily housed within the School for Environment and Sustainability at the University of Michigan, the multi-disciplinary research team is a collaboration across co-investigators from the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor, University of Michigan-Flint, Michigan State University, Grand Valley State University, Lake Superior State University and University of Wisconsin-Madison.

One in 7 people are food insecure in Michigan, while state also has a growing local food economy, with agriculture making up the second largest industry in Michigan. The goal of the FAIM project is to develop strategies for fostering vibrant, food secure communities that are rooted in principles of justice and equity for everyone along the food chain.

The FAIM Project website shares current research on food insecurity and food access, the challenges facing small farmers across Michigan, a database of policies that support food access and local food economies, interactive maps and spatial analysis of the future potential for Michigan’s agricultural land, illustrations of the ways food retailers shape people’s daily experiences with food, as well as highlighting the work of FAIM Project community partners endeavoring to engage their communities in growing food through a variety of urban agriculture initiatives.

The FAIM Project team hopes the website will serve as a resource for researchers, activists, and community members working to address food insecurity; for food retailers and farmers, whose daily work enriches all our lives; and for public health & emergency food assistance professionals, and truly anyone interested in working to create a more just and equitable food system across Michigan.

To learn more about the FAIM Project please visit: www.faimproject.org

To connect with the FAIM Project team, please email: faimproject@gmail.com