Shopping the Southeast Area Farmers’ Market is more than a convenient way to pick up fresh, locally grown produce. Every dollar, EBT swipe and Double Up Food Buck you spend helps build a new, alternative food system on Grand Rapids southeast side — and helps put an end to the food apartheid that denies so many of our community members from access to healthy foods.
The market operates at Garfield Park, 334 Burton SE, on Fridays from 3 to 7 p.m. and at GR Ford Academic Center, 851 Madison SE, Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. This weekend both market sites are hosting cooking demos and sampling. In addition, Saturday’s market has a new vendor, Bonao Cacao. Sales of their USDA certified organic cacao products help families in the Dominican Republic earn fair wages and safe livelihoods.
West Michigan Jewels of Africa Traditional African Dance and Drum Troop wowed the crowd at the market’s 2014 Summer Celebration.
The Southeast Area Farmers’ Market hosts its Summer Celebration Saturday June 27 during market hours, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Gerald R Ford Academic Center, 851 Madison SE.. Special activities include live music, cooking demos featuring “Easy Salad Dressings,” a noon performance by the West Michigan Jewels of Africa Traditional African Dance and Drum Troop and live music by guitarist, Eddie Killowatts.
The Southeast Area Farmers’ Market also operates 3 to 7 p.m. Fridays at Garfield Park, 334 Burton St. SE. Both locations warmly welcome Bridge cards (SNAP), WIC Project Fresh, Cash Value Benefits, Summer EBT and debit cards.Market patrons making purchases with Bridge Card/SNAP can sign up on site for Double Up Food Bucks—and receive $1 for each $1 dollar spent on Michigan produce, up to $20 for buying more Michigan produce each market visit
Though the market might look small, its vendors offer a nice the variety of locally grown produce and craft items. Come July, when the growing season is well underway, vendors will have much more fresh local produce for sale.
The Southeast Area Farmers’ Market is sponsored by Kent County Health Department, Greater Grand Rapids Food Systems Council & Our Kitchen Table, market managers.
Southeast Area Farmers’ Market opening days are Friday & Saturday June 19 & 20. The market operates at two locations through November 14:
- Fridays from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m.
at Garfield Park, 334 Burton St. SE.
- Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
at Gerald R Ford Academic Center, 851 Madison SE.
Neighbors love walking to the market, picking up fresh, locally grown produce and chatting with each other and the market vendors and staff. Don’t be afraid to ask how to use the fruits and veggies you pick up!
The 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).
The Southeast Area Farmers’ Market kicks off its 2013 season on Saturday June 1 at Gerald R Ford Middle School. This Saturday market will be open from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. through the first week of November. Beginning June 7, a Friday Farm Stand Market will take place, on a smaller scale, at Garfield Park from 3 to 7 p.m.
Our Kitchen Table, managers of the market, has an exciting line-up of market activities on the calendar. The following OKT sponsored events will take place from 12 to 2 p.m. at the Saturday market:
- August 24 Healthy cooking demo with a local chef
- August 31 Healthy cooking demo with a local chef
- September 7 Art at the Market
- September 28 Healthy cooking demo with a local chef
- October 12 Greens Cook-off and Fried Green Tomato Festival
- October 26 Food Day Activities and Healthy cooking demo with a local chef
On June 22, the market will host its official Grand Opening Celebration with special activities and music—and a greater selection of fresh, locally grown chemical-free produce. Market partners, Kent County Health Department and Greater Grand Rapids Food Systems Council will host additional market activities throughout the season.