The 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!
On 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.
For information, email seafm@OKTjustice.org or visit http://www.OKTjustice.org/farmers-market
The first weekend of November, both Southeast Area Farmer’s Market locations will host a “Greens Cook-off and Fried Green Tomato Festival” Do you have a family collard or turnip greens recipe that beats all? Are your fried green tomatoes to die for? Then come on down and get the recognition you deserve.
The event sponsor, Our Kitchen Table, will take place: either November during regular market hours:
- 5 – 7 p.m. Friday November 4 at Gerald R. Ford Middle School market.
- 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.Saturday November 5 at Garfield Park market.
Chef Nancy Rutledge will be our volunteer in charge. You may have met Nancy last summer at the Gerald R. Ford Middle School market when she shared samples of a tasty, healthy veggie stir fry, coleslaw and fruit.
OKT will ask all Greens Cook-off entries to bring along their recipes so we can compile and share them with our neighbors who shop at the Southeast Area Farmers Markets next season. For information on registering the Greens’ Cook-off, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 616-570-0218.
Are the recent cuts to welfare and food stamps impacting your family, friends or neighbors? You can still use up your Project Fresh, Senior Project Fresh, WIC or Kent County Health Department coupons for produce at either Southeast Area Farmers’ Market location. We also accept EBT/Bridge Cards and participate in the Double Up Food Bucks program.
If you grow your own food or would like to learn how, talk to one of the women from OKT at the market. We are recruiting home growers to sell their produce at both market locations. And, we have resources for neighbors who want to start growing their own food.
Both markets are open through November 12, so come on down!