To celebrate the harvest season, Our Kitchen Table, managers of the Southeast Area Farmers’ Market, is planning three autumn events at the market.
This Saturday, the Greens Cook-off and Fried Green Tomato Festival gives neighborhood residents opportunity to cook and enter their favorite greens and green tomato dishes in a judged competition. Judges will rate each dish for its taste, appearance and “wow” factor. Winners will receive gift certificates from local businesses and market vendors. During the event, the market will demo how to fry green tomatoes and offer sampling.
To enter the event, simply bring a prepared greens or green tomato dish to the market by noon Saturday, Oct. 10. The Southeast Area Farmers’ Market is open 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturdays through Nov. 14 at Gerald R. Ford Academic Center, 851 Madison Ave. SE in Grand Rapids.
- On Oct. 17, the market hosts World Food Day activities including soup sampling, children’s activities and the kick-off of OKT’s Just Food Dollars campaign.
- On Oct. 31, the market hosts its Fall Festival, complete with costume contest, pumpkin decorating, cooking demo and “treats not tricks” from market vendors.
The Southeast Area Farmers’ Market accepts Bridge card/SNAP/EBT and also offers bulk whole food items from Country Life Natural Foods along with fresh, local fruits, vegetables and herbs.