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Farmers market at MLK Jr. Park Saturday Sept. 5

Southeast Area Farmers Market
12 – 2 p.m. Saturday Sept. 5
MLK Jr. Park, 900 Fuller Ave. SE 49506

Stop by for organic, fresh, local produce from Groundswell Farm, tasty cottage kitchen goods, and handcrafted personal care items and crafts.

Staff from the Urban Core Collective will offer voter registration. Resilient Roots Wellness and The Grand Rapids Yoga Company will offer an All levels | All bodies | ALL people YOGA class

Urban Foraging Workshop at Market Saturday

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12 – 2 p.m. Saturday Aug. 22
MLK Jr. Park, 900 Fuller Ave. SE 49506
Stop by for organic, fresh, local produce from Groundswell Farm, tasty cottage kitchen goods, and handcrafted personal care items and crafts.

Did you know that many of the native species we see around us (and label as weeds) once were a prize source of both food and medicine? On Saturday August 24, citizen forester and urban forager, Laura Casaletto, will share how to identify the edible plants growing in your Grand Rapids neighborhoods. She has been using foraging as a means to supplement her family’s food budget for many years.


Southeast Area Farmers Market at MLK Jr. Park Saturday!

locations seafmStop by for organic, fresh, local produce from Groundswell Farm, tasty cottage kitchen goods, and handcrafted personal care items and crafts.

Be sure to say hello to our new farmers market manager, Belinda Henderson. Ms. Belinda also serves as an Our Kitchen Table Food Garden Coach in the Program for Growth at MLK Jr. Leadership Academy. Special thanks to vendor Yvonne Woodard for stepping in as manager in the interim!

Friends of Grand Rapids Park sharing resources at Saturday’s market

Southeast Area Farmers Market:  11 a.m. – 4 p.m. Saturday July 25 
MLK Jr. Park, 900 Fuller SE 49506


In addition to local, fresh organic produce from Groundswell Farm, home baked cakes, and craft items, this Saturday’s market hosts Friend of Grand Rapids Parks. Stop by and chat with them about free trees, how to plant and care for trees, and why trees are such an important Grand Rapids infrastructure.

You may have seen FGRP Green Team youth caring for trees around town. This paid summer youth employment program in collaboration with the City of Grand Rapids and Grand Rapids Urban League, employs four youth from the Roosevelt Park area to help water nearly 300 trees planted by Friends and volunteers during the 2019 Mayor’s Greening Initiative.


Next farmers market July 25

20200711_111314 (1)The next Southeast Area Farmers Market will take place 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday July 25 at MLK Jr. Park. Along with our neighborhood vendors, Groundswell Community Farm will again join the market with a truckload of fresh, local, produce sustainably and fairly grown in Zeeland.

According to the Michigan Farmers Market Association, farming and food production are not stopping during this pandemic! Michigan farmers continue to grow and produce a wide variety of food and farm products. Follow their easy tips as you support your farmers markets this season.

Be prepared and be patient! When you’re getting ready to go to the market, make sure you bring your face mask, shopping list, and an insulated tote bag. Plan ahead for longer lines and maybe some waiting. Use the time to look up new seasonal recipes!

20200711_110329Enjoy your personalized shopping experience! Share the items on your list with your vendor and they’ll grab it for you to minimize risk of contamination. All the tables in front of you will be clean and clear so they can easily be sanitized.

When it’s time to pay, ask your vendor about low touch or touchless payment options! They say cash is king, but this summer, card is preferred.

20200711_111722Finally, stay informed! Some markets have created drive-thru or traffic flow instructions, so keep an eye out for signs, maps and chalk arrows. Others have started online marketplaces for even easier shopping.

Now that you’re ready to shop, find a farmers market near youMarkets are adapting quickly to an ever-changing landscape, so be sure to contact your market directly or follow them on social for the most up to date details on their hours and operations.

These tips are presented by the Michigan Farmers Market Association and Taste the Local Difference.


First Joe Taylor Park Farmers Market today!

20200711_111314 (1)Southeast Area Farmers Market
6 – 8  p.m. Thursday July 16
Joe Taylor Park, 1038 Bemis St. SE 49506

The Southeast Area Farmers Market. takes place at Joe Taylor Park today at 6! Stop by for organic, fresh, local produce from Groundswell Farm, tasty cottage kitchen goods, and handcrafted personal care items and crafts.

The market had a great debut last Saturday  at MLK Jr. Park. Join the excitement! And eat healthy! We warmly welcome SNAP, EBT, P-EBT, Double Up Food bucks, WIC Project Fresh and Sr. Project Fresh.


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Groundswell Farm vendor at Southeast Area Farmers’ Market

17342755_10154163405065672_714827527404130163_nSoutheast Area Farmers Market
opens 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. Saturday July 11
MLK Jr. Park, 900 Fuller SE 49506

Our Kitchen Table is thrilled to announce that Groundswell Farm will be a vendor on alternate dates at the Southeast Area Farmers Market. In addition to selling produce in Holland and at the Fulton Street Farmers Market and now our market, Groundswell offers a Community Supported Agriculture, or CSA, model of agriculture that connects them directly with local consumers. Customers purchase a “share” of the farm at the beginning of the season and receive fresh, produce weekly during the growing season. Groundswell offers share via SNAP.

39926334_10155377238270672_5485237973651816448_oIts website says, “Joining a CSA lets you reconnect with the food you eat. You will notice a difference in the taste, flavor and nutritional value of your ingredients. You think about meals in reverse by cooking with what you have and what’s in season. You might even help to plant or harvest some of your food as a member during various farm events!”

Groundswell is run by African American farmer, bruce michael wilsonBruce Michael-Wilson. A graduate of Central Michigan University, Wilson was raised from a toddler on the 160-acre family farm where he grew up in Hopkins Michigan. At age six, he wrote his own book, “Our Big Farm.” As he grew older, he also worked for neighboring farmers in the hay fields, gardens, and milk barns honing his skills and developing his agricultural acumen.

Please visit the market Saturday between 11 a.m. and 4 p.m. and purchase your fresh produce from Groundswell! OKT has long hoped to add a CSA farmer to our vendor list and ask for your support in making this a successful strategy for the market and the farm.