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Fulton Street Farmers Market continues legacy as community gathering space

by (jessatimmer)

Submitted 03-03-2015 under PLACE-MATTERS

The Fulton Street Farmers Market (FSFM) is one of our many treasured historical community gathering spaces in the area, bringing together lovers of good food and supporters of local farmers together year round. One event that is sure to bring...

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Food Bank marks another record-breaking year for hunger relief

by (Feeding America...)

Submitted 01-07-2015 under NONPROFITS

It’s official: Feeding America West Michigan Food Bank just closed out its second record year in a row for food distribution. In 2014, Feeding America West Michigan distributed 26.5 million pounds of food, the equivalent of 20.7 million meals...

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Country Winds Farm houses happy goats, milk that heals

by (Amy Hinman)

Submitted 11-22-2013 under LOCAL LIFE

When Mary Windemuller first started raising goats, they threw the unused milk on the ground. Years later, Country Winds Farm, Goat Shares and Creamery LLC now produces healing milk, as well as cheese and butter.  “We had goats, and they...

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Shop Seasonally: melons come to market

by (Amy Hinman)

Submitted 08-21-2013 under LOCAL LIFE

With September quickly approaching, the produce at the market is getting sweeter. Several varieties of berries are coming into season, as well as musk and watermelons. Consider stopping by the market to pick up these seasonal sweets, learn how to...

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Woodbridge Dairy protects environment, practices principled farming

by (Amy Hinman)

Submitted 08-21-2013 under LOCAL LIFE

Karin and John Uebbing first decided to change over their farm, Woodbridge Dairy in Byron Center, to certified organic  in 2004. The initial motivation, they say, was financial. “Originally the drive was money. When the money didn...

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100% Homegrown program at Fulton Street Farmers Market celebrates 100% Farmer

by (Amy Hinman)

Submitted 08-15-2013 under LOCAL LIFE

Fulton Street Farmers Market “100% Homegrown” signs celebrate growing local, and the “100% farmer.” In 2010, Fulton Street Farmers Market director Melissa Harrington began an unique endeavor that would soon be copied by other...

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Shop Seasonally: serving up spice with peppers and onions

by (Amy Hinman)

Submitted 08-13-2013 under LOCAL LIFE

As the season progresses, crops that need more time to develop are finally becoming ready. Consider making some fresh pizza sauce with just-ready tomatoes, or baba ganoush with a fresh eggplant.   Events at the market: The Downtown Market: On...

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Fulton Street Farmers Market pays homage to tradition and progress

by (Amy Hinman)

Submitted 08-09-2013 under LOCAL LIFE

As the oldest outdoor market in Grand Rapids, the Fulton Street Farmers Market has seen a lot. From several near burnouts, to a revival in recent years, the transformation in the market has seen changes in everything from the space to the produce....

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Shop Seasonally: carrots are coming

by (Amy Hinman)

Submitted 08-06-2013 under LOCAL LIFE

August might be the perfect time to visit the market—fall crops are coming into season, and summer crops are still available. Consider visiting the market and picking up summer squash and cucumbers, or stopping by for some conversation. The...

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Shop Seasonally: did someone say sweet corn?

by (Amy Hinman)

Submitted 07-31-2013 under LOCAL LIFE

What's in season at the farmers market? A better question might be what isn't in season? Greens are finally making an exit, but in their place comes everything from eggplant to to heirloom tomatoes to the long anticipated sweet...

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