Heartside Gleaning Initiative: Cultivating community through good food

by (Heartside Glean...)

Submitted 04-04-2017 under NONPROFITS

On Saturday afternoons in the summer months, the area in front of Guiding Light Mission on Division Avenue bustles with people sharing conversations, smiles, grocery bags and most evidently--food. More specifically…fresh fruits and vegetables...

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Prices on locally grown organic food reveal hard truth

by (Marie Orttenburger)

Submitted 07-31-2015 under NEWS

Nourish Organic Market is conveniently located mere blocks away from where I live, so when I needed some potatoes and a tomato to make dinner one evening, I just took a walk. I picked out my items—not paying attention to their prices because I...

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Local market creates access to fresh food in urban neighborhood

by (NGarbaty)

Submitted 07-21-2015 under LOCAL LIFE

Blending groceries with a cause, the Southeast Area Farmer’s Market brings together local vendors and produce to help make natural food more accessible to the area. Located at Garfield Park (2111 Madison SE) on Fridays and the Gerald R. Ford...

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Wholesale food hub makes local ingredients more accessible to restaurants

by (caithoop)

Submitted 10-23-2014 under LOCAL LIFE

Michigan is an agricultural mecca, with farms and orchards populating the fields of West Michigan. According to the Farm Bureau, Michigan is the second most agriculturally diverse in the United States. Year round, Grand Rapids chefs have a diverse...

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Downtown outdoor market opens in Grand Rapids for 2014 season

by (Downtown Market GR)

Submitted 05-06-2014 under PLACE-MATTERS

Written by Erin Cataldo The Grand Rapids Downtown Market rolled out the “fresh” with the reopening of the Outdoor Market for its second season as Downtown Grand Rapids’ only farmers’ market. Thousands of eager shoppers bought...

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Downtown Market offers programs to supply low-income peope with food, business skills

by (dansteenwyk)

Submitted 02-03-2014 under LOCAL LIFE

“We’re part of the Heartside neighborhood and we consider ourselves part of the neighborhood,” says Mimi Fritz, president of the Downtown Market. “If we’re needed for something we’re here. We want to make sure we...

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City Farmers bring fresh produce to the city

by (sns6)

Submitted 11-14-2013 under LOCAL LIFE

The brisk autumn breeze sends dry, crackling leaves through the rows of produce. The leaves make their way through the radishes, lettuce and kale. A shiny gray shed sits at the far left corner, looking over the small field; four wooden picnic tables...

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Learn how to preserve your local goodness

by (erictank)

Submitted 08-27-2013 under NEWS

For those finally coming into an over-abundance of tomatoes and other warm-weather produce, Diane Devereaux aka The Canning Diva teaches a variety of canning skills for both first-timers needing the basics and those more experienced and looking for...

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Shop seasonally: what's at the market now

by (Amy Hinman)

Submitted 06-18-2013 under LOCAL LIFE

Getting kids to eat their vegetables has never been easier, not when there is chalk drawing and tractor pulls in addition to their veggies. Bring the whole family to the market, as more produce and activities are in season for everyone to enjoy....

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Veggie Van brings fresh local produce to the NE side of town

by (jtstoner)

Submitted 08-22-2012 under LOCAL LIFE

The YMCA Veggie Van, touted as “West Michigan's first and only mobile farmers market,” is out visiting between 15 to 18 sites in Grand Rapids every week. In May they branched out beyond the SE neighborhoods. They added their first...

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