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Southeast Area Farmers' Market opens July 1

Southeast Area Farmers' Market meets 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturdays at MLK Jr. Park from July 1 through Nov. 11.
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Urban Foraging Workshop 12 - 2 p.m. July 8

Did you know that sumac berries can be brewed into delicious faux pink lemonade? Our Kitchen Table’s urban forester, Laura Casaletto, will share how to identify this and other edible plants growing in our neighborhoods and give tips on how to prepare them as tasty side dishes and beverages

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The Southeast Area Farmers’ Market kicks off its 2017 season on Saturday, July 1 at Martin Luther King Jr. Park, 900 Fuller Ave. SE 49506. The market will operate Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. through Nov. 11. Market events commence July 8 with a visit from the Grand Rapids Fire Department Residential Safety Program and an Urban Foraging Workshop (noon to 2 p.m.).

“As market managers for the past seven years, Our Kitchen Table has established the market well at MLK Jr. Park,” says Lisa Oliver-King, executive director of Our Kitchen Table. “Neighborhood residents have enjoyed having access to fresh, local produce and cottage foods within walking distance.”

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.

The Market has an exciting line-up of market activities on its 2017 calendar. In addition, community organizations will be on hand with information, activities and services. The following events will take place from 4 to 6 p.m. at the Friday market and 12 to 2 p.m. at the Saturday market:

Cooking Demos: July 22, Aug. 19, Sept. 23, Oct. 28 and Nov. 4.

Arts Market Tent: July 15, Aug. 12, Sept. 16 and Oct. 21

Special Events:

 · July 8 Urban Foraging Workshop

· July 30 Fried Green Tomato Festival

· Aug. 5 DIY Personal Care Items Workshop

· Sept. 15 Art at the Market

· Oct. 1 Greens Cook-off

· Oct. 7 Greens Cook-0ff

· Nov. 4 Fall Celebration

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