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Southeast Area Farmers' Market opens at new location June 17

The Southeast Area Farmers' Market opens June 17. The market operates Fridays 3 to 7 p.m. and Saturdays 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
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Southeast Area Farmers' Market 2016 Events

 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: June 24, 25, July 22, 23, Aug. 19, 20, Sept. 24, Oct. 29 and Nov. 5.

· June 17 & 18 Opening days!

· July 9 Urban Foraging Workshop

· July 30 Fried Green Tomato Festival

· Aug. 6 DIY Personal Care Items Workshop

· Aug. 26 Final Friday Market

· Sept. 17 Art at the Market

· Oct. 1 Greens Cook-off

· Oct. 15 World Food Day Activities

· Oct. 29 Fall Celebration

· Nov. 12 Final Market Day

In addition, community organizations will be on hand with information, activities and services.

Mrs. Tolbert, market vendor

Mrs. Tolbert, market vendor /OKT

Patrons can order bulk whole foods or buy them at the market.

Patrons can order bulk whole foods or buy them at the market. /OKT

The Southeast Area Farmers’ Market kicks off its 2016 season on Friday, June 17 at Martin Luther King Jr. Park, 900 Fuller Ave. SE, Grand Rapids, 49506. The market operates Fridays from 3 to 7 p.m. and Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Opening day festivities include a visit from the Grand Rapids Fire Department Residential Safety Program and the Spoke Folks (bike repair). The Spoke Folks will lead a community ride after the market. “As market managers for the past 6 years, Our Kitchen Table is excited about moving to the MLK Park location,” says Lisa Oliver-King, executive director of Our Kitchen Table. “Now the healthy foods that the market offers will be easily accessible to even more southeast Grand Rapids residents.”

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.

Managed by Our Kitchen Table, the Southeast Area Farmers’ Market is sponsored by a grant from the W K Kellogg Foundation and community partners, the Kent County Health Department and Greater Grand Rapids Food Systems Council.

 

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