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South East Area Farmers’ Market opens Saturday June 2

May 30, 2012

Come to Garfield Park next Saturday between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. to celebrate the beginning of farmers’ market season right here on the southeast side! Market master, Yvonne Woodard of Our Kitchen Table (OKT) has vendors lined up for this small but satisfying market. These vendors will be selling chemical free produce that has been locally grown. It will be a small start as several of our regular vendors do not have produce ready yet.

The South East Area Farmers’ Market Gerald R Ford Middle School market will commence after school gets out, Friday June 15 from 2 to 7 p.m.

Both market locations participate in the following food programs: WIC Project FRESH, Market FRESH, and the Kent County WIC Pilot Project. Patrons are welcome to make their purchases with cash, checks, debit cards and EBT cards.

OKT manages the Southeast Area Farmer’s Market from a justice approach, not an urban ag approach. While it is hoped that participating vendors get a fair price for their produce, the goal is to build an alternative food system that provides healthy, fresh, chemical-free fruits and vegetables to Grand Rapids neighborhoods that are denied access to good foods by the current industrial food complex.

Those using EBT cards can get twice as much for their money with Double Up Food Bucks. For every dollar spent, $2 worth of produce can be purchased, up to $40 worth of food for $20 spent on an EBT card. That’s twice as much healthy nutrition for the dollar!

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