August 10, 2012
- 4 – 6 p.m. Friday August 10 at Gerald R Ford Middle School with Miss Bert, Master Gardener
- 12 – 2 p.m. Saturday August 11 at Garfield Park with Kristin Tyndall, Blandford Nature Center
The Southeast Area Famers’ Market will host Urban Foraging Workshops for the second year in a row, 4 – 6 p.m. Friday August 10 at Gerald R Ford Middle School and 12 – 2 p.m. Saturday August 11 at Garfield Park. Just like the grocery stores have helped us forget that food comes from farms, cultivation of domestic crops has helped us forget that many of the native species we see around us (and label as weeds) once were a prize source of both food and medicine.
Now that the market is in full swing, we’ll explore some wonderful vegetarian dishes; appetizers, soup, salad and entrée’s using only the freshest, finest local offerings from our very own West Michigan farmers. You are welcome to join me early at the Fulton Street Farmer’s Market if you like (8:00 a.m.) as we discover the colorful array of this weeks farm fresh offerings, or come straight to class at 9:30 a.m.
Sourdough Bruschetta with Chunky Olive and Vegetable Tapenade Grilled seasonal vegetable; Fresh Corn and Crab Chowder with Bacon Praline; Mango, Fresh Corn and Goat cheese quesadillas,; Peach and Blackberry Galette.
Classes are held at our Michigan Street store in our Housewares Department.
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The event will feature a “Taste of DUFB” Cooking Demo with Silver Spork Food Truck owner and Grand Rapids’ Cooking School co-owner Molly Clauhs from 12:30-1:30 PM and an interactive map of DUFB sites.
At 16 Grand Rapids area locations, individuals who redeem Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits receive up to $20 worth of matching tokens to purchase more, fresh, Michigan-grown fruits and vegetables. This year DUFB introduces an exciting development to provide even more low- income Michigan families with greater access to fresh, healthy fruits and vegetables. A new electronic payment method will replace the token system in 11 of the 16 Grand Rapids area markets and at an additional 14 sites through the YMCA of Greater Grand Rapids’ Veggie Van, West Michigan’s first and only mobile farmers’ market. At these locations, Bridge Card purchases are matched dollar-for-dollar, up to $20 on a DUFB Market Card, which can be used to buy Michigan-grown produce.
Want to add more to your season of study? Join us this spring at The Urban Ranch for the season’s (FREE — but donations gladly accepted) lunchtime Herbal Roundtable to go further in depth to learn particular plants and their uses.
Book out your lunch hour and bring a sack lunch — Come join other interested herbal folk at The Urban Ranch to study in depth and share the knowings of specific plants throughout the growing season.
This is not a course, rather a forum of sharing and learning to grow our herbal community in the Greater Grand Rapids Area. There is no cost for becoming part of this group and the only requirements are an open mind and willingness to share.
Want to join us? Just send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org to RSVP your place.