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Seeking Vendors for Fair Food Farmers' Market

Fair Food Matters is looking for market vendors for the Fair Food Farmers' Markets. We'd love to feature produce, baked goods, cottage food items, crafts, and natural beauty items. Visit our market page for more info and to download a vendor application form. ​

2015 Community Garden Tour

 Thursday, July 30, 6-8:30pm, starts & ends at 1523 Riverview Drive

Take a guided bus or bike tour of several community gardens in the Kalamazoo area and learn how they improve neighborhoods, build community, and encourage healthy lifestyles. Both tours are FREE however registration is required. Visit Common Ground for more information or to register.
garden tour 2015

fair food farmers' market at YWCAFair Food Farmers' Market at YWCA 

Kick-off Thursday, July 30, 2-6pm, 353 E Michigan Ave

Join us for the first Fair Food Farmers' Market! Held at the YWCA, it will operate on the 2nd Thursday of every month from August - October. The market will accept cash, credit, debit, SNAP Bridge Cards, WIC Project FRESH, Market FRESH and Double Up Food Bucks. ​For more info, visit our market page.

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*SPECIAL* Woodward Summer Garden Nights

Wednesday, July 29 and August 5, 5:30-6:30 pm, 606 Stuart Ave 

Join us July 29 to help beautify the Woodward school garden in the back of the school with flowers donated by Wenkes. On August 5, help clear brush from the garden border so the veggies can soak up the wonderful sunshine.  All ages and skill levels are welcome!

night marketNight Market to support Fair Food Matters

Thursday, August 20, 6-10pm, 1204 Bank St

Come have a drink and enjoy the Kalamazoo Farmers' Market Night Market. All of the food and craft vendors you know and love from the Saturday market will be there, under the stars. Fair Food Matters will host a Cash Bar (ages 21+) featuring two Arcadia Ales as well as red and white Michigan wines from Fenn Valley. The proceeds will benefit our youth gardening, pop up farmers market, and food business incubation programming.

Food Dance PartyFood Dance 20th Anniversary Party

Sunday, August 30, 12-4 and 6-8:30, 401 E Michigan Ave

Celebrating 20 years as part of a growing and vibrant local food community, Food Dance will be hosting two give-back events to celebrate and honor the farmers, producers, staff and community that have been essential to their success and growth.  All proceeds from both events will be donated to Fair Food Matters' Growing Matters Garden program. For more info and to purchase tickets, visit Food Dance's website.

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Can-Do Kitchen Small Business Workshop: Startup Sampler

Rescheduled for September - Check back for additional details

You own your own business. You work all day, everyday. You carry the weight of the world on your shoulders. You think you need to have all the answers. What if we told you that you're not alone? That you shouldn't try to do it all by yourself? Building your support network is where it's at. Startup Sampler will introduce you to, or remind you of, the important services that create your support network. Your support circle. People to lean on and get advice from. Accountant, graphic designer, loan officer, insurance agent, customer relations consultant. Yes! They will all be at the workshop and you'll have a chance to talk with them all in small groups. Plus you'll be surrounded by your fellow entrepreneurs. There will be an opportunity to purchase food and drinks to enjoy while you're learning and networking.
Programs and Partnerships:
  • Can-Do Kitchen
    A commercial kitchen and business incubation for small food businesses.
  • Fair Food Farmers' Market
    A new market is in the works to better serve the community.
  • Growing Matters Garden
    Kids get their hands dirty and learn a lot with our educational gardening project.
  • Common Ground
    A network of individuals and organizations working to support community gardens throughout Kalamazoo County.
  • Good Food Kalamazoo
    A collaboration working to engage and empower our community to provide itself with food that is healthy, green, fair, and affordable.
  • Southwest Michigan Community Harvest Fest
    Celebrate local food, local farming, and sustainable living with great speakers, music and more.