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Nourish Organic Market: Your Third Best Food Source

Nourish Organic Market: Your Third Best Food Source

By Jason Lester

There is much talk these days about sustainability: sustainable business practices, sustainable farming and the importance of living a sustainable lifestyle. Sheri Rop wants to see if this idealistic concept can be put into actual practice. Nourish Organic Market is her experiment to see just how sustainable sustainability is.

Utility and service assistance forum is Tuesday!

Utility and service assistance forum is Tuesday!

News Release: (Grand Rapids, MI August 8, 2011):  Do you need help with your DTE utility bill? Community Energy Solutions in partnership with WARM, THAW and Department of Human Services can help you. Several organizations will be available to assist you with shutoffs, service transfers, home heating credits, payment plan options, budgeting assistance and any other issue that you may have. Come out and get the help you need the same day!


Handicapped accessibility friendly site. This is a free event open to the general public. There will be two sessions where energy assistance solutions information will be provided to the community. Come and learn how to make your home energy efficient.

Southeast Area Farmer's Market

Southeast Area Farmer's Market

Area gardeners and crafters set-up shop every Friday and Saturday on Grand Rapids' southeast side.  Vendors are selling everything from fresh fruits and vegetables to herbs and flowers.  Health information and cooking demonstrations are also offered.

There are two locations: Friday's, 2pm-7pm at Gerald R. Ford School at 851 Madison SE.  On Saturday's from 9am-1pm at Garfield Park, 334 Burton SE.  The markets are scheduled to run from now through November 2011.  They accept EBT/SNAP Cards and Project FRESH as well as double up food bucks.  You can double your EBT card purchases on fruits and vegetables.  For more information  to set up a booth or visit the markets call 616.570.0218

Grill Your Veggies to Perfection

Grill Your Veggies to Perfection

Written by Matthew Russell

Apart from mosquitoes, ants and sunburn, grilling season is just about the perfect time of year. And while many conjure thoughts of short ribs slathered with sauce when they think of barbecue, the start of summer holds opportunity for delicious dishes for herbivores, too.

Because of the size and shape of many vegetables apart from, say, corn on the cob, being tossed on a standard grill is akin to being thrown directly into a fire. And cooking your veggies evenly without scorching them to carbon is quite another task. There's hope, though, and it comes in several forms.

Jousting a line of mushrooms, peppers, tomatoes, onions, potatoes and cob-lets with soaked shish kebob sticks has long been a trick of the vegetable griller, but new flexible grilling skewers offer an even better option.

O' Hats and Accessories

If you're looking for a hat or sassy accessories check out O'Hats & Accessories on the city's southeast side.  Owner, Ophelia Graves says she's been in her new location on Madison less than a year.  O'Hats was formerly on Leonard northeast in Grand Rapids.  O'Hats carries hats in many styles from casual to dressy!

O'Hats & Accessories

1221 Madison Avenue SE

Grand Rapids, MI  49507


Store hours:

Tuesday, 12pm-5pm

Wednesday, 1pm-6pm

Thursday & Friday, 12pm-6pm

Saturday, 12pm-5pm

Closed Sunday & Monday

Group helping stray animals by holding Second Best Sale

A non-profit group helping stray cats is welcoming donations.

Carol’s Ferals & Friendlies is hosting its Second Best Sale this week. Visitors can drop off tax-deductible donations at the back corridor of Menard’s in the Centerpointe Mall through 7 p.m. on June 21. Donations may include clothing, house wares, books, sports equipment, pet items, toys, furniture, CDs, DVDs, books, antiques and collectibles.

The sale will run June 23, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; June 24, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; and June 25, 12 p.m. to 4 p.m.  All proceeds will go to Carol’s Ferals & Friendlies.


Sign-Up for the Garfield Park Community Garage Sale

GRAND RAPIDS (WZZM) - Garage sale season is here and one of Grand Rapids' largest neighborhoods is organizing a community sale.

Garfield Park Neighborhood Association will host its garage sale Saturday, June 11 at Garfield Park, at the corner of Burton Street and Madison Ave. SE.

The garage sale is 9 a.m .to 4 p.m. rain or shine. If you would like to participate, you can register for a booth from GPNA.

1 booth: $25
2 booths: $35

Received after to June 1:

1 booth: $30
2 booths: $40

Set-up Time: 7:00am to 8:45am.

Exhibitors must provide their own tables, chairs, tents, etc. Any awnings, umbrellas, racks, etc. must be securely and safely placed within the confines of the booth space.