Greetings, everyone! Welcome to Capital Area Food Council's September Newsletter.
The purpose of the Capital Area Food Council's reoccurring newsletter is to communicate about upcoming opportunities for the community to interact with local food. The newsletters will include opportunities to engage in the tri-county food system, including educational events, farmers markets, food talks, and more for the designated month. Our hope is this will provide an easy way for folks interested in engaging in the local food system to find opportunities to do so!
If you have an opportunity related to local food in the tri-county area, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
Urbandale Farm Harvest Gala
Saturday, September 15, 6pm-8pm
701 S. Hayford Ave., Lansing, MI 48912
Come for an evening of music, beer, wine, and finger foods prepared by Chef James Sumpter of Dusty’s Cellar with Urbandale Farm’s own farm produce. Tour the farm, meet the farmers, and help raise money to continue their work supporting Lansing’s small urban farmers.
Space is limited, please RSVP here.
Garden Project Harvest Potluck
Thursday, September 20, 5:30pm-7pm
Community Garden: Growing Community
6135 E Clinton Trail, Eaton Rapids, 48827
A celebration of this year’s harvest will occur at this 3-acre garen that serves more than 50 families. If able to, please bring a potluck item, preferably with garden ingredients. This event will include a potluck, tour, games, and awards.
Garden Health Field Day
Friday, September 21, 9:15am-4:30pm; morning and afternoon
Morning: Hill Community Garen, 5815 Wise Road, Lansing, MI 48911
Afternoon: Webster Farm, 5518 Hughes Road, Lansing, MI 48911
Hosted by the Garden Project and MSU Extension, the Garden Health Field Day is an event for community and urban gardeners to participate in hands-on demonstrations about soil health, pest control, cover cropping, composting, and more. Every kind of farmer is welcome. For more information and to register, click here.
Garden Project Perennial Plant Exchange
Saturday, September 22, 1pm
Resource Center, 2401 Marcus St, Lansing, MI 48912
Bring plants from your home garden to share and divide with others and leave with some new ones, too. Even if you don’t have plants to exchange, there will be extra! Click here to register and take a look at the plants that will be available.
September is peak harvest time for many products grown in Michigan! Be sure to visit your nearest farmers market and stock up on groceries, preserves, and delicious treats. During this time, you can find fresh apples, Asian pears, beans, broccoli, cabbage, eggplant, squash, sweet potatoes, and pumpkins to name a few. Enjoy the bounty of the fall season!
Farmers Markets at the Capitol
Thursday, September 20, 9am-2pm
100 Capitol Ave., State Capitol Building, Lansing, MI 48933
Enjoy a dynamic farmers market on the lawn of Michigan’s capitol. Vendors travel from across the state of Michigan bringing varying products such as artisan cheeses, meat, eggs, produce, cider, jams, soaps, popcorn, beeswax and honey, maple syrup, dog treats, and cut flowers. Find more information here.
Lansing Grown Pop-Up Market
Saturday, September 22, 10am-1pm
Behind the Lansing City Market, 325 City Market Dr., Lansing, MI 48912
Lansing grown is a hyper-local marketing concept to help identify the produce and value added products grown in the city of Lansing. The Pop-Up farm market features booths from Lansing’s urban farmers abounded with fruit, vegetables, flowers, herbs, honey, and other homemade items. Find more information here.
Allen Farmers Market: Apple Festival
Wednesday, September 19, 2:30pm-7pm
116 E Kalamazoo St, Lansing, MI 48912
Enjoy live music while you stock up on delicious, fresh apples for cooking, baking, and crunching. The annual Apple Festival occurs at their normal farmers market day. Find more information here.
Ingham County Farmers Markets
Clinton County Farmers Markets
Eaton County Farmers Markets
Additional farmers markets detailed information can be found here.
Allen Neighborhood Center Fall Veggie Box
The Veggie Box program is a convenient way to obtain fresh, locally grown foods-- even in the fall. Each week, an assortment of seasonal fruits and vegetables will be packaged up during this CSA. This veggie box runs for 14 weeks, September 20 - December 20. Click the link here for more information and enrollment details.
MSU Student Organic Farm Winter CSA
Keep eating local food during the winter with joining the MSU Student Organic Farm winter CSA. Check out the link for more information about the Winter and Spring share that runs January 4 - April 28. For more information, click here.
Student Organic Farm Farmer Field School Events
The MSU Farmer Field School is comprised of intensive one and two day hands-on workshops. These are tailored to deliver in-depth, practical information built upon the foundational work of the MSU Organic Farmer Training Program and the wealth of knowledge in Michigan’s farming community.
Crop Fertility, Sunday, October 7, 9am-4pm
DIY Greens Dryer & Bubbler Build, Tuesday, November 13, 1pm-5pm
For more information, click here.