Pea Shelling Contest at Freedom Farmers Market

Freedom Farmers' Market Program
SUMMER Season Market Hours
 Every Saturday, July 9th - Nov 12th (9am - 2pm), 4521 Telegraph Ave, Oakland (Shattuck Ave and 46th St.)

Affordable Organic Produce Grown by Black Farmers and other Under-served Farmers in California!

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 The Freedom Farmers' Market

Watermelon Eating Contest

Dr. Gail Myers and Ken Shandy

FREEDOM FARMERS' MARKET - HISTORY

 

In 2013, at the invitation of the restaurant owner Ken Shandy of Brother's Kitchen, Farms to Grow, Inc. facilitated the creation of Oakland's Freedom Farmers' Market. First located on the parking lot of Brother's Kitchen, the market relocated in 2014 to 5316 Telegraph Ave. The Freedom Farmers' Market will open for the 8th season in collaboration with the Temescal Business District at 4521 Telegraph Ave, Oakland, (Shattuck Ave and 46th St.). 

 

Our mission is to bring traditional legacy foods from Black farmers and other sustainable farmers into Oakland as we engage a community vibe of self-reliance, cooperative community development, and healthy sustainable environments for all.

VENDOR APPLICATION

Once you SUBMIT the "Vendor Application" we will send you an invoice to pay the vendor fee.

JOIN THE "FTG" VOLUNTEER  TEAM

Freedom Farmers' Market Events
4521 Telegraph Ave
(at Shattuck Ave & 46th St.)

The Freedom Farmers' Market was named by Dr. Gail Myers, co-founder of FTG, because of inspiration from the work of Fannie Lou Hamer's Freedom Farm, the Freedom Farmers' Market supports the idea of freedom to choose affordable local food and freedom to access fresh food grown by Black farmers.

In addition to a chance to meet some of California's Black farmers, at the marketplace you can return to experience our upcoming market events; the Crowder Pea Shell off, Watermelon "Weigh-in, Sweet Potato Pie Tasting and Budding Poet Contest and Healthy Soul Food Demos, Compost Education, Solar Education, Old School R&B -Jazz & Blues, play Bid Whist, Checkers, Chess, Dominoes and Build Community.  

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Freedom Farmers' Market Values

Farms to Grow, Inc. is committed to facilitating the economic and community development goals that have been identified below as market values.

Freedom Farmers' Market Events
2022 EVENTS

SUMMER WEEKLY SEASON 2022

July 9. 2022

SEASON OPENING

July 16. 2022

FFM - Budding Poet "Community Open Mic"

Suggested Topics: BIPOC Farmers, Environmental, Food, Natural Resources, Horticulture, Farming and Social Justice.

 

Market Day -Show up & Signup: 10 am - 11:30 am

Community Open Mic: 11:30am - 1:30 pm

For more info email marketing@farmstogrow.com

 

AUGUST 2022

August 6th

FFM - Watermelon Eating Contest

12 Noon

 

August 13th

Kids Play at the Freedom Farmers Market

CONNECT 4 Competition: 10 am - 12 pm

Dress up, Shop, Hang out & Engage in a Safe Place.

  • Local - maximizes local resources to meet local needs and invests in local programs

  • Ecological - works in harmony with the environment and replenishes soil through growing and post-consumer compost

  • Primary - provides for basic community need of access to safe, affordable, healthy food

  • Fair - mutually beneficial to all members

  • Inclusive - accessible to the whole community 

  • Interactive - creates opportunities for community interaction through the creation of a safe weekly community market

  • Empowering - enables respectful work and positive cultural experiences for the community

  • Educational - develops an informed community whose focus is health, wellness, and holistic development of local community,

  • Reliant - on community support to purchase goods and services from underserved business owners.

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SEPTEMBER

 GAME DAY!

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 Chess Champ Competition

It's a Chess Game playoff, last person standing is the Freedom Farmers' Market Chess Champ. Opening game starts (chess board opens at 10 am) winner announced at 1pm. 

OCTOBER

 Variety Talent Show at the Freedom Farmers Market

Calling all dancers, poets singers, magicians, musicians, comedians, live art performers, scientist, inventors, and all talent. We would like to showcase your talent. Prize for the audience's favorite talent.

Sign up Window, 10am - 1pm

 

Performances: 11:30am - 1:30 pm

For more info email marketing@farmstogrow.com

NOVEMBER 12

END OF THE SUMMER WEEKLY SEASON

Trash Art & Fashion Show

Make art and wearable fashion out of trash

Email marketing@farmstogrow.com for more information and signup.

WINTER SEASON  2022 - 2023

DECEMBER 12th

Sweet Potato Pie Tasting Contest

January 14, 2023

A Tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King

FREE Children's Books

 

Feb 11, 2023

A Tribute to Dr. Geroge Washington Carver

Youth Interactive Science Lab

This is an interactive learning exhibit honoring the legacy of Dr. George Washington Carver as a farmer, artist, scientist, inventor, and teacher.

Books, Painting, Games, Puzzles and Dr. George Washington Carver original Sweet Potato recipes. FREE Children's Books

Farms To Grow

By supporting farmers markets, you support a local economy and healthier sustainable agroecosystem.  We believe that farmers markets are strategies communities can use to empower themselves to eat healthier.