Pea Shelling Contest at Freedom Farmers Market
Freedom Farmers' Market Program
Saturdays, July 17th - November 13th, (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!
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.
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.
Freedom Farmers' Market Values
#Like It Fresh! The Freedom Farmers' Market
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.)
Saturday, August 7 - GAME DAY!
Farms to Grow, Inc. is committed to facilitating the economic and community development goals that have been identified below as market values.
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.
Saturday, August 14th - 28th 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)
Saturday, August 28th winner announced at 12 noon
Saturday, September 18th - Oakland International Film Festival
The Oakland International Film Festival is an annual showcase of independent films from around the world including films “Made in Oakland”. On Saturday, September 18th, experience a virtual panel (9am - 2pm) and enjoy the screening of a collection of "Made In Oakland" film shorts beginning at 7:30 pm 4521 Telegraph Ave (Temescal District) To learn more visit: OIFF.org
Sat, Oct 2nd FFM - Budding Poet "Community Open Mic"
Suggested Topics: BIPOC Farmers, Environmental, Food, Natural Resources, Horticulture, Farming and Social Justice.
Market Day -Show up & Sign up: 10 am - 11:30 am
Community Open Mic: 11:30am - 1:30 pm
For more info email firstname.lastname@example.org
Sat, Oct 16th - 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 audiences favorite talent.
Sign up Window, Saturdays, September 11th -Oct 2nd, 10am - 1pm
Performances: Oct 16th, 11:30am - 1:30 pm
For more info email email@example.com
Sat, Oct 30th - Kids Play at the Freedom Farmers Market- Pony rides, bounce, face painting and games.
November: Trash Fashion Show
Make wearable fashion out of trash
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.