by David Sauvion

Summer is coming and this time of year has so much to offer. Collard, mustard, kale, and lettuces are green; radishes, strawberries, raspberries, and cherries are red; and all are now available at farm stands in the neighborhood starting this week!

Even better news is that produce from the stands will be free or pay-what-you-can this year, so no one will be turned away for seeking healthy meals, but donations will be much appreciated from those who can.

So, come on by the Rainier Beach Urban Farm & Wetlands on Thursday between 2-7 pm starting June 18, and every Thursday this summer after that! Tilth Alliance will offer an abundance of fresh vegetables, herbs, fruit, flowers, eggs, honey, and other agricultural products. Available products include produce grown right at the farm and additional items sourced from small, local farms. Pay-what-you-can or use EBT or FreshBucks.

Also, from this Saturday and for the rest of the season, the Rainier Beach Farm Stand returns with a new format and location. Produce will be distributed from the Rainier Beach Plaza between 10am-2pm. Be sure to check out our latest report Rainier Beach Farm Stand Report (13081 downloads ) on the last two years of operations. On June 20th, we’ll have a soft launch to get settled and train our team to the new set up, but after that look out for our online order form, if you prefer to do a drive-through pick up. In any case, both stands will be respecting public safety measures and social distancing.

Finally, once you’re done shopping this Saturday, don’t miss out on the first-ever Root Report. Join Nyema Clark, founder, for the premiere of the documentary “Nurturing Roots.” This 10-minute documentary will be streamed live on June 20th at 2 pm, as part of the We Out Here digital festival. Nyema will do live Q&A following the documentary!

Founded in 2016, Nurturing Roots is a community farming program focused on educating youth & community members on healthy food choices. Creating community through gardening, the farm is next to the Black Power EpiCenter in South Beacon Hill.

Nyema Clark, Executive Director of Nurturing Roots, is a woman with a plan to restore food equity and neighborhood small farms to her community in Seattle. Nurturing Roots is about sharing the truth about systemic oppression with an emphasis on food justice and environmental justice. It’s also about access, education, and re-engaging folks with our environment.

Nurturing Roots is also one of the many farms led by people of color featured at the Rainier Beach Farm Stand. If you can’t wait till Saturday, here’s the trailer.

See you in the neighborhood!