Farmers Market Update – January 2022

by Dan Foster

From Andy Naja-Riese:

AIM is looking for new community sponsors to underwrite the Bounty Box program. The Bounty Box features 15 pounds of farm fresh fruits, vegetables, and legumes from small farmers who participate at the Grand Lake Farmers Markets. AIM purchases produce from dozens of immigrant-owned, organic, and climate-friendly growers, providing economic stimulus to many farmers who have lost essential income during the pandemic. Boxes are available for purchase and also donated to those who need it most. AIM works with local community partners to distribute free Bounty Boxes to individuals, families, and seniors facing food and nutrition insecurity in Oakland. Sponsorship levels range from $3,500 to $50,000, are tax-deductible, and come with a variety of marketing opportunities. Previous sponsors have included: Ruth Stroup Farmers Insurance (located at 3560 Grand Avenue), the Oakland As Foundation, and Kaiser Permanente.

Join us in nourishing Oakland’s communities who are struggling to put food on the table, while supporting local farmers. Learn more by contacting Andy Naja-Riese, AIM’s CEO at andy@agriculturalinstitute.org

Grand Lake Incoming vendor highlights for 2022:
Fogline Farm – Ranch with organic fed, pasture raised chickens on the Ano Nuevo Peninsula Coastline, north of Santa Cruz. Their chickens are moved daily to new grass.
Oya Organics – Sustainable organic farm in Hollister with wonderful produce and value-add items made from their own crops.
Entertainment Schedule:
1/8 The Dewayne Oakley Blues Ensemble
1/15 Jimbo Trout
1/22 Ashley Jemison
1/29 Aloha Uke Squad
Editor’s Note: Hoodline is just reporting that Squabisch, the German pretzel maker that started at the Grand Lake Market in September (not five years ago) is about to open a retail storefront on Solano Avenue. Here’s a link to the article. Also, we just received an email from Stone Root Field & Sea asking for input regarding tentative plans to set up an “”order-online-and-pickup-in-person” program that would include the East Bay. More details are on this link.

Dan Foster has been a market manager with AIM since 2017 and is currently managing the Grand Lake Oakland Farmers Markets. Prior to his time with AIM, Dan spent eleven years in produce/retail management at Whole Foods Market. Dan lives in Novato with his wife and two (soon to be three) daughters. Dan studied Music Business/Management at Berklee College of Music in Boston. In his free time, he makes music, plays games, or hoops it up in a local basketball rec league.
Contact: dan@agriculturalinstitute.org