APIFM Pop-Up Markets!

In efforts to make fresh and affordable produce accessible to our neighborhoods, APIFM launched pop-up markets at KYCC’s Menlo Family Apartments in Koreatown (July 10) and PWC’s Larry Itliong Village in Historic Filipinotown (July 24). Local residents selected from the fresh produce provided by local farmers who are part of Roots Food Hub, a food justice project of API Forward Movement. A variety of choices were provided to the residents including baby bok choy, cucumbers, carrots, grape tomatoes, nectarines and peaches. APIFM subsidized produce costs by 50% to help make these locally grown produce affordable! All produce was sold out at both pop-up markets with residents eagerly asking for more!

All vegetables were sustainably grown, pesticide free and sourced from Padao Farms located in Fresno, CA. All fruits were certified organic and sourced from Ken’s Top Notch produce located in Reedley, CA. For more information about the Roots Food Hub program please visit: www.apifm.org/rootsfoodhub

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Little Tokyo HEAL Festival

On Saturday, July 22nd, APIFM hosted a Healthy Eating & Active Living (HEAL) Community Festival in Little Tokyo at the Japanese American Cultural and Community Center (JACCC) in partnership with Sustainable Little Tokyo (SLT) and the Little Tokyo Service Center (LTSC). The event opened with Tai Chi & Qi Gong exercises lead by Jacqueline Rice (who teaches free classes every Monday from 6:50pm to 7:50pm at Casa Heiwa) in the beautiful Japanese garden at the JACCC. This was followed by a healthy fruit smoothie demo, a brief nutrition education on how to read nutrition labels, and a healthy cooking demo lead by three amazing aunties of Little Tokyo (Patty Nagano, Amy Honjiyo, and Kathy Masaoka). The food demo included a simple quinoa summer salad with blueberries and a lemon vinaigrette as well as a healthier take on a Japanese favorite (onigiri or rice balls).

Instead of using white rice the aunties demonstrated how people could substitute sprouted brown rice for their musubi/onigiri instead and shared about the added healthy benefits of using sprouted brown rice over white rice.

The event also provided Japanese and Spanish interpretation. To be included in events like these, be sure to subscribe to APIFM and JACCC’s facebook page or visit our website: www.apifm.org.

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