Alchemist CDC

A Catalyst for Change

Alchemist CDC - A Catalyst for Change

Market Match is back for a limited time!


Spring into fresh fruits and vegetables!  Market Match is back at some area Farmers’ Markets.  This means that current CalFresh recipients can maximize their monthly benefits by adding up to $10.00 a day to their grocery buying budget.  This is a limited time program and will end April 30th or when funds are exhausted, whichever comes first.  But until then you can visit participating area certified farmers’ markets to receive up to $10.00 a day when you use your EBT to purchase fresh fruits and vegetables from local growers.

Current Market Match Markets by day of the week are:


  • Central Farmers’ Market, 8:00am to 12:00pm at 5th Street and X Street, Sacramento (under the overpass)


  • Florin Farmers’ Market, 8:00am to 12:00pm at 65th Ave and Florin Blvd., Sacramento (in the Sears parking lot)


  • Arden Garden Farmers’ Market, 9:00am to 1:00pm, at 1409 Del Paso Blvd., Sacramento (inside market)
  • Country Club Plaza Farmers’ Market, 8:00am to 12:00pm at Watt and El Camino, Sacramento (Butano Dr. Parking Lot)
  • Sunrise Station Farmers’ Market, 8:00am to 12:00pm at Folsom and Sunrise Blvd., Rancho Cordova (Light Rail Parking Lot)
  • Laguna/Elk Grove Farmers’ Market, 8:00am to 12:00pm at Laguna Blvd. and Big Horn Road, Elk Grove (by the Sports Authority)

We’re Hiring!

Alchemist CDC is looking for a part time Snap-Ed Program Assistant to tackle our ongoing educational outreach at area corner stores.  Enjoy teaching Sacramento residents about healthy options at the store and how to prepare those options at home?  Excited to meet lots of new people? Thrive at field work and in a less unconventional work environment? Are you interested in expanding food access in Sacramento?  Than this might be the position made for you.  Check out the job description and apply now.


New Year’s Resolutions & Nonprofits

According to Luis D. Sosa, Communications Associate at Sacramento Region Community Foundation in his blog entry about resolutions for the New Year, the Sacramento area has some amazing nonprofits that can help everyone stay true to their resolutions all year long, including Alchemist CDC which he aligns with the ever popular “eating healthy” resolution.


Sosa writes, “Losing weight often connects to eating healthy, and nonprofits in our region are making healthy food choices accessible to everyone. Alchemist CDC, for example, is implementing CalFresh payment processing at Sacramento area Farmers’ Markets, aiming to “make fresh produce more accessible to low-income individuals, while simultaneously increasing the sales for small-midsize farmers in California.”

You can read the entire blog entry by following this link.

Thanks to our 2015 Market sponsors!

We are pleased to acknowledge the contributions of two farmers’ market sponsors for 2015:

The Giarrizzo Family is a seasonal sponsor of the CalFresh program at the Promenade Farmers’ Market in Natomas and Magpie Cafe of Sacramento is our new six month sponsor of the Central Farmers’ Market.

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If you are interested in becoming a farmers’ market sponsor, there are several options available, which are outlined in the Sponsor Our Work section under Support Us/Make a Donation.


Market Match! Back for a limited time at select markets!


Market Match will be offered from January 1st through March 15th, 2015 – (or until funds are exhausted) at the Laguna Gateway Elk Grove and Arden Garden Farmers’ Markets. Just go to the CalFresh/EBT booth, use your EBT/CalFresh benefits to buy market vouchers, and get bonus vouchers good for fruits and
vegetables! Meanwhile, you can check out how the program helps CalFresh beneficiaries buy more fresh fruit and vegetables by clicking here. Tell your friends who use CalFresh! At Laguna Gateway farmers’ market- spend $10 with CalFresh to earn $5 extra, or spend $20 with CalFresh to earn $10 extra. At Arden Garden Market, spend at least $5 with CalFresh to earn a 100% match up to $10 extra! What a great way to stretch a tight food budget and bring home healthy food to your family.

Thank you for helping us raise $3,886.50!

A big thank you to Whole Foods Arden and everyone who participated in our 5% day on September 17th. Thanks to you, we raised $3,866.50 that will help us carry out our community projects.
Whole Foods Market Arden (4315 Arden Way, Sacramento 95864) is donating 5% of net sales on September 17th to Alchemist Community Development Corp.

facebooktotal raised5% Days are one meaningful way in which Whole Foods Market gives back to the local community. On designated days throughout the year, 5% of the day’s total net sales are donated to a local nonprofit organization. This month Whole Foods Market Arden is proud to support Alchemist CDC as their recipient.