Despite woeful numbers, Sacramento hopes to grow food-stamp spending at farmers markets
Photo by Dave Kempa
Xochitl Bautista of J & J Ramos Farms rings up another bag of oranges as her co-workers pack up on a sunny Thursday morning in the parking lot outside of the Sears on Florin Road. “Right now, we’ve got seasonal fruit. Very good, full of vitamins,” she says in Spanish. Strawberries, tomatoes, mandarins. Even dried fruit and walnuts.
“It’s very good, because the people can get fresh fruit that’s better than they’ll find in the stores,” Bautista explains. And she isn’t talking about her average customer; she means CalFresh food-stamp participants, who’ve been able to use their EBT—or Electronic Benefit Transfer—cards at this location for the past two years. Read more here.
Oak Park: Produce oasis blooms Sundays in ‘food desert’
A low-priced mini-farmers market bloomed Sunday afternoon in south Oak Park, considered a “food desert” where fresh produce is scarce.
Every Sunday from noon until 3 p.m. through September, Sam’s Market at 4143 23rd Ave. at the corner of 42nd Street will host several farmers stalls offering locally grown seasonal produce such as strawberries, blackberries, cherries, peaches, apricots, nectarines, onions, asparagus and spinach.
“This is a poor neighborhood. Many people don’t have cars, and they should have a place they can get fresh, healthy food,” said Sam’s owner Parminder Grewal…Read more here.
Alchemist CDC: Bringing Fresh Local Produce to Low-income Families
Sacramento Vegan, Wednesday, August 15, 2012
Alchemist Community Development Corporation is dedicated to making locally-grown produce available to families who may have difficulty obtaining fresh fruits and vegetables otherwise, either because of the cost or because of a lack of availability in their neighborhoods. Currently, they are offering the Market Match program to CalFresh (formerly known as food stamps) customers at farmers’ markets. Market Match is a wonderful incentive that gives CalFresh customers extra purchasing power… Read more here.
Alchemist’s CalFresh at Farmers’ Markets featured on Poor Girl Eats Well Food Blog:
“It’s never anyone’s goal to have to seek help in the form of food stamps or other financial assistance programs. What’s even more out of the picture is having to go back to that kind of assistance, after almost making it out of one’s hole. But even if economists say that things are slowly improving, this is where I find myself: back in the saddle of county aid bureaucracy and food stamps, a.k.a. SNAP….The best part of the experience this time around has been learning that one of my wishes has come true. Slowly, but surely, farmer’s markets across the nation are beginning to accept EBT cards as a form of payment. ” Read more here.
Alchemist CDC’s EBT/CalFresh Project supports local farmers
Sacramento Press, November 15, 2011 7:19 AM
The crisp morning air fills with the aroma of California grown fruits and vegetables as farmers unload trucks filled with their freshly picked bounty.
Locally produced meat, egg and cheese vendors join the seasonal varieties of colorful produce.
Alongside local farmers, the Alchemist Community Development Corporation (CDC), sets up shop to bridge two communities—an EBT (Electronic Benefits Transfer)/CalFresh (formerly known as Food Stamps) project for qualifying low-income individuals. Read more here.
Alchemist Featured on University of California Food Blog:
“Alchemist, for example, is buying produce from small-scale farms and selling it in a working-class west Sacramento neighborhood each Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. This urban farm stand concept offers a variety of benefits…” Read more here.
“Farm Stand Offers More than Food”
Sacramento Press, June 17, 2009
Alchemist’ Urban Farm Stand featured in SacramentoPress.com: “Just like a typical farmers market, the Urban Farm Stand opens up once a week to sell a variety of organic and conventionally grown fruits and vegetables from nearby suppliers. In fact, the Urban Farm Stand is just like a farmers market, but operates on a much smaller scale with just four tables.” Read more here.
KDVS interviews Urban Farm Stand Coordinator
Listen To Urban Farm Stand Coordinator Davida Douglas talk about the needs and wants of the community and how Alchemist Community Development Corporation answered the community with an Organic Urban Farm stand. Listen Here.