CalFresh/EBT at Farmers’ Markets
Recipients of CalFresh assistance can now use their benefits to buy fresh fruits and vegetables at many local farmers’ markets. Alchemist Community Development Corporation is implementing CalFresh payment processing at six Sacramento area Farmers’ Markets utilizing a scrip system. The CalFresh program (previously known as Food Stamps) offers qualifying lower income individuals financial assistance in purchasing food for themselves and their families. For information on CalFresh benefits, click here.
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Alchemist CDC has wonderful volunteers and interns facilitating CalFresh processing at seven Certified Farmers’ Markets in Sacramento.
Click here to download our CalFresh-friendly Farmers’ Market flyer.
By providing the ability to use CalFresh at these markets, Alchemist hopes to make fresh produce more accessible to low-income individuals in these areas, while simultaneously increasing the sales for small-midsize farmers in California. This effort is in keeping with Alchemist CDC’s vision of a vibrant, equitable and diverse Sacramento. Farmers’ markets are an asset to communities, and can lead to improved health for area residents. By making it easier for low-income populations to purchase food at farmers’ markets, implementation of CalFresh acceptance makes these community assets more equitable and accessible to all individuals.
Alchemist CDC plans to continue to grow the number of farmers’ markets in Sacramento accepting CalFresh payment in the coming years. Click here for a full list of farmers’ markets in Sacramento and Yolo Counties that accept CalFresh payments.