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.
Alchemist CDC is currently facilitating CalFresh processing at the following Certified Farmers’ Markets of Sacramento:
- The Promenade Farmers’ Market: Operating Saturdays June through Oct., 8:00am – noon,
at (Target, Sports Authority) 3637 N. Freeway Drive (Off of Gateway Blvd.in N. Natomas)
- Florin Sears Farmers’ Market: Operating Thursdays year round, 8am-noon at the Florin Sears Store,
Florin Rd. and 65th St. – front parking lot, Sacramento
- Central: Downtown State Parking Lot Farmers’ Market: Operating Sundays year round, 8am-noon, at 8th & W Streets, Sacramento
- Laguna Gateway: Laguna Blvd. & Big Horn Blvds. in Elk Grove: Operating Saturdays year round, 8am-noon.
- Sunrise Farmers’ Market: Sunrise Light Rail Station parking lot on Sunrise at Folsom in Rancho Cordova: Operating Saturdays year round, 8am-noon.
- Cesar Chavez Plaza Farmers’ Market: 10th & I St.: Operating Wednesdays May through October, 10am-1:30pm.
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.
This project is supported in part by a grant from the Sierra Health Foundation. Project partners include: Certified Farmers’ Markets of Sacramento-California Grown, Roots of Change, The Hunger Coalition, River City Food Bank and Sacramento Food Bank and Family Services.
Roots of Change believes that every Californian can and should benefit from the bounty of our great state. Everyday, our CA Farmers’ Market Consortium (CFMC) incentivizes low-income families to shop at farmers’ markets and directs their federal benefits towards nut, fruit and vegetable farmers with the help of Market Match. This win-win partnership equals more fresh, healthy, food on our kids’ plates and more money in farmers’ pockets. Roots of Change connects partners across the state to bring communities with grassroots knowledge the resources needed to make statewide—and even national—impact. Together, the CFMC works towards addressing these issues and strengthens our communities.