Fresh, healthy food is difficult to come by in some parts of the Sacramento area, where there may be no grocery stores close by or the price of produce at stores may be high compared to readily available less-healthy options. That is why farmers’ markets can provide accessibility to more affordable produce, especially when purchased seasonally or in bulk, which in turn benefits the community as well as the farmers.
In response to this need, Alchemist CDC began bringing CalFresh (formerly food stamps) processing to farmers’ markets in Sacramento County in September 2011. Interns and volunteers manage most of the CalFresh transactions at these markets. Markets that accept CalFresh provide accessibility to fresh, local produce for low‐income families.
Alchemist CDC is currently operating CalFresh processing booths at the following farmers’ markets:
• Central, underneath the freeway at 8th and W Streets in Downtown Sacramento
Sundays, 8‐12. Year round
• Florin Sears, at the Florin Mall on Florin Road and 65th Street
Thursdays, 8‐12. Year round
• Inderkum, at the Inderkum High School in Sacramento, 2500 New Market
Saturdays, 9‐12, May‐October
• Laguna Gateway, at the corner of Laguna and Bighorn Boulevards in Elk Grove
Saturdays, 8‐12. Year round
For more information about Alchemist CDC, click here.