Alchemist CDC facilitates the Market Match program at the following farmers markets:
Central Downtown *temporarily relocated to Arden in 2021
Cesar Chavez Park*
Sutter Medical Center*
Kaiser Point West*
Country Club Plaza
Laguna Gateway Elk Grove
Yisrael Family Farm Stand
American River Ranch Farm Stand
IRC Farm Stand Sacramento *closed during COVID
“This is the best thing ever. I only get $15/month but I spend it all here. You don’t have to be wealthy to eat well!” – Janet
1. Market Match motivates low-income families to spend their CalFresh benefits at farmers’ markets where they are much more likely to purchase healthy foods, as opposed to the shopping experience at most convenience stores or grocery stores where they have to wade through a sea of potato chips, sodas, and processed food “stuff
2. Market Match helps stretch their food budget. The average CalFresh benefit per person is only $149/month, or less than $5/day (many people receive much less). Market Match helps them in a very practical way, to get the food they need to stave off hunger without having to rely on cheap empty calories from junk food.
4. The economic development potential is huge. By bringing more funds to our farmers’ markets, we help make them more sustainable. There is ample evidence that farmers’ markets have a positive economic impact on the community and businesses that surround them. And the farmer vendors take the money from their sales back to their own communities, which helps inject funds into struggling rural economies as well.
Market Match is offered for a limited time until all funds are exhausted.
Market Match Facts and Figures:
Alchemist CDC facilitates the use of Market Match at 22 farmers’ markets and farm stands across Sacramento and Yolo counties. In 2019, Alchemist CDC’s Market Match program brought an extra $150,000+ in Market Match sales to local farmers, on top of the additional CalFresh and cash dollars spent by the new CalFresh customers. In 2019, Alchemist CDC has helped attract over 2,000 new CalFresh customers to take advantage of the Market Match Program and with many becoming repeat farmers market shoppers!