Current volunteer opportunities:

CalFresh at Farmers’ Markets:

We are currently seeking volunteers with morning availability for Florin Farmers’ Market in South Sacramento (Thursdays) and Country Club Plaza Farmers’ Market in Arden-Arcade (Saturdays).

Email charlie@alchemistcdc.org to schedule a hands-on training today!

Alchemist CDC operates CalFresh processing at multiple farmers’ markets throughout Sacramento County. The CalFresh program offers qualifying lower income individuals financial assistance in purchasing food for themselves and their families. Farmers’ markets are a great asset to communities, and can lead to improved health for area residents. By making it easier for lower-income populations to purchase food at farmers’ markets, these community assets will become more equitable and accessible to all individuals. If you like meeting new people and hanging out at the farmers’ market, this is a great opportunity to do that, while making farmers’ markets a more equitable resource for low-income populations.

We need your help to staff our farmers’ market CalFresh processing booths. You must attend a hands-on training and commit to volunteering at least four times over a four-month period. Volunteer shifts range from 2.5 to 4.5 hours (your choice), and finish at 12:30PM (or 1:30PM at Midtown FM). Punctuality and reliability are very important! This is a great opportunity for “morning people,” as most shifts start at 8AM at 10AM! 

Volunteers under the age of 18 are welcome, and must have parent or guardian’s written permission to volunteer.

Once you complete a hands-on training, you are welcome to volunteer at any of the following farmers’ markets: 

LOCATIONS

Year-round Markets:

Florin Farmers’ Market
Thursdays 8AM – 12PM
Florin Sears parking lot
Florin Rd. and 65th St., South Sacramento

Midtown Farmers’ Market
Saturdays 8AM (summer)/9AM (winter) – 1PM
20th St. between J St. & L St., Midtown Sacramento

Laguna Farmers’ Market
Saturdays 8AM – 12PM
Laguna Gateway Shopping Center
Laguna Blvd. & Big Horn Blvd., Elk Grove

Sunrise Farmers’ Market
Saturdays 8AM – 12PM
Sunrise Light Rail Station parking lot
Sunrise Blvd. and Folsom Blvd., Rancho Cordova

Country Club Plaza Farmers’ Market
Saturdays 8AM – 12PM
Country Club Plaza Mall (Butano Dr. Parking Lot)
Watt Ave. & El Camino Ave., Arden-Arcade Sacramento

Central Farmers’ Market
Sundays 8AM – 12PM
Arden Fair Mall Sears parking lot
1601 Arden Way, Arden-Arcade Sacramento

Seasonal Markets:

Natomas Farmers’ Market
Saturdays 8AM – 12PM
Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day weekend
North Natomas Regional Park, Natomas

Fremont Farmers’ Market
Suspended in 2021 due to COVID-19

Cesar Chavez Farmers’ Market
Suspended in 2021 due to COVID-19

If you would like more information or are interested in volunteering, please contact:

Charlie Variano (she/her)
CalFresh at Farmers’ Markets Program Coordinator
charlie@alchemistcdc.org

All volunteers must complete an orientation and must sign up for shifts in advance using our signup link (provided each week by staff member).

If you are interested in completing hours for your senior project at the farmers’ markets, please contact:

Emma Burke (she/her)
CalFresh at Farmers’ Markets Program Manager
emma@alchemistcdc.org