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Gardening with CalFresh & Farmers' Markets

Visit the Market Match webpage for background and details on this innovative match benefit program available at farmers' markets in Arcata, Eureka, McKinleyville, Fortuna and Garberville. CalFresh shoppers who swipe their EBT cards at the farmers' market manager's booth can receive bonus farmers' market dollars FREE. This is a great incentive for current CalFresh recepients to stretch their dollars at Humboldt County farmers' markets on healthy foods and is an enticing way to welcome folks not currently enrolled in CalFresh to apply in order to access the bonus benefits. The Market Match webpage includes a diverse list of ways and locations for applying or learning more about CalFresh and Market Match.

Four Humboldt County farms accept EBT/CalFresh at their farms! CalFresh can be used at their farm stands to buy fresh produce or for purchasing a CSA share. Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) is a partnership between a farm and a community of supporters, who commit to a farm for a whole growing season by purchasing a CSA share. The farmers then provides each member with a weekly distribution of fresh, seasonal produce at the peak of ripeness and nutrition. In a typical CSA arrangement, customers pay upfront for the entire season. CalFresh recipients can use their benefits to participate in a CSA, but can only pay for up to two weeks of food in advance. Click here for more information on which Humboldt County farms participate. And click here for Spanish.

 

Interested in our "Grow Your Garden with CalFresh" brochure to share with your clients? View our 2017 season update by clicking here, click here for Spanish, and if you're a Humboldt County community partner, email to ask us about obtaining some--we might have some to share! Please note that the farmers' market schedule has changed slightly in 2017, and there is a new farmers' market in Willow Creek!

 

Food for People and CAFF produced a series of Garden Growing Cards that explain how to grow many common vegetables and fruits in a garden, from seed or seedling, in Humboldt County. The back of each card includes information about CalFresh, how and where to apply in Humboldt County, and contact information. Cards are accessible at farmers' markets in McKinleyville, Arcata, Eureka, Fortuna and Garberville, at Food for People events, and at the Humboldt County DHHS Mobile Engagement Vehicle. View any of the cards below:

Beets, Broccoli, Brassicas (Broccoli, Cauliflower, Cabbage and Collards),  Canteloupe,  Carrots,  Cherry TomatoCornCucumbersGreen Beans,  Kale & Swiss ChardLettucePeasPeppers PotatoesRadishesSpinachStrawberriesTomatoesWinter Squashand Zucchini.