Gardening with CalFresh & Farmers' Markets

Market Match

Visit the Market Match webpage for background and details on this innovative match benefit program available at farmers' markets in Arcata, Eureka, McKinleyville, Willow Creek, Fortuna, Garberville, Miranda, and Shelter Cove. 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.

Buy into a Farm CSA with CalFresh

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 provide 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. Community Alliance with Family Farmers launched a map of farm stands and CSAs available in Humboldt County.

Grow Your Garden with CalFresh

Interested in our "Grow Your Garden with CalFresh" brochure? View our latest version of the brochure by clicking here, and 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 county-wide farmers' market schedule has changed, all of which is updated in this brochure. 

Garden Growing How-to Cards

Food for People produces a series of Garden Growing Cards that explain how to grow many common vegetables and fruits in a Humboldt County garden, from seed or seedling. The back of each card includes information about CalFresh, how and where to apply in Humboldt County. Cards are accessible at farmers' markets, at Food for People distirbution sites. Plant starts and seeds that produce food can be purchased with CalFresh, and when you do so at a farmers' market, you receive free Market Match bonus dollars to spend at the market!

View any of the cards below:

Beets, Brassicas (Broccoli, Cauliflower, Cabbage and Collards)Broccoli, Canteloupe, Carrots, Cherry TomatoCornCucumbersGreen Beans, Kale & Swiss ChardLettuce, OnionsPeasPeppersPotatoesRadishesSpinachStrawberriesTomatoesWinter Squashand Zucchini (summer squash).

Spanish language cards:

Beets, Brassicas, Cantaloupe, Carrots, Corn, Cucumbers, Lettuce, Onions, Peppers, Potatoes, Radishes, Spinach, Strawberries, Tomatoes, Winter Squash

Native varieties:

Chamomile, Crab Apple, Huckleberry, Lemon Balm, Lemon Verbena, Peppermint, Salal, Salmonberry, Wild Onion, Vine Tea/Yerba Buena

Interested in Applying for CalFresh?

Jump back to our CalFresh Outreach page to learn more.