CalFresh now accepted at Auburn farmers marketBy: Michael Mott, Reporter
Note: This article was published June 10 in print and the following times and locations may have changed. Use http://www.placergrown.org/ for the most up-to-date information.
Placer Grown farmers markets:
Wednesday -- Auburn: DeWitt Center, Richardson Drive and B Ave., 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Thursday – Loomis: High Hand Nursery, 3750 Taylor Road, 8 a.m. – noon.
Saturday – Auburn: Old Town Courthouse, Auburn Folsom Road and Lincoln Way, 8 a.m. – noon.
Saturday – Rocklin: RC Willey, Blue Oaks Center, 6636 Lonetree Boulevard, 8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Sunday – Granite Bay: Quarry Ponds, 5550 Douglas Boulevard, 8:30 a.m. – 1 p.m.
CALFRESH ACCEPTING MARKETS:
Wednesday – Auburn: DeWitt Center, Richardson Drive and B Ave., 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Wednesday – Lincoln: Sun City Lincoln Hills, 956 Orchard Creek Lane, 8 a.m. – noon.
Thursday –Lincoln: Downtown Lincoln, F St. and 5th St., 5 p.m. – 8 p.m.
This year, fresh fruits and vegetables will be available for low-income families at the DeWitt Center Placer Grown Farmers’ Market. New to this year’s market is the ability to take CalFresh benefits (formerly called food stamps), making the peaches, lettuces and other produce more accessible.
CalFresh recipients may go to the Wednesday market from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. to exchange benefits for dollar certificates, which the produce vendors then accept for currency.
“This is good. More people can eat our fresh food and I can get more customers,” said Alycia Ortega, of Ortega farms in Loomis Wednesday.
The program began fresh this year and will continue through the market’s end in October, and again next year. It is funded by a USDA $240,000 grant that spans Nevada, Sacramento,Yolo and Placer counties. Two other Placer County farmers markets take the CalFresh benefits through the grant, located in Lincoln, with information listed above.
“We hope to expand to additional Placer Grown markets,” said Amelia Anderson, who helps coordinate the grant through the Sacramentobased Health Education Council.
Anderson said they hoped the program would continue beyond the grant, possibly through the market manager or volunteering groups, like churches.
Courtney Cagle and Montserrat Papis helped people exchange CalFresh benefits (formerly known as food stamps) Wednesday at the DeWitt farmers market. The program is only at the DeWitt location, but they hope to grow.