The mission of the Palm Springs Cultural Center’s Certified Farmers’ Market Program is to serve as a community gathering place where local farmers and vendors can offer fresh agricultural and related products.
- Realize a ‘true’ Farmers’ Market with over 50% of vendors being certified farmers.
- Pursue ongoing fresh produce that is from ‘certified organic’ farms, the goal being to have at least 50% of farmers/vendors ‘all organic’ at all times.
- Improve the nutrition of the community by offering the highest quality seasonal and local produce.
- Assist area farmers and vendors with sustainable business opportunities.
- Provide a vehicle to educate the community on the importance of nutrition, fresh produce and organic options to better health.
- Develop a festive and cultural meeting place with fresh flowers, plants, music and local entertainment. The CFM then becomes an important and inviting venue for the community.
- Continue outreach and incentive programs to lower income individuals, families, children and all seniors in the Coachella Valley.
The Palm Springs Cultural Center is a non-profit, 501© 3.
Music at the Market
SNAP, Calfresh/EBT and Market Match Benefits
Our Certified Farmers Markets have been offering the Calfresh/ EBT, (formerly known as food stamps) program option in all three of our markets since 2011. Each year through grant funding, we are blessed to be able to offer some form of incentive to Calfresh EBT users to help extend their produce buying dollars in our markets. This comes in form of a match per dollar spent to an extra $10.00 per customer per market. This match has come from various sponsors over the years. For the years 2015-2017, we are very happy to be part of the Market Match program run through The Ecology Center out of Berkley California.
Market Match is California’s healthy food incentive program, which matches customers’ federal nutrition assistance benefits, like CalFresh and WIC, at farmers’ markets. In 2015, Market Match will be offered at more than 230 sites, across the state, by 30 community-based organizations and farmers’ market operators.
Make sure to go by our market information booth at any of our markets to have your Market Match benefits doubled to buy fresh, local produce!