The VA Palo Alto Health Care System announces the 2018 season of its Farmers’ Market, beginning April 11, 2018 from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. in front of Building 100 on the Palo Alto campus. This year marks the 10th year of serving Veterans and staff with fresh produce, flowers and various boutique food items.
In collaboration with the Pacific Coast Farmers’ Market Association (PCFMA), the market has been serving Veterans and staff since 2008. The market has seen many changes including the shift to more prepared foods such as tamales. Regularly scheduled entertainment by the VA Palo Alto Arts Program, an all-employee arts group.
The market is also part of the California Market Match Consortium dedicated to making locally grown fruits and vegetables more affordable for CalFresh (food stamp) recipients. All of the PCFMA markets accept government programs such as Cal-Fresh Electronic Benefit Transfer (EBT) and Women, Infants and Children (WIC). Patrons can use these programs just like cash with any of the farmers.
The Market Match program can help dollars stretch further by providing up to an additional $10 per farmers’ market visit when you make a purchase with the CalFresh-EBT program.
The market has also proven to be a great place for VA staff to share information about all of the various services and programs available to Veterans (and even staff!). On any market day, you will find staff recruiting for research, promoting health and cultural awareness, even handing out educational giveaways.
PCFMA only accepts California Certified Agricultural Producers. This means that the products must be grown or produced in California via the agricultural arts, under controlled conditions in waters located in California. Non-agricultural items such as baked good or specialty food products must be produced in a certified kitchen in accordance with the California Retail Food Code.