Fresh, locally-grown fruits and vegetables are coming beck to downtown Coachella, starting this coming Saturday, October 20th, when the Palm Springs Cultural Center’s Certified Farmers’ Market returns for its 2012/13 season. “We are so happy to be back in downtown Coachella,” said Certified Farmers’ Market General Manager Paul Palodichuk. “Bringing healthy, fresh and locally-grown produce to Coachella area residents at an affordable price is an important part of our mission.”
The Coachella Certified Farmers’ Market will once again be located on Sixth Street in front of the Coachella City Hall. It will open at 9am every Saturday morning and remain open until 1pm. In addition to fresh produce, the Coachella Certified Farmers’ Market will
feature fresh-baked breads, fresh California-grown flowers, locally roasted coffee, Mexican Cocoa and more. There will also be local entertainment, chefs’ demonstrations, kids’ activities, an ongoing health component, and a weekly Community Spotlight.
Special for Qualified EBT, WIC and/or SFMNP Customers.
Qualified EBT, WIC and/or SFMNP Customers who visit the market and spend up to $10, will be able to get up to $10 in matching (free) Market Dollars every week. “We want to provide a way for Qualified EBT, WIC and/or SFMNP Customers to have access to the fresh produce that’s available at the market,” said Armando Sepeda, Coachella Market Manager. “The matching funds program makes that possible.”
Building a Healthy Community.
The mission of the non-profit Palm Springs Cultural Center and its Certified Farmers’ Market Program does not end with their weekly markets. Rather, it extends into the local community. “We have an active education program designed to introduce elementary school children to the Market, and explain the benefits of healthier eating. We also look for local farms, and try to get them involved in the markets,” Palodichuk noted. “Right now, we’re actively looking for additional farms to join us.”
The Coachella Certified Farmers’ Market is sponsored in part by the Palm Springs Cultural Center, the City of Coachella, The California Endowment, Rabobank, Wholesome Wave and Kaiser Permanente. For additional information, contact the Coachella Certified Farmers Market at 760-777-3680 (Se Habla Español), email Armando Sepeda at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit us online at www.certifiedfarmersmarket.org.
The Palm Springs Cultural Center is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, which was established to encourage the development of the cultural arts in the Coachella Valley with a specific focus in the areas of film, fine art, live performance, dance, music, and community festivals. The Center is dedicated to advancing education, to nurturing community-wide participation in the cultural arts, and to sponsoring scholarship awards for deserving individuals.