The Palm Springs Certified Farmers’ Market reopens indoors in the air conditioned Palm Springs Pavilion (401 S Pavilion Way) this Saturday, June 11th. In order to beat the heat and accommodate our early-rising customers, the Market’s new hours of operation will be 8:00am – 1:00pm.
“You asked, we listened!” said Lauren Wolfer, Program Director of the Palm Springs Cultural Center. She continued, “we are thrilled to have the Certified Farmers’ Market available year-round, thanks to the generosity of our community and the City of Palm Springs.”
The Indoor Palm Springs Certified Farmers Market in the Pavillion will continue accepting CalFresh/SNAP benefits (which means customers can use their EBT card at the market), and offering Market Match, California’s largest nutrition incentive program. Market Match provides a dollar-for-dollar match of shoppers’ CalFresh benefits at participating farmers’ markets. For example, if a customer spends $15 in CalFresh benefits, participating farmers’ markets provide a matching $15 credit to double the customer’s purchasing power for fresh fruits and vegetables. The $15/$15 match was slated to drop down to $10/$10 earlier in the year, but was extended thanks to a generous donation from Chef Chad Gardner of the Gardner Hospitality Group.
Additionally, the CV WIC (Women, Infants, and Children) Office will be handing out Farmers Market Nutrition Program (FMNP) voucher packs at the Indoor Market during select dates this summer. Each voucher pack is good for $28 in fresh fruits and vegetables, and is matched with an extra $10 extra in produce tokens. That means each WIC family can receive a total of $38 to spend on fresh, small farm-direct produce. Out of the ten WIC FMNP distribution sites in Riverside County, ours is the only one that matches with an additional $10. WIC recipients should contact the CV WIC office for more information.