Food for People sponsors four locations of free farmers’ market-style produce distributions throughout Humboldt County from May through October. This program is available thanks to partnerships with California Association of Food Banks’ Farm to Family program, Foodlink, and thanks to grant funds that offset costs. Farm to Family supplies Food for People and other California food banks with fresh produce directly from the fields of the Central Valley. (View an informative video about the state-wide Farm to Family program at the bottom of this page.) Along with locally grown and freshly gleaned fruits and vegetables from Humboldt County, we are able to host a monthly, free outdoor produce market, the People’s Produce Market, at the food bank in Eureka, and sponsor sites monthly in Fortuna, Garberville and Redway, to ensure that all of our neighbors have equitable access to the nutritious, seasonal fresh produce we all need for good health.
Our Nutrition Education staff is available at each market to answer questions about nutrition or cooking with the fresh produce available and to provide free healthy recipes and taste tests of recipes using fresh fruits and vegetables. We also have information about CalFresh, and our Outreach staff can help interested households apply for the program. CalFresh is a nutrition assistance program that helps income-eligible households afford to purchase healthy food. CalFresh benefits can also be spent at local farmers’ markets on food and plants and seeds that produce food. To learn more about CalFresh, click here to visit our CalFresh Outreach page.
Below is last year's schedule of our free farmers’ markets at all four locations. We'll update this in spring 2014 when dates are confirmed.
Food for People’s Free Produce Market Schedule
May – October 2013
|Food for People(307 W. 14th Street -Eureka)||Fortuna Community Services(2331 Rohnerville Road)||Garberville Presbyterian Church(437 Maple Lane)||Redway Baptist Church(553 Redway Drive)|
|3rd Thursday of the month, 12:00 - 2:00pm||3rd Wednesday of the month, 11:30am - 1:30pm||2nd Tuesday of the month, 10:30am – 12:00pm||2nd Tuesday of the month, 12:30-1:30pm|
|May 16th||May 15th||May 14th||May 14th|
|June 20st||June 19th||June 11th||June 11th|
|July 18th||July 17th||July 9th||July 9th|
|August 22nd||August 21st||August 13th||August 13th|
|September 19th||September 18th||September 10th||September 10th|
|October 17th||October 16th||October 8th||October 8th|