The City Heights Farmers’ Market’s motto is “Where we grow it fresh, and you buy it fresh.” Since June 2008, the CHFM has provided access to locally grown fresh fruits and vegetables to the City Heights community. More than that, the CHFM is seen as a place to gather, visit with friends and get important health and community information.
The International Rescue Committee and UC San Diego’s Division of Center for Community Health (funding provided by the Kaiser Foundation), asked the City Heights community what they thought of the first EBT-accessible farmers’ market located in the heart of their neighborhood.
Why shop at the CHFM?
- Variety and quality. We offer locally-grown specialty crops that many supermarkets don’t have. Our fresh, seasonal, locally grown produce has competitive prices with City Heights grocery stores. Our prices are the same and sometimes lower!
- Our hot food vendors make traditional foods from around the world, so you can have an international experience right at home
- It’s affordable. We were the first market to welcome EBT so that everyone can shop at the farmers’ market. EBT, WIC, and SSI recipients receive an additional $20 each month to spend at the market through the Fresh Fund.
- To give back to the community. The money spent at the market goes to San Diego farmers and resident entrepreneurs. For each dollar spent at the City Heights Farmers’ Market, that dollar can turn over in the community up to eight times. Shopping at the City Heights Farmers’ Markets sustains and creates more local jobs.
- Come for the sense of community. People love to gather at the CHFM to talk and maintain a healthy space for our neighborhood.