East Palo Alto Community
Gathering community around nourishing food
Every week the East Palo Alto Community Farmers’ Market creates opportunities for stronger relationships between the people of our community, the farmers who produce our food, and community-serving organizations.
Our market is a crucial resource for ensuring affordable, nourishing food access for the East Palo Alto community, while supporting local family farms.
“The Matching Program at the East Palo Alto Community Farmers’ Market has helped a lot when I don’t have too much money. I have an extra $10 dollars to spend on fresh fruits and vegetables for my family. I’ve been coming to this market for 9 years. It is my favorite. Everyone is really friendly and nice, I feel at home.”Yazmin Garcia, East Palo Alto Community Farmers’ Market Shopper and Volunteer
For more information about our Fruit & Veggie Incentive Programs at the East Palo Alto Community Farmers’ Market, be sure to visit the farmers’ market information booth to chat with our friendly staff!
Date, Time and Location
- Wednesdays, April through November
- 8:30 AM – 12:30 PM
- Bloomhouse, 2555 Pulgas Ave, East Palo Alto, CA
- We accept cash, credit cards, Cal Fresh/EBT, FMNP WIC checks, and FMNP Senior Checks.
Fruit & Veggie Savings Programs
- If you use your CalFresh EBT benefits, we will match your spending up to $10 for fresh fruits and vegetables, as part of the Market Match Program.
- If you’re participating in any other government assistance programs, you could receive an extra $10 every week when you spend $10 to purchase fresh fruits & vegetables.
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“The extra $10 dollars with the match really makes a difference: I feel good about the produce I consume from the market because I know the food doesn’t have any chemicals and it’s fresh from the day of or day before.”Vanessa, East Palo Alto Community Farmers’ Market Shopper and Volunteer
EVENTS AT THE MARKET
Food & Gardening Demos
We also feature live food and cooking demonstrations from our nutrition team using fresh farmers’ market produce, and gardening pop-ups from Collective Roots Community Garden!
We welcome local community organizations from around East Palo Alto to table at the market and connect with market shoppers. If you’re interested in popping up, let’s chat!
Our farmers’ market is a great avenue to reach East Palo Alto community members, especially Latine women, and mothers with young children. It is strongly recommended that any tabling organization bring materials in Spanish, as well as having staff who are comfortable communicating in Spanish.
To table, community-based organizations must provide services, programs, and/or resources in East Palo Alto or San Mateo County. Organizations soliciting community feedback or conducting community surveys are welcome as well. You must get explicit permission from Fresh Approach staff to attend market on a given day.
“Our community Reuse Incentive Program at the East Palo Alto Community Farmers’ Market could not be possible without our close collaboration with Fresh Approach: through their efforts to connect the mostly Latinx EPA community with fresh, healthy local produce, we’ve been able to engage our community and build an intersectional justice program that is successful beyond our wildest imagination. A constant reminder of how in community, solidarity and collaboration, we thrive.”Alejandra Warren, Executive Director of Plastic Free Future
MEET OUR FARMERS & VENDORS
Gibert is the face you’ll meet at the Castellanos Farms booth at the East Palo Alto Community Farmers’ Market. The farm is owned by many family members, and Gilbert has held different roles for the family business: from production and distribution, to working at the Farmers Markets, picking the fruit, pruning the trees, washing crates, and loading. A farm primarily growing fruit, you will find a beautiful selection of citrus, cherries, and stone fruit throughout the season at their booth!
Gallardo’s Organic Farm
Jose Gallardo of Gallardo’s Organic Farm is a small grower in Salinas, CA. He’s been growing organic produce for nearly a decade, including varieties such as berries, greens, tomatoes, root vegetables, and more. Jose is passionate about the quality of his product, paying close attention to the health of the soil he grows from along with keeping a chemical-free environment on his farm. He emphasizes the importance of understanding that to provide the community with food is to keep their health in your hands: a responsibility he does not take lightly.
Happy Face Nursery
A small family business based out of San Martin, CA, Happy Face Nursery prides themselves in growing a variety of plants, succulents, fruit trees and rose bushes along drought friendly perennials. Mayra and her family sell with us once/month.
Owned and operated by Gabriel Hererra, Herrera Agriculture, is based out of Reedley, CA. They have offered a variety of fresh chicken and duck eggs since 2020.
Based out of San Leandro, Hummus Heaven has been with us since 2020. Mourad Cherif, owner of Hummus Heaven, offers over 15 flavors of hummus, accompanied by varies of pita chips and pita bread. His dolmas, and salad selections along with other dips are delicious and a must try when visiting the market.
Dirk is a former software engineer that took up beekeeping 15 years ago as a hobby. He met a local honey seller at the Menlo Park Farmers’ Market, who invited him to gather honey from some hives, and the rest is history. Since then, he’s continued to learn more and more bees, and has backyard hives in homes across Palo Alto, Menlo Park and Atherton.
Pasta Rey joined our market in 2023, bringing their love for fresh, healthy Italian food. Owner Roberto, uses recipes that have been passed along for generations throughout Sicily. His booth offers a variety of fresh pastas, raviolis, gnocchi, and sauces such as pesto, marinara, and truffle alfredo. You can also purchase ready to bake cannelloni and lasagna!
Ruben has been farming for over 40 years and owns Ponce Produce, a 4 acre Certified Organic Farm in Watsonville, California. He grows many varieties that are nutritious, medicinal, and have the taste of true home-grown produce. This includes sweet berries, hardy greens, fresh herbs, nourishing veggies, & nopales. Ruben prioritizes quality in his farming practices, often tending to the crops on his own to maintain safe, fundamentally organic management of the food he grows.