Saturday, October 22, 2016

Lincoln Heights farmers’ celebrates first year with new vendor and EBT cards

fruit stand Lincoln Heights farmers' market photo by steve weingarten 6-3-2015 6-13-56 PM

Lincoln Heights farmers’ market | Steve Weingarten

LINCOLN HEIGHTS —   It’s been a year since the Lincoln Heights Certified Farmers Market made its debut, turning a city parking lot into a colorful marketplace and gathering spot on Wednesdays. To mark it one year of service, the market is adding a new vendor and low-income customers can now pay for their purchases electronically with EBT cards.

“When you bring the farm to the city it means fresher produce at better prices, and that’s good for families and restaurants,” said market co-founder Pauline Martinez in a statement.

Underwood Family Farms of Filmore will join the more than one dozen fresh and prepared food vendors at the Lincoln Heights market. In addition to selling produce at the market,  Underwood will also be taking bulk orders from neighborhood restaurants interested in serving farm-fresh ingredients.

The market is also now accepting EBT cards, formerly known as food stamps, to make shopping more convenient for low-income customers. Last month, the City Council adopted an ordinance requiring all farmers’ markets operating in the city to accept the cards.

“For the first 15 customers who pay with EBT, we will match purchases up to $10 with market-dollars,”  said co-founder Misty Iwatsu in a statement. “That will make an even bigger difference in their buying power.”

The Lincoln Heights Certified Farmers Markets is located in the public parking lot  south of North Broadway, between Daly and Workman streets. It is open every Wednesday from 3 to 8 p.m.

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