by Timothy Rutt
But not anymore -- especially when it helps out those who need assistance with their food budget, which we like. According to the market's Facebook page:
Starting this Wednesday, January 23, any CalFresh participant can use their EBT card to shop at the Altadena Farmers' Market. Here’s how it works: EBT cardholders transfer their food benefits into Altadena Farmers’ Market EBT scrip in any dollar amount of their choosing. That scrip can then be used to shop the farmers' market for eligible products with any farmers’ market vendor.
In addition, Market Match will double dollars spent at the market, up to $10, for any CalFresh, WIC, SSI and SSDI participant. Special guest Frank Tamborello from Hunger Action Los Angeles will be with us to help administer Market Match on our first day.
All EBT and Market Match transactions will take place at the information booth at the front of the market.
Along with EBT and Market Match, we will unveil our own new currency this week. Our Market Money can be purchased and spent with any of our farmers' market vendors. It will essentially function as our own little ATM machine. Great for when you are short on cash or want to get someone the gift of shopping at the Altadena Farmers' Market.
New Vendor Salsa Poblanos will join the market today, promising: "a wonderful and delicious collection of handmade, preservative free salsas, for every spice palette. They will also bring ceviche, tortillas, tortilla chips, and frozen tamales. "
The Altadena Farmers' Market is every Wednesday from 3-7 PM at Loma Alta Park, Lincoln Avenue and Palm Street.