Feeding ourselves has gotten a lot more complicated lately. After we were asked to close for one week in March, we petitioned our host cities to allow the Certified Farmers’ Markets of the Coachella Valley to reopen and operate as essential services, as designated by our State and County. Since then, we’ve worked nonstop to ensure the safety of every customer and participant in Palm Springs, Palm Desert and La Quinta by following modified protocols for operation. It hasn’t been easy, but we went the extra mile so we can continue to fulfill our mission of providing direct access to local, small farm produce to the people of the Coachella Valley in a healthy shopping environment.
During the COVID-19 pandemic, our farmers and artisan food vendors need your support, and so do we.
Farmers’ markets are a critical (and in many cases, the only) revenue source for our family farmers and small business vendors. As other California farmers’ markets are shuttering under the increased logistics and expense of social distancing measures, the Certified Farmers Market in Palm Springs has become even more important for the families who grow and make the food we all depend on.
Under the 501(c)(3) nonprofit Palm Springs Cultural Center, the Certified Farmers’ Markets rely on farmer and vendor fees to pay overhead expenses and payroll for its staff. Modified protocol rules about who can sell and participants concerned about their health have forced the market to downsize significantly. The spaces you see between stalls help to ensure safe interactions, but it’s also an indication of the folks who are missing.
In short: Though keeping the Markets open have helped our remaining farmers and vendors stay in business, the Markets themselves have lost money on every market, every week – and we need your help to stay afloat. Without your financial assistance we cannot continue to operate through the summer as we usually do, inside the Palm Springs Pavilion.
Will you help nourish our community with a donation of $5, 10, $50 or $250 donation to the Certified Farmers Markets of the Coachella Valley today? We know times are challenging for many right now. ANY amount would be greatly appreciated.
Every single dollar you give empowers local farmers to continue to feed our community – and themselves – by providing an economic platform in the Palm Springs Certified Farmers’ Market.
Thank you for your support!