For 27 years, San Francisco's Ferry Plaza Farmers Market has been your treasured community resource to connect with sustainable family farmers and food crafters who work to bring us fresh and delicious local food.
The recent pandemic has been challenging for us all, and it has hit our food community especially hard. CUESA (Center for Urban Education about Sustainable Agriculture), the nonprofit operator of the farmers market, has been fighting for (and so far have won) the ability to keep your markets open and operating safely as an essential function through this crisis.
More than 140 small family farmers and food makers depend on our farmers markets for their livelihoods, and thousands of individuals depend on them for access to fresh, healthy food. As global food supply chains strain, resilient local food systems are all the more vital to community food security, now and in the long-term.
As a mission-driven nonprofit, CUESA sustains itself through farmers market stall fees and fundraising events and sponsorships—and all events are on pause for the foreseeable future. With shelter-in-place, farmers markets are bringing in 25% of their normal revenue.
We are asking for your support to help us bridge the next few months so that we can continue to provide critical access to healthy, local food to you, and support our farmers’ livelihoods through this crisis.
Your support helps us:
Keep our farmers markets open with best safety practices, providing handwashing stations, monitoring social distancing, and providing educational signage.
Support our farmers and food makers through this crisis by keeping our markets running smoothly, offering curbside pickup, and helping setup online ordering systems.
Advocate at the city and state levels to keep farmers markets open as an essential service. California is leading the way in this national effort, and CUESA has been at the frontlines of this advocacy.
Provide critical food access for low-income families through CalFresh (SNAP) benefits and Market Match, which provides free fruits and vegetables.
Create online educational resources to bring our community together at home while sheltering in place.
Please give to our Save Your Farmers Market Fund today, so that we can all continue to benefit from the market for years to come. Thank you for supporting our farmers and creating a vibrant, resilient, and sustainable future.
CUESA is a tax-exempt 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to growing thriving communities through the power and joy of local food.