Farm to School
The SBCFMA is proud to be involved with a number of important programs and services. For your convenience, all of
our weekly farmers’ markets accept CalFresh EBT, which can be used to purchase tokens at our Market Information
Booth. Just look for the green Santa Barbara Farmers’ Market tent. For those who currently purchase their food with a
CalFresh EBT card, make sure to take advantage of our Market Match program, where up to the first $10 of every
purchase using your EBT card per market day gets you up to an additional $10 in FREE Market Match tokens to spend on
fresh fruits and vegetables. WIC, Senior WIC, and FMNP vouchers are also accepted at each of our 6 weekly Markets,
which can be exchanged directly with our farmers for an equal dollar value of produce. Please note that farmers are not
legally permitted to give cash change back for CalFresh EBT tokens, WIC, Senior WIC, and FMNP transactions.
The Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) provides Federal grants to States for supplemental foods, health care referrals, and nutrition education for low-income pregnant, breastfeeding, and non-breastfeeding postpartum women, and to infants and children up to age five who are found to be at nutritional risk. Link for application and requirements below here:
Availability of space in the market: SBCFMA's priority is to make space available to farmers and other vendors as permitted by our conditional use permit. No space in the market is reserved for community groups, and access is subject to there being a space available. We do not accept applications from political organizations. Political candidates, however, are welcome to submit an application but must be personally present at the farmers market. Groups who submit applications are not guaranteed space in our markets. The SBCFMA has the right to reject any application as they see fit.
First come, first served: Groups that wish to set up an information booth at SBCFMA markets must contact the office by letter, fax, or email, and indicate the date(s) they wish to attend. Space will be allocated on a first come, first served basis, provided that the group meets the criteria (see Download Application above).
Please note: SBCFMA does not accept Community Access applications for the following farmers markets: Tuesday State Street (no physical space available), Thursday Camino Real Marketplace, and Sunday Camino Real Marketplace.
Community Access Booths at the Market
The CalFresh Program, federally known as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), can add to your food budget to put healthy and nutritious food on the table. The program issues monthly electronic benefits that can be used to buy most foods at our Farmers’ Markets. Inquire at our information booth or with any of our market managers.
The CalFresh Program helps to improve the health and well-being of qualified households and individuals by providing them a means to meet their nutritional needs.
Santa Barbara County’s answer to local hunger and health.
The Unity Shoppe is a local nonprofit who picks up excess produce from our markets and distributes food to the local community in need.
Attention CalFresh EBT Customers!
Thanks to a grant, from the Ecology Center Market Match program, we are pleased to offer FREE additional market dollars to be spent on fresh fruits and vegetables. All CalFresh EBT card holders will be matched up to $10 per market day when using your EBT card.
How it works:
Visit the market information booth at any SBCFMA market location (Look for the Market Match banner)
Run a transaction using your CalFresh EBT card
Double your purchasing power by recieving up to an addtional $10 in FREE Market Match tokens to spend on fresh fruits and vegetables from any farmer at the farmers' market. (Spend $10 using your EBT card and get $20 to spend at the farmers' market)
Veggie Rescue is local nonprofit that picks up excess produce at our markets and often gleans from local farms, bring the produce to schools and shelters. Find out more here:
Do you have excess food you’d like to donate? Follow the link to find out more:
Reduce waste by composting locally. More information here:
Santa Barbara County has a great free mulch program. Find out more here:
Need a place to compost your own excess food waste? The Santa Barbara County sells these great Earthbins. Find out more here: