Making good, nutritious food accessible to more people in the community is an ongoing effort that takes a village. Here in Seattle, there is a network of local organizations who work tirelessly towards that goal, and City Fruit is honored to work side by side with many of them, including Tilth Alliance.
Tilth Alliance offers a wide range of programs that serve local residents, home growers and farmers to build a sustainable, healthy and equitable food future for all. Over the years City Fruit has partnered with Tilth Alliance on a number of programs, including co-presenting educational workshops on how to grow healthy fruit, and providing fresh fruit for their Good Food Bags Program. This year, we are thrilled to be part of their new venture, the Farm Stand at the Rainier Beach Urban Farm and Wetlands!
VISTA harvester Bela delivering the greengage plums to the Farm Stand
Tilth Alliance’s new Farm Stand debuted on June 18th with the goal to ensure that everyone in the community has fair, equal and dignified access to local, fresh, seasonal, organic, and sustainably-grown food. It is a pay-what-you-can farm stand where customers can use cash, credit, EBT, Fresh Bucks to purchase farm fresh produce (they also offer SNAP Market Match). They offer those in need up to $20 of produce at no-cost through their private check-out system, and no one is turned away for their inability to pay.
“We are excited to be offering up to $20 of produce, if it helps to stretch a grocery budget for folks. That goes for produce we grow, source from other farms, and includes the fruit from City Fruit,” says Kerri Cacciata, the Market Program Manager. “We've seen about 25% of the sales each week be either SNAP, fresh bucks or our produce discount.”
The Farm Stand is open on every Thursday between 2pm and 7pm. The offerings at the Farm Stand includes fresh vegetables, herbs, fruit, flowers, eggs and honey. Most of the produce is grown sustainably by the team in Rainier Beach, and the rest is sourced from other small local farmers, always grown with the utmost care for people and the land. On August 13th and 27th, they also host Bike Works who offers free and/or sliding scale services for bike repairs for the community.