By Verbal Adam | OBSERVER Correspondent
For many years the Oak Park Farmers Market has been a community staple. Created in 2010 by Joany Titherington, the market has provided Oak Park residents and neighbors access to fresh produce. In 2022, the market closed when the nonprofit hosting the market could no longer afford to continue.
The Food Literacy Center adopted the market in May, and Assemblymember Kevin McCarty and City Councilmember Caity Maple secured a $500,000 grant allowing the market to reopen regularly.
“The Oak Park Farmers Market has been an important hub in the Oak Park community, and I am proud to deliver $500,000 to support its reopening,” said McCarty, who pushed for the grant funding in the most recent state budget. “By investing in it, we foster a stronger sense of community and ensure access to affordable, fresh, nutritious food for residents. I am looking forward to attending the market and seeing the community come together.”
Councilmember Caity Maple, who represents Oak Park as part of District 5 in the City of Sacramento, emceed the press conference. “A project this impactful shows what we can accomplish when we work together,” Maple said. “Leaders at every level – on the ground in the community, at the city, and at the state – fought to make this market a reality and bring healthy, accessible food back to Oak Park. Thank you to everyone who made this possible.”
The Farmers Market serves about 1,500 residents weekly and accepts EBT payments. Hours are 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturdays at McClatchy Park, 35th and Fifth avenues. For more information, visit nwsac.org/oakparkfarmersmarket/, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 916-704-2843.