MARKET SHARE CSA
Community Foodworks offers a Market Share program at our weekday markets. Similar to a traditional CSA, the Market Share offers customers a way to support local farmers all season long, but with some added perks.
a taste of the market
The Market Share programs offers a 'taste of the market' each week. Sourced from all of the markets vendors, customers can always count on getting a good mix of fruits, greens, and vegetables every week. By joining the Market Share, customers are supporting local farmers but can still take a week off when necessary, and join at any point throughout the season. Add-ons like eggs, meat, and bread are available as well.
A market share for everyone
As a 2015 sub-grantee of Wholesome Wave's national FINI award, Community Foodworks created one of the nation’s first subsidized SNAP CSA programs. Customers who use SNAP are able to purchase Market Share bags at a 75% discount of retail. In 2016, the program expanded to include WIC customers, who were also able to purchase these reduced-price bags at the markets and two WIC clinics across Ward 1.
During the 2016 season, the Market Share moved more than 50,000 lbs of fresh fruits and vegetables!
EQUAL IN EVERY MEASURE
Unlike other reduced-priced programs, our SNAP Market Share is a subset of the retail Market Share. In addition to fruit and veggie distribution, the Market Share creates an experience equal in quality, service, and delivery, regardless of the currency used for purchase. Families were able to enjoy items like heirloom tomatoes, fairytale eggplants, and seasonal fruits such raspberries, blackberries, apricots that may have seemed too costly to purchase otherwise.
bringing the market share to seniors in need
While DC offers a number of dry food supplemental programs for seniors in need, these programs provide extremely limited access to fresh goods, and even less access to produce.
In response, CFW Senior Market Share delivers an appropriately portioned produce share for seniors in the Columbia Heights neighborhood. In addition to qualifying as low-income, participants have limited mobility and therefore limited access to the farmers market and its financial support programs.
CFW partners with an independent senior care network We Are Family to deliver that much needed fresh produce directly to their doorsteps. In 2016, over $23,000 worth of senior incentives were distributed to over 150 seniors.