North Berkeley Farmers’ Market Lifts All-Organic Rule to Boost Inclusivity and Variety

avocadoes, lemons, and oranges for sale at the Berkeley Farmers' Market
  In an intriguing and exciting development, the North Berkeley Farmers’ Market plans to broaden its product selection and help foster small vendor inclusivity by removing its all-organic certified vendor requirement. The decision to lift the all-organic certification mandate for agricultural vendors at the North Berkeley market comes as a response to challenges surrounding product… Read more »

Market Match Update: Funding Secured! CA State Budget Funds Program Through 2028

Market Match Update: Funding Secured! CA State Budget Funds Program Through 2028
Thanks to the support of many organizations, elected officials, and individuals, Ecology Center’s Market Match program has secured funding through 2028. The California Nutrition Incentive Program (CNIP), which funds Market Match, received $35 million in the 2023 State Budget, thanks to the hard work of many supporters.  Market Match enables CalFresh shoppers to double their… Read more »

Berkeley Farmers’ Market Press Release

Berkeley Farmers' Market Press Release
City of Berkeley Proclaims Aug. 6-12 “Berkeley Farmers’ Market Week” to Celebrate and Support Local Agriculture Berkeley, CA – Mayor of Berkeley, Jesse Arreguín, alongside Berkeley City Council members, signed a proclamation on Tuesday declaring August 6-12 as Berkeley Farmers’ Market Week at the July 25th City Council meeting. Berkeley Farmers’ Market Week will be… Read more »

Navel Orange Shaker Pie

Thinly cut oranges with a knife on a wooden cutting board.
This recipe comes compliments of Edith’s Pie and Berkeley Farmers’ Market regular Chef Mike Raskin. It’s a great zero-waste recipe which uses every part of the gorgeous winter citrus at the markets right now. Ingredients: 1ea 9” pie crust, blind baked 1.5 lb naval oranges 1C+1Tbsp sugar 1tsp diamond crystal kosher salt 1.5 tsp flour… Read more »

Market Match Supports Rural Communities in California

Market Match Supports Rural Communities in California
Ecology Center partners with over 55 organizations across the state to operate the Market Match program at farmers’ markets and other farm-direct sites by providing extra money to customers spending their CalFresh dollars on locally-produced food. Since 2017, Market Match has partnered with the Crescent City Downtown Divas, a nonprofit founded by women-owned businesses and… Read more »