SunCoast Market Co-Op hosts a monthly Farmer's Market on the 3rd Saturday of each month from 8am-2pm
SunCoast Market Co-Op hosts its monthly Farmer’s Market in Imperial Beach to provide residents with an opportunity to shop from local farms and businesses. Anyone interested in becoming a vendor at the Market can learn more and apply at www.suncoastmarket.coop/farmersmarket. There is currently no fee for farms to attend through 2022.
The next Farmer’s Market will take place on August 20th and the members of the Urban Food Equity team from the Center for Community Health will be participating to provide support.
Cooperatives form when there is a need and people take action. SunCoast Market Co-op was created because a lack of grocery stores left people with limited healthy food options and the need to drive longer distances to shop. With over 42 fast food, convenience, and liquor stores within just a few miles, Imperial Beach was prime for a grassroots approach to community health. Suncoast Market Co-op is part of a resurgence in grocery cooperatives opening across the U.S., particularly in underserved communities like the South Bay of San Diego. It will become a full-service grocery store with a focus on local sourcing, healthy options, reducing packaging waste, equitable healthy food access, and a community hub for health education.
Grocery co-ops consist of owner-members who purchase shares and in turn have a voice through its democratic model. Since 2018, nearly 900 households and businesses have invested their hard-earned dollars in the cooperative’s values of locally focused sources, environmental consciousness, and community health and well-being. When open, it will be the first to open in a primarily Hispanic community and become a role model for other disadvantaged communities.
To learn more about the SunCoast Market Co-Op and to support their mission, visit their website here: https://suncoastmarket.coop/