Peach Pleasures & Plenty More at Community Foods Market
Come for the fresh, healthy food, but don’t stop there. At the newly opened Community Foods Market, shoppers also find resources to support their budget and improve their health.
After nearly a decade of planning and fundraising, the independent, mission-driven grocer opened its doors at 3105 San Pablo Avenue in June and hopes to serve as an anchor for its West Oakland neighborhood.
Community events are high on the agenda for the market’s president and CEO Brahm Ahmadi. First up is Peach Week, August 19–25, with a special Peach Day on Saturday, August 24. And each week, the market offers several community wellness events.
Connected to the Community Foods Market is the Front Porch Cafe, a welcoming spot for a sandwich, smoothie, pastry, or cup of tea. Hot entrees and sides are available to-go at the store’s deli counter. On the planning board for the café are live music events, movies, poetry readings, art exhibits, supper clubs, and barbecues.
Peach Week at Community Foods Market
All week long, you can enjoy free peach samples and special peach smoothies, salads, marinades, and jams. Find unique peach items and bargains throughout the week.
Saturday August 24, 1–4pm
Peach Day at Community Foods Market
Come enjoy tastings, a peach pie bakeoff, and kids’ peach-themed poster contest. Winners of the bakeoff will have their pies featured on the menu of the markets’ Front Porch Cafe. For those who want to become even more peach savvy, Bill Fujimoto, former manager of Monterey Market, leads a workshop on the history, varieties, and cultivation of peaches.
Wellness and Budgeting Events
Each week, the market offers several community wellness events:
- To learn about healthy shopping on a budget, join cooking school 18 Reasons for a market tour.
- Lifelong Medical Care runs a weekly in-store blood pressure clinic that includes counseling and referral to local healthcare providers.
- For those who may be eligible for benefits through CalFresh and SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program), the Alameda County Food Bank provides consultations and enrollment. For details including event days and times, visit the website.
Community Foods Market, 3105 San Pablo Ave, Oakland