At its foundation, Alchemist Public Market will serve as an engine of inclusive economic development through several core services:
Small Business Incubator.
The Alchemist Kitchen program was born out of our mission to connect communities to land, food, and opportunity. Since 2019, we have offered the Alchemist Microenterprise Academy (AMA) and Alchemist Kitchen Incubator (AKIP) programs to help train, equip, and empower under-resourced entrepreneurs to start their own food businesses. As we have worked with these entrepreneurs, we have recognized the need for an affordable, shared-use commercial kitchen to provide them with the means to safely and legally prepare food for sale.
Alchemist Public Market will provide under-resourced food entrepreneurs with affordable access to a shared-use commercial kitchen, empowering them to start commercial production and grow their businesses. Incubator participants and other small entrepreneurs will also benefit from on-site market opportunities:
- serving customers directly through container restaurants (food pods)
- serving food at weekly farmers’ markets, night markets, and public events
- selling packaged, value-added products at an on-site retail store.
Recognizing that the Sacramento region is home to many entrepreneurial makers, including those outside of the food industry, the on-site retail shop will be dedicated to Sacramento-made products and will provide retail market opportunities to many such makers.
Alchemist Public Market will host a cafe equipped to serve beer and wine, which will be managed by a partner organization (NorCal Resist), providing workforce development and job placement into the restaurant industry for Sacramento residents with high barriers to employment.
Co-Working Office Space.
This project will include a sizable co-working office environment providing a range of services from basic office access to reserved desks and private offices. Businesses, non-profits, and others can affordably launch in professional space in this environment.
Alchemist Public Market will host a weekly farmers’ market as well as other regular night markets and events. The market will provide significant opportunities to local farmers and other vendors.