California Certified Farmers Market Program
Here's a listing which includes Certified Farmers Markets in California along with other small farm resources.

Until 1977, regulations required farmers to properly pack size, and label their fresh fruits, nuts, and vegetables in standard containers to transport and sell in markets anywhere other than the farm site. Certified farmers markets in 1977, by California Department of Food & Agriculture regulations, exempted farmers from packing, sizing, and labeling requirements.

The Direct marketing of agricultural products through CFM's benefits the agricultural community and consumers. CFM's provide a flexible marketing alternative without disrupting other produce marketing systems. The high quality and fresh produce brought to the CFM's by its producers creates a diverse market and also provides the consumer with opportunity to meet the farmer and learn how their food supply is produced.

CFMs provide a great opportunity for small farmers to market their products without the added expenses of commercial preparation. This increases their net income and makes it possible for them to stay in business. There are approximately 700 certified farmers markets and approximately 2,200 certified producers in California. Of these markets, 51% are year-round markets and the balance is seasonal. In a typical year, the majority of the seasonal markets operate from April through October of each year.

Contact California Certified Farmers Market Program

1220 N Street
Sacramento, California  95814
Phone: (916) 900-5030


Service Area

Statewide service provider in:
  • California

Office Locaters

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