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 Department 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.
CFM's 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 520 certified farmers' markets and approximately 2,900 certified producers. 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.
To apply for a Certified Producers Certificate, please go to https://www.cdfa.ca.gov/egov/farmersmarket/ Before applying, please make sure your local Farmers Market has a space for your business.
Links to local Farmers Markets
Davis Farmers Market
4th & C Street, Davis
Saturdays 8am -1pm, year round, rain or shine
Winter Market (November through February) Wednesdays 2:00pm - 6:00pm,and Saturday 8am - 1pm
Picnic in the Park Market (March through October) Wednesdays 4:30pm - 8:30 pm and Saturday 8am - 1 PM
Sutter Davis Hospital,
2000 Sutter Place, Davis
May-October - Thursdays 10am - 1pm
The Davis Farmers Market is celebrating its 41th anniversary in 2017. Forty one years later, the Market is still going strong, often featured in national magazines and frequently voted "best thing to do in Davis".
In May 2012, USA Today ranked Davis No. 2 on their list, "10 Best Places to Visit a Farmers Market". In July 2012, US News Travel ranked Davis Farmers Market No. 5 in their list "Best Farmers Markets in the U.S.".
Open year round, rain or shine, you will find a wide range of fruits and vegetables, including certified organic produce, as well as fresh baked goods, flowers and plants.
Everything sold in the market is either grown by or made by the seller.
University of California
UCD West Quad
March - November
Wednesdays 9:30 am—2:30 pm
N.E. corner of First and Court
across from the Woodland Public Library
Mid May to October
Saturdays 9:00 am - Noon
1325 Cottonwood St., Woodland
June to September
Tuesdays 4:30 pm—7:00 pm
Both locations for the Woodland Farmers Market are fun, family friendly events where everyone can enjoy the fresh and local produce grown in our area! There is live entertainment, events for the kids, fresh fruits and vegetables, eggs, bread, olive oil, honey, pastries, flowers and so much more. The Cal Fresh Cards are accepted at both locations and if you forget your cash, visit the information booth to purchase "Market Bucks" with your Credit Card or ATM Cards.
Check out our web site at www.thewoodlandfarmersmarket.org. We can also be found on Facebook!
West Sacramento Farmers Market
The Barn: 985 Riverfront St, West Sacramento
June to August
Second Thursday of the month 5pm - 9pm
One of the features of the West Sacramento Farmers Market is the ability for kids to join the "Sprouts Kids Club". It is designed to inspire children in the community to take part in their local food system, enjoy eating nutritious foods and empower them to make healthy choices
For more information on our Farmers Market, Sprouts Kids Club and more, please find us on our website at www.westsacramentofarmersmarket.com