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. Also, please make sure you choose "Certified Producer's Certificate" to start the process of applying for a Certificate.
Links to local Farmers Markets
Davis Farmers Market
301 C Street, Davis
Saturdays: 8 am to 1 pm, open year round, rain or shine
Winter Market (November 2018 through February, 2019) 2 pm to 6 pm
Summer Market (March 2019 through October 2019) 4:30 pm to Sunset.
Sutter Davis Hospital, Farmers Market
2000 Sutter Place, Davis
Thursdays (May through October) 10 am to 1 pm
UC Davis Farmers Market
Wednesdays (March 2019 through November 2019) 9:30 am to 2:30 pm
Woodland's Farmers Market
N.E. corner of First and Court across from the Woodland Public Library
Saturdays (May 12 2019 through October 13 2019) 9:00 am to noon
For applications for Certified Farmers Markets and Certified Producers Certificates, please click here. If you wish to apply to sell at a Farmers Market, please be sure to choose "Application for Certified Producer's Certificate."