Certified Farmers Markets & Certified Producers Certificates

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A little information about the Certified Farmers Market Program

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

Central Park,
301 C Street, Davis
8am to1pm, open year round, rain or shine

Winter Market (November 2017 through March 7, 2018) 2pm to 6 pm
Winter Market (November 2018 through mid March 2019) 3pm to 6pm..
Picnic in the Park Market (Late March through October) 4:30pm to sunset

The Davis Farmers Market celebrated its 40th anniversary in 2016. It is 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.

Two markets partner with the Davis Farmers Market.

Sutter Davis HospitalFarmers Market
2000 Sutter Place, Davis 
Thursdays (May through October) 10am to 1pm 

UC Davis Farmers Market

North Quad
Wednesdays (Fall and Spring Quarter) 11 am to 1:30 pm. 

 Woodland Certified Farmers' Market

N.E. corner of First and Court
across from the Woodland Public Library
Mid May to October
Saturdays 9:00 am - Noon

Woodland Healthcare
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


Guide to New Farmers Market Growers

CA Federation of Certified Farmers Markets


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."