A short video at a certified farmers’ market in Sacramento
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 700 certified farmers markets and approximately 2,200 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.
If you are interested in opening a Certified Farmers Market, or in becoming a Certified Producer, please contact the county office in which the market is located or in which you wish to sell your commodity.