The Certified Farmer's Market program was created in 1977 and enables California Agricultural Producers to directly market their agricultural products to consumers. In Orange County, Certified Farmer's Markets provide local consumers a wide variety of fresh fruits, vegetables, nuts, honey, eggs, plants and cut flowers.
What is the Certified Farmers Market Program?
The Certified Farmers Market is a place where California farmers can sell what they grow directly to consumers. It gives growers and customers a chance to interact with each other and provides the public with convenient access to fresh high quality California-grown produce. Farmers benefit by having another outlet to market their commodities, avoiding the middle man expenses associated with commercial preparation of products, and being able to sell specialty products more easily. Certified Farmers Markets are also enjoyable community events that bring in a variety of other small businesses, such as jewelry and craft vendors, prepared food sellers, and musicians.
How do we certify agricultural producers?
Orange County certified producers range from backyard growers to large scale farmers. We certify growers of fruits, vegetables, nuts, honey, eggs, nursery stock, and cut flowers. During a certification inspection, an Agricultural Inspector visits the farmer’s growing grounds, taking note of what is being grown and its condition. With the information collected, our office issues Certified Producer’s Certificates detailing what commodities the inspector has seen growing and at what quantity, the approximate expected yield, and the expected harvest season. What do we inspect at Certified Farmers Markets?
During a Certified Farmers Market inspection our principal objective is to verify that each vendor has been certified as growing each agricultural product brought to market. The Certified Producer’s Certificate is the most important regulatory tool we have at the market, especially since we have growers from all over California selling at our local farmers markets. We check the products being sold taking into account quality, seasons, and growing location to ensure that the commodities offered for sale were indeed grown by the producer. We also verify organic produce by examining organic registration documents issued by the California Department of Food and Agriculture.
San Clemente Village CFM Avenida Del Mar & Seville 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. Manager: Rick & Sandy Heil firstname.lastname@example.org 949-492-6000
New Location Newport Beach CFM Base of the Newport Pier, Macfadden Square 9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. Manager: Mark Anderson email@example.com
Local Harvest Garden Grove CFM Main & Garden Grove Boulevard 9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. Manager: Lee Ostendorf firstname.lastname@example.org 562-498-6048
Great Park CFM Sand Canyon/Marine Way in Irvine 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. 1st Sunday of Month 8:00 a.m. -2 p.m. Manager: Mary Senske email@example.com 949-724-7403
Farmer's Park CFM 400 S. Anaheim Blvd Anaheim 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. Manager: Devon reeves firstname.lastname@example.org 714-956-3586
OPENS 10/18/15 Cypress Certified Farmers' Market Valley View & Orange Ave. 10:00 a.m - 2:00 p.m. Manager: Rick Palas
Seal Beach Community CFM 1661 Golden Rain Road St. Andrew Dr & Golden Rain Rd, Inside Leisure World 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. Manager: Jason Davis email@example.com 818-699-6204
No Certified Farmer's Markets are open
Placentia CFM Placentia Town Center, Yorba Linda Blvd/N. Kraemer 4:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. Manager: Rick Palas RPALAS@VERIZON.NET 909-630-6302
Surf City Nights Downtown Street Fair CFM Main & Olive in Huntington Beach 5:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. Manager: Mary Senske firstname.lastname@example.org 714-536-8300
Farmers’ Market at Irvine Historical Park Moving for an extended period of time to... Irvine Regional Park, #1 Irvine Park Rd. in Orange 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. You will not be charged admission to go to the market! Manager: Michi Ward email@example.com 714-573-0374
Seal Beach Village CFM Westminster Blvd & Seal Beach Blvd. 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. Manager: Lynn Camp firstname.lastname@example.org 714-329-6755
Closed until Spring 2016 DTSA CFM Downtown Santa Ana Between 3rd St. and 4th St. and Bush St. and French St. 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Manager: Kerri Annick Cacciata email@example.com 714-317-3525
Fullerton Market CFM Ful/Wilshire (open from April 7 to October 27 ) 301 N. Pomona 4:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. Manager: Amanda Fernandez no email 714-738-3338
Closed for the Season Fountain Valley Market In The Park CFM 16400 Brookhurst Street Fountain Valley Recreation Center Market open from May 1 through September 9 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Manager: Mary Senske firstname.lastname@example.org 714-593-4412
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