Los Angeles County Farmer’s Markets

Our city is blessed with so many local farmers that practice sustainable agriculture. However, many are small and are sustained by driving in many miles to different cities on different days. Support our community and get freshly picked fruit and veggies by visiting a market near you!

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[Excerpt below from Edible Los Angeles]

What is a Certified Farmers’ Market?

The certified farmers market concept is an effort to re-establish the traditional link between farmers and consumers in California. Put simply, certified farmers’ markets (CFM’s) are “the real thing,” places where genuine farmers sell their crops directly to the public. It is where the agrarian community relates to the urban community.

More specifically, a CFM is a location approved by the county agricultural commissioner where certified farmers offer for sale only those agricultural products they grow themselves. California Certified Farmers’ Markets are operated in accordance with regulations established in 1977 by the California Department of Food and Agriculture. Only a handful of CFM’s were in the California direct marketing program back then. There are nearly 500 Certified Farmers Markets in the State now and the number is growing every year.

Certified Farmers Markets provide multiple benefits for small farmers, consumers and the community. For farmers, the certified farmers markets provide an outlet especially suited to moving smaller volumes of produce, thus creating a marketing channel outside of the traditional large volume distribution systems. CFM’s also allow farmers to sell field run produce not restricted to pack and grade standards. This enables the farmer to sell tree-ripened fruit which is too delicate for the packing and shipping process. It also  increases profits for the farmers because of the cost savings.

Consumer benefits at CFM’s are considerable. The number one reason consumers shop at Certified Farmers’ Markets is quality. Fresh picked, vine and tree ripened quality produce continues to attract regular patronage at the CFM’s in California today. Cost savings is also
attractive to customers. This is possible because the direct sale by farmers to consumers eliminates the cost of middleman marketing.

Communities benefit from CFM’s in many ways. Certified Farmers Markets are non-profit community service organizations that contribute to the social and economic welfare of the town or city in which they operate. The markets produce a strong sense of community identity, bringing people from diverse ethnic and other backgrounds together. They also serve to unite the urban and rural segments of the population. This rare meeting of farmers and consumers serves as an educational experience whereby customers learn about their food sources, have access to nutritional information, engage in a multi-cultural experience and become aware of agricultural issues. CFM’s truly have become the face and spirit of the communities they serve.

Description courtesy of California Federation of Certified Farmer’s Markets


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