California Farmers Market
California Farmers Markets -- Resources link list of farming related resources. Farmers Markets have become the only link many urban folks have to the farm -- the source of their food. And Farmers Markets offer something they can't get anywhere else -- a direct connection to the farmers and fresh produce.
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.
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.
A Healthy Serving of Related California Resources
The California Federation of Certified Farmers' Markets also provides an extensive networking page of links that are helpful to folks interested in local agriculture, quality food and specialized products. Check out this long list of great resources about California food.