Harbor Village Farmers Market

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

How to sell at a certified farmers market: Agriculture and Non- Agriculture

Oh the season has begun for farmers, producers, and food enthusiasts around California. For what you might ask? Farmers Markets! We are excited to launch our farmers market April 22 2012 on Sundays from 10-4 at Harbor Village in Half Moon Bay. We want to invite everyone out. Most people know how to find farmers markets, but most people do not how to get certified to sell at one. We want to lay out a quick guide on getting approved to sell in California. You have to be approved to sell at the market by the governing association before market managers can accept you.

Some things you will need and need to know
• The need for certification as a producer (if you wish to sell at a certified farmers' market)
• the need to meet labeling requirements -- particularly if selling prepackaged or closed container products, or selling for commercial resale
• The need for a health department permit if selling non-agricultural food products
• Specifications as to "organic" labeling.

If you are interested 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.
Apply online: http://www.cdfa.ca.gov/egov/farmersmarket/

For San Mateo County producers certificate contact:
Erin Herbst. Biologist/Standards Specialist. San Mateo County Dept. of Agriculture/Weights & Measures. (650) 363-4700. eherbst@smcgov.org
1220 N Street, Sacramento, CA 95814 • (916) 900-5030 FAX (916) 900-5347 • email: cfm@cdfa.ca.gov

For Non- agriculture products:
All most go through county of the governing health department. If you are a producer you do not need to go through department of health, and vise versa. Department of health is only for non-agriculture goods.
For all non-agriculture items our governing body is San Mateo County Health Department.
Contact: Aniie Nantz Contact 650-372-6288. http://www.smchealth.org/

After you have all this, typically, the Market Manager decides who gets to sell at that market. Selection criteria vary by market or group of markets. Once you have compliance from these levels you will have access to start selling at all farmers markets in California. We hope this has helped you in becoming a vendor.

If you have more questions you may ask us!
Visit our facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/#!/pages/Harbor-Village-Farmers-Market/346566222026080
Our blog: www.harorvillagefarmersmarket.blogspot.com
Harbor Village Farmers Market: 270 capistrano road Half Moon Bay ca 94019 pillar point harbor. Starts Sunday April 22, 2012 and is every Sunday 10-4

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