Market Events

September 2014
Sat Sep 6
9am - 1pm
Chili Roast!
Sat Sep 13
9am - 1pm
Chili Roast!
Sat Sep 20
9am - 1pm
Chili Roast!
Sun Sep 21
10am - 12pm
Farmers Market Bring a Bag, Get a Bag Event

Events of Interest

August 2014
Sat Aug 23
All Day
Citywide Yard Sale
Mon Aug 25
7pm - 8pm
Preparing Your Fall Garden

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Assistance Programs

CalFresh (formerly SNAP, aka Food Stamps) 

SNAP CalFreshCome visit the Santa Monica Farmers Markets and use your Golden State Advantage EBT Card to access your CalFresh benefits!  All four Santa Monica Farmers Markets accept EBT cards.  It is quick and easy simply visit the information booth, slide your card through the point-of-sale device, once approved you will be issued scrip which may be spent with any farmer at the Santa Monica Farmers Markets.

CalFresh, is the new brand, name and design for California’s Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), formerly known as the Food Stamp Program. The goal of the program is to improve the quality of life for Californians, by providing access to healthy and nutritious foods.

For more information about SNAP and the CalFresh program visit the Department of Social Services.

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Farmers Market Nutrition Program Women, Infants & Children (WIC)

In addition to accepting CalFresh benefits year round, the Santa Monica Farmers Markets accept seasonal Farmers Market Nutrition Program WIC coupons.  Bring your Farmers Market Nutrition Program WIC coupons to the market and purchase directly from a farmer.

California operates the largest WIC Farmers’ Market Nutrition Program in the nation. In 2008, 163,000 WIC families, 570 certified farmers and 350 certified farmers’ markets participated in the program. Farmers and Farmers’ Markets that participate in the program are certified by both the California Department of Food and Agriculture and California Department of Public Health WIC Program. The WIC Farmers' Market Nutrition Program is an U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) program, which began in the 1990s to: WIC Logo

  • Provide fresh, nutritious, locally grown fruits and vegetables from farmers ‘markets to low-income families, and 
  • expand the awareness and use of farmers’ markets.

Studies show that a diet high in fruits and vegetables helps to improve our health and well-being. The FMNP's emphasis on the consumption of fresh fruits and vegetables is consistent with the Dietary Guidelines for Americans, Healthy People 2010 and the Department of Public Health Five-A-Day campaign. WIC participants are pregnant, breastfeeding, and postpartum women and children under age five who are at risk for nutritional deficiencies. WIC provides nutrition education, breastfeeding education and support for families with a low to medium income. Working families may apply. For example, to qualify for WIC, a family of four must have an income of $3,400 or less per month.

Each eligible family receives a total of $20 in vouchers to purchase fresh fruits, vegetables, and cut herbs at WIC-approved Certified Farmers’ Markets in California during the season, from May through November. These fresh fruits and vegetables are an additional sources of fiber, vitamin A, vitamin B, vitamin C, and iron, nutrients that are important to the health of pregnant women and their children.

To find a local office and for more information on how to apply for WIC, please call 1-888-WIC-WORKS (1-888-942-9675) or go to www.WICworks.ca.gov

The Senior Farmers’ Market Nutrition Program (SFMNP)

SFMNP is seasonal assistance program aimed at increasing accessibility and consumption of fresh produce by low income seniors. In California, the SFMNP begins in May and runs through the end of November.

Federally funded, the SFMNP provides low-income seniors with check booklets which include 10 checks redeemable for $2 each, which can be used to purchase fresh fruits, vegetables, honey and herbs at Certified Farmers’ Markets (CFM). The program is administered nationally by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food and Nutrition Services Agency, and in California, by the California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA). In 2009, CDFA provided seniors almost $800,000 in check booklets. seniors redeemed the checks for fresh, nutritious, unprepared, locally grown fruits, vegetables, honey and herbs from 1,200 farmers at 350 CFMs who applied and were approved to participate in the SFMNP.

To find a local office and for more information on how to apply for SFMNP, please call (916) 657-3231 or go visit the Senior Farmers' Market Nutrition Program website.

Last updated: 5/18/2011

Market Schedule


Open Rain or Shine
Year-round


Wednesday Downtown

Arizona Avenue(between 4th & Ocean)
8:30am - 1:30pm

Closed December 25, 2013
Closed January 1, 2014

Saturday Downtown

Arizona Avenue
(between 4th and 2nd Streets)
8:30am - 1:00pm

Closed November 30, 2013

Saturday Pico

2200 Virginia Avenue
(Pico Blvd. @ Cloverfield Blvd.)
8:00am - 1:00pm

Sunday Main St.

2640 Main Street
(in Heritage Square)
9:30am-1:00pm

 Reminders

Bring Your Own Bag (BYOB)!

We Accept
CalFresh
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No animals are allowed in Farmers Markets (CRFC 114371(d))

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