Market Events

September 2016
Wed Sep 28
830am - 130pm
Santa Monica Certified Farmer's Market (Downtown - Wednesday)
October 2016
Sat Oct 1
8am - 1pm
Saturday Certified Farmer's Market (Virginia Ave. Park)
Sat Oct 1
8am - 1pm
Santa Monica Certified Farmers Market (downtown - Saturday)
Sun Oct 2
830am - 130pm
Santa Monica Certified Farmers Market (Main St.)
Wed Oct 5
830am - 130pm
Santa Monica Certified Farmer's Market (Downtown - Wednesday)
Sat Oct 8
8am - 1pm
Saturday Certified Farmer's Market (Virginia Ave. Park)
Sat Oct 8
8am - 1pm
Santa Monica Certified Farmers Market (downtown - Saturday)
Sun Oct 9
830am - 130pm
Santa Monica Certified Farmers Market (Main St.)
Wed Oct 12
830am - 130pm
Santa Monica Certified Farmer's Market (Downtown - Wednesday)
Sat Oct 15
8am - 1pm
Saturday Certified Farmer's Market (Virginia Ave. Park)
Sat Oct 15
8am - 1pm
Santa Monica Certified Farmers Market (downtown - Saturday)
Sat Oct 15
930am - 1pm
Master Gardeners at the Market
Sun Oct 16
830am - 130pm
Santa Monica Certified Farmers Market (Main St.)
Wed Oct 19
830am - 130pm
Santa Monica Certified Farmer's Market (Downtown - Wednesday)
Sat Oct 22
8am - 1pm
Saturday Certified Farmer's Market (Virginia Ave. Park)
Sat Oct 22
8am - 1pm
Santa Monica Certified Farmers Market (downtown - Saturday)
Sun Oct 23
830am - 130pm
Santa Monica Certified Farmers Market (Main St.)
Sun Oct 23
10am - 1pm
Pumpkin Decorating (FOR CHILDREN) at Santa Monica Main Street Farmer's Market
Wed Oct 26
830am - 130pm
All you can Carry Pumpkin Patch
Wed Oct 26
830am - 130pm
Santa Monica Certified Farmer's Market (Downtown - Wednesday)

Events of Interest

September 2016
Thu Sep 29
7pm - 930pm
Sustainable Film Screening: True Cost
October 2016
Sat Oct 1
4pm - 6pm
Halloween Costume Swap
Tue Oct 4
6pm - 8pm
Beach=Culture, 6:00pm: Land Art Generator Initiative exhibit and discussion
Sat Oct 8
9am - 2pm
Free Paper Shredding

Hot Topics

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Organics

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Organic farming has become one of the fastest growing segments of U.S. agriculture. The farmers at the Santa Monica Farmers Markets produce a great variety of fruits, vegetables, flowers, and animal bi-products employing an even wider variety of growing practices.  All farmers at the SMFMs are required to fill out a “growing practices information” form disclosing the methods used for weed and pest control, soil fertility, and appearance. 

 

Two of the more frequently asked questions we receive at the Santa Monica Farmers Markets (SMFMs) are, “what is organic” and “who grows organically?” This is a simple question with a complex answer.  

Here are some definitions which might be helpful:

Certified Organic

In order to use the term "organic," growers must be certified by an independent third party or certifying agency that verifies the growing practices of the farmer and substantiates compliance with National Organic Program Regulations.  Certification includes inspections of farm fields and processing facilities, detailed record keeping including the types and origins of fertilizers and seeds, and periodic testing of soil and water. Growers in California, who are certified, must also register annually with the state in order to use the term “organic.” Organic growers are required to have a copy of their Organic Certification with them at the market.

Non-Certified Organic

Many Santa Monica Farmers Market farmers utilize "organic practices” but may have decided not to become certified. Also, they may have previously been certified and decided to decertify. While many of their practices are indeed "organic," the lack of third-party oversight does not guarantee that their methods are truly “organic.” While these growers cannot advertise their produce as “organic,” they may say that they do not use synthetic pesticides or herbicides and can mention that they use “organic fertilizer.”

Pesticide Free

Labels such as “pesticide free” and “no spray” do not ensure that your food is organic. “Pesticide free” usually means the edible parts of a crop have not been sprayed with harmful chemicals. However, synthetic fertilizers, insecticides, and fungicides may have been used to grow the food. Furthermore, there are no federal standards for “natural," "local,” or “sustainable." These products may include toxic pesticides, genetically modified organisms, or synthetic substances that are prohibited in organic production.

At the Santa Monica Farmers Markets, we do not use these terms as they can be misleading. For a list of soil amendments, pest control, or product enhancements, please view the farmer profiles. Each farmer is required to disclose their growing practices.

Biodynamic

Biodynamic agriculture is a method of organic farming that treats farms as unified and individual organisms and emphasizes the balance of a holistic development and interrelationship of the soil, plants, and animals as a self-nourishing system without external inputs insofar as this is possible given the loss of nutrients due to the export of food.  As in other forms of organic agriculture, artificial fertilizers, toxic pesticides, and herbicides are strictly avoided (Wikipedia).

Some helpful links

National Sustainable Agricultural Information Service 

USDA Agricultural Marketing Service 

Organic Foods Production Act of 1990

Rodale Institute

Last updated: 6/9/2015

Market Schedule


Open Rain or Shine
Year-round

Market Closures

Saturday Downtown 11-26-16
Sunday 12-25-16
Sunday 01-01-17

Wednesday Downtown

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

Saturday Downtown

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

Saturday Virginia Ave. Park

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

Sunday Main St.

2640 Main Street
(in Heritage Square)
8:30am-1:30pm

 Reminders

Bring Your Own Bag (BYOB)!

We Accept
CalFresh

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Market Match

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

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