Events

August 2017
Sun Aug 20
10am - 7pm
POOL OPEN 10am-7pm
Sun Aug 20
5pm - 7pm
12th Annual Jazz on the Lawn Concert Series
Mon Aug 21
9am - 1030am
The 2017 Eclipse Across America @ Pico Branch
Mon Aug 21
10am - 7pm
POOL OPEN 10am-7pm
Tue Aug 22
10am - 7pm
POOL OPEN 10am-7pm
Wed Aug 23
10am - 7pm
POOL OPEN 10am-7pm
Wed Aug 23
1230pm - 2pm
Water Neutrality Training - General Session
Thu Aug 24
10am - 7pm
POOL OPEN 10am-7pm
Fri Aug 25
10am - 7pm
POOL OPEN 10am-7pm
Sat Aug 26
10am - 7pm
POOL OPEN 10am-7pm
Sat Aug 26
10am - 6pm
POOL CLOSES EARLY AT 6PM FOR CYR
Sat Aug 26
10am - 330pm
SMPL at the Beach
Sat Aug 26
4pm - 5pm
Back-to-School Ice Cream Social @ Fairview
Sun Aug 27
10am - 7pm
POOL OPEN 10am-7pm
Sun Aug 27
5pm - 7pm
12th Annual Jazz on the Lawn Concert Series
Mon Aug 28
10am - 7pm
POOL OPEN 10am-7pm
Mon Aug 28
630pm - 730pm
Summer of Fitness: Yoga
Tue Aug 29
10am - 7pm
POOL OPEN 10am-7pm
Tue Aug 29
1230pm - 2pm
Water Neutrality Training - Pool & Ponds Sessions
Wed Aug 30
10am - 7pm
POOL OPEN 10am-7pm
Thu Aug 31
10am - 7pm
POOL OPEN 10am-7pm
September 2017
Fri Sep 1
10am - 7pm
POOL OPEN 10am-7pm
Sat Sep 2
9am - 1pm
Chili Roast!
Sat Sep 2
10am - 7pm
POOL OPEN 10am-7pm
Sun Sep 3
10am - 7pm
POOL OPEN 10am-7pm
Mon Sep 4
10am - 7pm
POOL OPEN 10am-7pm
Wed Sep 6
9am - 10am
Santa Monica Green Business Tours
Sat Sep 9
9am - 1pm
Chili Roast!
Sat Sep 9
10am - 7pm
POOL OPEN 11am-5pm
Sun Sep 10
10am - 7pm
POOL OPEN 11am-5pm
Tue Sep 12
1pm - 3pm
Water Neutrality Training - Landscape Session for Landscape Designers
Wed Sep 13
1230pm - 2pm
Water Neutrality Training - General Session
Wed Sep 13
4pm - 530pm
Celebrate Latino Heritage Month with Maraca Kids Fiesta
Wed Sep 13
7pm - 8pm
Mindful Meditation
Thu Sep 14
630pm - 730pm
Summer of Fitness: T'ai Chi
Fri Sep 15
10am - 5pm
AltCar Expo 2017
Sat Sep 16
9am - 1pm
Chili Roast!
Sat Sep 16
10am - 7pm
POOL OPEN 11am-5pm
Sat Sep 16
10am - 5pm
AltCar Expo 2017
Sun Sep 17
10am - 7pm
POOL OPEN 11am-5pm
Mon Sep 18
630pm - 730pm
Summer of Fitness: Yoga for Seniors
Mon Sep 18
7pm - 7pm
Task Force on the Environment Meeting
Tue Sep 19
1pm - 230pm
Water Neutrality Training - Pool and Pond Session
Tue Sep 19
630pm - 630pm
Gentle Yoga

Hot Topics

 

Integrity

 

Customers who shop at a California Certified Farmers Market (CFM) expect to be buying produce directly from the farm where it was grown. In order to ensure that farmers are selling only what they grow, the Santa Monica Farmers Market management team conducts on-farm inspections on a regular basis, and visits each new farm before it is introduced to the market. Integrity builds trust, which ensures participant loyalty, both of which are key to the markets’ success.

 

 

What is a "Certified Farmers Market"?

 

SMFMs are Certified Farmers Markets operated by the City in accordance with regulations established in California Administrative Code, Title 3, Chapter 3, Group 4, Article 6.5, Direct Marketing. These markets are subject to all pertinent local, county, state and federal regulations and laws.  Each market is divided into two sections: the Certified Agricultural section and the Non-Certified Section. Certified agricultural products and Non-certifiable Agricultural Products may be sold in the Certified Section of the market.

 

Certified Agricultural Products

 

Certified agricultural products and Non-certifiable Agricultural Products may be sold in the Certified Section of the market. Certified agricultural products are products which are grown by a certified producer (farmer) and certified under the jurisdiction of a County Agricultural Commissioner and include fresh fruits, nuts, vegetables, shell eggs, honey, cut flowers and nursery stock [CCR 1392.2(k)]. Certified producers selling processed products must also bring some of the primary unprocessed product to market when in season.

 

Non-Certifiable Agricultural Products

 

Non-certifiable Agricultural Products include all certified agricultural products that have been processed, those products other than certified agricultural products noted in CCR 1392.2(l)…from any tree, vine or plan and their flowers (including processed products), livestock (including rabbits) and livestock products, and fish and shellfish produced under controlled conditions in waters or ponds located in California [CCR 1392.2(m)]. Non-certifiable Agricultural products include: juice, jams and jellies, dried fruits and vegetables, shelled or roasted nuts, fish and seafood, poultry and poultry products, livestock and livestock products and dairy.

Certified producers found selling product not of their own production are subject to immediate dismissal from the market with reinstatement of selling privileges contingent upon a hearing and investigation.

 

 

Integrity Programs

 

Farm Audits

 

In addition to annual farm inspections conducted by the County Agricultural Inspectors, SMFM staff visit existing and new farmer applicant properties to verify that the products being sold at SMFMs are in production at the certified location and in accordance with the provisions of the Direct Marketing Regulations.

Certified producers and producers are selected for Farm Audits based on, but not limited to the following circumstances:

  • When a certified producer or producer first applies to the SMFMs.
  • When information is received requiring field verification.
  • As part of the normal audit cycle.

Farm Audits consist of several steps:

  • A stall product audit is conducted during the market. Items presented for sale are documented and photographed.
  • After the stall audit, market management visits the farm(s) and documents production and growing practices at the farm.
  • A written report is composed and findings are presented to the market participant and a copy is kept in the certified producers’ file noting any actions taken for violations or follow up.
  • A copy of the written report may be submitted to the County Agricultural Commissioner.  

 

Growing Practices

 

All certified producers, including certified organic farmers, are required to submit a Growing Practices Information Form that lists the methods used to control weeds, pests, soil fertility and visual appearance of their produce. Growing Practices Information forms are available for review by customers both at the markets and in the farmer profiles online.

 

“No Chemical” & “Pesticide Free” Labeling

 

Certified producers may use the terms “No Chemical” and “Pesticide Free” to advertise their products.  The term “No Spray” may not be used since it is vague and misleading.

 

Mystery Shopper

 

The Mystery Shopper program is utilized to verify accuracy and integrity in all sales transactions.

 

 

Non-Certified Section

 

The Non-Certified section consists of a variety of vendors and activities including

 

Non-Certifiable Processed Agricultural Products

 

Non-certifiable processed agricultural products which are not permitted in the certified section may only be sold by certified producers in the non-certified section of the SMFMs.  Non-certifiable Processed Agricultural Products include prepared or packaged foods where the primary ingredient(s) are grown by the market participant and have included pesto, olives, and nut brittle.  A CPC is required to substantiate the certified producer's claim to growing the primary ingredients in Non-certifiable Processed Products. 

 

Prepared and Packaged Foods

 

Prepared Food is prepared on site such as omelets, burritos and pancakes. Pre-Packaged Food includes food prepared and packaged off site in a certified kitchen such as chocolates, breads and sandwiches. 

 

Entertainment

 

Subject to space availability, musical entertainment is allowed pursuant to local regulations. Musicians selected to perform at the market(s) may distribute promotional flyers and/or sell promotional CDs and tapes during their scheduled performances. Other promotional materials such as shirts, stickers, etc. are not allowed for sale.

 

Retail

 

SMFMs held on private property may have a retail section in the Non-certified section to allow retailers from the organized local business district to sell products normally sold in their stores. All retailers wishing to participate must hold a current City retail business license in the business district where the market has a retail section. Retail businesses participation is handled through the organized business district which has an agreement with SMFMs.

 

 

Last updated: 8/18/2017

Market Schedule


Open Rain or Shine
Year-round

 

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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