Events

June 2017
Thu Jun 22
10am - 7pm
POOL OPEN 10am-7pm
Fri Jun 23
10am - 7pm
POOL OPEN 10am-7pm
Sat Jun 24
10am - 7pm
POOL OPEN 10am-7pm
Sat Jun 24
11am - 330pm
Fairview Open House
Sun Jun 25
10am - 7pm
POOL OPEN 10am-7pm
Mon Jun 26
10am - 7pm
POOL OPEN 10am-7pm
Tue Jun 27
10am - 7pm
POOL OPEN 10am-7pm
Tue Jun 27
230pm - 315pm
Summer Activity Program: Emi Carvell/Organic Gardening Workshop @ Pico Branch
Wed Jun 28
10am - 7pm
POOL OPEN 10am-7pm
Wed Jun 28
630pm - 830pm
ULTIMATE FRISBEE
Thu Jun 29
10am - 7pm
POOL OPEN 10am-7pm
Thu Jun 29
630pm - 8pm
The Reset Plan Program
Fri Jun 30
10am - 7pm
POOL OPEN 10am-7pm
July 2017
Sat Jul 1
10am - 7pm
POOL OPEN 10am-7pm
Sat Jul 1
2pm - 330pm
Energizing Qigong: An Introduction by Jack Neff
Sun Jul 2
10am - 7pm
POOL OPEN 10am-7pm
Mon Jul 3
10am - 7pm
POOL OPEN 10am-7pm
Mon Jul 3
230pm - 315pm
Summer Activity Program: Bubble Mayhem @ Main
Tue Jul 4
10am - 7pm
POOL OPEN 10am-7pm
Wed Jul 5
10am - 7pm
POOL OPEN 10am-7pm
Wed Jul 5
230pm - 315pm
Summer Activity Program: Dave Skale @ Montana
Wed Jul 5
630pm - 830pm
ULTIMATE FRISBEE
Thu Jul 6
10am - 7pm
POOL OPEN 10am-7pm
Fri Jul 7
10am - 7pm
POOL OPEN 10am-7pm
Fri Jul 7
10am - 3pm
SMPL at the Beach
Sat Jul 8
10am - 7pm
POOL OPEN 10am-7pm
Sat Jul 8
2pm - 3pm
Gardening Workshops @ Fairview
Sun Jul 9
10am - 7pm
POOL OPEN 10am-7pm
Mon Jul 10
10am - 7pm
POOL OPEN 10am-7pm
Mon Jul 10
230pm - 315pm
Summer Activity Program: Reptile Family Animal Show @ Main
Tue Jul 11
10am - 7pm
POOL OPEN 10am-7pm
Wed Jul 12
10am - 7pm
POOL OPEN 10am-7pm
Wed Jul 12
230pm - 315pm
Summer Activity Program: Michael Rayner @ Montana
Wed Jul 12
630pm - 830pm
ULTIMATE FRISBEE
Wed Jul 12
7pm - 8pm
Mindful Meditation
Thu Jul 13
10am - 7pm
POOL OPEN 10am-7pm
Thu Jul 13
630pm - 730pm
Introduction To T'ai Chi
Fri Jul 14
10am - 7pm
POOL OPEN 10am-7pm
Sat Jul 15
930am - 1pm
Master Gardeners at the Market
Sat Jul 15
10am - 7pm
POOL OPEN 10am-7pm
Sat Jul 15
10am - 330pm
SMPL at the Beach
Sun Jul 16
10am - 7pm
POOL OPEN 10am-7pm
Mon Jul 17
10am - 7pm
POOL OPEN 10am-7pm
Mon Jul 17
230pm - 315pm
Summer Activity Program: Polynesian Paradise Dancers @ Main
Tue Jul 18
10am - 7pm
POOL OPEN 10am-7pm
Wed Jul 19
10am - 7pm
POOL OPEN 10am-7pm
Wed Jul 19
230pm - 315pm
Summer Activity Program: Mad Science’s “Up, Up and Away!” @ Montana
Wed Jul 19
630pm - 830pm
ULTIMATE FRISBEE
Thu Jul 20
10am - 7pm
POOL OPEN 10am-7pm
Fri Jul 21
10am - 7pm
POOL OPEN 10am-7pm
Sat Jul 22
10am - 7pm
POOL OPEN 10am-7pm
Sat Jul 22
12pm - 3pm
Mini How-To Festival at Reed Park

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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: 6/28/2011

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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