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10am - 7pm
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10am - 7pm
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10am - 7pm
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Sat Jun 24
11am - 330pm
Fairview Open House
Sun Jun 25
10am - 7pm
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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
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Sat Jul 8
2pm - 3pm
Gardening Workshops @ Fairview
Sun Jul 9
10am - 7pm
POOL OPEN 10am-7pm
Mon Jul 10
10am - 7pm
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Mon Jul 10
230pm - 315pm
Summer Activity Program: Reptile Family Animal Show @ Main
Tue Jul 11
10am - 7pm
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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
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Sat Jul 15
10am - 330pm
SMPL at the Beach
Sun Jul 16
10am - 7pm
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Mon Jul 17
10am - 7pm
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Mon Jul 17
230pm - 315pm
Summer Activity Program: Polynesian Paradise Dancers @ Main
Tue Jul 18
10am - 7pm
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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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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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No animals are allowed in Farmers Markets (CRFC 114371(d))

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