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August 2017
Thu Aug 17
10am - 7pm
POOL OPEN 10am-7pm
Fri Aug 18
10am - 7pm
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Sat Aug 19
930am - 1pm
Master Gardeners at the Market
Sat Aug 19
10am - 7pm
POOL OPEN 10am-7pm
Sat Aug 19
1pm - 3pm
Adult Summer Reading Finale: Grow a Better World
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
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Tue Aug 22
10am - 7pm
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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
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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

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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: 8/16/2017

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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