Sample Certified Producers’ Certificate

  1. Issuing county. Name of the California county which issued the certificate producers certificate (CPC).

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  2. Certified producer. Name and contact information of the certified producer/farmer to whom the certificate is issued.
  3. Certificate number. This should be a unique number for this certificate for this producer. Some, but not all, counties change certificate numbers annually.
  4. Expiration date. After this date, the CPC is no longer valid.
  5. Production site(s). Addresses, intersections or other descriptions of each of the growing areas in the county that were inspected or reported for the certificate.
  6. Storage Location. Location of cold storage and months that the storage location is in operation for products that are not sold immediately upon harvest.
  7. Site #. This refers to the site description in #5 where this particular product in under cultivation. Multiple site numbers may be included here if the product is under cultivation on multiple plots of land.
  8. Commodity. The general, common name of the produce under cultivation.
  9. Variety/Type. The specific variety of the produce under cultivation. For example, “peach” might be listed as the commodity on multiple lines and the particular varieties such as “Arctic Snow” or “O’Henry” would be listed individually here.
  10. Amount/Unit Grown. The amount of the product observed or reported to be under cultivation. This could be listed as acres, rows, trees, or another descriptions depending upon the commodity.
  11. Harvest Season. The months in which harvest is to be expected in a typical year. Sales of this product outside of this listed harvest season should raise concerns the farmer may not be abiding by the regulations which govern certified farmers’ markets. However, this is not a hard and fast rule. In years with warm winters or some crops may be ready for harvest earlier than in a typical year and in years with mild autumns, crops may stay in production longer than in a typical year.
  12. Est. Production. An estimate of the amount likely to be harvested based upon the amount of this commodity grown. If sales of this product far exceed the amount estimated, it should raise concerns that the farmer may not be abiding by the regulations which govern farmers’ markets.
  13. Authorized Counties. Counties in which this CPC is approved for use. If the county of your farmers’ market is not included here then this CPC is not valid for use at your farmers’ market. The farmer will need to request an amended CPC from the issuing county.
  14. Name of the Producer(s) that the Certificate Holder May Sell FOR. This section and the next outline rules for “second certificates.” The name and CPC number of each certified producer that has authorized this farmer to sell his/her product must be listed here. The CPC listed must be on display along with this CPC any day that the farmer is selling items from the second certificate at a certified farmers’ market.
  15. Name of the Producer(s) Authorized to SELL the Certificate Holder’s Product. The name of the producer and the certificate number held by that producer which is cross-referenced with this certificate. The producer listed is authorized to sell products listed on this CPC in compliance with the “second certificate” rules.
  16. Page. If you are requesting that your farmers provide you with a copy of their CPCs, be sure you have all pages of the document on file. 

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