The Role of the State of California

The State of California, through the California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA), creates the statewide structure in which farmers’ markets operate. The state maintains the statewide listing of certified farmers’ markets, collects quarterly fees from each farmers’ market, and assists county inspectors with cross-county inspections of farmers and farmers’ markets. While CDFA has the right to inspect all farmers’ markets, you are more likely to see inspectors from your county department of agriculture instead.

To launch a farmers’ market you do not need to file any paperwork directly with CDFA. Instead you will work with your local county.

A Guide to Opening Small Farmers' Markets in San Jose, California