Boy, when it rains, it pours. I’d no sooner posted about FarmerNet.com — the Certified Farmers’ Markets of Southern California — when I all but tripped over the Ventura County Certified Farmers’ Market (at vccfarmersmarkets.com). To some guitar music playing on the home page, the website display times and locations.
From the Market Association page:
To participate in a VCCFMA market all farmers and producers must raise, catch, gather, grow or otherwise produce the product they sell. Growers of all agricultural items are certified by their county agricultural commissioner by an on-site inspection and specific market permits. All other food producers must have verifiable proof of production, an on-site inspection, meet all county and state health department regulations and carry appropriate licensing. … These policies insure that the VCCFMA is serving the direct marketing program and providing an environment that the consumer can feel confident in the integrity of the items being presented for sale. [more at Market Association]
Good enough. That takes us to … what’s the quality of food one can hope to buy at the Ventura County Certified Farmers’ Market? The website indicates that there are all types of products offered, from conventional through organic:
Organic food is produced by farmers who emphasize the use of renewable resources and the conservation of soil and water to enhance environmental quality for future generations. Organic food is produced without using synthetic ingredients, bioengineering, or ionizing radiation. Before a product can be labeled organic, a government approved inspector inspects the farm where the food is grown to make sure their growing practices meet the USDA organic standards. All organic produce sold in the certified farmers’ market will have signage displaying it as such. These certified growers will also have paperwork available for review from their certifying agency. [more at Growing Methods]
Wonderful. Since Ventura is not so far from us here in northern Los Angeles County, we may just take a trip out to Ventura. But … wait! There’s one right here in Santa Clarita!
Now, that could hardly get easier for us folks in Santa Clarita.
As a side note, I’m really pleased to see these types of support of local farmers. As a relative newcomer to how-all-things-work-in-farming, I’d expected small farmers to be out there on their own, voiceless in this vast land of ours, and I’m intensely pleased to see that that’s not the case. Now all we have to do is to do our part in getting the word out there. That much I can do. And I’ll bring my pocketbook with me.
Added: see our Valencia California Farmer’s Market update
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