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California Department of Food and Agriculture

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California Department of Food and Agriculture
Release #10-063
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SACRAMENTO, October 20, 2010 - Acting on a request from the Certified Farmers' Market (CFM) Advisory Committee at its regular semi-annual meeting, the California Department of Food and Agriculture, working with farmers’ markets, has scheduled four listening sessions around the state to ask for public input about the CFM program and how it may be improved. The particulars are as follows:

Oct. 27, 2010
California State Board of Food and Agriculture meeting
CDFA Auditorium
1220 N St. Sacramento
12:30 pm – 3 pm

November 1st, 2010   
Santa Monica Main Public Library
601 Santa Monica Blvd.
Santa Monica, CA 90401
5:30 pm – 7:30 pm

November 3rd 2010
Fresno City Hall Chambers
2600 Fresno Street
Fresno, CA 93721
5:30 pm – 7:30 pm
November 8, 2010
Berkeley Unified School District Administration Building
2134 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.
Berkeley, CA 94102
5:30 pm – 7:30 pm

The listening sessions are open to the public. Written comments will be accepted through November 22 and may be addressed to the California Department of Food and Agriculture, Inspection and Compliance Branch, 1220 N St. Sacramento, CA 95814 - Attention CFM Comments. Comments may also be emailed to

California's Certified Farmers' Market program has been in place since 1977 and was the first of its kind in the nation. 

The success of the program is demonstrated by more than 700 certified farmers’ markets around the state, serving as venues for an estimated 2,200 certified agricultural producers selling high-quality produce directly to consumers.

For a complete list of certified farmers’ markets in California, please visit:



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