Learning the Lingo – What Are Certified Producers and Certified Agricultural Products?

This post is for your Farmers Market geeks out there, wanting to learn more about your local market! This week we are going to talk about what, exactly, a Certified Producer is, and what makes a Certified Agricultural Product!

Let us know if you learned anything new (or if there is anything else you would like to learn!)

Certified Producers

To sell at a Certified Farmers Market, a California Farmer must be authorized by the county agricultural commissioner. In addition to farmers, members of the farmers immediate family (parents, children, grandparents, grandchildren, etc.) and / or their employees can sell agricultural products at the farmers market.
When you buy at the Visalia Farmers Market, you are truly buying, eating and supporting local!

Certified Agricultural Products

The term Certified Agricultural Products refers to fresh fruits, nuts, and vegetables that have been grown in California by California farmers who practice the agricultural arts. In addition to the obvious fruits and veggies, Certified Agricultural Products also include eggs, honey, flowers and nursery stock!

Noncertified Agricultural Products

The term Noncertified Agricultural Products refers to certified agricultural products that have been lightly processed in some way. These are products that contain flavorings or seasonings – think jams, jellies, salted nuts, etc. All of these processed products at the market comply with all applicable labeling, health and safety laws and regulations.

You cannot eat any fresher than at your local Certified Farmers Market! If you would like to give the Farm to Fork lifestyle a shot, we invite you to come out and join us, and support a local family farm today!