Learn More About Legislation That Affects YOUR Farmers Market

This is a post for the Farmers Market geeks out there! Get a little peek into the inner workings of your local Certified Farmers Market, and learn more about how these laws affect your shopping experience!

AB 1871

AB 1871 was signed into law in September 2014. This requires that farmers and ranchers at Certified Farmers Markets conspicuously post signs or banner that:
  • Identify the name of their farm or ranch
  • Specify the location of their farm or ranch
  • Declare “We Grow What We Sell”, or an equivalent statement
How this affects the Visalia Farmers Markets:
From our founding in 1979, we have always been committed to providing a transparent, hands on experience for the community to come and meet, greet, interact with and purchase fresh produce from local family farmers. As such, signage with the above standards are nothing new to our markets!
When you shop at our markets, you can be certain to quickly identify who each booth belongs to, where the produce was grown or cultivated, and rest assured that our farmers grow what they sell!

AB 2004

AB 2004 was signed into law in January 2015. AB 2004 allow Certified Farmers Markets to now sell and sample locally brewed beer! The law requires that beer vendors:
  • Have their beer ingredients certified and to comply with all requirements for certified producers
  • Sell only beer that was brewed in a brewery in the same, or in an adjacent county
How this affects the Visalia Farmers Markets:
With the law going into effect with the beginning of 2016, The Visalia Farmers Markets were one of the FIRST markets in the state of California to welcome a local brewery into our markets! On Thursday nights and Saturday mornings you can find Kaweah Brewing Company sampling some of their fine, locally brewed ales and beers! Come on out for a sample and to pick up a bottle or two! (Or three! Hey, it’s great stuff!)

AB 2488

AB2488 was signed into law in July 2014. This allows Certified Farmers Market to sell and sample locally produced wines! The law requires that wine vendors:
  • Must sell only wines produced entirely from grapes or other agricultural products they have grown
  • Must bottle their own wines that they have produced
How this affects the Visalia Farmers Markets:
We are extremely excited to welcome wine producers to our markets, ranging from some of our longtime members such as berry grower Rancho Not So Grande now offering specialty berry wines, to new members such as Cacciatore Fine Wines. Keep an eye out for wine tasting at our market in the near future as more and more local wine makers seek to join the Farmers Market scene by producing wines made with locally grown grapes!

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AB 2539

AB 2539 is a preexisting law that was amended in August of 2014. This law deals with environmental health. The cover such topics as:
  • Safety standards for handing and sampling products at the market
  • Sets guidelines for the safe transport of products to and from the market
  • Prohibits smoking within 25 feet of a Farmers Market
How this affects the Visalia Farmers Markets:
The Visalia Farmers Market is committed to providing a safe and sanitary environment for our local shoppers and we have a stellar record of being a market with high standards – both for our farmers and our customers! Not only is the market the best source of fresh, local produce in town, it is also one of the safest and cleanest!
We hope you learned something new about your local Farmers Market! Thank you for being a part of our market family as we grow and expand! See you at the market!