This means that all the farmers have registered with the county Agricultural Commissioners office. They have specified exactly what they grow and where they grow it. They have paid a fee, and signed an agreement that allows a county agriculture official to inspect their farm to ensure that they are growing what they sell. The purpose of this is to protect the consumer against “peddling”, or purchasing produce from somewhere else, marking up the price and reselling it at a farmers market.
Some of our Farmers are certified Organic, these farmers will have “Certified Organic” signs in their booth, however, the majority of our farmers practice sustainable farming, and do not use pesticides. When shopping the farmers market in most cases you are purchasing from the farmer, ask questions, they love to share their passion for what they grow and the care they take of the soil to harvest the best produce for their customers.
The market requires all farmers must conspicuously label produce grown from GMO seed.
Click on these links to learn more about genetically modified foods and seeds:
There are bathrooms and drinking fountains in Luther Burbank Center for the Arts. There is free drinking water at the information booth. There are portapotties located at the south end of the market. There is live music on Saturdays and most Wednesdays. There are a variety of prepared food vendors, and the market has chairs and tables for dining. And, of course, there’s free parking.
Yes, there are handicapped parking spaces available. All of the market is on level, asphalt surface, accessible to wheelchairs and items for assisted walking. Handicapped accessible bathrooms and drinking fountains are in Luther Burbank Center for the Arts.
Some vendors have the ability to take credit/debit cards and Venmo. There is an ATM outside the main lobby of the Luther Burbank Center for the Arts for cash. We do not dispense cash at the market Information Booth.
We accept Cal Fresh and participate in Market Match, matching dollar for dollar for fruits & vegetables, ($20.00 max at Santa Rosa, $10.00 max at Russian River & Cloverdale) Visit the information booth to obtain Calfresh & Market Match $$. Certified Produce vendors accept WIC Vouchers and Senior Farmers Market Nutritional Program Checks. We offer $2.00 in Senior Bucks (good for all vendors) every Wednesday at Santa Rosa, as well as the Russian River and Cloverdale markets. We also participate in various grants offered during the year.