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Farmers' Market Certified Producer Certificate

Who can use this service?

Anyone can use this service.

Is there a charge for this service?

Refer to the County of San Luis Obispo Department of Agriculture/Weights and Measures Fee Schedule.

When and where is this service offered?

This service is available throughout the year during regular business hours except during scheduled holidays.

Location, directions and hours of operation

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Arroyo Grande Office

Monday - Friday 8-4

810 West Branch Arroyo Grande, CA 93420

Tel: (805) 473-7090

Fax: (805) 473-7094

Templeton Office

Monday - Friday 8-4

350 North Main Street Templeton, CA 93465

Tel: (805) 434-5950

Fax: (805) 434-5953

San Luis Obispo Office

Monday - Friday 8-5

2156 Sierra Way San Luis Obispo , CA 93401

Tel: (805) 781-5910

Fax: (805) 781-1035

Frequently Asked Questions

Where can I sell with a Certified Producer Certificate?

A certified producers’ certificate allows a producer to sell in any certified farmers’ market in California.

What cannot be sold within a certified farmers’ market?

Non-agricultural products cannot be sold within the certified section of a market. This includes crafts, bakery items, candies, soaps, balms, perfumes, cosmetics, candles, foraged foods, fertilizer, compost, clothing and ceramics.

What can be sold within a certified farmers’ market?

Certified and non-certified agricultural products can be sold within a certified market.

What are non-certifiable agricultural products?

Dairy, livestock meats, poultry meats and processed agricultural products.

What are certifiable agricultural products?

Fresh fruit, fresh vegetables, nuts, herbs, mushrooms, grains, honey, shell eggs, cut flowers and nursery stock.

I lease a property, what do I need to provide?

A notarized copy of the lease agreement must be provided prior to the issuing of a certified producer’s certificate.

How long is my certified producers’ certificate good for?

A Certified Producer Certificate is good for one year. After a year, the Certified Producer Certificate can be renewed. A yearly site inspection is required on all non-permanent crops.

Does a Certified Producer Certificate guarantee a spot in a certified farmers’ market?

No, a certified producer’s certificate allows you to sell, but does not guarantee you a spot. We recommend talking to market managers and making sure that you can get into a market prior to obtaining a Certified Producer Certificate.

Can I certify my jams?

You can certify the ingredients of the jam as long as they were produced by you.