Farmers' Market Certified Producer Certificate

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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Monday - Friday 8-4

810 West Branch
Arroyo Grande, CA 93420

Tel: (805) 473-7090

Fax: (805) 473-7094

Monday - Friday 8-5

2156 Sierra Way
San Luis Obispo , CA 93401

Tel: (805) 781-5910

Fax: (805) 781-1035

Monday - Friday 8-4

350 North Main Street
Templeton, CA 93465

Tel: (805) 434-5950

Fax: (805) 434-5953


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

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.

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

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

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

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

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.

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.

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