Open a Certified Farmers' Market (CFM)

What is a CFM?

A CFM is a location approved by the County Department of Agriculture, Weights and Measures (AWM) and other local agencies where certified farmers sell their produce directly to the public.  CFMs promote local agriculture and support farmers by providing them a personable, low cost way to market and sell their agricultural products, bringing them face-to-face with their customers.  CFMs enrich the communities in which they operate by increasing residents’ access to quality fresh produce and creating an enjoyable community gathering place.

*Only California agricultural products grown by Certified Producers may be sold in CFMs.  CFM operators and Certified Producers must comply with Direct Marketing laws and regulations. 


The process for opening a CFM is different in an incorporated city than in an unincorporated area of the County.  Not sure if your market will be in a city or unincorporated area?   Look it up

Open a CFM in a City

Open a CFM in an Unincorporated Area


AWM has collaborated with the County Department of Parks and Recreation to develop a list of County Parks in the unincorporated area that could be great locations for a CFM.  If you’re interested in opening a CFM in one of the County Parks listed below, please contact AWM at (858) 614-7786 or

North County: Live Oak County Park

Central San Diego: San Dieguito County Park, Lindo Lake County Park, Flinn Springs County Park

South County: Eastview County Park, Sweetwater Ballfields (Bonita), Sweetwater Lane Ballfields (Spring Valley), Spring Valley Gym/Teen Center, Spring Valley County Park, Pine Valley County Park

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