Steps for Opening

a Certified Farmers’

Market in an

Incorporated City

Step 1 – Agriculture, Weights & Measures (AWM)

To open a Certified Farmers’ Market (CFM), the applicant must obtain a CFM certificate from the County Department of Agriculture, Weights & Measures (AWM).  Qualified applicants must be a certified producer, a nonprofit organization, or a local government agency.  AWM will verify that the applicant has met the requirements of Steps 2-3 prior to issuing the CFM certificate.  *Fee Required*

Questions? 858-614-7786, 8:00 am to 5:00 pm, M-F

Download a Certified Farmers Market Application

Step 2 – Local Planning, Fire, Police and Public Works Departments

CFMs in incorporated cities may require approval from the city’s Planning, Fire, Police and Public Works Departments.  Please contact the city in which the CFM is located to obtain approval.  *Fee May Be Required*

City Contact Information - Coming Soon

Step 3 – Department of Environmental Health (DEH)

CFMs must obtain an organizer permit from the County Department of Environmental Health, Food and Housing Division.  All food vendors participating in the market must have a temporary food facility permit.*Fee Required*

Questions? 858-505-6900, 8:00 am to 4:30 pm, M-F

Temporary Events website
Organizer – download application
Vendor – download application

Step 4 – Agriculture, Weights & Measures (AWM)

Once the applicant has met the requirements of Steps 1-3, AWM will issue the CFM certificate.  The applicant may make an appointment to pick up the completed certificate at AWM.

Address & Hours:

AWM - Attn: Ag Standards
9325 Hazard Way, Suite 100
San Diego, CA 92123
Hours: 8:00 am to 5:00 pm, M-F
Phone: 858-614-7786

Accept EBT/SNAP at Your Farmers' Market

Access to healthy food continues to be a struggle for many individuals in San Diego County.  Farmers' markets have the opportunity to overcome barriers to access and promote public health.  The more farmers' markets that accept EBT, the greater this impact becomes.If you are interested in accepting EBT/SNAP, please contact AWM at