Rules and Regulations

The Del Mar Certified Farmers Market has been organized to benefit the growers and consumers. It will provide growers an outlet and provide consumers an opportunity to buy fresh quality produce.

The market is every Saturday from 1:00pm to 4:00pm. The locations is 1050 Camino Del Mar (between 10t and 11th Street in the City Hall parking lot.)

All rules and regulations pertaining to the operation of this certified farmers market shall be implemented and enforced in a fair and equitable manner.

1. All sellers of certifiable produce must be certified by the county in which the goods are grown. The certificate issued under authority of Title 3, Chapter 3, Article 6.5 of the California Administrative Code. It authorizes the certified producer to sell produce directly to consumers. Products authorized by this certificate may not be purchased for resale except by consumer(s) for nonprofit resale. Items that can be sold in the designated Certified Farmers’ Market are any agricultural product certified by the California Department of Food and Agriculture or the Federal Department of Agriculture.

2. Producer is defined as a person or separate entity that produces agricultural products by practice of the agricultural arts upon land which the person or separate entity controls. In addition a family member or salaried employee can sell for a producer.

3. Anybody found to be in non-compliance with the Department of Food and Agriculture and incurring any fine by them will be responsible for paying the fine, and will be suspended from the market one day for the second occurrence and permanently removed for the third.

4. Any certified producer may sell the items of one or two other certified producers if the selling producer carries and displays at the market the certificates of the other grower(s) and they have to be cross-referred. The certified producer’s product must exceed by weight, volume and price the other producer’s goods. In addition, all items sold need to be listed in the certificate. Products must be kept separately.

5. Prices must be clearly posted. Collusion among growers to raise prices or exertion of any influence, pressure, or persuasion to cause a grower to increase prices is strictly forbidden.

6. Producers of taxable items are required to show proof of registration with the State Board of Equalization and are independently responsible to collect and account for sales tax.

7. All commodities sold must meet the requirements of California Food and Agricultural Codes. Only quality produce may be sold or displayed. The Manager is authorized to have poor quality produce pulled from a display and sale.

8. Food vendors are to have all necessary certificates from the Department of Health. All certificates must be displayed for the market manager and other producers, vendors and the public to inspect throughout each market day.

9. Consumption of alcoholic beverages, smoking or illicit drug use is forbidden on the market premises. Anyone found to be inebriated or otherwise impaired, is discourteous or who creates a disturbance will be asked to leave the premises.

10. All Certified Producers and food vendors are required to submit a legible copy of their certificates to the Market Manager prior to selling in the market.

11. Fee slips and load list of all products sold at the Market will be turned in at the end of each market day. It is the responsibility of the producer or his/her representative to fill in the load list accurately and completely with the date, the name of the business or person listed on the certificate, total sales and all applicable fees. In addition, all certified growers need to identify as listed on the certified producer’s certificate each item brought to the market and list the quantity sold on the load list. Failure to do so will result in a one day suspension on the first offense, two days for the second and removal from participation on the third offense.

12. Seven Percent of each vendor’s gross sales per market day is payable as a space fee, plus an additional state mandated fee of $.60 per Certified Producers Certificate per market day. We do not collect a flat fee per space, it is a 7% fee for any amount. Any vendor not complying with this rule will be immediately asked to leave the market.

13. Sellers may lose the privilege of selling at the market for unsafe vehicles, tables, signs, racks, and other display aids. All items must be secured, and must not obstruct traffic flow, and care must be taken when setting up and breaking down so that shoppers are not jeopardized.

14. All items to be sold must be placed at least 18 inches off the ground.

15. Organic products may be advertised as such only if they have been certified by the appropriate regulatory agency and must also be listed on the certificate.

16. Vendors must maintain the space assigned them in a clean and sanitary condition. All vendors must have a trash receptacle available for the customers. At the end of each market day all spaces must be cleared of any equipment, fruits, vegetables, trimmings, containers, etc. and swept thoroughly clean. Vendors should bring their own broom and dustpan. Trash from the space must be taken home by vendor or to the dumpster on the upper parking lot in the wood shed. Waste Management bins are for customers only – No Exceptions!

17. All growers must control their children in a proper manner and orderly fashion. They must not disturb other sellers who are conducting business, unless they are hired to sell for them.

18. All closed or sealed containers and/or bags must be labeled with the content, producers name, address, zip code.

19. Scales must be in compliance with the Dept. of Weights and Measures. Nothing can be sold by weight unless a certified scale is used. Scales must be in plain sight of the consumer.

20. No vehicle may load and leave until 4:00pm.

21. If a participating producer chooses to bring a new item to sell that has not been sold previously, the producer must notify the market manager prior to selling and provide an updated certificate if applicable.

22. Sellers are expected to notify the manager if they are unable to attend a week in advance if possible, but no later than market day if it cannot be avoided.

23. Violation of the market rules or state regulations may result in suspension or expulsion from the market.

24. Participation in this market means I have read the above rules and I Agree to abide by them. All my certificates are current and comply with all government entities needed to be a participant.

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