www.sbfarmersmarket.orgSanta Barbara Certified Farmers Market Association

The only way to buy is certified!

Founded in 1983, the Santa Barbara Farmers Market Association is a non-profit that benefits both California farmers and local communities. Owned and operated by over 130 growers and the board of directors, the SBCFMA promotes local family farmers and protects the environment through sustainability and restoration. These markets strengthen and enhance community ties and quality of life adding color, character, and charm to each town.

Baby boomers absolutely love colorful bounty that is fresh, nutritious, and grown right in our own backyard. Open year round, eight different farmers markets can be found in Santa Barbara, Montecito, Carpinteria, Goleta, and Solvang. Local grass-fed meats and pork are hormone-free and available year round, as well as antibiotic-free chicken, duck, and Cornish game hens. Year round offerings of seafood include the seasonal catch, shrimp, lobster, oysters, crab, mussels, sole, halibut, and sea bass. Certified organic goat and cow milk cheeses offer up butter, curds, yogurt, and spreads, as well as fresh estate cheese like the award-winning Old World Portuguese made from pasture-grazed Jersey cows. Asparagus is terrific for grilling and nutritious sprouts add crunch to burgers, sandwiches, and in salads. Avocados, artichokes, squash, spinach, mustard greens, tomatoes, peaches, plums, grapes, cherries, pistachios, walnuts, almonds, dill, mint, and lavender are all here for the asking and all local, local, local! Pick-up homemade breads from wheat grown in the Santa Ynez Valley and don’t miss out on the pies and preserves. Add a touch of décor to your meal with a potted plant and flowers. Keep your skin healthy when in town and pick-up some Jojoba oil which contains natural Vitamin E. It makes a great hair conditioner, as well.

Check out this website before you head out of town to see what is in season and be sure to follow them on Facebook and Twitter. Preserve our family farms for future generations and support our local communities and agriculture!