40 Years of Farmers’ Markets

Join us for our 40th Anniversary celebration Saturday, October 13, during the SLO Saturday morning Farmers’ Market in the World Market/Embassy Suites parking lot from 8 to 10:45 a.m.

In July 1978 the first farmers’ market in San Luis Obispo County began in the parking lot of Young’s Giant Food on Broad Street near the airport. A group of local farmers formed the San Luis Obispo County Farmers’ Market Association with the goal of providing consumers produce directly from family farms. Today the Association operates five farmers’ markets. Family-operated farms and food artisans from across the Central Coast and the valley present the best from their fields and orchards for locals hungry for just-picked, vine-ripened, and flavorful produce.

California Certified Farmers’ Markets bring our farms to your table. Farmers are strictly governed by our state’s high-quality growing standards and can bring field and tree-ripened fruits and vegetables that are too delicate for the packing and shipping processes of traditional food distribution. Only California-grown produce is allowed to be sold, ensuring you’re getting the freshest, in-season fruits and vegetables available.

In addition to the abundance of local produce and food items to choose from, the event will also include information booths about nutrition by Cal Poly and local farming by the SLO Department of Agriculture and the Farm Bureau, live music, floral design demonstrations with the Cal Poly Plant Shop and cooking demonstrations by Robin Covey of Novo. There will also be free raffle tickets for baskets of produce and gift certificates to local restaurants and stores.

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