The Ventura County Certified Farmers’ Market Association is a not-for-profit farmers’ cooperative with over 140 farming families participating throughout the year.
The Ventura County Certified Farmers’ Market Association (VCCFMA) has been in existence since 1985 when a group of local farmers were displaced from their home at the Ventura 101 drive-in. The City of San Buenaventura stepped in and provided sponsorship to create a new market downtown as part of their revitalization efforts. The VCCFMA became a completely self-sustaining operation by 1990 and is formed as a non-profit farmers’ cooperative. A Board of Directors and the VCCFMA staff conducts the business of the Association on behalf of all participating farmers and market vendors. Over the years, the VCCFMA has collaborated with city revitalization and planning departments, downtown and merchant business associations, chambers of commerce, special event sponsors and other small local businesses.
At this time the VCCFMA is operating five weekly certified farmers’ markets. Wednesday mornings in Midtown Ventura, Thursday afternoons in Thousand Oaks, Saturday mornings in Downtown Ventura, and Sunday mornings in Santa Clarita. A brand new market opened in 2014 in partnership with Pleasant Valley Recreation & Parks District. The market will run seasonally starting May 20, 2015 from 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at the Camarillo Community Center Park.
All five markets are open year round, rain or shine, with the exception of Thousand Oaks, which is closed during the Christmas holiday season. Customer attendance varies between the markets and the atmosphere changes with the different seasons along with the many varieties of products available.