The Direct Marketing Program provides oversight of all growers who sell their crop directly to consumers at farmer’s markets in California. A producer may become certified by applying to the agricultural commissioner of the county where the producer's farm is located. A producer who farms in more than one county must be certified in each county where he/she produces certifiable agricultural products for sale at a certified farmers' market. Registration will also include an inspection of the growing site(s) to assure that the seller farms the products they market.
The Organic Program requires producers, handlers and processors wishing to market their commodities as organic to register with the California Department of Food and Agriculture annually in accordance with the California Organic Foods Act of 1990. A registration packet is available at the Agricultural Commissioner's office. Organic producers are subject to records inspections as well as investigations of complaints concerning non-compliances relating to this Act.