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The Camarillo Farmers Market Difference

Not all Farmers Markets are the same! When you shop at the Camarillo Farmers Market, you are supporting local farmers and artisans and helping local residents.

The Camarillo Farmers Market is entirely managed and run by volunteers! Everything — including coordinating the vendors you see each week, setting up, and managing the market office — is done by volunteers.

Each time you make a purchase at the market, a percentage of that gross sale is donated by the vendors. Those donations benefit free grief and bereavement services at our Camarillo Grief and Bereavement Center. Last year, nearly 400 grieving family members — including 173 students — received free individual and family grief and bereavement counseling support to help them heal from the loss of a loved one.

As a California Certified Farmers Markets (CFM), the Camarillo Farmers Market is a step above other farmers markets. A CFM is a place where farmers sell their own crops directly to the public. Before a farmer can sell his or her crop(s) at a Certified Farmers Market, the County Agricultural Commissioner inspects the farm to make sure the farmer is, in fact, growing the crop he or she is selling. The direct marketing of agricultural products through CFMs eliminates packing, shipping, and third-party handling and ensures that consumers are purchasing safe, nutritious, vine and tree-ripened fruit and vegetables grown in California and certified by the State.

In August 1990, the Camarillo City Council approved plans for a Camarillo Certified Farmers Market.

It was located in the parking lot of the Senior Nutrition Center on Ventura Boulevard and it was to be sponsored jointly by Camarillo Hospice and the Pleasant Valley Hospital Auxiliary — 3.5% of the gross proceeds each week were shared by the two nonprofit agencies.

On Saturday, March 2, 1991, a ribbon-cutting ceremony marked the opening of the Camarillo Certified Farmers Market.

In 2018, the Camarillo Certified Farmers Market topped the $1 million mark in money raised (7% of gross sales donated by farmers and 10% of gross sales by non-farmers) to support free grief and bereavement counseling to individuals and their families right here in Ventura County.

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I become a vendor or volunteer at the market?

Please click the Join the Market page to download forms and applications to be submitted to market management.

How do I know what vendors will be at the market?

While both agricultural and food vendors are fairly-consistent, our craft vendors change on a regular basis — all vendors` can be found on our Vendor page. To stay updated on new vendors each week, subscribe to our weekly email newsletter.

Are pets allowed into the market?

No. The State Health Department does not allow pets into the market. Service dogs, with proper licensing, are the only exception.

Can I use my credit or debit card at the market?

Yes. Some vendors have card readers.

Does the market offer special events?

The market has special events every few months. To stay updated on new events, subscribe to our email newsletter and refer to our homepage.

I lost something at the market. Who do I contact?

Do I need to bring my own bag?

While all vendors have plastic bags for purchase, we encourage you to bring your own eco-friendly shopping bags.

Who do I contact about playing music at the market?

Contact our market manager, Ruff Smith to inquire about joining our music schedule at the market.

Does the market have an ATM?

No, there are no ATMs on site.

Is the market open year-round?

The market is open all year, weather permitting, except for two days; weekend of the Camarillo Fiesta (third Saturday in July) and the Saturday after Christmas.

Are there bathrooms available at the market?

Yes. We have on site bathrooms for market visitors.

Is there parking?

Yes, we have a parking lot available as well as street parking along Ventura Boulevard. Handicap parking spaces are available.