Our Story

The Santa Barbara Certified Farmer's Market Association (SBCFMA) was established in 1983 as Non-Profit Mutual Benefit Corporation to provide California farmers with direct access to market their products to the local community.

 

The initial farmers’ market in Santa Barbara was held at the Santa Barbara Mission in 1979, which was among one of the first 20 farmers’ markets in the State of California. Some of the original participants, including Randy Wade, Tom Shepherd, and Robert “BD” Dautch, can still be found selling their produce at our Santa Barbara farmers’ markets.

 

Over the years, our Member owned and operated Association has grown to approximately 130 Members, participating in our 6 weekly certified farmers’ markets throughout Santa Barbara, Goleta, Montecito, Carpinteria and Solvang.

 

The SBCFMA is committed to the direct marketing principles of “producer to consumer”, working diligently to bring the freshest and most nutritious produce our rich local agricultural land has to offer, direct to the public. We hope you thoroughly enjoy your farmers’ market shopping experience!

Farmers Illustration

Board of Directors

Todd Burkdoll, Burkdoll Farms
Jacob Grant, Roots Farm
Melissa Sorongon, Piedrasassi Wine and Bread
Moez Bensalem, Baba Small Batch
Deanna King, Cosecha Farming

Mike Iniguez, Ebby's Organics

Bekki Siemens, Fat Uncle Farm

Aldo Chavez, Chavez Family Farm

Marguerita Smith, Mud Creek Ranch

Staff

Sam Edelman, General Manager

Alfredo Puente, Senior Onsite Manager

Benny Roa, Bookkeeper

Victoria Sarquilla, Market Manager

Derek Trost, Market Assistant

Max Ortiz, Market Assistant

Kimmy Iniguez, Market Assistant

Arianna Palmsano, Market Assistant

Andrei Szabo, Market Assistant

 
 
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