The first farmers' market in Santa Barbara was launched on March 24th, 1979 on the Old Santa Barbara Mission Lawn. It was among the first 20 farmers' markets in the State of California. By April 2nd the market relocated to the Santa Barbara County Bowl, and by May the farmers obtained their first official health permit, which allowed the approval of a second farmers' market for the Santa Barbara Bowl location.
In August, the market relocated to the Santa Barbara High School parking lot. In 1983, the Santa Barbara Certified Farmers' Market, Inc. was officially founded as a Non-Profit Mutual Benefit Corporation by a small group of the participating farmers, which included local farming icons Randy Wade, Robert "BD" Dautch, and Tom Shepherd. In 1985, our flagship Saturday Santa Barbara farmers' market moved into its longstanding location in downtown Santa Barbara, currently known as the Cota Street Commuter Lot (119 E. Cota Street) where it continues to thrive to this date.
Over the years, additional certified farmers' markets were established to support the local communities in our area, including in Carpinteria, Montecito, Santa Barbara, Goleta, and Solvang. To date, we operate 6 certified farmer's markets in these areas.
Downtown Santa Barbara
Saturday | 8am-1pm
119 E. Cota St., Santa Barbara CA
Wednesday | 2:30-6:30 pm
400 Block of First Street
Camino Real Marketplace
7004 Marketplace Dr., Goleta CA
Thursday | 3-6:30 pm
800 block of Linden Ave
Old Town Santa Barbara
Tuesday | 3 - 7 pm
Lower State Street between Cota St and Canon Perdido St
Friday | 8am-11:15pm
Montecito Business Sector
1100&1200 blocks, Coast Village Rd.