Contra Costa Certified Farmers Markets:
In 1982, a passionate and motivated group of Master Gardening students at the University of California Cooperative Extension in Pleasant Hill planted the seeds of what would become Contra Costa County's first non-profit farmers market.
Combining their studies in sustainable agriculture, farming and horticulture with a desire to serve their communities, the students looked towards groups such as Head Start, Project Glean and the Hope Center, whose goals include providing education and low-cost services to needy families in Contra Costa County. With the help of seed grant money, the master gardening students organized a board of directors, established partnerships with local farmers and founded the Contra Costa Certified Farmers Market in Pleasant Hill.
Today, Contra Costa Certified Farmers' Markets Inc. is a 501c non profit organization with vibrant, bustling markets in Walnut Creek, Martinez and Orinda. In addition to providing weekly gathering places where community members can purchase organic and sustainably grown fruits and vegetables, CCCFM has developed educational tools and literature to help people of all ages develop the taste and appreciation for fresh, healthy food.
The Mission Statement for Contra Costa Certified Farmers Markets:
Our mission of the Contra Costa Certified Farmer's Markets is to support the development of local sustainable farming by cultivating vibrant farmer's markets that serve as community gathering places celebrating local farmers, food producers and artisans. Organic and healthy, fresh produce is made more accessible to all residents while educational activities and events enhance and promote the quality of a green lifestyle and healthy food choices.