Join Pacific Coast Farmers’ Market Association (PCFMA) in celebrating National Farmers’ Market Week this year from August 3rd to 9th. PCFMA joins the USDA and farmers’ markets around the country in celebrating the first week of August. “Farmers markets are an important public face for agriculture and a critical part of our nation’s food system,” [...]
The PCFMA Office Garden is growing!
We are completing work on another planting area around the south corner of the office. Matt Sylvester, market manager and head PCFMA gardener extraordinaire, and other staff members, have planted various tasty summer veggies like zucchini and other summer squash, tomatoes, fresh herbs, sunflowers, and peppers for our culinary enjoyment. [...]
Penrod Farms, Camino
On April 8, 2014 the FDA set new draft guidelines for what can be called pure honey. In the past some of the honey on store shelves, either US-made or imported, did not have to have labeling that indicated anything other than that honey was in their product. Now honey would be [...]
From John Silveira, PCFMA Director:
California almond trees left to die because there is no water for irrigation.
The potential implications of a sustained drought on our state’s farmers and our state’s economy are very worrisome. At the end of February, the San Francisco Chronicle published a story headlined “California Almond Farmers Face Tough Choices,” which [...]
Food fraud is an ever-growing problem in the US. And olive oil is at the top of the list. A 2011 study of extra virgin olive oil by the Olive Center at the University of California at Davis found that 73% of the five best-selling imported brands failed to meet the standards of taste and [...]
The rise of farmers’ markets and the local food movement has created a dramatic shift in American tastes. Consumers increasingly are seeking out the seasonal fresh foods grown on local farms rather than those trucked to supermarkets from a thousand miles away. And these are just ordinary people who have become informed about their food [...]
Over the past six years, CCD has wiped out an estimated 10 million beehives worth $2 billion. Bee colonies in the U.S. are so decimated that it takes 60% of the nation’s bee population to pollinate a single crop, California almonds. And that’s not just a local problem; California supplies 80% of the world’s almonds!
This year has been an extremely dry one. Not since 1977 have there been such arid winter conditions and this one’s going in the record books. Reservoirs are alarmingly low, farmers have had to cut back on water usage, ranchers are selling off cattle, communities have instigated water rationing, and the State of California is [...]
CONCORD, Calif. Pacific Coast Farmers’ Market Association (PCFMA) celebrates its 25th anniversary in 2013. Out of thousands of entries in the $2,500 enter-to-win drawing, Derrick Hage was announced as the winner on Wednesday, October 16th at the San Leandro Farmers’ Market. Derrick, from San Leandro, is a regular shopper of the market. This event was [...]
CONCORD, Calif. Wellness City Challenge in partnership with Pacific Coast Farmers’ Market Association (PCFMA), Safeway, Mt. Diablo Recycling, Republic Services, and Concord Hilton will be hosting the 1st Annual Mayors’ Healthy Cook-off Showdown Challenge. The special event will take place on Thursday, October 24th at the Mt. Diablo High School in Concord at 2450 Grant [...]