Frequently Asked Questions
Do all your vendors accept the same methods of payment?
Cash is the most convenient method for navigating the market, as many vendors are strictly cash. Some vendors also accept electronic payments as well as debit and credit cards. For your convenience, the market manager can provide cash-back for customers at the manager's booth. Looking for a gift? E-Gift cards are now available for purchase!
What time are customers allowed to enter the market?
Due to insurance regulations, the Sonoma Valley Certified Farmers Market (SVCFM) does not allow customers within the market until 9 am.
Does the farmers market accept EBT, WIC, or offer any other Benefits?
The Sonoma Valley Certified Farmers Market is proud to accept EBT, We offer a $2 additional benefit per every $10 of EBT money spent.
We are a WIC certified market, which means that certain vendors can choose to accept WIC money as form of payment. It is up to each vendor who chooses to participate in the WIC program to be accountable for their own recordkeeping and reporting of the WIC money they receive. If you are a WIC shopper, inquire with the vendor if they accept WIC money prior to your purchase.
We are now partnering with Petaluma Bounty to promote the Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Program . They will disperse coupons (known as Senior Bounty Bucks) to senior shoppers at the farmers market on 7/14/23, and then on the first Friday of every month from August to December (depending how many are given out early on. There is a set number of coupon booklets available), Seniors can use these coupons to buy fruit, vegetables, and honey with WIC certified vendors. One booklet per customer per year may be allocated. Each booklet contains $50 worth of coupons.
What restrictions apply?
The farmers market must comply with all of the rules and regulations set forth by the County Agricultural Department, the Health Department, and the CA USDA. Artisan (or craft) products must be made locally—no re-sale items. The State of California regulations state that certified farmers have priority for a place in the market.