Burbank’s Farmer’s Market Recognized for 30 years of Service to Burbank Community

By On June 25, 2013

The Burbank Certified Market was established 30 years ago, and remains one of the only non-profit markets in Southern California. This is just one thing that makes Burbank’s market unique. Part of the farmer’s proceeds raised at the market, support the Providence St Joseph Hospital Foundation which provides medical care to thousands of persons a year who cannot afford treatment. That is why the logo says, “Burbank Certified Farmers Market for your health and your neighbors healthcare.”

(Photo by Ross A. Benson)

(Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Burbank’s is also a “Certified” Farmers Market, which means that all produce is grown in the State of California. Farmers post a certificate at their stand listing all the products they grow and where they are grown. They are inspected regularly by the Agricultural departments. You can be assured that the produce you purchase at the the market has not traveled more that 100 miles.

Also, all of the farmers support local sustainable agricultural practices. Small local farms use less chemicals and sustainable farming techniques. You will find 5 Certified Organic Vendors at the Burbank Farmers market which means that they use NO pesticides or chemicals on their produce at all.

Mayor Emily Gabal-Luddy buying some fresh berries. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Mayor Emily Gabel-Luddy buying some fresh berries. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Certified Farmers Markets were established to support and promote local family farmers. Unlike the current trend to add Crafts and cooked foods , Burbank has pledged to keep the market at least 75% farmers. The 25% that are not farmers are considered “Non-Ag Section” (Non-Agriculture Section).

This includes processed items like bread and baked goods, Fish, Tamales, and Soap Products. There are 32 vendors at the Market which includes 8 non-agriculture vendors. These processed food vendors must have their kitchens inspected by the Culver City Health Department every quarter and post their inspection results at their stand.

(Photo by Ross A. Benson)

(Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Lastly, the Farmer’s Market feels strongly that everyone should have access to fresh locally grown produce, so they have gone to the trouble of making sure that they are certified to accept WIC (women’s, infants, and children’s) coupons, as well as Food Stamps for low-income families. Seniors who are on fixed incomes and eligible for SNAP can also use their checks at our Farmer’s Market.

Freckles The Happy Clown was Happy to be part of the 30 year celebration she did face painting, balloon animals. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Freckles The Happy Clown was Happy to be part of the 30 year celebration she did face painting, balloon animals. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Stop by the Farmer’s Market and visit the Information Booth. They will have more information on what is in season and how it is grown. They also have a Burbank Community Corner, which invites Service Clubs, Non-profit organizations and Burbank City Departments, to make materials and information available to the customers any Saturday from 8:00 am to 12:30 pm.

The Market is open every Saturday from  8:00 am to 12:30 pm and is located in the City Hall Parking Lot, at the corner of Third and Orange Grove. Free Parking is available in the adjacent parking structures on Orange Grove Avenue.

The City gave a proclamation to the Farmer’s Market that read:

PROCLAMATION

BURBANK CERTIFIED FARMERS MARKET

Whereas:  The Burbank Certified Farmers Market was officially started in Burbank on  June 27, 1983: and

Whereas:  More than 30 Certified Farmers and Growers from around this state  sell their goods each Saturday, from 8:00 AM to 12:30 PM, to Burbank and San Fernando Valley area residents: and

Whereas:  Each weekend, rain or shine, hundreds of shoppers are guaranteed that they are getting the best products available,  grown by Farmers certified by  the State of California: and

Whereas: The Market further serves the community by accepting EBT, Food Stamps, and WIC coupons: and

Whereas: The Burbank Certified Farmers Market is operated by volunteers of the Farmers Market Guild, a support group of the Providence Saint Joseph Foundation, and that part of the proceeds help thousands of persons receive medical care each year: and

Whereas:  The Burbank Community Service Corner, at the Market, provides Space for any Service Group, Non-profit Organization, or Burbank City Department, to present information regarding services that are provided to the Burbank Community:

Now therefore, I   Emily Gabel-Luddy, Mayor of the City of Burbank, do hereby commend the BURBANK CERTIFIED FARMERS MARKET, the volunteers of the  FARMERS MARKET GUILD  and the Providence Saint Joseph Foundation, for 30 years of continued service to the citizens of Burbank and the entire San  Fernando Valley area.

(Photo by Ross A. Benson)

(Photo by Ross A. Benson)

 

(Photo by Ross A. Benson)

(Photo by Ross A. Benson)

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