Why not try to sell your almonds at some of the Farmer's Markets
around the San Francisco area? It doesn't look like either of the two
main associations have requirements for organic certification, and you
might be able to set up your own stand or include them with another
Another idea would be to contact some of the smaller health food
stores that might be open to offering items from local growers.
Pacific Coast Farmer Markets' Association
"The Pacific Coast Farmers' Market Association is a non-profit
corporation dedicated to establishing and maintaining successful
Certified Farmers' Markets around the Greater San Francisco Bay Area.
"Our mission is to establish and operate community-supported certified
farmers' markets and other direct marketing outlets that provide:
viable economic opportunities for California farmers and food
producers, local access to farm fresh products, support for local
businesses and community organizations, and education concerning food,
nutrition and the sustainability of California agriculture.
"These markets give farmers and other agricultural producers direct
access to consumers; give consumers access to fresh, locally grown
produce; and serve as sites for community gatherings.
Selling in PCFMA's Certified Farmers' Markets
California's Farmer's Market Association
"California Farmers' Markets are your source for field-ripened fresh
fruits and vegetables, freshly baked breads and pastries, flowers,
gourmet appetizers and gifts, fresh fish, nuts, mushrooms, and much,
much more! Serving the San Francisco Bay Area including Bayfair,
Blossom Hill, Daly City, Moraga, Morgan Hill, Mountain View, San Jose,
Oakland, Saratoga, San Francisco and San Francisco Marina."
RULES AND REGULATIONS FOR CERTIFIED FARMERS? MARKETS
Local Health Food Stores
While many of the stores in the area seem to be part of larger health
food chains, a few potential options caught my eye. These seem to be
stores which represent local growers, to some degree.
Rainbow Grocery appears to be quite unique and might be open to
offering fresh almonds from a local farm. While they emphasize organic
foods, they also make mention of "locally produced foods" so they
might be willing to offer your almonds in smaller packages.
"Despite these challenges there are enough people who are interested
in organically grown and locally produced foods to keep our doors
open. We continue to stay true to our mission and hope to inspire
others in the realms of good food and cooperative living."
Another locally-owned natural foods market that might be interested is the
Berkeley Bowl Marketplace.
The Real Food Company leans toward organic foods, but it also might
be a possibility.
Real Food Company
"Our products must meet the generally accepted requirements of the
Natural Foods Industry, namely that they will be free of artificial
additives, preservatives and colors; that they are minimally processed
and composed of ingredients which are likewise free of artificial
additives, preservatives or adulteration. Whenever possible, we
support organic and sustainable agriculture, and environmentally
sensitive consumerism. We see ourselves as a link between the
considerate production of natural food products and the growing
numbers of our neighbors who are seeking to participate in supporting
I wouldn't hesitate to contact some of the smaller health food stores
in the area - the type that sell a few bulk items in smaller packages
along with a small selection of vitamins, bath products, etc. They are
often locally-owned, neighborhood stores that serve a niche of
"regular" customers who don't like going to the larger, grocery-type
health food stores. These customers might be quite happy to purchase
smaller bags of locally-grown almonds at a higher price.
I cannot be sure that these options will work for you, but they seem
to be your best bet!
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