Davis, California - On August 13 we celebrated the 40th anniversary of the Davis Farmers’ Market. It is everything a Farmers’ market should be: a place to show the incredible diversity, quality and bounty of what our farmers produce. Where eaters can shake the hand of the grower and learn about their farming practices. It is a place for community and a source of pride.

Ten thousand people a week attend the Wednesday and Saturday markets – come rain or shine EVERY week. It is about healthy and flavorful – and as Davis Mayor Robb Davis said, it is also about gratitude. So proud that my boss, Governor Jerry Brown, signed the country’s first legislation to establish the certified farmers market program during his first term as Governor, in 1976. CALIFORNIA leads the nation with over 700 certified markets and Davis is a great model!