From the L.A. Times:
Four bucks. That could be the amount, up from the current 60 cents, that produce vendors would pay the California Department of Food and Agriculture each time they sell at a certified farmers market, in to a proposal being prepared by a group studying ways to enhance market integrity.
This proposal seems likely to be controversial, but if it is implemented, it has the potential to fund effective enforcement of rules against cheating at California's 700-plus certified farmers markets.
News reports last autumn suggested that there is a significant problem with vendors who claim to have grown fruits and vegetables that they in fact have purchased wholesale or from neighbors. Others sell their own conventional crops as organic or unsprayed. Either way, customers end up paying premium prices for commercial-grade produce.