Cortez Farmers Market, Montezuma County, Cortez, Colorado

Cortez Farmers Market

2016 Season

 

Opening day is June 4, 2016

 

Vendor Application: Click here to download the 2016 vendor application and regulations.

All applications must be returned to the extension office, 109 W Main, RM 102, Cortez.

 

Community Booth Application: Non-profit organizations wishing to use the Community Booth can click here for the application and information.

 

Time and Location: The Farmers Market will be open every Saturday, beginning the first Saturday in June until the last Saturday in October. Vendors must be parked in their spaces by 7 a.m. The market will open for business at 7:30 a.m. Sales prior to 7:30 a.m. must be preordered by the customer. No vendor shall leave the market before 10:30 a.m. Dates may be changed upon a vote by the Vendors at the annual spring meeting. 

 

The Cortez Farmers Market is located in the parking lot of the Montezuma County Building located at 109 West Main St., Cortez, Colorado. That is the SE corner of the intersection of Main and Elm Streets.

Vendors: Priority will be given to agricultural vendors.


Agricultural Producer:
All products must be grown by the vendor within Montezuma and Dolores Counties. 

 

FEES and VENDOR SPACE ASSIGNMENTS: The cost of one (1) vendor space is $150 per market season, and must be paid in full prior to selling. This fee is the same whether the vendor is selling for three (3) weeks or every week during the season. The vendor fee is non-refundable, except at the discretion of the Standing Committee. A space is approximately 10 to 11 feet wide by 16 feet deep. The space should easily fit a vehicle and a pop-up structure for shade/rain cover. Structures should be weighted down during the market.


Spaces will be assigned. Priority will be given to agricultural and previous year vendors. Generally, returning vendors will be assigned the same spot they had previously, unless he/she requests a new space, or has not been present at the Market for at least half the available dates.


One-day vendor permits are $55 each and will be issued by the Market Manager as space permits. The decision to issue a permit will be based on the products to be sold, the date the application is received and space availability. Each application will be subject to the guidelines for all vendors.


All vendors must complete an application. Applications will be accepted by the Colorado State University Extension Office from current market vendors from April 19, 2016, until April 29, 2016, to be considered for the same space the vendor had in 2015. New vendor applications will be accepted beginning May 2, 2016. All applications must be received by May 13, 2016. At that time, applications will be referred to the Standing Committee for consideration and space assignments.


Permits will be mailed from the Extension Office once all spaces have been assigned.


GUIDELINES FOR ALL VENDORS: All produce/products sold at the Cortez Farmers Market must be grown/produced in Montezuma or Dolores Counties, Colorado. There are no exceptions to this rule.


All vendors are expected to be set-up and ready for business by the 7:30 a.m. opening of the Market.


Vendors must notify the Market Manger if he/she will be unable to attend the Market. Advance notice is appreciated, but must be received no later than 7:30 a.m. on the Friday before the Market. If a Vendor fails to notify the Market Manger or fails to appear for three (3) Saturdays, the Manager may reassign the space to another vendor for the remainder of the season. Please do not call the morning of the market unless it is an emergency!


Vendors are also responsible for notifying the Market Manger when they plan to begin selling for the season. There is a calendar on the back of the application. Please note the earliest and latest dates you will be present during the season, if you know them. This allows us to collect extra vendor fees by allowing day vendors into those spots.


AGRICULTURAL VENDORS: All produce must be grown by the vendor within Montezuma and Dolores Counties.


Agricultural producers may sell crafts or other products such as jams, baked goods, handcrafts, etc., as long as they do not exceed more than 10% of their total product. If vendors wish to sell more than 10% crafts or other products, they must apply to the Standing Committee prior to selling. Any changes in items being sold must first be approved by the Standing Committee. An additional vendor fee may be required.


New applications will be decided on a case-by-case basis by the Standing Committee. The decision to issue a permit will be based on products to be sold, date the application is received and space availability. A "wait list" will be established as applications are received.


NON-AGRICULTURAL VENDORS: Seven (7) spaces are available to local artisans. New applications for any available spaces will be decided on a case-by-case basis by the Standing Committee. All items sold must be created/produced within Montezuma or Dolores Counties. The decision to issue a permit will be based on the products to be sold, the date the application is received and space availability.


Limited space will be made available for "other" vendors (prepared foods, coffee, etc.). Vendors will be accepted on a case-by-case basis and are subject to the discretion of the Standing Committee.


New artist/craftsperson must fill out this application and submit photos of their work to a juried process for admission to the Farmers Market. Please attach a photograph of your product(s) to the application.


NON-PROFIT ORGANIZATIONS: Non-profit community organizations are invited to promote their organization with literature and handouts. Space is allotted on a first-come, first-served basis by the Market Manager. Organizations may collect donations and conduct membership drives. Organizations may only sell products which directly relate to their organization as a fund raiser, and which do not compete with any paid vendorsí stand at the Farmers Market. Click here for application.


HEALTH AND OTHER REGULATIONS: All vendors are responsible to be in compliance with, and follow, State of Colorado Health Code Regulations, the Cottage Food Act, licensing, and tax regulations, as well as all City and County regulations. If weight scales are to be used for selling at the Farmers Market the vendor must comply with State Laws regulating weights and measures.

 

Click here for more information.

Click to view a Colorado State University Extension guide to Food Safety for Farmers Market Vendors.


LIVE ANIMALS: NO LIVE ANIMALS WILL BE ALLOWED within the confines of the Farmers Market. Live animals may not be sold or given away. (Please note: vendors should not have animals in their cars during Market hours.)


Leashed pets must remain outside of the Market area, with the exception of assistance dogs used by patrons of the Market. Any questions regarding the policy should be referred to the Standing Committee or the Market Manager.


SNAP PROGRAM/MARKET BUCKS: All vendors selling produce and food items are required to participate in the Farmers Market SNAP Program by accepting this form of payment. Contact the Market Manager with any questions or concerns.


What foods can be purchased with SNAP Coupons? Households CAN buy foods such as: breads, cereals, fruits, vegetables, meat, fish, poultry, dairy products, and seeds and plants which produce food for the household to eat.


The common products which vendors sell that households CAN NOT buy are: any ready to eat foods or drinks that could be consumed while at the market. They also cannot purchase wine, pet foods, soaps, paper products, household supplies, cosmetics, vitamins and medicines, or any other nonfood item. If you have a question, please see the Market Manager.


SNAP Coupons CAN NOT be exchanged for cash, and no change should be given.


MARKET BUCKS can be accepted for any purchase, and you may give the customer change, but you may not exchange them for cash.


Vendors can redeem the Snap Coupons and Market Bucks they have accepted each Saturday during Market hours for cash or check until 11:30 a.m. at the Friends Booth.


VOTING MEMBERSHIP: A Vendor will be considered a voting member of the Cortez Farmers Market after they have completed one (1) full season of the Market.


Changes to the Rules & Regulations may be proposed by any voting member and must be presented at an annual meeting to all members present. To be approved, a majority of the voting membership present at the meeting must vote in support of the change. A proposed new rule can be submitted to the Standing Committee between annual meetings by submitting it, in writing, to the Committee for presentation at the next annual meeting.


The Cortez Farmers Market Standing Committee can be contacted regarding the rules that govern the Market. If any questions or issues arise, please contact the Committee for consideration and resolutions.


NEW RULES MAY BE PROPOSED AND CONSIDERED BY ANY VOTING MEMBER OF THE FARMERS MARKET.


FOR MORE INFORMATION AND TO REPORT ABSENCES PLEASE e-mail Theresa at theresaincortez@gmail.com or text/call 970-749-6438 no later than 7:30 a.m. the day before.

 

Website Advertising:

The webmaster is allowed to sell advertising on the website, and will make the final determination regarding number and content of any advertising. The funds received will be handed over to Market Committee for deposit into the Farmers Market account. If you would like to purchase advertising, please contact Connie, conniebaber @ hotmail.com.

 

Web Ads: A limited number of ads are available. Ad space is sold for the period of one year. Two sizes are available: Full-size: 2.5 inches square, for $250/year and Half-size: 2 inches square, for $150/year. Ads are placed on the home page, unless other placement is requested. Ad copy is the responsibility of the person purchasing the ad, unless other arrangements are made. Deadlines will be provided at the time of purchase, and it is the responsibility of the person purchasing the ad to meet those deadlines.

 

Rewards Card:

To thank our loyal customers, the Cortez Farmers Market is introducing a Rewards Card. Just stop by the Market Manager's booth to get your card. Each week you will bring your card back to the Market Managerís Booth, along with purchases from at least three different vendors, to be validated. When all five boxes on the front of your card have been marked, you will turn in the completed card and receive $5 in Market Bucks, which can be spent like cash with any vendor. Youíll also get a new Rewards Card to start all over again! (One per family, and you must be at least 18 to participate.)
 

The Cortez Farmers Market Standing Committee can be contacted regarding the rules that govern the Committee.  If any questions or issues arise, please contact the Committee for consideration and resolutions.

 

NEW RULES MAY BE PROPOSED AND CONSIDERED BY ANY VOTING MEMBER OF THE FARMERS MARKET.

 


For more information contact:
Colorado State University Extension
Montezuma County Courthouse
109 West Main Street, Room 102
Cortez, CO 81321
(970) 565-3123

 

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