Cortez Farmers Market, Montezuma County, Cortez, Colorado

Cortez Farmers Market

2021 Season



Vendor Application: Click here for the 2021 application. Click here for a W9 form.


Please make checks payable to: Cortez Farmers Market
Mail to: MC Extension Office, 103 N. Chestnut St, Cortez, CO 81321)


2021 Applications need to be received by 04/17/2021, and can be returned in person Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Extension Office or by mail.



2021 Update: We will continue to monitor and enforce the state and county recommendations and requirements for safe practices to prevent the spread of COVID.

PLEASE ensure you practice these, as the Health Dept will be present and can shut us down! These requirements are not coming from your CFM management, but we will need to be ďthe messengerĒ! PLEASE try to maintain 6í social distance while setting up your booth spaces and certainly during the Market hours!

(The underlined bold type items in this email are emphasizing items the vendors must provide at their booths.) 

1. Do Not Attend Market if you are ill or have been exposed to someone that is ill!

2. Please come EARLY our first week, as management needs your help marking your booth areas to provide 6' separation while customers wait in line.  (Chalk will be provided).

3. We have a new curbside pick-up area for your customers that pre-order (a map to follow later this week), and want to stay in their car. We'll have a "runner" to help with this process. Our curbside pick-up will be from 8:00 am to 10:00 am. Pre-ordering is encouraged to reduce the amount of time a customer stays in Market.

4. Have sanitizer at your booth, available to you and your customers.

5. Cash transactions are an issue! If you can't have one vendor who handles $$ only, and a second person to package food items/merchandise (merch), than you must wear gloves/disinfect your hands in-between each money-to-merch task! Suggestion, have your customer count their cash for you and drop in a cash box, while you are bagging their merch with clean hands. Regularly disinfect your payment devices.

6. We all need to wear masks.

7. Do Not allow customers to touch your food items/merch. Provide a 3í distance between your customer and your merch. Suggestion: an empty table in front of your merch table or a chalk marking on the asphalt in front of your booth showing the customer where to stand.

8. Vendors must bag the customerís merch, in a vendor-provided bag. Donít touch the customerís reusable shopping bags!

9. NO SAMPLING of food within the Market area!

10. Vendors must regularly disinfect high touch area of their booth with a bleach solution or disinfectant wipes.

11. Ready-to-eat prepared food vendors must provide the food items in closed to-go containers.

12.The Health Dept says NO Self-Serve options for the customers.

13. Have good signage so your customers can see your prices from 6 feet away.

14. Suggestion: Leave your tables bare, no table cloths, for easy and regular disinfecting!


Application Submission: Applications should be turned in by April 17th, and can be mailed or dropped off at the Extension Office, 103 N Chestnut, Cortez. Along with your application, please include your check for $150.00 made out to Cortez Farmers Market. A W9 form is required and may be returned with the application or given to the manager on opening day. Compliance with the Colorado Cottage Foods Act is required.


Community Booth Application: Non-profit organizations wishing to use the Community Booth can click here for the application and information. Use of the Community Booth will be based on any restrictions in place for public gatherings.


Time and Location: The Cortez Farmers Market will open at 7:30 a.m. every Saturday, beginning the first Saturday in June until the last Saturday in September, October hours: open at 8:30 a.m. (June 5 - October 30, 2021). Dates may be changed upon a vote by the Vendors at the annual spring meeting.

Vendors must be parked in their spaces by 7 a.m. (8 a.m. in October). The Market will open for business at 7:30 a.m. (8:30 a.m. in October). Sales prior to 7:30 a.m. (8:30 a.m. in October) must be pre-
ordered by the customer. No vendor shall leave the market before 10:30 am
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.

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. All booth tents, canopies or umbrellas must be weighted down with 40# of weight on each corner or leg.

Spaces will be assigned. Priority will be given to agricultural and previous yearís 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 $15-25 on a sliding scale as determined by the market manager and 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 returning and new vendors. All applications must be received by April 17, 2021. At that time, applications will be referred to the Standing Committee for consideration and space assignments. Permits will be handed out by the Market Managers on the first morning of the Market, June 5, 2021.

All vendors must complete an application.

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. (8:30 a.m. for October) 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 space on the application to specify when you will begin selling and end selling for the season. Please note the earliest and latest dates you will be present during the season, if you know them. This allows others the opportunity to fill the space when you are not there.

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.
In the event of empty spaces, the Market Manager has the discretion to fill spaces such that there may be more than seven craft vendors, provided there are no agricultural vendors available. 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/craftspersons must fill out the application and submit 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 fundraiser, 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 Foods 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. Any vendor selling food or drink must supply a trash receptacle at their booth.


In order to sell foods allowed through the Cottage Foods Act or meat, a vendor must bring the Market Manager a copy of their current Certificate of Completion of Food Safety Training or a State of Colorado License to Operate a Retail Food Establishment on or before the first market day they intend to sell that product at Market.


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.

Which 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 CANNOT 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. Customers must received items worth the full value of their SNAP Coupons.


DOUBLE UP BUCKS may ONLY be used to purchase Colorado-grown fruits and vegetables. Otherwise, please follow the same rules as SNAP coupons.

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

Vendors may cash in any Snap Coupons, Double UP Bucks, and Market Bucks they have accepted each Saturday until 11:30 a.m. at the Friends Booth. Please try to do this whenever you have $15 or more, as The Pinon Project has to write a check to reimburse you.

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. Members of the Standing Committee are elected to a three-year termand must be re-elected at the next annual meeting following their third year.

STANDING COMMITTEE:  Laurie Austin, Mick Periman, Nina Williams, Michele Martz, Barb Anderson. The Farmers Market Treasurer is Lee Hill. The Market is managed by Julie Periman.


FOR MORE INFORMATION AND TO REPORT ABSENCES PLEASE contact Julie Periman at 970-560-0534 or email no later than 7:30 a.m. the Friday before the market.


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 @


Web Ads: A limited number of ads are available. Ad space is sold for the period of one year, from June 1st through the end of May the following year. An ad is 2.5 inches square and the cost is $250/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 offers a Rewards Card, and cards are available at the Market Manager's booth. After making purchases from at least five (5) different vendors each week, bring your card to the Market Managerís Booth to be validated. Be prepared to name the vendors you made purchases from. When all five boxes on the front of your card have been marked, turn in the completed card and receive $5 in Market Bucks, which can be spent like cash with any vendor. Come back the following week to get a new Rewards Card and 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.




For more information contact:
Colorado State University Extension
103 N Chestnut
Cortez, CO 81321
(970) 565-3123

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