Opening day is June 2, 2018
Click here to download the 2018 vendor application.
Vendor Applications for the 2018 Cortez
Farmers Market will be accepted by the Colorado State University Extension
Office from current market vendors from April 16 until April 27, 2018, to be
considered for the same space the vendor had in 2017. New vendor applications
will be accepted beginning April 30, 2018. All applications must be received by May
Application Submission: All applications must be returned to
the extension office, 109 W Main, RM 102, Cortez. Along with your application,
please include your check for $150.00 made out to CFM, and a completed form W-9
(please contact the market manager if you need a copy of this form). Compliance
with the Colorado Cottage Foods Act is required for those selling prepared
foods. A current copy of your Certificate of Completion of Food Safety Training
or a State of Colorado License to Operate a Retail Food Establishment MUST
accompany your application if you are selling anything that fall under those
Permits will be mailed from the
Extension Office once all spaces have been assigned.
Community Booth Application:
Non-profit organizations wishing to use the Community Booth can
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. New for 2018: The
market starting time for the month of October will be 8:30 a.m., although some
vendors may choose to sell at 7:30 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
Priority will be given to agricultural
All products must be grown by the vendor within Montezuma and Dolores
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 (only one vehicle per space allowed) and a pop-up structure for shade/rain cover. Structures
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 $50 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 16 until April 27, 2018, to be considered for the same space the
had in 2017. New vendor applications will be accepted beginning April 30, 2018.
All applications must be received by May 11, 2018. At that time, applications
will be referred to the Standing Committee for consideration and space
Permits will be mailed from the Extension Office once all spaces have been
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 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. 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 this 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 fund raiser, and which
do not compete with any paid vendorsí stand at the Farmers Market.
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.
A current copy of your Certificate
of Completion of Food Safety Training or a State of Colorado License to Operate
a Retail Food Establishment MUST accompany your application if you are selling
anything that falls under those guidelines.
Click here for more information.
Click to view a
Colorado State University Extension guide to Food Safety for Farmers Market
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.
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. A receipt
will be given and a check for the amount redeemed will be available the
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
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 term, and must be re-elected at the next
annual meeting following their third year.
The members of the 2018 Standing
Committee are Laurie Austin, Moqui Jane Jury, Mick Periman, Nina Williams, and
Lindsay Yarborough. The Farmers Market Treasurer is Lee Hill. The Market is
co-managed by Jodie Sutton and Alan Rolston.
NEW RULES MAY BE PROPOSED AND CONSIDERED BY ANY VOTING MEMBER OF THE FARMERS
FOR MORE INFORMATION AND TO REPORT ABSENCES PLEASE contact Jodie at 970-739-6627
or jodiej883 @ gmail.com or Alan at 970-946-9071 no later than 7:30 a.m. the
Friday before the market.
The webmaster is allowed to sell advertising on
the website, and will make the final determination regarding number and content
of any advertising.
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, 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.
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
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