Click here for the 2022 application.
Click here for
a W9 form.
Please make checks payable to: Onward!
A Legacy Foundation with Cortez
Farmers Market in the memo section.
Mail to: MC Extension Office, 103 N. Chestnut St, Cortez, CO 81321)
Application Submission: Applications
should be turned in by April 16th, and can be mailed or dropped off at
the Extension Office, 103 N Chestnut, Cortez. Along with your application,
please include your check for $175.00 made out to Onward! A Legacy Foundation
with Cortez Farmers Market in the memo section. 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
Community Booth Application:
Non-profit organizations wishing to use the Community Booth can
for the application and information.
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 4 - October 29, 2022). 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
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
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 $175 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 $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 and submit a new W-9 form. 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 4,
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.
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, such as eggs 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.
Vendors selling prepared foods or meats must also provide the manager with a
copy of their sales license.
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.
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.
Women, Infants and Children Farmers Market Nutrition Program is a
congressionally authorized program that is administered by the Colorado
Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE). The program serves the dual
purposes of providing fresh, nutritious, unprepared, locally grown foods for
human consumption to nutritionally at risk, low-income women and children and
stimulating the demand for produce sold at authorized farmers' markets.
Allowable Food Choices: Only
fresh, nutritious, unprepared, locally-grown fruits, vegetables, and herbs for
human consumption may be purchased with WIC FMNP vouchers. Honey is not an
eligible food. Eligible foods may not be processed or prepared beyond their
natural state, except for the usual harvesting and cleaning processes.
Ineligible Food Choices:
Prohibited purchase with WIC FMNP include, but may not be limited to: grocery
store purchases; fresh fruits, vegetables, or herbs that are NOT locally grown;
processed fruit or vegetable products (jams, jellies, popcorn, juices and
ciders, and baked goods of ANY kind). This is a partial list of other ineligible
items: dried fruits or vegetables, prunes (dried plums), raisins (dried grapes),
sun-dried tomatoes, and dried chili peppers; potted fruit or vegetable plants;
potted or dried herbs; wild rice; nuts of ANY kind; maple syrup; cider; seeds;
eggs; meat; cheese; and seafood.
NO cash, change, credit, or refunds.
Farmers must visibly post a WIC FMNP certified farmer stall sign for the current
When handling WIC FMNP voucher
transactions, vendors must follow certain federal and state regulations. Failure
to comply with these rules will result in non-payment, suspension, and/or
disqualification from the program. For more information, see the manager.
Vendors may cash in any Snap Coupons, Double UP Bucks, WIC FMNP Vouchers, 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
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
STANDING COMMITTEE: Laurie Austin, Mick Periman, Barb Anderson, Emily
Wisner, and Robert Freeman. The Farmers Market
Treasurer is Lee Hill. The Market is managed by Julie Periman.
NEW RULES MAY BE PROPOSED AND CONSIDERED BY ANY VOTING MEMBER OF THE FARMERS
FOR MORE INFORMATION AND TO REPORT ABSENCES PLEASE contact Julie Periman at
970-560-0534 or email
email@example.com no later than 7:30 a.m. the
Friday before the market.
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
103 N Chestnut
Cortez, CO 81321