I want to start this post with thanking the the town of Westcliffe, the community, our vendors and our customers. YOU are what makes our market successful and what gives our market it’s flavor and atmosphere. We have been blessed with excellent vendors, wonderful volunteers that bring our music and take care of the business part of the market, and mostly stellar customers.
After much thought and discussion, we have decided to cancel the 2020 market season. With the craziness that is going on in the world and because of the many different restrictions that are being placed on all markets, we have decided that it will not be feasible to have the market this year.
One of the restrictions that have been placed on the markets include not allowing any of the craft vendors to participate. The powers that be are concerned that having a full market won’t allow us to keep people moving and safe. Because those requirements are in effect, our market would be less than 10 vendors (more like 4 or 5). This is not sustainable and while we are sad not to be in the market, it’s the best decision that we could make for this season.
I have seen that Canon City’s market has decided to do a virtual market. Someone tagged me in a post on Facebook that we should do the same thing. I think that we should try it on our Facebook page and give our market’s customers and vendors a place that they can connect. I think the easiest way to do that is to have the vendors post what they have, with their contact info and pictures, and then customers can contact the vendors with what they want. Our Facebook page is here and as it gets going, hopefully, we’ll have vendors and customer’s connecting.
We will be back in 2021, stronger and ready to see everyone again…don’t for get about us!
What a crazy world we are living in…I don’t think that any one of us could have foreseen what would be going on during the planning stages of the market for this year. With that said, we are planning to have the market this year, although it will look considerably different. Our choices for this season were to completely cancel the market or to follow the guidelines and change the appearance of this season’s market. We chose the latter because we believe that the market is important to our community and we don’t want the community to lose that or to forget about us.
Farmers markets have been deemed as essential and that is what is allowing us to plan to set up the market with our food vendors. Because of the social distancing and the covid-19 virus, we have tentatively made the decision that we will have the market and invite all of our produce and food vendors to come and set up to provide fresh food for our customers. We know that this leaves all of our other vendors kind of out in the cold, but the guidance that we have had access to for continuing the market this season is that we have food only and don’t have a “normal” market this year.
There will be some precautions that we have to take to keep everyone safe, but I am excited to get the market under way.
We will be making another post around May 1st when we find out exactly what the requirements we will have to add to the market to have the 2020 season.
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The Westcliffe Farm and Makers Market starts this Wednesday, June 12th. The market opens at 9:00 am and runs until 1:00 pm. We have several vendors committed to the market so far this season and are looking forward to seeing all of you.
We will have several craft vendors, produce and personal care vendors.
Our last post set out requirements for our vendors to acquire liability insurance for this season. It was kind of sprung on us at the “last minute” so to speak, which would require our vendors to scramble for getting insurance.
Our insurance company has given our vendors a reprieve and has said that it would be put off until next season.
If you have already acquired insurance, thank you. It is a good idea to cover your product and your booth in case of theft or some other occurrence.
If you have any questions, you can message me here or through the facebook page for WestcliffeFarmersMarket.
The 2019 market season is fast approaching. Our first market this season will be Wednesday June 12th, 2019. We are looking forward to seeing our returning vendors and new vendors that would like to join our market for this season.
We have a new requirement this year, that we learned of as we were starting the renewal process for this season, that has been imposed on us by our insurance company and their underwriters. All vendors will have to have liability insurance to set up in the market. What that looks like is a general liability policy that includes product liability. Your policy should have a $1 million per occurrence with a $2 million aggregate. We will have to have proof of your insurance before you are able to set up in the market.
We have done some research and if you join the Colorado Farmers Market Association http://www.cofarmersmarkets.org ) for $50 a year, you may be able to get vendor insurance for as little as $275 per year. You may also be able to obtain insurance from your own insurance agency if you let them know what you are looking for.
You can get the information you need to join or re-join the market under the tab at the top of the page that says “Calling All Vendors”. We will need to have both the vendor agreement and the vendor application filled out and sent to us at the address listed on the forms. Please make sure you read the vendor agreement as that has what you are agreeing to to participate in the market. We will also need to have a copy of your insurance.
I know this is a bit of a shock, as we have never had to require this before.
The first three weeks of the farmer’s market are under our belts. We are pleased with the vendors that we have this year, and we keep adding to the variety as more vendors hear about our market and want to come and participate.
Something that has been quite beneficial to the market this year is that we have food vendors that are offering attendees and vendors alike choices in actually having something to eat while at the market. We have a vendor that is cooking up Sangre’s Best Beef and offering cheeseburgers and hotdogs fresh off the grill, served with salad, dessert and a drink for a reasonable price.
We have the Rocky Mountain Food Truck setting up in the market on Wednesdays. They are offering breakfast for the early birds and then switching to lunch later in the morning. Last week she had street tacos that were a big hit with everyone that I spoke to that ate lunch there.
Another vendor that is bringing fresh produce, pasture raised chicken, pork and beef is Nola Naturals from Howard, CO. They were at the market last year and for people that are looking for organically raised meats and other produce, they are a good place to look.
On a less happy note, the market has been informed by the Town of Westcliffe that having the market at Jess Price park is a safety hazard. They are saying that starting next year, we will no longer be able to rent the park and hold the market there. They have yet to let us know where they want to move us, but if you like having the market easily accessible, please let the powers that be know that moving the market is not in the best interest of the town’s residents or the market.
I have created a petition at the following link: Save the Market petition and if you would like to let the “powers that be” know that you like having the market where it is and would be willing to digitally sign the petition, please click on the link.
Come out and join us at 9:00 tomorrow morning to get your fresh vegetables and other goodies from the market. We are open on Wednesdays from 9:00 to 1:00 and would love to see you there.
In just over a week, on Wednesday, June 6th, the 2018 market season will begin in Westcliffe. We will be located at Jess Price Park, on Main Street, just as we have been in years past. The market runs from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m every Wednesday from June to October.
While we are pleased to have several vendors returning this year, we are excited about the new vendors that have signed up. We have added some new items to the market that will give you, our customers, more choices to choose from.
There will be a variety of items to tempt you as you shop, but as is the “problem” with living at this altitude, produce may be limited some what for the first few markets. We will have Scot and his wonderful greens, Nola Naturals is returning this year with their organic produce and meats and there may be some others that jump in as crops start producing.
If you are a vendor and have sent in your applications and payments, I have received them and all payments that I have received will be deposited this week.
If you are looking to be a vendor and have not printed out your application, or have any questions about vending at the market, please contact me at email@example.com or at 719-213-9498. If you get my voicemail, please leave me a message and I will get back to you as soon as I can. Vendor registration is never closed until we fill up the park and can’t fit any more vendors.