Season Opener

After a couple of  hiccups with the start of the market last week, we are off and running.  All of the wrinkles have been ironed out, and we are good to go.  The hours of the market are 9:00 to 1:00, and the location is still Jess Price Park at 4th and Main.

We have some great produce suppliers as well as fabulous crafters.  Come by and see what all of our vendors have to offer.

Market Opening

I would like to, first off, apologize for the miscommunication on the opening of the farmers market.  There were some circumstances that were beyond my control that delayed the opening of the farmers market.  The problems that delayed the opening are being righted and everything should be back on track for the opening on June 21st.

We have some great vendors that have committed to the market and we will have fresh produce, pottery, jewelry,  hand crafted lotions, soaps and essential oils.  We will also have other drop in vendors that will bring things like hand woven rugs.

Please, don’t let the circumstance that prevented the opening on June 14th, keep you from coming and enjoying the market when we open.

Market Opening

The beginning of the Market season starts this Wednesday, June 14th, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.  I am looking forward to working with the vendors and making the market a- good place to come and get some fresh produce and baked goods, or things like pottery, lotions, soaps and handmade items.

We are still looking to supplement the produce vendor(s) we have and would invite all gardeners that garden without the use of pesticides or other chemicals from the area that have a surplus to come and sell at the market.  There is nothing better than fresh, locally grown vegetables to supplement your diet.

We are still trying to fill out the roster of vendors, so if you are a vendor that would be interested in setting up at our market, please contact me, the market manager, at 719-783-0593 or 719-213-9498.

Please come out and join us for the Westcliffe Farmers Market at Jess Price park on Wednesday mornings from June 14, 2017 until October 11, 2017 (weather permitting…hey this is Westcliffe where it can snow in September).

 

We are Getting Closer

to the start of Market season.

Here it is the 19th of May and we actually had snow again today..makes me think spring will never get here, but I know that it will.

We have less than a month until the market opens for the season, and we still have vendor spots open that we would like to fill.  If you are interested in vending, please contact me at westcliffefarmersmarket@gmail.com.

We are still looking for a produce vendor/vendors that will complement Brick Street from Salida.  If anyone has a contact that we can get in touch with, please let me know.  We are also looking for cooked food vendors, such as the burgers and sausages that we had last year.  If anyone is up for that this year, let me know.

Something new for the market this year is that we will have either live or canned music every week to make the atmosphere of the market more festive.  We want to grow the market and think that the addition of music will make the atmosphere more inviting for both vendors and patrons alike.

I’m looking forward to working with you all this season…let’s make this the best one yet!

Vendor’s meeting under our belts

We had our vendor’s meeting this evening and I think it was a great success.  We had a room full of people and 9 returning or new vendor’s signed up for this coming season.

The first market for 2017 will be on June 14th and hopefully we will be able to run the market through October 8th, weather permitting.

If you weren’t able to make it to the meeting, please get a hold of me so that we can get a vendor’s application filled out so your spot is reserved for this season.

2017 Vendor’s Meeting

The 2017 vendor’s meeting for the market will be held at the Custer County Library in the Community room on April 21st from 5 – 7 p.m.

If you are interested in vending at the market for the season, or on a drop in basis, please attend the meeting so that I can meet you and we can get a good idea on what the market is going to look like this year.

Thanks in advance for your participation and interest in the farmer’s market.

Now recruiting vendors for the season

Westcliffe Farmers Market is just around the corner!   Once again our market will be held every Wednesday morning from 9am-1pm, June til October.  With the goal of promoting healthy, local foods to Westcliffe and surrounding communities, the Wet Mountain Valley Food Cooperative hosts this local food and craft market each summer. The Co-op board is currently recruiting new vendors to sell naturally grown produce, prepared foods, local honey and free-range eggs .

The Wet Mountain Valley Food Cooperative will host an organizational meeting for potential Westcliffe Farmers Market vendors in late April get on our email westcliffefarmersmarket@gmail.com. New and returning vendors are encouraged to attend this informational meeting to learn more about participating this season of the Westcliffe Farmers Market.

Please click on the following links to download our vendor forms:
Westcliffe Farmers Market Vendors Application  **Please note that level 2 vendors are no longer available  **updating applications will be applied soon

2012 Westcliffe Farmers Market Kick-Off BBQ

It’s that time again! Thursday, June 14th, 2012 is the Annual Westcliffe Farmers Market kick-off BBQ. Festivities begin at 2:00 p.m, and continue through the day until 5:30 p.m. The market continues to grow and this year is no exception. Several new vendors have registered to offer their skills or trade “for sale”.
Marian’s Gourmet will be grilling up Sangre’s burgers and hot dogs, sandwiched between homemade buns from your local bakery. Bring a chair, sit in the park, enjoy the festivities, shop, browse and listen for the Free Range Chickens as they entertain the masses.
New to this years market is the Double Bucks program and don’t forget you can also use your EBT card. Stop by the Farmer’s Market Information booth for more on the programs.
If you have joined the Farm Fresh Buyers Club and need to pick up your order, stop by the red tent. Be sure to bring your reusable shopping bag along for all those purchases.  If you’d like to register for the Farm Fresh Buyers Club program, click on the link at the top of this page.

Vendors can set up beginning at 1:00 p.m.  Please move your vehicles from the front of the market after unpacking your goods.  Parking is available in the alley behind the market and along the side streets.

For those residents getting off work later in the afternoon the market is open until 5:30 p.m.

Values abound at Westcliffe Farmers Market

By Susan Grijalva

I recently found myself spending several days in the beautiful town of Westcliffe, Colorado. What a lovely spot to visit with spectacular scenery and very friendly people. Since I was in town on a Thursday I happened upon the weekly Westcliffe Farmer’s Market.

A low-stress, no-cooking, low-cost meal prepared with fresh foods from the Westcliffe Farmers Market.

Where I live in Seattle I am a regular at my local farmer’s market and because of my serious interest in food and cooking I’m always on the lookout for wonderful local organic produce. I was pleasantly surprised to find an abundance of beautiful organic produce, plus an array of other vendors selling cheeses, homemade breads and pastries, grass-fed beef, jams and jellies, herbal teas, lotions and even some local singers performing for the market shoppers.

I was delighted by the assortment and quality of the produce and my only challenge was to try to spend the $20 I had in my wallet. I was amazed at how cheap the prices were for great produce. I never did spend all of my $20 and now back in Seattle where I spend triple that amount for organic produce I look back fondly at the Westcliffe Farmer’s Market and wish I had the opportunity to shop there more often.