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.
The farmers market welcomes new manager Lynda Hitt! We also are happy that Brickyard Produce will be with us again. Keep an eye out for our April vendors meeting Time and place TBD. Thanks again and see you at the market
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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:
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.
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.
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.
Back in 2004, Mary O’Connor was awakened by a late-night phone call from the Salida post office demanding she come pick up her boxes of bees. The insects were flying around the post office and scaring the workers. She calmly refused, explaining that there may be a few extra bees outside of the box that belonged with the queen inside, and that the stragglers would happily accompany the box to Westcliffe when they delivered it in the morning. This would not be the last time Mary would find the courage to follow her own good judgment when it came to bees.
Mary was drawn to beekeeping through her passion for plants. She was already an experienced gardener and herbalist, and saw bees as an integral part of the whole system. Her eyes light up when she talks about her “girls.” While male bees mostly sit around until it is time to mate with the queen, the “girls,” as Mary calls them, are the worker bees. They build the comb, tend the brood, collect nectar and pollen from one flower at a time, fill the honey comb and then fan the nectar with their wings to dehydrate it and turn it into honey.
When Mary began beekeeping eight years ago, conventional wisdom said bees should be treated with chemicals to avert mite infestations and given antibiotics to prevent disease. She was also instructed to use pre-fabricated plastic combs and to harvest most of the honey from the hive supplementing the bees’ diet with sugar water. Mary knew there had to be another way. She sought out a more natural approach to caring for bees, and finally found a teacher in New Mexico practicing top-bar hive beekeeping, a method in which bees build their own custom combs and eat nothing but their own honey, which naturally supports a healthy and resilient bee population. While a top-bar hive requires more tending and yields less honey, Mary is dedicated to this enchanting process.
Honey truly is a miracle product. Beyond the delight of its sweetness, honey is naturally anti-microbial and it literally never goes bad. It contains vitamins, minerals and nutrients that support the immune system. It is full of enzymes that aid in digestion, and eating local honey can even alleviate seasonal allergies.
In addition to selling delicious raw honey, Mary also crafts soaps and lotions made with honey, and healing salves made with beeswax. To learn more about beekeeping or to try out some truly amazing products visit Rosita Mary at the Westcliffe Farmers Market on any Thursday afternoon through September.
Weeds. We spend countless hours attempting to remove these pesky plants from our yards, gardens or fields, but isn’t it funny how they seem to persevere?
Perhaps we should look at weeds in a new light — some are in fact among the most wholesome sources of food and medicine available to us. Knowing this might stop us dead in our weed-stalking tracks!
Below I’ve listed three types of rascally weeds and some of their nutritional and medicinal uses. Each type offers much more than what I’ve shared here, so I encourage you to look them up in your favorite herb or botanical book and learn more. Please note, if you have sprayed them or if they have been in close proximity to a road where they have been exposed to car exhaust and fumes, then please do not consume! Please also be sure to positively identify the plant before consuming.
Lambs-Quarter (Chenopodium album): More nutritious than spinach, grab this delicious green before it goes to seed as it will become bitter. Offering a slightly nutty flavor, you can add it to your pesto, make a tincture with it, or add it to your salad mix. It is loaded with calcium and iron, as well as vitamins A and C, and other delightful and essential nutrients.
Dandelion (Taraxacum officinale): Besides making wishes with the seed heads, dandelion leaf and root is very supportive for cleansing your liver and gall bladder and ridding your body of any unwanted toxins. Slightly diuretic, dandelion is also very nutritious and tastes delicious in salads or your favorite herbal tea.
Plantain (Plantago major): a very low-growing perennial weed, plantain leaves are edible and can be enjoyed steamed, in your salad, or brewed into tea. The leaves get bitter as the plant matures, so grab the early shoots for your calcium and other essential vitamins. Plantain is also fantastic for treating any skin disorders such as mosquito bites, cuts and irritations. Crush the leaves between your fingers and rub the juice from the leaves over the injured area.
If you are interested in learning more about these weeds or other herbs and their uses, stop by the Westcliffe Farmers Market every Thursday from 2-5 p.m. where herbalists selling products that include some of our favorite weeds can share more with you.