A Local-Food-Only Thanksgiving is possible by shopping at Taos Farmers Market this November! You can get all the fixins for your big holiday meal right from the beautiful agricultural lands around Taos. We will also have local turkey, growing outside on green pasture from Tierra Sagrada Farm located in Bernalillo, NM – this is currently the closest location raising pastured turkey for sale on a market sales scale. Please reserve your turkey TODAY by contacting Sage at: firstname.lastname@example.org for turkey pick up on 11/19/22 at market, see more info below this text box.
What I love most about November Markets is the food carefully grown all season that our farmers have prepared for winter storage. I love nothing more than eating local all year round, luckily we can store winter staples such as garlic, onions, dried red chile, beans, chicos, blue corn atloé, honey, winter squash, root veggies, meat, apples, carrots, soap & lotions, etc….I also believe a strong blub of garlic makes a perfect holiday gift! But theres something LOCALY GROWN for everyone on your list be it food or body products or the holiday dinner itself.
Join us 9am-12pm ON the Plaza the first 3 Saturdays in November. All November Markets are weather permitting meaning if it is snowing Friday night or Saturday morning market could be cancelled, cancellation notices will be on our Instagram @taos_farmers_marketor on our Facebook page here
Requirements: Employee needs to be at the Market site at 6:00 am to set-up and must stay until the Market is completely cleaned up and closed-down, no later than 2:00 pm. Employee needs a vehicle equipped with a trailer hitch to pull the Market’s trailer to the Plaza (Market Day site). Employee needs to be comfortable with pulling, backing and parking a trailer.
Term: Contract starts on the last Saturday in August and continues every Saturday through the third week in November for a total of 13 markets. Contract is for the season and paid semi-monthly. Starting at $15/hour.
Summary of Tasks:
Pulling the Market trailer to the Plaza each Saturday morning
Setting up streets signs on the way to the market early on Saturday mornings
Setting up at the Plaza:
Putting up banners and signs
Setting up road blocks
Unloading Info Booth supplies/merch
Helping Retail Manager set up Info Booth as needed
Setting up extra canopies, chairs and tables
During the Market:
Checking in vendors and assigning booth spaces for day vendors
Generally helping Vendors as needed
Collecting completed applications from new vendors
Collecting Vendor fees
Enforcing Market rules (See “Vendor Agreement” for all rules)
Recording Vendor attendance
Recording Customer attendance
Coordinating with Retail Manager & Assistant Retail Manager on all Market Day business: cash bank, EBT/SNAP sales, WIC, merchandise ordering, Daily Accounting sheets, etc. and helping in Info Booth as needed
Answering questions from vendors & the public
Coordinating and overseeing volunteers as needed
Passing out info/surveys/etc to Vendors as needed
Coordinating with Business Manager as needed to plan musicians, special events, cooking demos, etc.
After the Market:
Allowing in Vendor vehicles around roadblocks, keeping out non-market traffic until 1:30pm
Packing all Market equipment and supplies into trailer
Checking Plaza for garbage, take trash to dumpsters, etc.
Picking up signs and banners
Returning trailer to storage area
If the Site Manager is unable to fulfill his/her duties for a particular Saturday during the season, they are responsible for finding their replacement so that the duties of this contract are covered.
Join our Farmers with all their fresh local produce at the Library Parking Lot 8am-12:30pm for this one day only where we move the whole market so that the Fiestas de Taos can happen on the Plaza. We will still have many of our regular vendors and live music by John Barber. Park at the Town Hall Parking lot just next to the Library Parking Lot where we will be set up for easy access to fresh local food!
We will return to the Plaza 7/30/22 and for the rest of the regular season 8am-12:30pm through 10/29/22.
This special update is only for our customers who use EBT benefits at market:
We just wanted to write to let you all know what the issue was last week with the EBT machine. The company that leases us the machine & connects us for our transactions sent us a new EBT machine. When Solomon and Sierra were trying to get the machine to work last week we just expected it would allow transactions since it was connecting to the cell tower and had data capabilities so we couldn’t figure out why it wasn’t working (in the past troubleshooting at market usually allowed us to eventually get connected). I spent all week dealing with the company and on both sides we couldn’t figure out what the confusion was between their system and our machine. Unfortunately the machine we have currently is defective, so they ordered me a new machine yesterday finally but it will not be here by tomorrow for market. We WILL be able to process EBT & DUFB tomorrow but without the machine so we will have to do it by phone. Due to this you should plan accordingly to expect a longer waiting line for EBT since the phone system takes a little longer than the machine. Also we recommend you get as much $ EBT tokens as you will need or more so that you will not have to return to the Info Booth to get more tokens since the line will be long so it gives a chance for all customers to get their EBT rather than some customers doing multiple transactions and holding up the line. We will still be matching your EBT tokens as usual with Double Up Food Bucks (DUFB) for fresh fruits & vegetables.
Since our community is going through an actual emergency right now with this fire it is more important than ever to us to get especially the displaced families their EBT money to shop with our farmers & bakers. Also the USDA sent us an email this week that informed us that through 6/13/22 EBT customers will be able to buy hot food to eat at market with EBT wooden tokens. See the USDA notice below:
Sorry for the EBT issues on Opening Day, it is not how we wanted to start off the season! If you know anything about astrology you know that mercury in retrograde means ‘communication & connectivity issues’ so voila its written in the stars that we would be struggling with this and finally we have some sort of solution for tomorrow. We expect the new machine to arrive next week so if all goes as planned by 5/28 we should be operating EBT with the machine as usual. The EBT & DUFB program is what we put the most hours into during market and through the week since we know how much it helps the greater community and we got to look out for one another to get local food on EVERY table!
Join us back on the Plaza for our Opening
Day Celebration! Many of our farmers have been hard at work and are
ready to hit the ground running this season with fresh, local,
naturally-grown produce and plant starts. Come get some plant starts or
even fruit trees to start the garden of your dreams this year, the
benefit of buying plants from local sources is that the plants are
already acclimated to our environment by growing at this elevation,
temperature & sunshine from seed (possibly over many years). If we
have learned anything as consumers these past few years it is that food
security is paramount, no yard is too small any patch of soil given
attention and care can produce food. Get to know your farmers and the
land you live on, our community will be more resilient from you getting
your hands in the soil!
We have a lot of new Non-Farmer Vendors this year making the commitment to Local Food First by upholding our mission. The
Mission of the Taos Farmers’ Market is to support, promote and expand
local agriculture by providing a premier market for local farmers to
sell meat, eggs, dairy, produce, and plants.
Our Non-Farmer Vendors are selected through a tough jury process by the
TFM Board of Directors (made up of 4 Farmer Vendors & 1 Non-Farmer
Vendor) each year in March. We always receive more applications than
the 18 spaces we have available for Non-Farmer Vendors so the
competition is tight. The Board selects the Non-Farmer Vendors with the
most creative and LOCAL ingredients in each of their products they make
since they list every ingredient on their applicaitons. The
Non-Farmers are the creatives of our market, taking what amazing
ingredients our farmers work hard to grow and turning fresh local
agricultural goods into ready to eat food, canned goods, baked breads,
and body products. The goal is that every product we allow our
Non-Farmer Vendors to sell at market has been made with locally grown or
wild-harvested ingredients from our beautiful surrounding lands. Our
Non-Farmer Vendors showcase the ingredients our farmers grow: so ask
them who grew the tomatoes & herbs in their sauce or inquire as to
where they sourced their wheat and you’ll quickly see how interconnected
our vendors are and how beautifully intricate our local food system
We’re so happy to be back, see you at the market!
The TFM Team
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Here is a list of modifications to our market we have in place:
To protect others, stay home if you are sick. Vendors may not come to market if ill.
Taos county is “Turquoise level” which means we can operate with no capacity limits since we are an essential business operating in an outdoor space
No customer handling of products. Customers should not touch anything on the Vendor’s table, the Vendor will be the only person touching your food until you bring it home and wash it as you should always do with fresh produce.
Do not place your personal shopping bags on vendors tables.
All vendors must have hand sanitizer for their personal use, the market has provided every vendor a bottle of locally crafted hand sanitizer for this very purpose.
All Vendor Booths are spaced out 6 feet in all directions for ample room for vendors and shoppers.
Our office has recently reconsidered the restrictions for farmers’ markets. I am happy to provide some new guidance. Farmers markets are categorized as an essential businesses that is a “retail space” in the Public Health Order. Farmers’ markets are part of this category because they are businesses that generate more than one-third of their revenue from the sale of consumable food and beverages. If a farmers’ market generates more than one-third of their revenue from food and beverage goods, non-food vendors may participate within the same market. However, farmers’ markets are subject to the occupancy limits for essential businesses identified as retail spaces for the county they operate in. Farmers’ markets must also comply with the applicable COVID Safe Practices.
Sincerely, Maria S. Dudley Associate General Counsel Office of Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham”
We serve the farmers who rely on direct market sales for their livelihood, providing our community with the freshest, healthiest food available, while considering the safety and health of everyone involved. The short supply chain of local food is now more important now than ever and we will continue to strive to bring those products in the safest and most effective way possible.