June 2022 Market Entertainment Schedule

JUNE MUSIC:

6/4- Marlo Mortensen
6/11- The Quijano Wood Family Band
6/18- Nick Hans
6/25- Jack Lorang


We are happy to announce that The Puppet Theatre los Titiriteros, Cristina Masoliver & her puppets
will be returning to market!

Come enjoy the show this month on June 25th!
It will include 2 full length puppet shows (1/2 hour each show) shows begin at 10am & 11am – See taospuppettheater.org for more info


EBT updates 5/20/22

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!

Love,
Team TFM
(Jennifer & Solomon & Sierra)

Opening Day 2022: May 14th!

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 truly is!

We’re so happy to be back, see you at the market!
The TFM Team

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https://mailchi.mp/bc51e58f1227/tfm-opening-day-may-14-market-news

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2022 Applications available for download

Returning Vendors will receive a blank 2022 copy by mail this week, mailed out 3/3/22.

New Vendors can go to our Vendors page to download a 2022 application now. Find all applications at the bottom of the Vendors page.

Reminder that Non-Farmer Vendors must get their completed application back to us by 4/1/22.
Non-Farmer Vendors will be notified of the status of their application (acceptance or denial) by 4/21/22.

Mail to: PO BOX 3114 Taos, NM 87571
OR
Email to: info@taosfarmersmarket.org

Health Safety Measures 2021

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.
  • NM Governor says as of 5/16/20:
    “Masks will be required of everyone in public places, with exceptions for eating, drinking and exercising and medical requirements.” (see: https://www.governor.state.nm.us/2020/05/13/state-to-further-modify-public-health-emergency-order/

“March 3, 2021

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.

We’re Hiring: Retail Manager 2021

Apply by sending your resume & cover letter to info@taosfarmersmarket.org

We’re looking for a responsible, community-minded individual to join us at market this summer! Starting rate $12/hour 7am-2pm every Saturday

Retail Manager
(Job Description)
Requirements:
Employee needs to be at the Market site at 7:00 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 to be able to lift at least 30 lbs.
Term:
Job begins on the third Saturday in May and continues every Saturday through the third Saturday in November for a total of 28 regular markets. Salary is paid semi-monthly during the season. Salary is $12 per hour, not to exceed 10 hours per week, for the season (28 markets).
Summary of Tasks:
Retail Manager is responsible for the following:
Info Booth Set-up:

● Unloading and setting up all Info Booth items needed for each market day
● Pop up tent, tables, table cloth, merchandise, till, EBT machine and tokens, flyers, signs, etc…
● Assisting vendors and Site Manager as needed

During Market:

● Managing the Farmers’ Market Booth:

o Selling merchandise and providing information about the Market and local food/agriculture (including volunteer opportunities and vendor information)
o Managing the EBT/DUFB program (redeeming points with wireless terminal, collecting
tokens from vendors, taking responsibility for a sizeable cash bank balance, and balancing the bank at the close of each market)
o Filling out Daily Accounting sheet to be given to Business Manager at the end of each market
o Making sure all EBT/DUFB & WIC information is compiled and delivered to the Business Manager for filing reports to the proper agencies

● Coordinating and overseeing volunteers as needed
● Assisting Assistant Retail Manager as needed and when able
● Assisting Site Manager with the enforcement of all Market rules and regulations
● Fielding questions from the public
● Collecting all completed applications from new vendors and delivering to Business Manager
● Helping with the registering of farmers with WIC contracts, delivering this information to Business Manager
● Answering questions and dealing with vendor problems, relaying all concerns to Site Manager
After the Market:
● Packing all Info Booth equipment and supplies into appropriate boxes then into trailer and assisting Site Manager with overall market clean up/pack up
● Checking Plaza for garbage, etc.
● Picking up signs and banners
● Maintaining adequate copies of all necessary forms for the upcoming market, communicating to Business Manager when more forms need to be printed out:

o Daily Accounting forms
o WIC applications
o Copies of Rules and Regulations
o Farmer/Grower Vendor applications
o EBT Token Exchange Slips
o Flyers, etc.

If the Retail Manager is unable to fulfill his/her duties for a particular Saturday during the Season, they are responsible for finding their own replacement so that the duties of this job are covered.

Opening Day 2021 – May 15th! Saint Isidro Day Patron Saint of Farmers

Join us back on the Plaza May 15, 2021 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, no yard is too small any patch of soil given attention and care can produce food. Get to know your farmers and you get to know the land you live on, we promise you’ll taste the difference.

May 15 also happens to be Dia de San Isidro Labrador patron saint of farmers – to celebrate this Saint who many of our farmers pay homage to we are partnering with the Alianza Agri-Cultura de Taos, Taos Valley Acequia Association, Taos Land Trust, & the Taos Country Economic Development Center to bring Auntie Nannie’s Seed Exchange station to the market. Come learn about farming and planting and all that goes into local food production from groups who know the ins & outs of farming and food production in Taos!

They have a whole week of activities planned see their promotional flyer on our Facebook or Instagram pages & join in on the fun!

Please follow all current state/local health orders when visiting market thank you!

2021 Vendor Applications Now Available

Returning Vendors will receive a blank 2021 copy by mail this week, to be mailed out 3/1/21.

New Vendors can go to our Vendors page to download a 2021 application now.

Reminder that Non-Farmer Vendors must get their completed application back to us by 4/1/21.

November Markets 2020 dates & times!


Get all your Thanksgiving fixing and TURKEY locally at market! We will be holding market for the first 3 Saturdays in November:
11/7,
11/14,
11/21

from 9am-12pm outside on the Plaza.

Our farmers will have fall vegetables and we have a poultry vendor, Pollo Real from Socorro, NM who will be selling heritage breed turkey, order ahead or pick up your turkey 11/21

ALL of our original extra safety measures will be continuously followed through the end of the season 2020 – see here