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

Opening Day 5/23 + more safety measures

We have worked hard in tandem with the Town to fulfill the public health requests of the Town/Governor and we feel more than ready to open to the public! The market will be a place where we can shop safety while buying the freshest, most nutrient-dense food in Taos. Since we will have a person limit at 25% capacity, once you get through the entrance gate please get what you need and move out of the market, see map below.   There will likely be a line of people waiting to enter the market area so the faster you shop the more people who will have access to our vendors’ goods. Please follow the chalk arrows on the ground for market flow and wait in line on the chalk waiting lines in front of each booth, 2 people waiting per booth. If we all keep it chill and respectful while following these guidelines we can continue to hold market so please help us!!! The better we can all follow these directives the better our chances of staying open to provide fresh, local food to our community!

Our EBT/DUFB program will be open to market shoppers.

See the map below in the Taos News this Thursday so you can make a game plan for your market visit!

We will have 30 CSA style produce bags for drive thru pick up starting at 9am see map, cost per bag will be $35 credit or cash, unfortunately we can’t do EBT for these bags but we can for shopping in the market. It will be first come first serve for the drive thru bags, please leave this service to the elderly and vulnerable. If you can shop for yourself do!

We would like to provide our customers and community with an update on the Taos Farmers Market changes put in place that provide a safer and healthier environment to shop during this time of heightened anxiety. We want you to know that we take the safety and health of our customers and vendors very seriously.

Our farmers are working hard every day to provide our community with the freshest food available in Taos. Our farmers market is safer than shopping in a conventional grocery store so please remember that fact and let it allow you to feel safe and confident while shopping. Farmers’ markets are formally deemed as an “essential business” by the state govt so they are not considered gatherings. Our farmers provide the freshest most nutrient rich foods with shortest distribution line (literally from the farmer’s hands to you!). Again we operate completely outside and with our strong mountain sunshine we are so blessed to live in such a safe and healthy environment.

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.
  • Everyone must wear a face mask while at market
  • We will have 4 hand-washing stations located around the Plaza for public and vendor use.
  • There will be no sampling during this time.
  • 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.
  • No reusable produce bags for the vendor to fill at this time, but personal shopping bags are encouraged.
  • 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.
  • The prepared food vendors will sell to-go items only.
  • All Vendor Booths are spaced out 8 to 10 feet apart for ample room for vendors and shoppers.
  • Follow the chalk arrows on the ground to direct you around the market’s flow for customers
  • Please notice and use the chalk lines on the ground in front of vendor booths for how to stand in line, 2 people allowed to wait in line at one time per vendor
  • Since we will be counting people in and out of the market area we ask that you come to pick up your produce and leave, please do not hang out in the Plaza, at this point we need to operate solely as a place to buy food.  There will likely be a line at all times of people waiting to get into market to shop so please be quick so that everyone has a chance to shop
  • We will be sanitizing EBT/DUFB tokens each week between market days & we have safety procedures in place for the EBT terminal during market
  • 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/

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 have also added an extra half hour to market for the whole season, our new hours for 2020 are 8am-1pm.

Emergency Info for 5/16/20 DRIVE UP ONLY

We have the sad news to announce that we will not be able to hold market tomorrow in the normal way.  Due to the Govenor’s most recent health orders that the Town is responsible for enforcing, the Town doesn’t feel confident that we can control the number of people in the Plaza at any one time so for tomorrow only we will offer a DRIVE THRU style produce bag you can drive through and buy right from your vehicle.  I’m not sure how many we will have but if you are committed to local food please try to join us, by safely staying in your car.  We will have a produce bag with whats in season grown by our vendors for sale for a fixed price, simply drive up and pay by card or cash and drive away with your produce.  We will post price and contents of the bags once we know in the morning on our Facebook and Instagram. Unfortunately we will not be able to accept EBT for these bags, we will of course accept EBT once market is open in a more traditional way 5/23. Again sorry for the late notice…if we had it our way we would be holding market with all the extra safety precautions but not as a drive thru.  But we would love to offer this service through the season so that our elderly and most vulnerable customers can just ‘drive thru’!

Thank you for your commitment to local food and for your flexibility with us through this difficult time.  We are strong and we are part of one of the greatest communities! Thank you!

More safety measures as of 5.19.20

We would like to provide our customers and community with an update on the Taos Farmers Market changes put in place that provide a safer and healthier environment to shop during this time of heightened anxiety. We want you to know that we take the safety and health of our customers and vendors very seriously.

Our farmers are working hard every day to provide our community with the freshest food available in Taos. Our farmers market is safer than shopping in a conventional grocery store so please remember that fact and let it allow you to feel safe and confident while shopping. Farmers’ markets are formally deemed as an “essential business” by the state govt so they are not considered gatherings. Our farmers provide the freshest most nutrient rich foods with shortest distribution line (literally from the farmer’s hands to you!). Again we operate completely outside and with our strong mountain sunshine we are so blessed to live in such a safe and healthy environment.

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.
  • Everyone must wear a face mask while at market.
  • We will have 4 hand-washing stations located around the Plaza for public and vendor use.
  • There will be no sampling during this time.
  • 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.
  • No reusable produce bags for the vendor to fill at this time, but personal shopping bags are encouraged.
  • 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.
  • The prepared food vendors will sell to-go items only.
  • All Vendor Booths are spaced out 8 to 10 feet apart for ample room for vendors and shoppers.
  • Follow the chalk arrows on the ground to direct you around the market’s flow for customers
  • Please notice and use the chalk lines on the ground in front of vendor booths for how to stand in line, 2 people allowed to wait in line at one time per vendor
  • Since we will be counting people in and out of the market area we ask that you come to pick up your produce and leave, please do not hang out in the Plaza, at this point we need to operate solely as a place to buy food.  There will likely be a line at all times of people waiting to get into market to shop so please be quick so everyone has a chance to shop.
  • We will be sanitizing EBT/DUFB tokens each week between market days & we have safety procedures in place for the EBT terminal during market
  • 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/

We serve the farmers who rely on direct market sales for their livelihood, providing the 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 have also added an extra half hour to market for the whole season, our new hours for 2020 are 8am-1pm.

Food from Farmers Market is the shortest supply chain available in Taos (aside from your own garden)!

TFM added safety measures 2020

Our Current Public Health/Safety Initiatives:

We would like to provide our customers and community with an update on the Taos Farmers Market changes put in place that provide a safer and healthier environment to shop during this time of heightened anxiety. We want you to know that we take the safety and health of our customers and vendors very seriously.

Farmers’ markets are now formally deemed as an “essential business” by the state govt so they are not considered gatherings. There is no per-person limit, also since we operate in a totally outside setting we will allow shoppers to use their own common sense when it comes to being around others.

Our farmers are working hard every day to provide our community with the freshest food available in Taos. Our farmers market is safer than shopping in a conventional grocery store so please remember that fact and let it allow you to feel safe and confident while shopping. Our farmers provide the freshest most nutrient rich foods with shortest distribution line (literally from the farmer’s hands to you!). Again we operate completely outside and with our strong mountain sunshine we are so blessed to live in such a safe and healthy environment.

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.
  • If you are uncomfortable being around others wear whatever protective gear you see fit.
  • We will have 4 hand-washing stations located around the Plaza for public and vendor use.
  • There will be no sampling during this time.
  • 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.
  • No reusable produce bags for the vendor to fill at this time, but personal shopping bags are encouraged.
  • 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.
  • The prepared food vendors will sell to-go items only.
  • Our Info Booth merch sales are closed at this time.
  • All Vendor Booths are spaced out 8 to 10 feet apart for ample room for vendors and shoppers.

We serve the farmers who rely on direct market sales for their livelihood, providing the 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 have also added an extra half hour to market for the whole season, our new hours for 2020 are 8am-1pm.

a love letter in this time of corona…

Whew! A lot has happened! Does anyone else feel like you’re a seed that’s just been planted?  Drowning in the dark and cracking open, almost forced to grow?  I am there with you in this collective rebirth we are experiencing, but all of a sudden I’m no longer an uncomfortable seed but a strong little sprout ready for whats coming, ready to bask in the sun and soak up the rain.  In this time of introspection and grand revelations I believe many have had a hard look at many of the practices our society has allowed that may in fact contribute to our detriment.  A big piece of that exploration is our country’s food system and how unstable we become when we rely solely or heavily on the global food system.  This is why farmers markets continue to fight to exist along side the national and global dominators: Wallyworld and the like… We are reminded that when one power system or entity holds too many keys to our survival we can find ourselves locked out wondering how we ever allowed it.  Farmers markets run on a decentralized model, a collective of independent producers who like you (because they are part of your community) want the best for our local economy but even more so want the best for our local families, for each other.  They aren’t sitting in board rooms with spreadsheeting trying to squeeze out every penny…our producers look you in the eye and give you a fair price, they can shake your hand, your kids may even go to school together.  Thats why our producers continue to do things ‘the old way’ ‘the hard way’ and ‘by hand’ to deliver to market the most nutrient dense, natural, best for the soil/water/ecology food available in our town.  Like many of you may be experiencing for the first time, sowing seeds and hatching chicks, growing food at our altitude is no easy feat: with that sun so hot and the ground so hard and those temperature swings so extreme.  Farming here takes courage and the prospect of an unexpected act of nature that can send us to ruin is ever present, it is something our producers face every season.  But hey that’s something we all face as humans, we’ve just become less aware of the chaos of the natural world, of the natural cycles.  Plants in fertile soil will grow strong and blossom, may these parallels to our own lives continue as we move forward out of this uncomfortable feeling of having little to no control.  We all have the most impact right here in the community around us, what will be your impact here and now as you emerge with a new view, a new reality?  We commit to our community’s food security, it has and always will be the Taos Farmers Market’s top priority.  We will do this by upholding the traditions of farming in this valley/region and by bringing fresh food to market weekly. 

with love,
Jennifer – TFM Market Manager

We’re Hiring for 2020

3 Current Job Openings at Taos Farmers Market, click links below to download job descriptions.  Contact Jennifer at info@taosfarmersmarket.org to apply with cover letter and resume.  We’d love to have you as part of the TFM Team!

-SITE MANAGER (starting at $15/hour) Saturdays May 16-November 21

TFM Site Manager Job Description

-RETAIL MANAGER (starting at $12/hour) Saturdays May 16-November 21

TFM Retail Manager Job Description

-ASSISTANT RETAIL MANAGER (paid weekly in cash) Saturdays June 27-September 26

TFM Assitant Retail Manager Job Description

2020 Market Dates Announced & when to expect 2020 applications

2020 is here and the TFM Board of Directors is pleased to announce 2020 Market Dates: May 16-October 31 8:00am-12:30pm, with 3 November Market dates 11/7, 14, 21 9:00am-12:00pm ALL located outdoors at the historic Taos Plaza!

For those of you interested in vending with us this season we are looking forward to your applications but need some more time to get the new 2020 Applications updated and released. We are also translating our applications and vendor agreement into Spanish so we need some time… We will release the 2020 Applications and Vendor Agreement by 3/1/2020 available for download on our Vendors page here.

Cooking Demos coming June 2019!

This month we offer something totally NEW!
Free at market Cooking Demos with the incredibly talented Karen Todd.  Wondering how to combine the fresh, in-season, local ingredients you purchase at market?  Find Karen cooking a different recipe every other week in the Gazebo at 11am with food bought at market.

Cooking Demo June Dates:
June 1,
June 15,
June 29

Meet in Gazebo at 11am to watch & learn from one of Taos’ Best Chefs!

 

Sponsored by: Engel & Volkers Real Estate