Located downtown on S. Uncompahgre, between Main Street & S. 1ST Street 433 S First Street, Montrose CO, 81401 EVERY SATURDAY May 9, 2020- October 31, 2020 Every other Saturday starting December 5th
UPDATE- April 8, 2020- Please come ready for any type of weather and with your Face Masks for protection. Please stop at the Managers Booth for a candid picture for our Facebook/Instagram page, and show our support to keep this virus contained. We are an Essential Business, Please shop and soon we will be able to enjoy each others company in the presence of community!!
COVID-19/CORONAVIRUS SAFETY AT MFM; MONTROSE FARMERS MARKET REMAINS OPEN-Farmers Market Health and Safety for Vendors, Shoppers, and Staff: Updated Friday June 12, 2020: Colorado Officials announced that along with grocery stores, Colorado Farmers Markets may continue to operate and are exempted from the limits on public gatherings of no more than 50 people. We cannot express enough our gratitude to our local officials in recognizing that Farmers Markets and our vendors are an essential food resource for our community. Now more than ever, we see the importance of our local food systems through the work our farmers are doing to keep us nourished and healthy.
Reliable access to food is a human right and it is critical that our food supply chain maintain – and even be prepared to expand – operations throughout this pandemic. We believe that MFM is an essential food resource, and plays an integral part in our local food system and economy. Our intention is to protect vendors and shoppers at the market, and make every effort to not disrupt our normal Saturday flow. Many of the precautions recommended by the CDC to reduce transmission of the coronavirus COVID-19 are things our vendors are well versed in. Safe food handling is an important practice required by all MFM vendors. Things like staying home when you’re sick, rigorous hand washing, proper cough covering, etc. are all things our expert vendors have practiced until they are second nature. All MFM vendors are required to abide by all food safety laws and regulations. We are working with our vendors to ensure maximum food safety precautions, and have increased sanitation stations at the market. In addition to vendors following increased food safety guidelines we are taking the additional steps to ensure a safe environment at MFM:
Open air sampling is discouraged, some vendors have samples that they can give out from a covered container with tongs.
Vendors are still allowed to sell prepackaged food items, though are encouraging customers to not linger and eat on-site
We will be spacing vendors further apart, as much as we can in the space we have.
Vendors will be wearing Masks and Gloves while handling your food choices. When possible the vendors will have two people present to take money and handle food.
We encourage our customers to take these simple steps to help keep your family safe:
Farmers markets are all about interacting and visiting with your community, but first and foremost we are a food resource. To that end, please limit your human interactions to an elbow bump and a wave. Please try to make your visit as short as possible, to allow for more customers to come into the market, and keep the human contact low.
Please practice socially spacing by keeping a distance of 6+ feet from other customers and vendors.
While we have been deemed a Critical Retail Infrastructure and are exempt from the 50+ people ban, we will still be monitoring crowds. At some times, we may have to ask people to wait to enter the pavilion.
Please shop with your eyes, not your hands. We will be encouraging vendors to pick and bag items for you.
Wash your hands often for at least 20 seconds and be thorough – soaping up the palms of your hands, the backs of your hands, your wrists, and between your fingers.
If you are sick, please stay home and ask a friend or family member to pick things up for you at MFM instead. Look into our Curbside Ordering option!!
Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
If you need to sneeze or cough, sneeze or cough into a tissue or into the crease of your elbow.
Wash all produce thoroughly before using it.
Wash your reusable produce bags between MFM visits. If you bring plastic bags to MFM for your products, wash the bags and allow them to completely dry before using them again.
If vendors have the capability, we are encouraging vendors to use Credit Card or check purchases and allow the vendor to sign an X for you.
We are monitoring this and are taking all necessary precautions to ensure the safety of all shoppers. We encourage you to visit the CDC website for updated information and safety precaution tips at cdc.gov.
Montrose Farmers Market is a project/program of Valley Food Partnership (VFP), a local non-profit dedicated to local food access and support for local agriculture production and education. This is a good time to support the local Montrose Farmers Market as community members need a variety of ways to access healthy food sources. The City of Montrose, VFP, and other non-profits in the community are rallying together to provide access to local food resources for homebound people and those who are immunosuppressed; there are options to get food to those in need. Visit VFP Website: www.ValleyFoodPartnership.org for more information regarding programs offered by Valley Food Partnership. This page will be updated with information as this situation continues to develop. Thank you for your continued support and understanding! -MFM Manager, VFP Executive Director, Board of Directors, Staff, and Producers
Vendors As of 10/10/2020 “the Lot” Wag’s Orchard Eatin’ Greens Juno Farms Yurtstead Jennison Farms Chamberlain Farm Lady Bird Baking/ Pine Cone Catering Hartman Gardens Grandpa’s Peanut Brittle 3 Acre Poultry Western Heritage Farms Happy Hogs Farm San Juan Mobile Coffee “the Plaza” Kim and Camille's Glass Spicy Mamas Ceramics Teas2Please Home ByMagan Renew By Anderson (Sponsor) Palisade Peaches Morning Dew Coffee Roasters Reiki Ramona (Bill Wilson) Paw Print Pottery “the Beach” Mountain Valley Herbals Macario’s Winter Moon Gifts Grand Valley Gourmet Mesa Micro Farming Memaw’s Build A Soil
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