Farmers Markets have been declared essential businesses in Colorado because they form a crucial link in our food supply chain. This year, perhaps more than ever, our local producers will be critical in providing our Valley with access to fresh, wholesome food! Shopping at farmers markets can be an effective way to safely be part of a community and keep you and your loved ones healthy!
The CBFM opened as scheduled on Sunday, May 31st and we have worked closely with our State and County officials to ensure an environment that is as welcoming and safe as possible. We are planning to include hand washing and sanitizing stations for customers, eliminate sampling, increase vendor spacing and add Senior Shopping Hours for our most vulnerable citizens. We are also working on developing an online marketplace with quick pick-up or delivery options for those that cannot attend the market.
Due to COVID-19 concerns, we have found it necessary to cancel both our Sprouts Booth and our Community Outreach Booths this season. The Sprouts Booth was traditionally a space reserved for local children to sell their handcrafted goods, and our Community Outreach Booths were offered to area non-profits to inform the public about their organizations. Unfortunately, these types of additions to the market have been deemed non-essential and are therefore not allowed this season. Additionally, we were required to cut all vendors not offering goods or services classified as essential. For the 2020 market season, vendors have been prioritized in the following order:
Farmers and ranchers selling whole, uncut foods
Value-added foods and ready to eat foods that are packaged for consumption off-premises; and
Artisans that produce products that are considered essential: i.e. soap, herbal tinctures, pet food, flower farmers