MONTE VISTA— The Monte Vista Farmers Market will open on Friday, July 19 in the former Super Foods parking lot with a variety of food and crafts.
Deanne Elliottt has longed believed that the city needs a farmers market, but it took her a while to decide to do it. She believes, “a farmers market tells a little bit about a town.”
Now that the idea has become a reality she has received support from the Alamosa Farmers Market and others. She said people tell her they are excited to see it start.
Elliott’s family owns the Centennial, Elliott Farms in the Valley, and she does have her own garden. Elloitt doesn’t expect to sell her goods at the market, but she believes the market is fitting for the area. She points out that the Valley is an agricultural area with many local farms and gardeners saying, “it’s a good thing in a community.”
At the first market, Elliottt expects to see fresh produce suppliers, honey, beans and some handmade crafts. The sellers must either be the ones who produce the crafts or someone close to them. Elliottt wants to offer local products and to avoid competing with others in the city.
Coffee and baked goods may be offered, as well as a mobile kitchen. The kitchen would feature produce available at the market. They would hand out free samples and recipes.
Eventually, she would like to offer music, but doesn’t have the budget to pay for their services. If anyone is interested in playing at the market they can contact Elliott through the market email address. She thinks they may be able to pay for entertainment for next year’s market.
Elliottt says that she is committed to “doing it for several years,” and she is very grateful for the help she has received. When planning the market she contacted organizers at the Alamosa Farmers Market. They were very informative and even gave her a list of vendors to contact. Then she was able to go out and find more in the area.
Friends and city officials have also helped Elliottt bring the market to fruition. She said Dianna Hamilton and Margo Alexander will help during the market to make sure there are always a couple of volunteers available. Jenna Ford has donated the use of her land in the parking lot and Monte Vista Community Fund Member Debbie Garcia has also helped get the market going.
The market will be organized under the nonprofit MVCF. Sellers can call or email ahead of time or just show up on the day they would like to sell. Booths will be available for $10 for a table and vehicle space or $5 for a table space. Vendors will need a permit, which can be arranged at the city hall or at the market for $5.
Vendors can begin arriving at 7:30 and the market will open at 8 a.m. each Friday from July 19 to Sept. 27.
For more information on the Monte Vista Farmers Market email MonteFarmersMarket@gmail.com or call the Chamber of Commerce at 852-2731.