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As the warm weather slowly fades and many move indoors for the winter, the newly-organized Winter Farmers Market will allow the community a safe space to gather, socialize, and even sell their goods. Though this is a Farmers Market, the goal is to have space for the community to gather and socialize. This is an outdoor venue located on CR 150 Salida, so visitors are encouraged to dress warmly and continue social distancing guidelines as well as mask-wearing.

Half a dozen people have signed on to sell their wares at the market with more interested in participating. With the current world being so uncertain, nothing is official. The underlying idea of the market is more about the community and is a creative experiment with room for flexibility. Max Keller, one of the organizers explained the vision for the market. Keller explained it as a “mini food court.”

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“Our community is super supportive of local vendors, growers, and producers,” Keller continued “Having this venue to share those wares is super important.” This project highlights local vendors and allows them to sell through the winter months. Purchasing locally is not only environmentally friendly but sustains local farms and producers.

The goal is to create a safe and responsible space. Keller explained “I’m trying to be flexible. We’re going to do this thing and we’re going to make it happen no matter what it takes. If we need to put seats 10 feet apart or six feet apart or 20 feet apart, whatever it is we’ll do it. If that means we need to get an extra tent to have another four people to hang out, then we’ll do that too.” Keller continued “We have 20 acres of space to do want you want to do. Anywhere we want to go, we make a space for it.”

There are plans to set up delivery of goods from the Winter Farmers Market to those who do not wish to come to the market in person, but those who do will be able to purchase products and even listen to live music in a space that allows for social distancing. The market is located at 8875 County Road 150 Salida, CO 81201.

The market hours are from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on the first and third Saturdays of the following months (see schedule below). Dates are subject to change.

The 2020 Market Schedule is as follows:

  • November 21
  • December 5
  • December 19

The 2021 dates include:

  • February 6
  • February 20
  • March 6
  • March 20