Vendors, contact Gaea with general questions (575) 224-2102.
For all Vendors
This season the QFM will charge a $5 vendors fee for all vendors over the age of 18.
Younger farmers, makers, and growers, if you’re under 18 the QFM will wave the $5 vendors fee. Please join us! Here’s an idea – food plant starts, like tomatoes and basil, are good sellers and they are double-up $ eligible.
The Village of Questa requires a peddlers permit be purchased ($35, good for three months) if you sell processed foods, crafts, etc. Only the “sale of vegetables, fruits, meats, foul or farm products raised and sold in an unprocessed state” can be done without a peddlers fee (Per Village of Questa Ordinance 2005-122). Contact the Village, (575) 586-0694, for your peddlers permit.
Our market’s central goal is to support local food production and particularly small scale agricultural projects. We need to maintain a 50% or higher proportion of “food staples” for sale. Vegetables, fruits, meats, foul or farm products fit into the essential category, as do other basic take-home food items, like bread, tortillas, flour, pies, beans, chicos, and herbs.
Are you a vendor that can SNAP/EBT eligible items?
Patrons can use SNAP/EBT to purchase fresh fruits and veggies and food staples at our market. Eligible items include: all fruits and veggies grown within 80 miles of our market, packaged to take home items, like jellies, handmade tortillas and tamales, bread, honey, eggs and more. What’s not eligible? Prepared foods and hot foods available at the market.
The double-up-food-bucks program makes someone’s dollars worth double if they buy local; New Mexico grown, within 80 miles of market. Eligible foods are fruits and vegetables, or fresh herbs that are cut, dried pintos, dried chile pods (not in ristra form) and garden food plant starts.
Selling NM grown fruits and vegetables raised within 80 miles of the market and want to become approved to accept WIC and Senior Nutrition Program checks?
The QFM is approved by the New Mexico Department of Health (NMDOH), to receive WIC and Senior Nutrition Program checks, which means approved vendors may accept these checks at our location. To become approved, a vendor must submit an agreement to NMDOH. They provide the vendor agreements and vendor ID numbers to the QFM market manager. Email the market manager for your agreement today, or call 575-224-2102. If you are already approved to participate with another market, you may not be assigned a new number. REMEMBER Vendors must get their checks stamped at the same market where they accepted the checks from patrons.
Note to Prepared Food Vendors
To be an authorized/regulated farmers market we have to follow state guidelines. In order to sell prepared food (for example; jellies, fresh juice, salsa, breakfast burritos, all baked goods, bread) all prepared food vendors must abide by the food safety laws of NM and this means you need a permit to operate at the QFM.
Each person running a food booth needs to get a temporary food establishment permit ($25 a month). Call the New Mexico Environment Department in Taos at (575) 758-8808 or visit https://www.env.nm.gov/nav_permits.html for permit information. At least one person in that booth needs a food handlers card. You can take an ANSI certified course online to get this card.
Prepared food must be made in a certified commercial kitchen, or, if made on-site vendors need a permit to operate in this capacity. All prepared food vendors need to obtain a commissary agreement from a certified commercial kitchen. The Questa VFW and San Cristobal Community Center have commercial kitchens certified by the state. More details here.
Your Market Manager, (575) 224-2102, with food vendor questions.
Local commercial kitchens makes it possible for the QFM to be a regulated market, which means we can participate in state and federal food benefit programs and accept SNAP/EBT, double-up-food-bucks, WIC, and the Senior Nutrition Checks program.