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QFM requires a $ 5 vendors fee each Sunday for all vendors over the age of 18.
Farmers, makers, and growers under age 18, QFM waives the $5 vendors fee. Here’s an idea – food plant starts, like tomatoes and basil, are good sellers and they are double-up $$ eligible.
Who must obtain a Peddlers Permit?
The Village of Questa requires a peddlers permit ($35, good for three months) to 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 permit (per Village of Questa Ordinance 2005-122). Contact the Village, (575) 586-0694, for your peddlers permit.
Accepting payment from customers using food benefits
Customers can use SNAP (EBT, food stamps) 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 take-home items, like jellies, handmade tortillas and tamales, bread, honey, eggs and more. What’s not SNAP/EBT eligible? Prepared hot foods.
QFM is a member of the NMFMA and participates in the Double-Up-Food-Bucks program (DUFB), which makes a customer’s SNAP dollars double if they buy local fruits and vegetables. Eligible foods are fruits and vegetables, fresh-cut herbs (not dried), dried pintos, dried chile pods (not in ristra form) and garden food plant starts (NM grown, within 80 miles of market).
At the start of the season vendors will receive training information about about these food benefit programs and sign an agreement with QFM in order to accept payment from customers using food benefits. At the end of every market day the vendor will receive payment by check from QFM for any SNAP or DUFB sales they had that day.
WIC and Senior Nutrition Program checks
QFM is approved by the New Mexico Department of Health (NMDOH), to accept WIC and Senior Nutrition Program checks, which means approved vendors may accept these checks at our location. To become an approved vendor, submit a vendor agreement to NMDOH. The QFM market manager will help you through the process. 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. Vendors must have a customer sign their check, and then must get this check stamped by QFM. Only checks signed and stamped correctly will be accepted by a bank.
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. Use local ingredients as much as possible. Each prepared food product should incorporate at least one or more local ingredient (local *flour, *meat, fruit, etc.).
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.
Market Manager call or text: 575-224-2102, or message.
Stronger Local Communities
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 Senior Nutrition Checks.
Our market’s goal is to support local production and particularly small scale agricultural projects. We must maintain a 50% or higher proportion of “food staples” for sale to be a farmers market. 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.
Buying and selling, trading and bartering on the local level is a wonderful way to support community and make the place where we live more vibrant. QFM asks vendors to use local ingredients as much as possible. Prepared food products should incorporate at least one local ingredient (local flour, fruit, vegetable). Craft and non-food products may also emphasize or include local elements.