2018 Annual Meeting and Conference

Join us for this year’s annual Farmers Market conference

in beautiful Montrose, CO.

Come and enjoy an informative session and take some time to play in Western Colorado.   Friday March 2, will be reserved for fieldtrips and a Cottage Food Safety Training.

Friday March 2: Check in at 12 pm Friday and join us as we visit several local farms and businesses, including a local Elk Farm and Processor. Kinikin Processing, LLC- a state of the art, full service domestic and wild game processing facility and a farm in the area that uses Antique Amish and Horse drawn equipment to work their land and has an awesome collection of  old farming equipment to view!   (Check in 12pm:  Fieldtrip and Trainings 1:00 – 4:30) Note : You will need to decide between the two events on Friday as both are held at the same time.


Cottage Food Safety Training 1:00 – 4:30 Friday March 2 – Ann Duncan, CSU Extension Tri River  (Register below)

Dinner Networking Event Friday March 2nd 5:30pm ( Fiesta Guadalajara Restaurant -Ogden Blvd )

Overnight Hotel Information: CFMA Discounted Rooms:

Saturday March 3rd

Note: (all paid tickets include a Catered Breakfast and Lunch for attendees)

  • Registration: Opens @ 7:30 am. Breakfast at the Ute Indian Museum
  • Business meeting starts at 8:30 am
  • Speakers begin 9:15 There will be time for Networking and Round Table Discussions.  
  • Session to include the following topics: 

News from the Capitol – Legislative Update from Rocky Mountain Farmers Union

Market Bootcamp for Vendors and Market Managers:  

  • Ways to AMP up your Market’s vendor displays and improve sales! 

Farmacy Rx Program: Learn about the advantages of a Vegetable Farmacy Program and Farmers Markets Presented by Abbie Brewer of Valley Food Partnership (VFP)

Grow Your Market’s Social Media PresenceMarketing and Social Media are essential in building your Farmers Market attendance and improving visibility and sales….learn some basic skills!

Colorado’s new regulations for small-scale Poultry Producers Check out the Egg rule-including demonstration on egg candling and grading




LINKS to PROGRAM HIGHLIGHTS From 2017 Meeting in Longmont, CO :

The State of US Farmers Markets and Implications for Colorado and AMS Farmers Market Manager Training: Knowing Your Markets –
Carlos Coleman, USDA Ag  Marketing Service (AMS).  Please check back for these PPT links.  He encouraged everyone to register at the USDA – Local Food Directory

Understanding and Managing Liability in Farmers Markets – Kathie Riley, PC

Marketing Your Farmers Market on a Budget – Lois Harvie (Montrose Farmers Market)

ManageMyMarket – Stuart Milstead (Director of Marketing & Sales)

Food Safey and Cottage Food Training – Sheila Gains (CSU Extension, Arapahoe County, 303-730-1920,  SGains@arapahoegov.com) and Anne Zander (CSU Extension, Boulder County, 303-678-6238, azander@bouldercounty.org) plus Produce Safety Card  – download this info card for duplication and distribution to vendors, or contact Sheila above to request copies.

Farm Audits & Inspections – Brian Coppom (Boulder County Farmers Market) & Alison O’Connor (Larimer County Farmers Market) Farm Visit-Handout #1      Farm Visit – Handout # 2

Building Community Partnerships – Erika Moats (Boulder County FM)

Double Up Food Bucks (DUFB): New Market Training and Returning Market Training in Year 2  – Wendy Moschetti & Amy Nelms  (LiveWell CO).   Plus a-must-see:  4-minute video on Double Up Food Bucks Colorado and a good summary from 2016: DUFB Highlights from Year 1.