The Colorado Farm and Art Market is a cooperative farmers market that is owned and operated by the participating member vendors, including farmers, artisans, and licensed processed food vendors.
The Colorado Farm and Art Market is devoted to nurturing relationships between consumers and local producers of farm products, value-added food items, and fine crafts and art through the operation of cooperative urban markets. The organization also seeks to grow community across urban and rural boundaries and promote and sustain local and regional economies.
The following principles guide both Colorado Farm and Art Markets.
- Regional food production systems are essential to the health of the economy.
- Artistic expression is important to the identity and health of the community.
- Small local business is important to the security and stability of the regional economy.
- Food security, food safety, food identity preservation, and nutrition are important.
- Consumers have a right to participate directly in the local food supply chain.
- Consumers have a right to accurate and honest information about how their food is produced.
- Collaboration and cooperation help manage competition and reduce duplication.
- Environmental stewardship and community reinvestment are major priorities.
Board of Directors
Susan Gordon, Venetucci Farm-CFAM President
Susan has been an influential part of the Southern Colorado food scene for many years. Before coming to Venetucci Farm, where she currently lives and works with her husband Patrick Hamilton and their two daughters, Sarah and Clare, Susan ran the Learning Ground Farm in Canon City and helped to start the Colorado Farm and Art Market in 2004. She believes that ‘soil in good heart’ is at the root of healthy plants, healthy food, healthy people and a healthy planet. She and Patrick employ farming practices that restore and enhance the health of the soil.
Amy Seibert, Community Member-CFAM Vice President
Amy is a local food junkie who is fortunate enough to work directly with and for the best local food producers. This is her fourth season with CFAM, after three years as market manager. She brings her enthusiasm for food and art and her two rambunctious sons to the markets each week. When she is not working in the local food scene, Amy can be found in the garden, the kitchen, or working on her jewelry line.
Emily Nelson, Community Member-CFAM Secretary
Emily came to Colorado in 2009 from Arizona but still claims California her home. She has a background in business, is an avid gardener and is proud of her 4-H and farm girl roots. She helped start the Rockrimmon Elementary Community Garden and loves teaching folks where real food come from. She enjoys volunteering and dreams of having a home on the range of her own. Her favorite local food is Jerusalem artichokes.
Jeff Adkins, Community Member-CFAM Treasurer
In his third year as a consumer board member, Jeff brings an eclectic mess of talents and interests to the team. Midwest born and raised, Jeff grew up working in food, farm, industrial and big AG environments. He and his wife moved to Colorado in 2007 and have a three year old daughter named Charlotte. Jeff’s a passionate sales and marketing guru, artist, musician, and food and beer fanatic. Jeff’s family, like many others, are staunch supporters of local farms and businesses and shop at CFAM nearly every market.
Nicole Fetterhoff, Nikki Stitch!-CFAM Market Manager
After living in Colorado Springs for 13 years, Nicole believes that this is the best part of the earth to raise a family and prosper. She loves growing vegetables and herbs, her ducks and chickens, as well as her love for color, life, and being green. Nicole can be found at the CFAM market, where she is constantly inspired by those around her to find new delicious foods to experiment with. Nichole indulges in as many crafts and hobbies as she can afford, but this year she is designing knitwear and writing books! Look for her at the info booth on market days!
Heather Mitchell, Change Personal Chef Services-CFAM Assistant Market Manager
Heather has always been interested in cooking, local foods and humanely treated farm animals. Three years ago, she decided to change careers and completed the Certified Natural Chef program at Bauman College in Boulder. Since then she has been teaching cooking classes around Colorado Springs and helping people use food as part of their wellness programs. This will be her third year as the CFAM resident chef, where she features a recipe of the week using a unique local ingredients.
Doug Wiley, Larga Vista Ranch-CFAM Board Member
Doug is a fourth generation Colorado farmer, who was born and raised on a dairy farm near Boone, Colorado. In 1983, he earned a degree in Agronomy from Colorado State University. He has farmed organically for over 20 years and currently produces grass-finished beef, pastured pork, and organic produce. Doug, along with his wife, Kim, have transitioned their farm to Biodynamic Agriculture practices and use the Holistic Management methods to graze and run the farm. Their long-term goal is to build support for local and grass-based agriculture.
Amy Thomas, Front Range Granola-CFAM Board Member
Amy manages Front Range Granola, LLC, a local granola company offering unique, handmade, organic granolas. In addition to making granola, Amy loves to cook and is passionate about organic ingredients and making healthy food taste good. Originally, from the east coast, Amy is a second generation Taiwanese American who loves the Colorado lifestyle and climate. Her credentials include a culinary certificate from the Natural Gourmet Institute in New York and a master’s degree in counseling.
Sara Foster, Anna’s Apothecary-CFAM Board Member
Sara grew up in Florissant, Colorado and has deep roots to the region. She has owned and operated local gardening service “I Dig the Garden” for 15 years. Sara was fortunate enough to spend a few years farming and has worked with CFAM for three, nonconsecutive, years. She has been creating and teaching from her 1/4 acre permaculture medicine/food forest in central Colorado Springs for the past four years. From here, she and her sister, Anna, own and operate “Anna’s Apothecary” creating tinctures, tonics, salves, elixirs, and remedies using herbs grown largely on site. Sara is also a teacher with Pikes Peak Permaculture.
Dan McMahon, R&M Farms-CFAM Board Member
Dan is a city boy who was dragged out to the country by his wife where they operate R&M Farm. They focus on organic and unique produce and are constantly searching for the best tasting varieties. Dan is a classically trained chef who loves to create new recipes and perfect old ones. He feels that in order to elevate food from ordinary blandness he couldn’t rely on stores for quality products. By growing his own produce he could ensure quality and perfection at the time of harvest. Dan’s Delicious Pickles was created out of necessity due to an overabundance of cucumbers and has grown in popularity ever since.
Will Frost, Frost Family Farm-CFAM Board Member
Will was born and raised on his father’s farm/ranch. Since he can remember, Will’s life has revolved around progressive ideas about agriculture. Will’s father, Jay Frost, helped to found CFAM and he is very happy to continue to support the local, organic food movement. Frost Farms produces organic vegetables ranging from onions to cilantro, as well as organic lamb and alfalfa hay. Though still working through school, Will and his brother Sam, spend summers working as much as possible on the farm, fixing fence, hoeing veggie rows…just about anything. Will hopes to see the local organic food movement continue to grow and works to highlight the need for organic farmers and the healthy food they produce! “Farm on baby”!
Isabelle Allen, Sweet Izzies Best-CFAM Board Member
While raising her large family in New England, Isabelle “put food by” with homemade jams, jellies and home canned fruits and vegetables from their abundant organic garden. In 2001, she brought her family and her love of cooking to Colorado. Her daughters encouraged her to start selling her famous jellies and jams at farmer’s markets. She is now making all her products in her own commercial kitchen. Isabelle enjoys working in marketing and promotion and has a long business resume. This is her second year with CFAM and she is looking forward to help the market grow.
A Brief History
The market was formed in 2004 by a group of small family farmers in the Arkansas Valley Watershed who employ sustainable farming practices. These farmers wanted to create a venue where they could sell local, sustainably grown product, develop direct relationships with their customers, and over which they could have some control. All other markets in the Springs were (and still are) sole proprietorships. These farmers had a goal of creating a farmers market that promoted local agriculture while building and nurturing relationships between consumers and local producers.
The market started on Wednesday evenings at America the Beautiful Park in conjunction with the “Gettin’ Down in Downtown” summer concert series. Since its inception, Colorado Farm and Art Market has been committed to a downtown location, believing that the downtown area should remain a vibrant economic and social center of the community, and that people who live and work there should be able to shop for fresh, locally grown food within walking and biking distance. In 2006, CFAM expanded to the Briargate area, first at the shopping complex near Salsa Bravo, and moving the the Margarita at Pine Creek in 2008. The site at the Margarita at PineCreek remains a festive destination for Saturday shoppers, and Colorado Farm and Art Market will continue to grow that market.
In 2011, the Colorado Farm and Art Market moved the Wednesday markets to the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center. We enjoyed the central downtown location but we felt we were not able to establish the destination type feel of the Saturday markets. This year, we have joined up with the Ivywild School on South Cascade Avenue. We hope this new project will bring a better sense of community gathering place to the Wednesday evening markets. We will be bringing back live music and patrons will be able to enjoy the foods of the Bluestar, La’au’s Taco and the amazing beer from Bristol Brewery.
Do you love Colorado Farm and Art Market and would like to become more than a regular market patron? We have several volunteer positions available to you, including:
Flier and Poster Distributor: We’re trying hard to get the word out! Materials need to be distributed at schools, churches, stores, and other community hubs in neighborhoods across the city.
Info Booth Attendant: You’re coming to the market anyway, so stay a few hours to greet market patrons, hand out Colorado Farm and Art Market literature, assist with Market Bucks transactions, and sell Colorado Farm and Art Market merchandise!
Education Coordinator: Help us educate kids about food–where it comes from, its seasonal nature, what to do with it, and realizing that quality local food is good for us and the environment too! We’ll be hosting mini food seminars for kids on several market dates this year, so if you’d like to help, come join us. We’re also looking for parents to distribute this info the the local school districts, so if you have connections in the schools, let’s put them to work!