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.
2016 Board of Directors
President – Susan Gordon, producer vendor
Vice President – Taylor Love, food vendor
Secretary – Linda Grimaldi, community member
Treasurer – Gail Johnson, community member
Vendor Member – Doug Wiley, producer vendor
Vendor Member – Jerome Wheeler, producer vendor
Vendor Member – Arlene Hinton, producer/food/artisan vendor
Consumer Member – Joanne Zaremba, community member
Consumer Member – Karen Fleming, community member
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. 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. In 2013, we joined up with the Ivywild School on South Cascade Avenue. This destination market had parking troubles, with extremely limited parking available on market days, which made market attendance difficult to those not within walking or biking distance of the market and once again, CFAM was searching for a perfect Wednesday location.
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 2016, we moved our Wednesday market to a fantastic downtown location: the grounds of the Colorado Springs Pioneer’s Museum. We are thrilled to bring our unique market into Downtown, and to offer our customers who have to drive to get to us a wide variety of parking options!!