Meet Bessie White, Founder of the Cortez Farmers Market

Recently, The Perennial Plate, a two-time James Beard Award winning online weekly documentary series dedicated to socially responsible and adventurous eating, featured a documentary about Cortez’s own Bessie White.

Bessie is a native of Cortez and founded the Cortez Farmer’s Market. The documentary details how she and her sister started the market 43 years ago, selling extra tomatoes and zucchini from their farm at the courthouse parking lot. The market has grown from there, and Bessie has only missed one farmers market since!

Check out the video to learn more about this remarkable woman. You’ll also get some of her tips on making the perfect strawberry-rhubarb pie!

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