Sunday, April 6, 2014

Gearing up for the 2014 season

Our blog and web site will wake up for the market season in late May when we send out our first announcement. For the folks who want to mark their 2014 calendars, here are the basics:

Market Mondays: Opening Monday June 9th through October 27th, 10am-5pm

Market Fridays: Starting Friday July 18th through September 19th, 2-7pm

Saturday, December 28, 2013

The Market Loses a Friend

Christmas Eve brought unexpected news- Jim Beverwyk, a longtime volunteer and friend of the Española Farmers’ Market, had died. I first knew Jim’s wife, Mary Parsaca, while the market was still on Don Diego Street, noticing a frequent customer carrying a big basket on her arm. Later Jim started coming as well.  Mary and Jim had been Peace Corps volunteers in Kenya in the nineteen sixties, about the same time that I was teaching as a volunteer in Guinea. We shared an enjoyment of life in Africa and a love of the communal spirit of open-air markets. When Jim retired from his work with incarcerated youth, he started volunteering on Monday mornings at the market, hauling the heavy metal A-frame signs and placing them around town to remind customers that we were open. He often returned to chat or work in the garden oval he and Mary cultivated. During election years, Jim would be sitting all morning at a table in the center of the market, registering voters. The market has grown from the collective efforts of the farmers and many volunteers. Jim’s generous heart gave out but his spirit continues in the stories we share.


Sabra Moore, Market Manager
Abiquiu, New Mexico

2013 Market Contest Winners

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WINNERS: ESPAÑOLA FARMERS’ MARKET
FOURTEENTH ANNUAL BIGGEST VEGETABLE & BEST POEM CONTEST
October 7, 2013

Vegetable Judge:              Sandra Cata, Northern Rio Grande National Heritage Area staff
Poetry Judge:                         Norma Navarro, weaver, gardener, Market Assistant Manager

BIGGEST HEIRLOOM SQUASH & WATERMELON

First Place:                        Elias Gomez & Mary Trujillo, Alcalde
Second Place Melon:            Steven Jaramillo, San Pedro           
Third Place:                        Elefio & Seraphine Montoya,Chimayo           

BIGGEST PUMPKIN

First Place:                        Ross Vargas, La Madera
Second Place:             J Ross Vargas, La Madera
Third Place:                        Tranquilino & Floraida Martinez, Rio Lucia

BIGGEST or PRETTIEST CHILE WREATH

First Place:                        Luz Lopez, El Guique           
Second Place:                        Dolores Corona, Espanola           
Third Place:                        Lupe Jiminez, Alcalde

BIGGEST ZUCCHINI
First Place:                        Roy Campbell, Alcalde

 

BIGGEST ROOT VEGETABLE

First Place:                        Jesus Zavala, Hernandez (onions)
Second Place:                        Nicolas Romero, Vadito (beets)
Third Place Tie:                        Luz and Leonard Lopez (radish)
Third Place Tie:                        David Joseph (carrot)

ODDEST VEGETABLE
First Place:                        Lupe Jiminez , Alcalde(crossed potato)
Second Place:             Elefio and Seraphine Montoya, Chimayo  (twisted chiles)
Third Place:                        Alejandro Gonzales, El Guique (Snoopy Dog potato)

WILD CARD VEGETABLE

First Place:                        Elias Gomez, Alcalde (biggest corn stalk)
Second Place:                        Jorge Orozco, Espanola (big tomatoes)
Third Place:                        Rudy Cordova, Hernandez (tiny pumpkins)

 

BEST POEM

First Place:                        Mark Romero, Los Carinos Elementary School, 6th grade
Second Place:                        Ariel, Los Carinos Elementary School, 2nd grade
Third Place:                        Leandra, Los Carinos Elementary School, 3rd grade

Saturday, October 26, 2013

Some of the biggest and best vegetables contest!

One of the most popular days of the annual market is the poetry and biggest and best vegetable contest where all the prize veggies and fruits are displayed and judged. This year a great time was had by all!

Pot Luck at the end of the 2013 season

Every year the Española Farmers Market closes the season with a pot luck celebration at 1 p.m. on the last market day. In 2013 this is Monday, October 28th. The regular market is the same from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Looking forward to seeing you there!!!!

Monday, October 7, 2013

14th Annual Biggest Vegetable & Best Poem Contest


The Española Farmers Market is hosting its Fourteenth Annual Biggest Vegetable & Best Poem Contest on Monday, October 7, 2013. The big vegetables will be displayed all morning and the selections of winning vegetables and poetry will be announced at 1:30 pm. Ribbons will be awarded in several categories: biggest pumpkin or watermelon, biggest heirloom squash, biggest root vegetable, biggest apple, biggest chile, oddest vegetable and wild card vegetable. We will also be reading the winning poems from the children’s poetry contest. Dexter Trujillo and students will be baking all afternoon in our horno. Copies of the Double 2011/12 A Farming Chapbook will be available free to participants on the Contest Day. Winners of this year’s contest will appear next season in the 2013 Chapbook.

 Our October 7th Contest Day is also a regular Market Monday, 10 am- 5pm. The Market is located at 1005 N. Railroad Avenue. Visitors can find heirloom squash, pumpkins, apples, onions, late tomatoes, chile, horno-roasted chicos, ristras, jams and other treats. Children will be able to select a book from our free Kids’ Book Exchange. Join your neighbors and friends at the Española Farmers’ Market enjoying the fine produce, the award-winning vegetable giants and the children’s poetry. The Market continues through October 28th. Every Monday is a special day at the Market! 

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Views from the Española Farmers Market

Special pollinator workshop held on July 15th with Loretta McGrath who consulted with farmers and shoppers about making our yards and fields bee friendly. For more information: Farm to Table. Other photos are from the regular Monday market, which started slow this year, and now is up to speed with the bounty of the valley.


Monday, July 1, 2013

The entire 2013 Española Farmers Market schedule


June 10: Opening Day at the market. First fresh greens, horno bread, free children's book exchange.
June 17: Regular Market Monday
June 24: Regular Market Monday + Students & mentor replaster horno for Cooking Up Traditions project
July 1: Regular Market Monday. Stock up for Independence Day and enjoy music.
July 8: Regular Market Monday. Students & mentor cook in the horno for Cooking Up Traditions project; music with Michael Combs
July 15: Regular Market Monday. Join us in the Community Fields for the Pollinator Partners Project, a free workshop from 12:30-2:30 pm
July 19: First Friday Afternoon Market: 2-7pm
July 22: Market Treasure Hunt & Kid's Day Hourly Treasure Hunt. Children win prizes for finding the glittery carrots, apples, squash or other fake vegetables hidden in the growers' stalls students & others do a Baking Demonstration in the horno.
July 26:  Friday Afternoon Market: 2-7pm
July 29: Regular Market Monday.
August 2:  Friday Afternoon  Market: 2-7pm
August 5: Regular Market Monday + Students & mentor cook in the horno for Cooking Up Traditions project
August 9:  Friday Afternoon Market: 2-7pm
August 12: Regular Market Monday
August 16:  Friday Afternoon Market: 2-7pm
August 19: The Market Is Corny. Celebrate the arrival of fresh corn. + students & others do a Roasting Chicos Demonstration in the horno. Shop for freshly-made chicos, posole, fresh corn.
August 23:  Friday Afternoon Market: 2-7pm
August 26: Regular Market Monday.
August 30:  Friday Afternoon Market, 2-7pm
September 2: Labor Day Free Chile Roasting with purchase of a bag of chile. Chile Roasting Demonstration in the horno + students & others sample heirloom chiles and offer Heirloom Chile Cookoff
September 6:  Friday Afternoon Market, 2-7pm
September 9: Market Monday + Music + Community Gardens Tour
September 13:  Friday Afternoon Market, 2-7pm
September 16: Everything Apples. Apple dishes and apple recipes
September 20:  Last Friday Afternoon Market, 2-7pm
September 23: Regular Market Monday
September 30: Regular Market Monday
October 7: Fourteenth Annual Biggest Vegetable & Best Poem Contest on Columbus Day. Horno demonstration for baking squash with students & others. Stop by the market to pick up rules for entering the giant vegetable or poetry contest. Past editions of A Farming Chapbook are available for purchase every Market Monday. All participants are included
October 14: Regular Market Monday
October 21: It's Pumpkin Time
October 28: Pot Luck Feast + Music & Poetry at the Market

Thursday, June 27, 2013

July 15th free workshop at the Espanola Farmers Market


Monday, July 15, 2013. 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. Espanola Farmers Market. A free workshop: Creating Bounty for Honeybees and Native Pollinators: In this introduction to farming and gardening with native pollinators and honeybees, Loretta McGrath, a top-bar beekeeper and director of the Pollinator Partners Program and Tawnya Laveta, programs director at Farm to Table, will guide participants through the basics of pollination, the importance of pollinators for food-growing gardens and farms, and how to design and plant pollinator habitat, including building native pollinator nesting boxes from scrap materials. If you are interested in attracting a wide range of pollinators, from honey bees and native bees, to butterflies and hummingbirds, come join us to learn what you can do to support these beneficial insects while creating a beautiful, chemical-free and bountiful garden or farm. 

Thursday, June 13, 2013

Visit us at the 2013 summer Espanola Farmers Market

The market started on June 10th and it ends on October 28th, 2013. Starting on June 17th, we will be having lunch each Monday cooked by Edwin Lemus using fresh produce from the market. The community field and wildflower patch has begun!

Wednesday, February 20, 2013


Antonio Velasquez 1942-2013

Española Farmers’ Market has lost one of our long-time market vendors. Antonio Velasquez died on Monday, February 11th in a tractor accident while preparing his fields for planting. He was seventy-one. His spouse of 21 years, Rosa Espinosa (shown above with Antonio), was away visiting kin in Mexico at the time of his death. His son José, also a market vendor, had spent the day with his father in Penasco, and stopped by his house early the following morning, ready to help in the fields, and found him pinned under his overturned tractor, already beyond rescue.

Antonio, a native of Chihuahua, Mexico, had lived in New Mexico for thirty-one years, enriching our agricultural traditions with his lifelong farming skills. After working in the chile fields in Hatch, he settled on a small farm in Lyden and had lived here for the past eighteen years. Market customers enjoyed the many varieties of finger potatoes that he sold, a vegetable Antonio had first introduced to the market after another local farmer, Danny Farrar, shared his seed crop. His ground red chile powder was a favorite as well as his beautifully dried chicos and other foods.

The food we find at the market comes at the price of hard work and the danger of accident, but Antonio loved farming and brought his warm spirit and friendliness to all of us on market days. Antonio is survived by his spouse Rosa Espinosa, his son and daughter-in-law, José Velasquez and Josie Gallegos of Velarde, and family members in Mexico.


Sabra Moore

Market Manager

February 16, 2013

 

Thursday, February 7, 2013

Eat Better...Feel Better Programs


La Tierra Montessori School
in partnership with the Rio Arriba Community Health Council & the Española Community Market
PRESENT
a series of FREE monthly educational events at the La Tierra Montessori School site in Alcalde, NM.

February 20th - "Sugar in our Diet" a demonstration of processed sugar in our foods, obesity, and behavioral issues including ADHD
March 20th -"A Complete Protein" an evening of hands on vegetarian cooking activities using complex carbohydrates.
April 17th - "Traditional New Mexican Foods" re visioning recipes for making tamales , enchiladas other regional favorites more healthy.
May 15th - "Fun Family Blended Drinks" learn to make fresh fruit and vegetable smoothies using sprouted grains & phyto nutrients.
Volunteer Parents and Community Members will be needed on a regular basis.

Please inquire with Michelle Quintana at 505-852-0200 or Roger Montoya at 505 -927-0108 or rogermontoya@windstream.net



Friday, October 19, 2012

2012 Market Contests and Fun


WINNERS: ESPAÑOLA FARMERS’ MARKET
THIRTEENTH ANNUAL BIGGEST VEGETABLE & BEST POEM CONTEST
October 8, 2012

Vegetable Judge:              Deborah Begel, Writer, Radio Producer, Gardener
Poetry Judge:             Beata Tsosie-Pena, Santa Clara Poet, Community Gardener

BIGGEST HEIRLOOM SQUASH & WATERMELON

First Place:                        Elefio Montoya, Chimayo
Second Place:                        Elias Gomez, Alcalde
Third Place Melon:            Patrick Tafoya, Santa Clara           

BIGGEST PUMPKIN

First Place:                        Ross Vargas, La Madera
Second Place:             Jose Velasquez & Josie Gallegos, Velarde
Third Place:                        Tranquilino & Floraida Martinez, Rio Lucia

GIANT OVERSIZED PUMPKIN
First Place:                        Patricio Pacheco, Nambe

 

BIGGEST CHILE

First Place:                        Luz & Leonard Lopez, Nambe           
Second Place:                        Isabel Martinez, La Puebla           
Third Place:                        Vanessa Gonzales, La Puebla

BIGGEST or SMALLEST APPLE
First Place:                        Gene Lopez, Lyden (smallest)
Second Place:             Rudy Cordova, Hernandez  (biggest)

Third Place:                        Larry Jaramillo, San Pedro (smallest)


BIGGEST ROOT VEGETABLE

First Place:                        Eufelia Martinez, La Puebla (onions)
Second Place:                        Lawrence Campbell, Alcalde (radishes)
Third Place:                        Mary Campbell, Dixon (onions)
                                   
ODDEST VEGETABLE
First Place:                        Steve Jaramillo, San Pedro (twinned carrot)
Second Place:             Sostenga, Espanola (dried sunflower head)
Third Place:            Beata Tsosie-Pena, community garden (hermaphrodite blue
 corn tassel)

WILD CARD VEGETABLE

First Place:                        Antonio Velasquez &  Rosa Espinosa (white & red corn)
Second Place:                        Floyd Gonzales, La Puebla (baskets of tiny vegetables)
Third Place:                        Guadelupe & Luis Manuel Ojeda, Santa Cruz (white corn)

BEST POEM

First Place:                        Isabell Cortez, La Tierra Montessori School
Second Place:                        Corrina Shoemaker, La Tierra Montessori School
Third Place:                        Hope Orange, La Tiera Montessori School
Honorable Mention:             Kateri Pena, Espanola

Sunday, September 30, 2012

The 2012 Vegetable and Poem Contest and MORE!


The Española Farmers Market is hosting its Thirteenth Annual Biggest Vegetable & Best Poem Contest on Monday, October 8, 2012. The big vegetables will be displayed all morning and the selections of winning vegetables and poetry will be announced at 1:30 pm. Ribbons will be awarded in several categories: biggest pumpkin, biggest heirloom squash, biggest root vegetable, biggest apple, biggest chile, oddest vegetable and wild card vegetable. Archeobotanist Glenna Dean will be the judge for the vegetables. Former Santa Fe poet laureate Joan Logghe and Santa Clara poet Beat Tsosie-Pena will read the winning poems in the children’s poetry contest. Dexter Trujillo and students will be baking all afternoon in our horno. Copies of the 2011 A Farming Chapbook will be available free to participants on the Contest Day. Winners of this year’s contest will appear in the 2012 Chapbook next season.

 Our October 8th Contest Day is also a regular Market Monday, 10 am- 5pm. The Market is located at 1005 N. Railroad Avenue. Visitors can find heirloom squash, pumpkins, apples, onions, late tomatoes, chile, horno-roasted chicos, and other treats. Children will be able to select a book from our free Kids’ Book Exchange. Join your neighbors and friends at the Española Farmers’ Market enjoying the fine produce, the award-winning vegetable giants and the children’s poetry. The Market continues through October 29th. Every Monday is a special day at the Market! 

For information: Sabra Moore @ (505) 685-4842 
www.espanolafarmersmarket.org

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Veggie and poetry contest coming up!


October 8: Thirteenth Annual Biggest Vegetable & Best Poem Contest on Columbus Day. Horno demonstration for baking squash with students & others. Stop by the market to pick up rules for entering the giant vegetable or poetry contest. Past editions of A Farming Chapbook are available for purchase every Market Monday. All participants are included

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Enter your photo to win a $200 prize and your photo could be featured in a 2012 acequia calendar published by the NM Acequia Association. Deadline: FRIDAY, OCTOBER 5thThis includes ancient engineering features and characteristics of the past - old structures like a wooden canova (flume) for example; old tools; or machinery, illustrating the acequia landscape from a historical perspective. Acequias Present: Photos in this category can include the more contemporary features of acequias and the acequia landscape including greenhouses, or new construction projects. Acequias Future: Be creative with this category. It's meant to be a chance to provide an optimistic view of New Mexico acequias in the future. For example, a photo of youth planting the fields would represent the future of acequias. Youth:This category is specifically for photos submitted by youth (up to age 20). We encourage our youth to participate by submitting acequia photos following the past, present, and future themes.  Submissions must be submitted electronically in high resolution JPEG format. Please email photos to quita@lasacequias.org and include the following information: Name of photographer, Acequia, NameRegion (if applicable)Town,County,Photo Description. Participants are limited to one photo per category.

MEANWHILE, PRODUCE IS AS RICH AND LUSH AS EVER AT THE ESPANOLA FARMERS MARKET.
FOR YOUR INFORMATION: The Congreso de las Acequias is the state-wide governing body of the NM ACEQUIA ASSOCIATION, comprised of regional delegates across the state. The annual meeting is held in the fall of each year to pass resolutions that guide the strategic direction of the NMAA, and to elect the eleven-member Concilio. More folks are joining each year who are dedicated to the cause. The NMAA hopes to continue building the movement throughout the state, protecting our land and water resources for future generations of acequia farmers and ranchers.
The 2012 Congreso de las Acequias, "New Mexico Centennial: Acequias Past, Present, and Future" will be held at the Lodge at Santa Fe on Saturday, November 17th. Mark your calendar!



Wednesday, August 29, 2012

LABOR DAY FREE CHILI ROASTING


Espanola Farmers’ Market will be hosting our annual Labor Day Free Chile Roasting on Monday September 3rd, 2012. Any fresh chile purchased at the Market on Labor Day can be roasted free. We will also have a table with samples of local varieties of heirloom chile and stories of how the farmer obtained her/his seeds and their favorite methods of preparing and eating chile.

Students will be helping set up displays and serving as guides to visitors wishing to sample the varieties of chile during this Labor Day holiday event.These students have been participating throughout the summer in Cooking Up Traditions, learning with mentors Dexter Trujillo, Norma Navarro and Brenda Coriz how to prepare fresh foods in the horno or how to identify and cook wild foods such as quelites (lamb’s quarters), as well as helping weed and plant in the Wildflower Garden. Cooking Up Traditions has been funded by Northern Rio Grande National Heritage Area (NRGNHA) and Farm to School.

Chile roasting will go on all day during Market hours, 10am until 5pm on Monday.
Starting at 1pm, the Market will host the first annual CHILE FEST - a Traditional New Mexico Green Chile Cook-off, in conjunction with íEl Tiempo! Nuevo México. Judges will award 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place for the best traditional green chile in New Mexico!  Contestants must bring their chile to the Market by 1pm. Judging will take place at 1:30.  Entries must consist of a crock-pot of green chile (with or without meat) picked and roasted from this year's crop.  Only traditional chile is allowed, no Big Jim, Española Improved or any other corporate developed or commercially sold hybrid can be entered.  GMO Chile is strictly forbidden!For official rules and to register to enter CHILE FEST 2012, please go to:  www.eltiemponm.org Or go to: https://www.facebook.com/events/306816042750066/

 íEl Tiempo! will also have an information table about the current threat of Genetically Modified Chile.  Visitors can enter to win an íEl Tiempo! beautiful Traditional Chile bumper-sticker or sign a petition to keep New Mexico's chile GMO free! The drawing of winners’ names will be at 5pm on September 3rd. 

Labor Day September 3rd is also a regular Monday Market, with a wide variety of fruits and vegetables for sale, as well as horno bread, USDA-certified grass-fed lamb, jams, pastelitos, chicos, dried blue corn, local soaps, and other tasty delights. Children can select a free book from our Kids’ Book Exchange. Espanola Farmer’s Market is open twice weekly, including Friday from 2-7pm.

Information: (505) 685-4842

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Interesting Facts to Consider

The number of farmers' markets in New Mexico has grown from 39 to 61 since 2005. Gross sales were $6 million in 2011, up from $3 million in 2007. Federal funding of $130,000 in FMPP (USDA Farmers Market Promotion Program) has helped over the past six years. From the newsletter of the Sothwest Marketing Network.

Also of note: From now through April 2013 there are four training sessions of the Southwest Grassfed Livestock Alliance throughout New Mexico. For more information: grassfedlivestock.org

November 14-16, 2012. Quivira Coalition's 11th annual conference. "How to feed nine billion people from the ground up." Albuquerque, NM. For more information: quiviracoalition.org

Monday, August 13, 2012

Support your local chile grower


As we carry locally-grown chiles home from the Española Farmers Market this season, treasure them, freeze them, plan meals around them. Why? Because our vendors deserve appreciation for the hard work that goes into setting up a booth at the market during the height of the season. Also, the New Mexico Chile Association is concerned about the declining availability of fresh, pure state grown product. Our chiles are so good that others want to imitate them. Here's the background. And make sure you get your family's supply for the winter.

Watch for announcements of chile roasting at the Española Farmers Market. Photo: Chile roasting in years past have brought crowds to the market.

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Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Great Summer Projects Funded by NRGNHA


Espanola Farmers’ Market is a seasonal weekly market open every Monday from10am-5 pm mid-June through October. We also host a Friday afternoon market from 2-7pm during the height of the harvest. Farmers come from Santa Cruz, Chimayo, Peñasco, Nambe, Abiquiu, Velarde, Chile, Tierra Azul, Chamita, Cuyamungue, Lyden, La Puebla, Taos, Kewa, Hernandez and other communities to sell their fresh produce including a wide variety of heirloom and traditional vegetables, fruits and herbs. Espanola Farmers Market has received two grants from Northern Rio Grande National Heritage Area (NRGNHA). 

The first grant in 2010 was for the construction of an horno, a traditional clay oven, within the Market’s Wildflower Garden area, a community flower garden with eleven oval flowerbeds. Dexter Trujillo from Abiquiu worked with five local students to construct the horno throughout several consecutive Monday Markets. The students made over 300 triangular shaped adobes from the clay rich soil found at theMarket site, then worked with Dexter to construct the horno and apply a finish coat of mud plaster. The horno construction attracted a variety of visitors and volunteers during each work day, watching, helping mix mud or lay adobes, or sharing stories about how their grandmother or another relative used to bake food with this clay oven.
This year the Market received another grant for a Cooking Up Traditions project. This series of cooking demonstrations is funded for the 2012 season through NRGNHAand Farm to School with in-kind matching provided by Espanola Farmers’ Market. Each week during ten Market Mondays students will cook a variety of foods in the horno and also learn about preparing dishes with wild plants or other vegetables under the tutelage of Dexter Trujillo, Brenda Coriz, Norma Navarro or other cooks. We hope to continue developing the use of the horno and to honor and nurture a variety of land-based traditional practices with these cooking demonstrations. There are a variety of wild food plants already growing in the Garden including quelites, purslane, wild licorice as well as an abundance of wild dye plants. 

Traditional gardens have often included both wild and cultivated foods as well as outdoor methods for cooking or preparation. We plan to cook bread, chicos, pies, squash and other foods, utilizing the nearby NNMC Commercial Kitchen for food preparation & the horno for baking. Students will learn about how to use a traditional oven and how to identify and prepare traditional food. Customers will also benefit from seeing the horno used and sampling foods. On the Chile Roasting Day, various farmers will prepare displays from their farms and identify the variety of heirloom chile they grow. Visitors can have any chile purchased at the Market that day roasted free. One of the cooks will also be roasting chile in the hornoand offering tasting samples. We will have musicians performing throughout midday to add to the celebration. The project will culminate in a potluck feast on the last Marketday in October.