Sunday, October 5, 2014

The annual biggest vegetable and best poem contest


Española Farmers Market will be hosting our Fifteenth Annual BIGGEST VEGETABLE and BEST POEM Contest on Monday, October 13th. Growers active at the Market can enter their impressive vegetables in the following categories: Biggest pumpkin, Biggest heirloom squash, Biggest root vegetable, Biggest or prettiest melon, Biggest chile, Oddest vegetable, Wild card outstanding vegetable. Students can also submiit poetry about farming or gardening. Growers and students need to deliver all poems and vegetable contestants to the Market by 10am on October 13th Contest Day.  Winners will be announced at 1:30 pm and ribbons awarded.           

All participant winners will be included in next season’s 2013/2014 A Farming Chapbook. 2012/2011 A Farming Chapbook is available free to participants from those contest years at the Market on October 13, 2014.

October 13th is also a regular Market Monday. Enjoy the traditional music of Don Bernardo y Los Ultimos midday during every Monday Market through October 27th. The Market is located at 1005 North Railroad Avenue. Come meet old friends, visit with farmers, enjoy the display of the big contest vegetables, and shop for delicious fruits and vegetables freshly picked from the fields. Visitors can find fresh corn, onions, peas, chile, horno-roasted chicos, fresh chard, salad greens and other treats. We accept WIC, Senior WIC, FVRx, EBT (SNAP) and Debit as well as cash money.

Children will be able to select a book from our free Kids’ Book Exchange. The 2013 Market postcard is available and you will also be able to find free bilingual recipe cards at the Market stalls, giving you ideas for how to prepare some of the tasty produce. You will want to make a collection. You can stroll in our Wildflower Garden or wander behind the plaza to see what is growing in the Community Fields. Join your neighbors and friends at the Española Farmers Market.  Every Market is a special day!

Highlights of the 2014 market season









Thursday, September 11, 2014

Farm show this Friday


The Second Farm Show at the Bond House Museum, 706 Bond Street, Espanola, NM Opening Reception, September 12, 2014. 5-7 p.m. Show runs through October 31, 2014. Opening reception will have refreshments, music by Don Bernarndo 7 Los Ultimos. Ten artists, 18+ Farm story banners, and 2003 Farm story banners.

Monday, August 25, 2014

ALL-DAY FREE CHILE ROASTING ON LABOR DAY


The Española Farmers Market will host an all-day free chile roasting from 10am-5pm on Labor Day September 1 with an heirloom chile cook-off at 1:30 pm. Students will also be cooking in horno with mentor Dexter Trujillo. Enjoy the traditional music of Don Bernardo y Los Ultimos midday during every Monday market  through October 27. The market is located at 1005 North Railroad Avenue. Come meet old friends, visit with farmers, discover what's growing freshly picked from the fields and shop for delicious fruits and vegetables. Visitors can find fresh corn, onions, peas, chile, horno-roasted chicos, fresh chard, salad greens and other treats. WIC, Senior WIC, FVRx, EBT (SNAP) and Debit as well as cash money accepted.

Children will be able to select a book from our free Kids’ Book Exchange. The 2013 Market postcard is available and look for free bilingual recipe cards at the market stalls that give ideas how to prepare some of the tasty produce. New recipe cards will appear throughout the season; make a collection. You can stroll in our wildflower garden or wander behind the plaza to see what is growing in the community fields. Join neighbors and friends at the Española Farmers Market.  Every market is a special day!

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

 



Some great highlights of the Espanola Farmers Market. Top: Spanish black radishes from Owl Peak Farm, heirloom variety. Can be braised or roasted. Fresh honey from Ricardo Z. Sanchez who has 65 hives and he's been producing honey for 30 years. Below: Heirloom squash from Roy Campbell.

Thursday, July 31, 2014

Upcoming community events

In celebration of World: Breastfeeding week. The Espanola WIC office invites the community to attend the annual World Breastfeeding Celebration for Breastfeeding WIC moms, babies and their families. Free event: August 6, 2014. 1-4 p.m. Espanola WIC office, 2010 Industrial Road. Raffles, prizes, snacks, refreshments and more. For more information: 505-753-4659.

Abiquiu's annual Santa Risa Festival will be held August 23, 2014. Mass: 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. at the Santa Rosa ruins off Highway 84. Procession after mass. Free community potluck: 12 noon to 1:30 p.m. in pueblo of Abiquiu. Children's games, entertainment, bingo, silent auction, venders, arts and crafts. Fun for all ages.

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Friday markets start this week, plus other news notes

REMINDER: Friday markets start on July 18th and run through September 19th. Monday market schedules remain the same: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays through October 27th.

Come meet old friends, visit with farmers, discover what is growing freshly picked from the fields, and shop for delicious fruits and vegetables. Onions, peas, quelites, chile, horno-roasted chicos, fresh chard, salad greens and other treats. WIC, Senior WIC, FVRx, EBT (SNAP) and Debit as well as cash accepted.  Children will be able to select a book from our free Kids’ Book Exchange.

On Saturday, July 10, 2014, 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. is the Sostenga! seventh annual garlic harvest festival. Featuring music and prizes for top garlic picking teams. Breakfast will be served. At Sostenga Center Farm at Northern New Mexico College, 1027 North Railroad Avenue in Espanola, NM. Call 505-747-2256 for more information.

Saturday, May 31, 2014

Opening Day for 2014 in June!



The Española Farmers Market is opening on June 9, 2014 for its current season and will continue hosting Monday Markets, 10 am to 5pm during every Monday through October 27, 2014 at 1005 North Railroad Avenue. Come meet old friends, visit with farmers, discover what is growing freshly picked from the fields and shop for delicious fruits and vegetables. Michael Combs will be performing midday on June 9; sit down at our plaza tables and enjoy the free concert.  Visitors can find fresh onions, peas, quelites, chile, horno-roasted chicos, fresh chard, salad greens and other treats. We accept WIC, Senior WIC, FVRx, EBT (SNAP) and Debit as well as cash money.

Children will be able to select a book from our free Kids’ Book Exchange. The 2013 Market postcard will be available and you will also be able to find free bilingual recipe cards at the Market stalls, giving you ideas for how to prepare some of the tasty produce. New recipe cards will appear throughout the season; you will want to make a collection. We will have various foods cooking in the horno during periodic Market days; you can stroll in our Wildflower Garden or wander behind the plaza to see what is growing in the Community Fields. During the second week of July, the Market will expand to a twice-weekly market, adding our Friday Afternoon Market, 2-7 pm on Friday July 18 through Friday September 19. Join your neighbors and friends at the Española Farmers Market. Every Market is a special day!

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!