Friday, July 15, 2016

October 31st is the last market for 2016!

Mark your calendar for the last Española Farmers Market for 2016.

Part of running a farmers market involves educating people about the produce. Many people joke about their addiction to Northern New Mexico chiles and how they enjoy them all year round by freezing them. At the end of the market, lots of customers stock up on winter squash and other hardy veggies.

It became clear not long ago that some unique local specialities required special instruction in order to appreciate them. ENTER: the bilingual recipe cards. When you're at the market ask about them. Our special events during the summer also make everyone aware of what's good on the produce tables and some of the recommended ways of preparation.

Check this blog for more information about the heritage chile festival, the annual potluck, the best vegetable contest and much more. Stop by the administration tent to have your questions answered. Also, free books for young people. See you there!

Friday, July 1, 2016

Radio program: Behind the scenes at the Española Farmers Market!


We made the college radio and what fun! Check it out and don't forget the July 4th market!

The Española Farmers Market just doesn't pop up every season without a great deal of preparation going into it. The work goes on all year long in terms of the networking and planning. There are folks who stop by regularly to share information and news. Planting has been ongoing in the small gardens in the front of the market and annual maintenance is essential. Many thanks to everyone who helped get the market  ready for 2016.

For each market Monday, signs are placed at strategic locations all over town so that everyone is reminded that it's Monday. There are grants to apply for each year. Plus so many folks to thank who have made special contributions, like our musicians and vendors.

And all through of this, there's participation by a wide range of individuals like you.

In addition to volunteers, many donate what's needed to keep the market going, and those whose questions need to be answered. If you're brimming with questions, stop by the administration table and speak to Sabra or Norma.. Also, drop by the main table for some shade and an opportunity to visit. Find out about the bilingual recipe cards. You'll be glad you did! 

Monday, June 27, 2016

IT'S A MARKET DAY TODAY!


The Espanola Farmers Market on Vimeo.

Next Monday is the 4th of July, and if there's a day to visit the Española Farmers Market, this is it!!! Stop by for the festivities.

As part of our ongoing celebration of the tenth year of the Española Farmers Market BLOG, we present our video from 2012. By going back into time, we remember what is new and what continues. Go to the right of this posting to click on the links of market blog highlights starting in 2007 that continue to the present day. The produce changes from year to year. So do the growers and the customers, but the same vitality remains.

Ten years ago we launched the market blog. It is now a record of where we have been and where we are going. We're in our 21st year of the market itself during 2016. That's a huge accomplishment! The terrific music is ongoing. The food continues to please and delight. Young people can count on free books. And special events are scheduled throughout the summer. That includes free chile roastings, a potluck, a heritage chile festival, and much more.

Don't forget to follow the Española Farmers Market on this blog, YouTube, and Twitter. And make a visit to the market part of your warm weather routine. Scroll down on this blog for other special articles and news about special events.

Sunday, June 19, 2016

Love song for the Española Farmers Market in 2016!

This blog in its tenth year of publishing is a love song for the Española Farmers Market. The market has grown over the past twenty seasons and now the market is one of the highlights of Northern New Mexico. Welcome to our 21st season! Visit our YouTube and Twitter social media platforms.

As produce is gathered and brought to the market each week, we are nourishing our families with fresh food, just like our grandparents and the great grandparents did over the 20th century and before.

There's a deep and longing need to continue these traditions. Millions of people across America are enjoying the fruits of the soil and sharing these treasures in famers' markets. We have a special history at our market. You can see it in the photos going back to 2007. Oh, how proud we were during the move to our own location. Go to the right of this posting and scan the links to the past ten years. Wow. And if you're clueless about how to prepare certain dishes, ask the vendor about the market's bilingual recipe cards. Here's an example for bell peppers.



On Mondays, there's a ritual in Española. People set aside time to visit the market. The market is a sign of a quality of life we've grown used to. And we're taking advantage of every opportunity to kick up our heels this growing season. The market is open ten to five every Monday at 1005 North Railroad Avenue. We spread the word through this blog and Twitter.


This season we are offering Double Up Food Bucks (DUFB) for SNAP customers. Each time you swipe your SNAP card, you will get an equal amount of bonus DUFB for purchasing fruits and vegetables.

Sunday, June 12, 2016

Tenth year for the blog honoring the Española Farmers Market!


That's right. We're celebrating our accomplishments this coming summer --2016. We had a great season in 2015 when we celebrated the 20th year of the Española Farmers Market. This year we have another observance. It's the tenth year for the market blog.

This means we can go back ten years into time and revisit the people and the events of that year. When we look back to the first year of the blog in 2007, we were excited about our new location not far from Northern New Mexico College at 1005 North Railroad Avenue near the corner of Fairview. Spread the word. We accept WIC, Senior WIC, SNAP (EBT) and Debit.

When it comes to fresh produce, you can count on the Española Farmers Market where you can find fresh onions, peas, quelites, chile, horno-roasted chicos, fresh chard, salad greens, berries, grass-fed lamb and other treats.

Our YouTube channel was one of the innovations during 2015. Take a look and you'll see the many people who lined up to buy, listen to the great live music, and sell their produce grown locally. Check us out at the YouTube channel. 

Tuesday, June 7, 2016

The 2016 Market season has opened for the year!

The Española Farmers Market opened on June 6, 2016 for its current season and will continue hosting Monday Markets, 10 am-5 pm during every Monday through October 31, 2016 at 1005 North Railroad Avenue. 

Come meet old friends, visit with farmers, sample freshly-picked fruits and vegetables and help us launch our twenty-first market season. Don Bernardo y los Ultimos will be serenading us at midday. You will find fresh onions, peas, quelites, chile, horno-roasted chicos, fresh chard, salad greens, berries, grass-fed lamb and other treats. 

We accept WIC, Senior WIC, EBT (SNAP) and Debit as well as cash money. This season we will again be offering Double Up Food Bucks (DUFB) for SNAP customers. Each time you swipe your SNAP card, you will get an equal amount of bonus DUFB for purchasing fruits and vegetables.

Children will be able to select a book from our free Kids’ Book Exchange. The 2014 and 2015 Market postcard will be available and you will also be able to find free bilingual recipe cards at the Market stalls, giving ideas for how to prepare some of the tasty produce. 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

On July 15, the Market will expand to a twice-weekly market, thus adding our Friday Afternoon Market, 2-7pm through Friday September 16th. Join your neighbors and friends at the Española Farmers Market. Every Market is a special day!

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

 

Monday, October 26, 2015

Potluck on the last day of the 2015 Espanola Farmers Market season!


Don't forget about our Twitter feed. And we now have our very own YouTube channel. Have a great upcoming holiday season. Our 20th year in operation has been a tremendous experience. Scroll down and see some of the great videos from this year and other highlights!

Winners of the 2015 Big Contest for Espanola Farmers Market

WINNERS: ESPAÑOLA FARMERS’ MARKET
SIXTEENTH ANNUAL BIGGEST VEGETABLE & BEST POEM CONTEST
October 12, 2015

Vegetable Judge:              Sandra Cata, Northern Rio Grande National Heritage Area staff

BIGGEST HEIRLOOM PUMPKIN

First Place:                        Ross Vargas, La Madera
Second Place:                        Josie Gallegos & Jose Velasquez, Alcalde           
Third Place:                        Floyd Gonzales, Chimayo

PRETTIEST PUMPKIN

First Place:                        Ross Vargas, La Madera
Second Place:              Elias Gomez, Alcalde
Third Place:                        Tranquilino & Floraida Martinez, Penasco

BIGGEST CHILE
First Place:                        Ricardo Sanchez, Chamita           
Second Place:                        Jesus Zavala, Hernandez           
Third Place:                        Luz Lopez, Nambe

PRETTIEST RISTRA
First Place:                        Alejandro Gonzales, Los Luceros
Second Place:                        Luz Lopez, Nambe           
Third Place:                        Eddie Campos, El Rito

BIGGEST ROOT VEGETABLE
First Place:                        Alejandro Gonzales, Los Luceros
Second Place:                        David Lopez, Truchas
Third Place:                        Vanessa Gonzales, Chimayo

ODDEST VEGETABLE
First Place:                        Steve Jaramillo, San Pedro
Second Place:             Elefio & Seraphine Montoya, Chimayo
Third Place:                        Elefio & Seraphine Montoya, Chimayo

WILD CARD VEGETABLE
First Place:                        Jenny Gonzales, Chimayo (gourds)
Second Place:                        Jon Naranjo, Santa Clara (blue and white corn)
Third Place:                        Luz Lopez, Nambe

BIGGEST APPLE  First Place:  Roland Salazar, Chimayo  Second Place: Rudy Cordova, Hernandez  Third Place: Ida Salazar, Espanola


Sunday, October 25, 2015

Winding down after a very productive 2015 season!


We'll be posting the 2015 contest winners soon. Meanwhile, let's enjoy the hugs and goodbyes after another terrific year/ Follow the Espanola Farmers Market on Twitter.

Thursday, October 8, 2015

Get ready for the big market contest and fun day!

Española Farmers Market will be hosting the Sixteenth Annual BIGGEST VEGETABLE & BEST POEM Contest on Monday, October 12,. Growers active at the Market can enter their impressive vegetables in the following categories: Biggest heirloom pumpkin, Biggest root vegetable, Prettiest pumpkin, Biggest chile, Oddest vegetable, Wild card vegetable. Students can also subimit poetry about farming or gardening. Growers and students need to deliver all poems and vegetable contestants to the Market by 10 am on October 12 Contest Day.  Winners will be announced at 1:30 pm and ribbons awarded.           

All participants and winners will be included in next season’s market postcard. Ask at the managers' table for past seasons’ "A Farming Chapbook." The 2013/2014 "A Farming Chapbook" will be the last edition of "A Farming Chapbook."

October 12 is also a regular Market Monday. Enjoy the traditional music of Don Bernardo y Los Ultimos midday during every Monday market through October 26. 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. Find fresh corn, onions, peas, chile, horno-roasted chicos, fresh chard, salad greens and other treats. We accept WIC, Senior WIC, DUFB, EBT (SNAP) and Debit as well as cash money.


Children will be able to select a book from the free Kids’ Book Exchange. You will also be able to find free bilingual recipe cards at the market stalls that give ideas for how to prepare some of the produce. Make a collection. You can stroll in the wildflower garden or wander behind the plaza to see what is growing in the community fields. Join with neighbors and friends at the Española Farmers Market.  Every market is a special day!

Check out the market videos on the Espanola Framers Market YouTube channel. And follow us on Twitter. 

Sunday, October 4, 2015

October 12th is big contest of the 2015 market season.


Monday, October 12, 2015 is the sixteenth annual biggest vegetable and poem contest at the Española Farmers Market. Winners announced at 1:30 p.m. Bigest heirloom pumpkin. Prettiest pumpkin. Biggest root vegetable. Biggest chile. Oddest vegetable. Wild card outstanding vegetable. And best poem about farming. Sandra Cata of the Northern Rio Grande National Heritage Area is the vegetable judge. Deliver all poems and vegetables to the market by 10 a.m. on October 12, Contest Day. 

Española Farmers Market on the move in its 20th year!




Check out our YouTube channel for other videos. And stay current with our Twitter feed.



The Espanola Farmers Market on Vimeo.

Highlights of 2012 at the Española Farmers Market.

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Great chile tasting, contest and celebration!





Congratulations to the winners of our Heirloom Chile Contest. Luz and Jose Lopez of Nambe won double first prizes for their chile stew and raw chile tasting and contributions by Elias Gomez, Josie Gallegos, Jose Velasquez and Roy Campbell, all of Alcalde, won special mentions for the taste and flavors of their local chile varieties. This is our fourth year to honor local chile during our annual Labor Day Free Chile Roasting. Clarissa Duran has organized this event each year and we want to especially acknowledge her creative work and the support of Lauren Reichelt of Rio Arriba County Health Center in helping to support this program and also helping to fund the student participation in the Cooking Up Traditions program.

Sunday, September 13, 2015

Market Quilt is on its way! Labor Day photos coming soon.



The Española Farmers Market Friendship Quilt is now complete. Thanks to the 21 participants who each contributed a square: Bobbe Besold, Carmen Campos, Glenna Dean, Mimi Hurd, Joan Logghe, Isabel Lopez, Luz Lopez, Patti Lounsbury, Susie Lucero, Phyllis Major, Ruby Martinez, Seraphine Montoya, Sabra Moore, Norma Navarro, Mary Parsaca, Iren Schio, Holly Schmidt, Gabriela Silva, Isabel Trujillo, Maria Zavala, and Tara Valdez.

Raffle tickets will be available every Market Monday starting September 14 at $10 per ticket. The winner will be announced during the last day Market Potluck Monday on October 27. You do not have to present to win. Thanks to quilting bee participants Iren Schio, Joan Logghe, Sabra Moore, Norma Navarro and Baby Sophia who assembled to tie the quilt and shared cake and friendship. All proceeds benefit the operations and programs of Espanola
Farmers Market.

Don't forget our Twitter feed and YouTube channel.

Thursday, September 10, 2015

WORK IS UNDERWAY FOR MARKET QUILT




Visitors to the market will be able to view and purchase raffle tickets for the market quilt on September 14. The quilt will be handmade by 22 market participants and friends.The raffle will be held on October 27, Market Day Pot Luck day. Expect a photo of the finished quilt, plus names of all participants by September 13!

Monday, September 7, 2015

Labor Day celebration at the Española Farmers Market


We're off to the Labor Day Free Chile Roasting for every bushel of chile purchased at the Market plus the Heirloom Chile Cook-Off. 

We're celebrating our 20th season as a market by reviewing highlights of the past and one way of doing this means sharing our market YouTube channel. So take a look at the market video from 2012 and then appreciate how far we've come.

On September 14, visitors to the market will be able to view and purchase raffle tickets for the market quilt, handmade by 22 market participants and friends.The last Market Day Pot Luck on October 27 is raffle day. Expect a photo of the finished quilt, plus names of all participants by September 13!

Don't forget our Twitter feed and YouTube channel.

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Reminders about what's to come SOON at the Española Farmers Market!


Upcoming events include Labor Day Free Chile Roasting for every bushel of chile purchased at the Market plus the Heirloom Chile Cook-Off on September 7.

The sixteen annual Biggest Vegetable & Best Poem Contest will be on Monday October 12.

Starting on the regular Market Day of September 14,visitors will be able to view and purchase raffle tickets for the market quilt, handmade by 22 market participants and friends. Raffle day will be on the last Market Day Pot Luck on October 27. There will be a photo of the finished quilt plus names of all participants by September 13!

Don't forget our Twitter feed and YouTube channel

Saturday, August 29, 2015

We're celebrating our 20th year at the Española Farmers Market!



Are we having fun?  We're celebrating the 20th year for the market with remembering past years buying and selling fresh produce. And during 2015, save the date for the upcoming chile festival on Labor Day, Friday markets, the big veggie contest, plus our YouTube channel and Twitter feed.

Some of the produce offerings this summer on video. Construction, growing and harvesting are part of the mix at the market this season. And don't forget observing where we've been. We've been doing this by reviewing past market seasons on Twitter and our YouTube channel with videos.

Thursday, August 20, 2015

Española Farmers Market has new video for 2014




All this fun was in 2014 at the Española Farmers Market in northern New Mexico. Maybe you're in these photos of highlights of the season. There was much more, but we could only fit so many images into one space. Don't forget the Friday markets, the chile festival over Labor Day, the big vegetable and poetry contest at the end of the season. Follow the market blog online and our new Twitter feed. And now that we have our own YouTube channel, you never know what surprises there might be ahead.

Saturday, August 15, 2015

Upcoming events and special market news!

Remember last year's Chile Fest?
The chile festival is happening again on Labor Day in 2015. So, save the date! If you've been by the Espanola Farmers Market, the new ramada is in process in terms of construction. Corn and tomatoes are in. And if you miss Monday markets, stop by on Fridays from 2 to 7 p.m.

Produce is growing in the back garden with a mentoring project in conjunction with Tewa Women United. Ten young men from the community have been active over the summer, a project funded by the First Nation Foundation. Jon Naranjo is the lead coordinator of the program called the "Journey of Becoming a Man." There may be a few spaces left. Contact: jon@tewawomenunited.org

We're continuing to post on Twitter.com/EspanolaFarmers  And we have a YouTube channel.

See you at the market every Monday!

Sunday, August 9, 2015

Espanola Farmers Market: how to visit online



If you can't get to the Espanola Farmers Market this week, check in with us online:

(1.) The blog: EspanolaFarmersMarket.blogspot.com

(2.) Twitter: Twitter.com/EspanolaFarmers

(3.) YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCXXlAluNW91oKPLYGZCZ4-w

The Española Farmers Market opened on June 15, 2015 for its current season and will continue hosting Monday Markets, 10 am-5 pm during every Monday through October 26, 2015 at 1005 North Railroad Avenue in Espanola, NM. Come meet old friends, visit with farmers, sample freshly-picked fruits and vegetables and help us launch our twentieth market season. Take advantage of Double Up Food Bucks (DUFB) for SNAP customers. Each time you swipe your SNAP card, you will get an equal amount of bonus DUFB for purchasing fruits and vegetables.