Sunday, October 1, 2017

October 9th is the Biggest Vegetable and Poem Contest for 2017!


Española Farmers Market will be hosting the 18th annual BIGGEST VEGETABLE & BEST POEM Contest on Indigenous Peoples Day, October 9, 2017. Market hours are 10 am to 5 pm. Growers active at the market can enter their impressive vegetables in the following categories: Biggest heirloom pumpkin, Biggest root vegetable, Biggest chile, Oddest vegetable, Wild card vegetable, Prettiest ristra, Best corn, Biggest sunflower head or dried gourd. Students or adults can also read poetry about farming or gardening. 

Growers and students should deliver all poems and vegetable contestants to the Market by 10 am on October 9th contest day.  Winners will be announced at 1 pm and ribbons awarded. All participants and winners will be included in next season’s market postcard.

October 9th is also a regular Market Monday. Enjoy the traditional music of Don Bernardo y Los Ultimos midday during every Monday market through October 30th The market is located at 1105 North Railroad Avenue in Española, NM. 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, DUFB, EBT (SNAP) and Debit as well as cash money.

Children can select a book from our free kids’ book exchange. 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 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!

For information: Sabra Moore, (505) 685-4842  espanolafarmersmarket.blogspot.com
We post on Twitter.


Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Take your time at the market—so many goodies on the vendor tables!


Treat yourself, friends, and family members. Cook up a storm like at no other time during the year. And make sure you set aside time in October when the harvest is in. Do you have friends visiting from out of town? Take them to the market. Chat with the growers about how to cook with many special foods you can't get anywhere else. Start on Monday in the kitchen and continue serving fresh foods through the following weekend. We support our farmers' market. Locally-grown produce is fresher, cheaper, and healthy. It's what the people of Northern New Mexico have relied on over the more than two decades we have been in operation. And with the summer weekly markets, we have it all.

Why settle for produce shipped long distances when you can roll out of bed and be at the local farmers' market in minutes!

For more information, call 505-685-4842.

Saturday, September 16, 2017

Did you buy enough at the market to last all week?


Great fun on Labor Day! And the fun is every Monday through the end of October.

We accept WIC, Senior WIC, EBT (SNAP) and Debit as well as cash. Kids are happy when visiting the market because they get to choose a book at the main table. It's free. Stroll in our wildflower garden.

Check out the Española Farmers Market YouTube Channel. We post on Twitter too.  http://Twitter.com/EspanolaFarmers

Saturday, September 9, 2017

Ten years for the Española Farmers Market blog!


Ten years ago we started the blog for the Española Farmers Market. Back then, we were preparing to move to our present location. Find out more by enjoying a blast into the past on our blog.

What progress and fun over the last decade! And there's more to come to when the market closes for the season in late October 2017 this year.

Review of news: The Friday markets weren't held this year. The enthusiasm and participation was transferred to the Monday markets. And did you drop in to see the broader community festival that included the farmers' market over the Labor Day weekend. It was great!

On Labor Day the farmers' market was packed with vendors, shoppers, and people enjoying live music, a cooking project for the young people, a wool demonstration, free books for kids of all ages, heritage chile tasting, and much more. The bathrooms haven't opened yet. Did you see the goats?

We'll be enjoying the images gathered over the next few weeks. Stay tuned!

Sunday, September 3, 2017

Heirloom chile samples and free chile roasting on Labor Day!



September 4, 2017 is the Labor Day Free Chile Roasting and Heirloom Chile Cook-Off during regular Monday market hours from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Heirloom chile samples from local farmers with information about the source of the seeds.


You'll make the Española Farmers Market come alive when you check out our YouTube Channel.

We're also on Twitter. 

Thursday, August 17, 2017

An overview of the events and fun upcoming at the Espanola Farmers Market!

Join us on Monday, September 4th for our Labor Day Free Chile Roasting & Heirloom Chile Cook-Off during regular Monday Market hours, 10am-5pm.

Customers can enjoy free chile roasting for a bushel of chile purchased at the Market and also shop as usual among the vendor stalls.

We will be displaying heirloom chile samples from various farmers with information about the source of the seeds, usually a grandparent or other relative.

At 1 pm, students who have participated in our summer Cooking-Up Traditions programs will help judge the various chile stews and other chile dishes that some farmers have prepared. After awarding the prizes, we invite our visitors to share in tasting the dishes.

We will also have two booths with information about sustainable agriculture innovations and about the long-time Garlic Festival and other agriculture-related programs of Northern New Mexico College. We will also be cooking in a solar oven and in the horno in the Wildflower Garden area and enjoying fiddle and accordion music.

This annual event is part of Alimento/ Towa eh Huu’tsong’yo- a collaborative three-day series of events starting on Friday evening, September 1st with a dance performance and art opening at 6pm  at the Center for Arts, Northern New Mexico College, 921 Paseo de Onate. Market manager Sabra Moore will be displaying some of the Farm Story Banners with the stories of growers at the Espanola Farmers Market alongside a painted house-shaped sculpture. In addition to enjoying the performances  of Holy Faith Break Dancers, Coco Daca Dance Project and Mina Fajardo Flamenco, you can read some of the farmers’ stories and enjoy the paintings of Roger Montoya and the sculpture of Rozanne Swentzell. The evening is free.
 
On Saturday September 2nd, there are two celebrations- the Regeneration Festival sponsored by Tewa Women United at Espanola Healing Foods Oasis near Valdez Park off Railroad Avenue is from 2-6pm. You can also stop by the Fifth Anniversary Celebration of the Espanola Community Market at 310 Paseo de Onate from 12-6pm.

Follow the trail illustrated on the leaflet to Espanola Farmers Market for our annual Labor Day Free Chile Roasting & Heirloom Chile Cook Off on September 4, 2017.
We are happy to be celebrating our shared commitments to local healthy food and caretaking for our environment with our neighbor organizations  along or near Railroad Avenue.

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

A weekend of events, including upcoming chile roasting at Española Farmers Market!



A weekend celebration of community nourishment starting Friday, September 1 through Saturday, September 2, and then on Monday, September 4, 2017. Here are the details:

Friday, September 1, 6-9 p.m. Opening event. Center for the Arts, Northern New Mexico College, 921 Paseo de Onate. Art opening: Roger Montoya, Sabra Moore, Roxanne Swentzell. Dance performance: Holy Faith Break Dancers. Coco Daco Dance Project, Mina Fajardo Flamenco. 

Saturday, September 2, 12-4 p.m. at 310 Paseo de Onate. The Espanola Community Market, fifth anniversary celebration.

Saturday, September 2, 2-6 p.m. Vietnam Veterans Memorial Road near Valdez Park. Espanola Healing Foods Oasis Regeneration Festival. Espanola Tewa Women United. Tree planting and solar oven.

Monday, September 4, 12-5 p.m. Espanola Farmers Market, North Railroad Avenue. Labor Day Free Chile Roasting and Heirloom Chile Cook-off. Sustainable agricultural information booths and Key Line plow demonstration. Plus music and horno and solar oven.

Friday, August 4, 2017

What are you planning for dinner? Stop by the farmers' market!



The Española Farmers Market YouTube channel has captured a lot of the market fun over the years.

The bathroom construction is in progress and we appreciate people understanding how this has affected our parking. But how wonderful it will be to have actual working bathrooms soon! Friday markets haven't materialized for this season, although Monday Market is brim-full with 29 vendors last week and the very first chiles coming in! Corn will be here soon. The market opens at 10 am. The period of nine to ten is only for vendor set-up.

When you visit us early on Monday mornings, you'll get the pick of the crop for dinner during the week. We've waited all year for the summer market, and now it's here. Take advantage of it! We have all the same perks and benefits as during other season markets.

This year has special quirks with the planting and harvest. Slight variations in weather can make a huge difference. Visit us, and plan what's for dinner. And check our YouTube channel for images of past markets. We have music, we have free books for children, and special deals!

Musicians right before and after lunch make the farmers' market colorful, fun, and playful. Double up continues. Try us. You'll like us! The growers are your friends and neighbors!

Thursday, July 27, 2017

And we have a YouTube Channel for the Española Farmers Market!


If you haven't stopped by the YouTube channel for the Española Farmers Market, what are you waiting for?  

At the market each Monday, you'll see old friends and people you haven't met—all filling their shopping bags with goodies. Fresh steamed and roasted corn? Get ready. The heavenly aroma of roasting chiles? Yes and double yes.

Monday markets are from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Get there early if you can. 


Watch the Española Farmers market blog for news updates.

Thursday, July 20, 2017

We don't lack excuses to have a party!


The YouTube channel for the Española Farmers Market has a variety of videos that give a feeling of what the market is like.

In operation for more than two decades, the farmers market is a terrific example of a solid community resource.

News coming soon about the delay in the Friday markets for the 2017 season. Watch this blog and for an ad in the Rio Grande Sun.

Reminders about the free books for children at the market headquarters table during Monday markets. Aprons in different sizes and lively colors are available. Our hours are from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Musicians right before and after lunch make the farmers' market colorful, fun, and playful. Double up continues.

Friday, July 14, 2017

Friday Markets are delayed!



The Friday markets have been delayed for the 2017 season. We're feeling the effect of the climate change. Some produce is early and other produce is coming in later than we expected. Watch this blog or the Rio Grande Sun for an ad. And hopefully we'll have news for you by the end of July.

KEEP UP TO DATE: We have musicians at the market starting at 10 a.m. to about 1 p.m.

Books for young people are available every market day. One book per child, and there are some great ones available.

We had over 20 vendors last week. And it is looking as if melons are early.

Double up continues.

Sunday, July 2, 2017

Happy Fourth of July 2017


YouTube channel for the Española Farmers Market.

Growers are getting ready for the annual "Biggest Vegetable and Best Poem Contest," an annual event worth celebrating. Market aprons in different colors and sizes are avaiable at the market table. Ask about children's books, market news, and join in the terrific conversation.


Friday, June 23, 2017

Friday markets will be launched in July!


YouTube channel for the Española Farmers Market.

The weekly market is ongoing. Have you stopped by in this heat? A bag of fresh produce is not that far away. When else during the year is it possible to arrive home and spread treasures out in front of family and friends.

Vendor information is just a click away. The benefits you have come to expect are available this summer. Check out our new videos for 2017. And follow the market's postings all summer.

Friday, June 16, 2017

A video reminder to look for apples at the Española Farmers Market




Visit our Española Farmers Market YouTube channel to see great images of fruits, veggies, vendors and customers.

"Apples at the Española Farmers Market" video.

Apples aren't in season yet for 2017, but this is a reminder that apple orchards are all over Northern New Mexico. It's not too early to be thinking of the pies and other special desserts that will have family members and friends asking for second helpings. Some vendors have apples available from last season that have survived the winter through special storage methods and tender loving care.

If you haven't had a chance to stop by the Española Farmers Market yet this season, put it on your Monday calendar. Go early and introduce yourself to the growers and farmers. Sometimes folks drop by too late in the day and their favorite produce is gone. Don't let this happen to you!

We have a Twitter feed and a YouTube channel. The best choice is a personal visit where you'll run into old friends, make new ones, pick up a free book for young people at the market headquarters table, and find out the schedule. 

Friday, June 9, 2017

We're headed to the Española Farmers Market this summer!




Visit the Española Farmers Market YouTube channel.

With another season upon us at the Española Farmers Market, it's a treat to look forward to Mondays. If you want the pick of the crop, get there early when the gates open around ten in the morning. The market remains one of the reasons why our customers are loyal, our farmers are hard working, and the customers have their mouths watering and waiting to see what's available.

Visit our YouTube Channel! And we're on Twitter too!

Monday, May 15, 2017

2017 Market opens the first week in June!



After the June 2017 opening, there will be special events all summer. Look forward to chile roastings, the annual heirloom chile celebration, the annual biggest vegetable and poem contest in October, Friday markets starting in July, and much more. Special events will be announced on this blog. 

Mark your calendar. Follow us on Twitter and stop by the market YouTube channel

At the market each Monday, you'll see old friends and people you haven't met—all filling their shopping bags with goodies. Fresh steamed and roasted corn? Get ready. The heavenly aroma of roasting chiles? Yes and double yes.

Monday markets are from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Get there early if you can. The best is yet to come!

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

The joy of following food from seed to sack!

We're getting ready for the 2017 Española Farmers Market where you'll meet old friends and new friends of all ages. At no other place in town are people joining together over food and smiles like this. The take away is abundant. There's a great social life possible at the famers' market. Folks tap their toes to the live music while they're filling up sacks of fresh food. The vendors are smiling too. Why? It's an enormous accomplishment to follow the food from seed to sack.


Watch a video from our YouTube channel and see the market come alive. The drama changes from week to week. We're reminded of the changing seasons and the vitality that comes with it.

Here's one of the videos showing real people and the joy the market spreads. Don't forget about the children's book exchange. Visiting the market is a tradition in some area families. For questions about the market, call 505-685-4842.

Saturday, October 29, 2016


Photographer Dan Usner visited us in October 2016 and his series of images is available online. Check out the view of the market on a warm and sunny fall day.

We have just completed another great season. See you at the market in 2017!

Saturday, October 15, 2016

The 2016 contest winners.


WINNERS: ESPAÑOLA FARMERS’ MARKET
SEVENTEENTH ANNUAL BIGGEST VEGETABLE & BEST POEM CONTEST
October 10, 2016

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

BIGGEST HEIRLOOM PUMPKIN
First Place:                   Ross Vargas, La Madera
Second Place:             Ross Vargas, La Madera         

PRETTIEST PUMPKIN
First Place:                   Luz and Jose Lopez, Nambe & El Guique
Second Place:             Josie Gallegos and Jose Velasquez, Alcalde
Third Place:                  Ross Vargas, La Madera

BIGGEST CHILE
First Place:                   Tory Wildharber, La Mesilla     
Second Place:             Esmeralda Orozco, El Guique 
Third Place:                  Luz and Jose Lopez, Nambe & El Guique

PRETTIEST RISTRA
First Place:                   Alejandro Gonzales, Los Luceros
Second Place:             Daniel Corona, Espanola       
Third Place:                  Luz and Jose Lopez, Nambe & El Guique

BIGGEST ROOT VEGETABLE
First Place:                   Luz and Jose Lopez, Nambe & El Guique
Second Place:             Daniel Corona, Espanola
Third Place:                  Esmeralda Orozco, El Guique

ODDEST VEGETABLE
First Place:                    Luz and Jose Lopez, Nambe & El Guique
Second Place:             Belita Martinez, El Rito
Third Place:                  Dexter Trujillo, Abiquiu

WILD CARD VEGETABLE
First Place:                   Jesus Zavala, Ezpanola
Second Place:             Richard Aguilar
Third Place:                  Eddie Campos, El Rito

BIGGEST APPLE
First Place:                    Antonio and Marie Maestas, Chamita
Second Place:             Ross Quintana, Sombrillo
Third Place:                  Macey Martinez, El Rito

BEST DRIED CORN
First Place:                    Jon Naranjo, Espanola Market Field


Thanks to Joan Logghe of La Puebla for her Apple Poem reading!

Sunday, October 2, 2016


Contest coming soon & celebrate year ten of the Española Farmers Market blog with videos

The 17th annual "Biggest Vegetable and Best Poem Contest" is an annual event worth celebrating. A new supply of market aprons in different colors and sizes has many visitors to the Monday markets checking at the headquarters booth. Ask about children's books, market news, and participate in great conversation.

Follow the Española Farmers Market on Twitter.

Another way to observe the tenth anniversary of the Española Farmers Market is to look at our videos on our YouTube channel. Here are a few examples:

An overview of the market on YouTube.

A great day at the Española Farmers Market.

Variety of images of Española Farmers Market sum up the fun.

High summer highlights at the Española Farmers Market.

Saturday, September 24, 2016

Reminder about Española Farmers Market extras!

Don't forget the 17th annual Biggest Vegetable and Best Poem Contest. There's also a new supply of market aprons in different colors and sizes.

FOLLOW ESPANOLA FARMERS MARKET ON TWITTER!