Monday, September 16, 2019

October is coming soon!

The market closes its doors in the latter part of October. This is a reminder to start thinking about getting over to the market on Mondays, ten to five. Here are some highlights of other markets and their memories preserved.


We continue the Double Up Food Bucks Program (DUFB) this summer season. Vendors redeemed $11,804 in DUFB redemptions in 2018. The guidelines are the same. Customers have been purchasing fruits and vegetables with the distinctive DUFB tokens. Eligible vendors have signed up for this program. For more information, ask at the market headquarters booth on market days.

Monday, September 9, 2019

Facts, Details, and more about the Española Farmers Market!

We're real people buying and selling fruit and produce grown in New Mexico.

 And we're open from June through October during the growing season of Northern New Mexico.

We're an award-winning market and blog. Come, visit, and stay a while on Mondays.

Monday, September 2, 2019

Highlights of the Española Farmers' Market!

You'll be in the front of the line on Mondays when the Española Farmers Market is open during the growing season. Our blog meets the needs of a wide cross section of shoppers during the growing season. Have you been following us? Our award-winning market and blog is a Northern New Mexico treasure.  Celebrate our heritage chiles.

The Española Farmers Market won first prize for a a state market. The awards ceremony was in January of 2019 in Santa Fe. And our blog won first prize from New Mexico Press Women. Nationally, our blog came in third. That's a lot of recognition!

Sunday, August 25, 2019

Labor Day Celebration at the Española Farmers' Market!

The Española Farmers Market will be having an all-day free chile roasting from 10 am-4 pm on Labor Day, September 2 with an heirloom chile cook-off at 1:30 pm. Customers can have any bushel of chile purchased at the market roasted free throughout that day. Students from the summer Cooking Up Traditions program will be assisting with the Chile Fest tasting and display of heirloom chile by various growers. 

Enjoy the traditional music of Don Bernardo y Los Ultimos midday during every Monday Market through October 28. The Market is located at 1105 North Railroad Avenue in Española. Come meet old friends, visit with farmers, discover what is growing weekly in the fields and shop for delicious fruits and vegetables. 

Visitors can find fresh corn, peaches, apricots, onions, beans, tomatoes, potatoes of every variety, herbs, chile, horno-roasted chicos, fresh chard, salad greens, local honey, fresh tamales, grass-fed lamb, and other treats. We accept WIC, Senior FMNP, EBT (SNAP) and DUFB as well as cash money.

Children will be able to select a book from the free Kids’ Book Exchange. The 2018 Market postcard is available, and pick up some free bilingual recipe cards at the Market stalls. 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! Contact Sabra Moore at 505-685-4842 for more inforation.
BY SPECIAL REQUEST: Another posting of our special program about the farmers' market in Northern New Mexico.
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MARKET UPDATE: We accept EBT. We no longer accept Debit. Customers are bale to buy food with wooden tokens that the vendor redeems at the end of the market day. You can sell any food for the EBT tokens, including honey, jams and bread. Last year the market redeemed $12,095 in EBT/SNAP sales.

Monday, August 19, 2019

Another Market Day in the Land of Enchantment. . .

You need to know that the Española Farmers Market is continuing to provide terrific experiences for the residents of New Mexico. You should know about the reasonable prices at the weekly market during the growing season. It's helpful to remember this every week on Mondays from June through October. It's important to keep in mind that the market, ongoing for over two decades, is a must for busy families who love fresh food and local food that includes heritage chiles.

Monday, August 12, 2019

No Dog Days in August at the Española Farmers Market!

Every year the Española Farmers Market publishes a postcard featuring the farmers and friends of the market. In 2018, the market celebrated its 19th annual biggest vegetable and best poem contest. Last year Ross Vargas of La Madera grew the biggest pumpkin. Loranzo Quintana of Cuartales made the best ristra with a scare crow holding the glorious chain of chile peppers. Rudy Cordova picked the biggest apple from his orchard in Hernandez. 

Here is last year's market postcard:

  Some highlights of the market in a single postcard. Stop by the market information table to get your own postcard as a souvenir of the summer.

Hope that you haven't forgotten the  "Biggest Vegetable and Best Poem Contest" each year and how it is an event worth celebrating. Check in with us this fall for the date of the big celebration in October. Stop by the market information booth weekly for children's books, market news, and great conversation. The market is open Mondays, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., through October.

Saturday, August 3, 2019

Extra, Extra— Read all about the Española Farmers Market!

The season harvest continues to deepen- the first tomatoes appeared in the market last week so more may be on the way soon. There are many types of fruit- peaches, several varieties of plums, wild chokecherries plus other vegetables including  wild quelites, several varieties of potatoes and squash of every kind and size. Of course  we always have honey, jam, pastelitos, grass-fed lamb, horno baked bread, and other delights.

Every Monday morning, Don Bernardo y los Ultimos assemble to play fiddle, guitar, accordion and other traditional instruments and some mornings, David Garcia and Jeremiah Martinez surprise us and give another sweet concert with David's beautiful voice wafting lyrics in Spanish above the sounds of the accordion. Students will be cooking in the horno for their final visit before classes start up again and you can encounter an abundance of friendly conversations as visitors stop at all the booths.

PLEASE NOTE: Vendors can pick up a copy of the market rules at the market. Note that the market board voted last year on a new rule setting a 10-foot frontage space per vendor. Each market space must be no more than 100 square feet with the frontage limited to 10 linear feet. Please avoid oversized canopies.


Every market day the food program for young people continues with Dexter Trujillo funded by the Wildergreen Foundation. 

DID YOU KNOW? The Española Farmers Market can accommodate 34 vendors. The stalls face north/south. We're still active after more than two decades of operation.

We can't believe it's August already. And another month when the produce from the fields fills shopping bags galore. Some customers stock up for the winter by purchasing their chiles and then freezing them. Others go for the squash with thick skin that has a shelf life into the cooler months.

Young people remember that some of their favorite books were a perk form the Española Farmers Market. And good food. Juicy corn on the cob. Fresh tomatoes, onions, and cakes that make the kitchens of Northern New Mexico full of special aromas.

The memories of terrific music at the market, potlucks, heritage chile celebrations, and regional specialities you can't get anywhere else.

This deserves a special announcement. No wonder that the Española Farmers Market has received awards for its offerings and communications. Join us.

Monday, July 29, 2019

The Española Farmers Market Continues on!


It's a good fruit season- peaches and apricots are starting to appear and some early pale green apples good for pies. Also cucumbers, zucchinis in many varieties, delicious carrots. Walk over to visit the refurbished Wildflower Garden. Farmer Lorraine Gray of Four Bridges Permaculture Institute has been working with students to restore many of our  Market Ovals. The teenagers have planted a culinary garden with greens and another oval  bed with herbs to flavor your meal. You can also watch as pizzas emerge from the horno as students cook with mentor Dexter Trujillo of Abiquiu.


We are not scheduling Friday afternoon markets this season. However, if the produce production is abundant, and at least eight vendors want to participate in Friday markets, we will add a second market. The same guidelines apply to both market days, if the Friday market is held.

A thank you to everyone who helped prepare the Española Farmers Market for the 2019 season. There was plenty of work that included general market cleanup, planting, and much more!

The Española Farmers Market couldn't operate each year without the support, participation, and the many contributions of time and extra effort. Thanks to everyone who has gone the extra mile to make sure that Northern New Mexico continues to benefit from one of the best markets in the state. Additional appreciation for the recognition and awards.

Monday, July 22, 2019

A Mid-Summer's Night Dream at the Española Farmers Market!


Market fee for concessions is $15 for each Monday market day. The price for a hot food concession is 10% of net earnings per market day You must have a permit and a certified kitchen in order to sell prepared foods.


We've been around several decades bringing local growers and customers together. And we love our heritage chiles. 

This blog has been documenting our progress since 2007... an authentic and upbeat source of finding out what's happening at the farmers' market.

And 2019 is special in terms of the special awards in recognition of the service to Northern New Mexico. Join us in experiencing the fun and opportunities.

Monday, July 15, 2019

Busy Days After Shopping at the Farmers' Market!

WHAT'S GOING ON THIS SEASON: Lorraine Gray is participating with the "Cooking Up Traditions" program by working on two culinary gardens.

HUNGRY? Ramona and Jesus Oaxaca are offering lunch at the Market in 2019.

PARKING: The Española Farmers Market has waived the no-parking-in-bike-lane regulation during the Monday markets only during our summer season.


Ask Sabra Moore about nursery plants and plant starts. She has been looking into purchasing a Nursery Permit for the entire market. Stay tuned for the outcome.

                                                                We post on Twitter.

The Farmers Market in Espanola, NM during 2019 is open on Mondays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. If you show up early, you have the pick of the crop. Don't be surprised if you don't get what you need to prepare tasty dishes like the examples above if you roll into the market during the late afternoon. There's still plenty of produce to go around. But make sure you're early to get the best choices.

So much is at your fingertips at the market, open from June through October. This is the 13th year of the market blog. And we have been going strong as a farmers' market for over two decades. Plan ahead. Serve your special dishes to family and friends. It's a deal.


Monday, July 8, 2019

It's another year for the farmers' market blog!

We have received grants from the McCune Foundation, Rio Arriba County Lodgers Tax, Northern Rio Grande National Heritage Area, and Vangart Charitable trust (Cooking Up Traditions program). The Española Farmers Market is a New Mexico not-for-profit corporation

We are collaborating with Jon Naranjo and Roxanne Swentzell's Flowering Tree Permaculture Institute to cultivate the back fields.

Our friends have been loyal in the past, and they keep returning. We've been blogging since 2007. We opened a week early in 2019. What a treat.

Every year the Española Farmers Market opens the season with a bang in June and with another celebration in October to close the season. Weekly, the regular Monday market is the same from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

When you visit next, help us celebrate another year of the market blog. We get the word out about the weekly market during the growing season. The market has been ongoing for more than two decades.

The Espanola Farmers Market is the place to go for fun and food. Not to mention the hospitality, special programs, and events.

Monday, July 1, 2019

What to anticipate for the 4th of July this year...

We're celebrating July 4th in 2019 on July 1st. We'll be open as usual this week on Monday, with the holiday in mind.

UPDATE: Our long-time assistant manager, Norma Navarro, has accepted a job in Santa Fe as an acupuncturist at Mountain Spirit Integrative medicine. We miss her and congratulate her. Norma sends her greetings to our growers and customers.


And if you come by on Monday, July 1st—you'll be surprised at the extra perks.

Are you aware of the popularity of farmers' markets across the nation? We started over 20 years ago, back when there weren't as many markets in communities. We're veterans of the movement now. And we have visitors showing up to learn our secrets. Actually our secrets are what you'd expect. Terrific produce, regional specialities, flower gardens, music, special events, a genuine New Mexico horno for cooking, special deals, and opportunities galore for visiting with friends and neighbors.


Saturday, June 29, 2019

2019 is the 20th Annual Biggest Vegetable and Best Poem Contest!


Farmers and friends of the Española Farmers Market celebrated the 19th annual Biggest Vegetable and Poem Contest last year in 2018. This year is the 20th contest. Who's going to win this year?

Last year Ross Vargas of La Madera grew the biggest pumpkin. Loranzo Quintana of Cuartales made the best ristra with a scarecrow figure holding a chain of chile peppers. Rudy Cordova picked the biggest apple from his orchard in Hernandez.

The market annual postcards continue to be popular. They are remainders of great summer seasons in the past.