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.

October 10, 2016

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

First Place:                   Ross Vargas, La Madera
Second Place:             Ross Vargas, La Madera         

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.


Saturday, September 17, 2016

Fall harvest means pumpkins and Spanish squash

You can pick up the 2014 and 2015 farmers' market postcards. Right now there is a fresh supply of market aprons and t-shirts in many colors and sizes.

Once the market is flooded with squash and pumpkins, you'll be thinking about pies and special dishes.

October 31st is the last day for the Española Farmers Market!
Get there in time to pick out great squash and pumpkins.

Sunday, September 4, 2016


IT'S GOING TO BE A MEMORABLE DAY ON MONDAY, September 5, 2016, all day. There's free chile roasting with each bushel of chiles.

See you at the Española Farmers Market!

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Spread the word about the Española Farmers Market!


NO FRIDAY MARKETS so far this season because of grasshoppers. But never fear! The Monday markets are as busy as ever!

LABOR DAY FREE CHILE ROASTING AND HEIRLOOM CHILE COOK-OFF will be held on September 5, 2016, all day. There's free chile roasting with each bushel of chiles.

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 two decades that 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 no time!

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 abundance is plentiful. Do you have friends visiting from out of town? Take them to the market. Chat with the growers about how to cook those special foods you can't get anywhere else.

Cook up a storm starting on Monday and continue serving fresh foods through the following weekend.

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. See what's growing in the community field. Bring along friends, family members, and guests from out of town.

For more information, call 505-685-4842.

Thursday, August 4, 2016

Honest sweat goes into the produce available weekly!

The word has been spreading about the sweat and love and joy that goes into growing and selling the produce available at the Española Farmers Market. We've been doing this for 20 years here in Northern New Mexico. Twenty years ago when we got started, a farmers' market was a novelty. We led the way and have shown people all over the country that we mean business when it comes to great food.

Our best produce isn't covered with plastic wrap at the grocery store. That may be fine after the growing season is over. But we get to handle the squash, pick over the best cukes, chat with the producers. Many of them are our own friends and neighbors. And when you stop by, listen to the great music, pick a book at the main table for the young ones, and talk to the growers. You'll get a sense of being in a hub of vitality.

Some of our customers are from out of the area. They want more than to go to the usual tourist spots where they don't get to know the people who live here. Everyone is friendly at the Española Farmers' Market. Our growers are committed to sustainable agriculture and community-based fun.

Support the Espaõla Farmers Market. Look for the bilingual recipe cards that have great suggestions about how to prepare some of the unique New Mexico produce. Stroll around the wildflower garden and see how the soil is being prepared to host magnificent flowers. Wander beyond the plaza to check out what's growing in the far plot. Every market offers something new!

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


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.