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.


MORE MARKET INFORMATION:

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.



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Monday, July 8, 2019

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



NEWS ABOUT GRANTS:
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

OTHER MARKET NEWS:
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.

NEW MARKET ASSISTANT MANAGER: Patricia Putnam.




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.

STOP BY. WE'LL BE THRILLED TO SEE YOU. WE'RE FAMILY FRIENDLY!

Saturday, June 29, 2019

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


A BLAST FROM THE PAST: 

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.


Monday, June 24, 2019

You can be Sure of Local Products at the Farmers' Market!


DID YOU KNOW?

OUR FARMERS sell only produce grown or gathered by themselves in the county of Rio Arriba or contiguous counties (Los Alamos, Santa Fe and other neighboring counties). Exceptions may be made at the Manager’s discretion in consultation with the Market Board for specialty produce that would benefit the market.

Limited amounts of produce from neighboring farms may be sold by farmers on a temporary basis at the discretion of the Market Manager. No other reselling is permitted.

We post on this blog for the Espanola Farmers Market that opens in June and runs through October each year. Stop by anytime on Mondays from ten in the morning until five in the afternoon. There are many special events each season. The 4th of July holiday? We'll be open in July on our regular Monday to celebrate the holiday. Stop by the main table whenever it's convenient. And if you check the blog for special events and fun, you won't miss what keeps the market memorable and surprising!


The blog for the Española Farmers Market has been publishing since 2007. You bet we love our farmers' market!




Wednesday, June 19, 2019

The Española Farmers Market in the Spotlight!


THE MARKET IS BEING AWARDED WITH HONORS:

We won first prize in our category as a non-profit community blog in the 2019 communications contest for New Mexico Press Women. This is the second award for the Española Farmers Market this year. Marguerite Kearns has been editing and publishing our blog since 2007.

HERE ARE SOME OF THE COMMENTS ABOUT OUR BLOG:

"Each blog entry feels purposeful, updating readers on the status of the growing and harvesting season, upcoming special events, weekly activities, free items, and more. Each closes with a reminder of the market's seasonal timetable, and a call to action. The language is casual and friendly, along with contextual information about the market, its growers, and its history. It does a great job of describing the community of growers and customers, and the way the market site is given multiple purposes to better serve that community. The photographs and the video of the market were enticing, and helped demonstrate the importance of this market to the community..."

THE OTHER GOOD NEWS...

And then to spread the joy, we won third place nationally in this same blog category for the National Federation of Press Women. Earlier in 2019, the Española Farmers Market received additional recognition as the "Best Farmers Market" during the Food and Farms Day at the NM State Legislature during a special ceremony in January 2019.




Monday, June 17, 2019

2019 is an Award-Winning Year for us!


We're open for another year at the farmers' market. And it's a treasure we have here, ongoing in Northern New Mexico.

Our farmers and customers are local. We have terrific prices, incredible growers who are our neighbors, and it's quiet and subdues during these early days of the market. Come on over and experience the intimacy, the greeting and hugging that comes with being a regular customer.

Others are noticing what a wonderful experience is in store for shoppers at the Española Farmers Market. We won awards in 2019. There are books at every market for young people. Stop by the market headquarters table. And there's a rush that comes with walking out of the market each week with an enormous shopping bag of local produce.

The farmers market in town has some of the best fresh fruits and vegetables for prices you can't believe. Visitors from out of town visit us because the market is up there in terms of choices of local places to visit.

Are you having friends or relatives from out of town? Have them come along with you at the market for the rush that comes from being in the front lines of bringing fresh items grown locally into the kitchen.


Friday, June 14, 2019

We're here and we're open! The Espanola Farmers' Market!


Yes, it's a little early this year that we're open and featuring views from markets of the past.

Monday, June 10, 2019

And Now, the Good News for Española Farmers Market!


Are you ready for some good news about us? We're spreading the word about the three awards for the market in 2019.

We were thrilled with the news in January 2019 about being chosen as the Best Farmers Market during the celebration at the NM state capital during Food and Farms Day at the legislature.

And then we were delighted again when New Mexico Press Women gave us a first-place award for our blog this spring. We competed nationally for the National Federation of Press Women and received a third-place standing of entries across the US.



Now, isn't this splendid? Join us in the celebration during the regular growing season during 2019!





Monday, June 3, 2019

The Espanola Farmers Market is open!

Today, June 3, 2019 is the first day 
of the Española Farmers Market for 2019.

This year is an award-winning year for the market. 
Follow the blog this season for details.


This is Green Chile Stew, prepared by one of our growers/customers 
at the Española Farmers Market.

Friday, January 25, 2019

Award for Española Farmers Market- January 2019


                                               Sabra Moore, Market Manager; Steve Jaramillo, Board President;
                                               Norma Narvarro, Market Assistant Manager; receive award for 

                                               Espanola Farmers Market honored as Best Farmers Market 2019 
                                               during Food and Farms Day at the NM State Legislature, 
                                               January 24, 2019. Photo: Marguerite Kearns.

Friday, January 11, 2019

Best Farmers Market of the Year for New Mexico-Join us in the celebration on January 24, 2019!


Espanola Farmers Market will be honored as BEST FARMERS’ MARKET OF THE YEAR  on Thursday, January 24, 2019 at the New Mexico State Capitol during Food & Farms Day, an event sponsored by Farm to Table. Join us at the Legislature for the awards ceremony in the Rotunda of the Roundhouse from 10 am- 12 noon.

There are several categories of awards during this 10am- 12 noon ceremony:

Farmer of the Year:                                     Buzz Graves, Graves Farm & Garden, Chaves

Outstanding Organization of the Year:       La Montanita Food Cooperative, Chad Jones, Board President and colleagues

Educational Program/Educator of the Year Aldo Leopold Charter School, Silver City

School Garden of the Year                           James Elementary, Portales

School Food Service of the Year                 Marie Johnston, Farmington
 
Farmers’ Market of the Year                         Espanola Farmers Market, Espanola

Double Up Food Bucks Champion of the Year   Santa Fe Farmers Market Institute, Santa Fe

Espanola Farmers Market is inviting farmers and friends to join us at the Capitol on January 24th to celebrate this recognition of the hard and joyful work of farming and providing healthy local food to our community.Espanola Farmers Market is inviting farmers and friends to join us at the Capitol on January 24th to celebrate this recognition of the hard and joyful work of farming and providing healthy local food to our community.

On the rostrum to receive the award for the Española Farmers Market on January 24th will be Sabra Moore, long-time and much-loved market manager, along with Steve Jaramillo and Norma Navarro. Jaramillo is a native of El Guache. He is a long-time vendor at Espanola Farmers Market who brings a variety of organic vegetables cultivated in his fields and hoop house in Espanola. He returned to farming after retiring from work as an electronics designer for Los Alamos National Laboratory, and he is currently President of the Espanola Farmers Market Board of Directors.

Norma Navarro has worked as Assistant Manager of Espanola Farmers Market for over seven years. She also works as a doula with the Birth of My Heart program of Tewa Women United. She is a certified acupuncturist and an accomplished weaver.



Sunday, November 25, 2018

Best wishes from the Española Farmers Market for the 2018 holiday season!



From June to October, we're located at 1005 Railroad Avenue in Española, New Mexico (about 25 miles north of the state Capitol of Santa Fe, NM). The market has been operating in Española for over 20 years, and we're going into our 12th year publishing a market blog.

Have you seen our comments link—above? It is a new feature for our blog. And it's an measure of how many residents of Northern New Mexico love the local market, and how the market is thriving.

Follow EspanolaFarmersMarket.blogspot.com

When in doubt, follow us on Twitter.

Saturday, November 17, 2018

The Española Farmers Market is closed for the season, but the memories continue!

The Espanola Farmers Market in New Mexico! on Vimeo.


People count on the summer market weekly for not only terrific produce grown locally, but also seeing friends and neighbors! It's also a place for meeting new people, interested like you in stocking up with chiles, all sorts of fruits and vegetables.

Since our blog's founding, we've had as many as 38,000 visitors to our market platform. On months when the market is in operation (June to October each year), it's not unusual to have hundreds of visitors.

Folks might raise their eyebrows at a farmers market blog that tracks people as well as fruits and vegetables. Our blog notes who is buying, how they're preparing recipes, roasting heritage New Mexico chiles, and listening to vintage music. There's much more, and this is best referred to as community—people working together, remembering the old days, and creating a base for something new.

The Española Farmers Markets is an ongoing institution we can all be proud of, now and in the future. What a model of love!

Don't forget to spread the word: "See you at the 2019 market!"

Friday, November 9, 2018

A letter to the editor published in the Rio Grande Sun, after the season's closing!




SEE YOU NEXT SEASON!









Did you see the letter in the Española newspaper this week? Here it is...

 Dear Letters to the Editor:

Thank you to all the customers and growers that made Española Farmers Market vibrant this season. In a year of limited water and changeable weather, the farmers were able to use their well-honed skills to bring abundant harvests to the market each Monday. We also appreciate all the customers who used their SNAP benefit cards at the market; we redeemed $23,899.00 between SNAP and DUFB, distributing healthy local food to the community and amplifying sales for growers.

We also celebrated a public signing of our Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) for a ten-year lease with Northern New Mexico College (NNMC) on the last market day of season that restored what had been a twenty-year lease in our original 2007 MOU.  

Española Farmers Market has occupied the site at 1105 North Railroad Avenue for over ten years. We were awarded this site through a New Mexico State Legislative Appropriation in 2006, “as a permanent site for the Espanola Farmers Market."

Due to the anti-donation clause of New Mexico State, the Market had to select a city, county or state entity as our fiscal sponsor for our legislative proposal. We chose NNMC. At the time, we were already participating in the NNMC Commercial Kitchen through our Jams & Jellies Cooperative and also wanted to honor the long history of NNMC as a land-grant college with an agricultural base. 

We look forward to a new decade of cooperation with NNMC that will strengthen our shared commitment to the rural-based cultures in the Española Valley.

Sabra Moore
Market Manager
Abiquiu, New Mexico


P.S. Stay in touch with us at Twitter.

It's been great seeing you at the Espanola Farmers Market during 2018.


The Espanola Farmers Market is closing for the 2018 season. 
Visit our posts to remind yourself of the terrific season and
 tune in next year when we open again for the 12th season 
of the market blog!

The Espanola Farmers Market has been operating for more than 20 years!

From Sabra Moore, Española Farmers Market manager:

"Marguerite Kearns has been the editor for our market blog site EspanolaFarmersMarket.blogspot.com for many years. The blog especially has an impact on people from out of state who often want to visit farmers markets, meet local people and sample regional produce. It also informs the communities nearby about which vegetables are in season or about special events. The blog is crucial to our success as a farmers market."

Don't forget:

Thursday, October 25, 2018

SPECIAL CEREMONY ON OCTOBER 29, 2018—Going strong in 2018


Española Farmers Market will be celebrating the end of our market season with a Pot Luck @ noon on Monday October 29, 2018. Customers and growers are all welcome to bring dishes or simply enjoy food together.

We will also have a public signing of our Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) for a ten-year lease with Northern New Mexico College (NNMC) at 11:30 am, shortly before the Pot Luck. Espanola Farmers Market has occupied the site at 1105 North Railroad Avenue for over ten years. We were awarded this site through a New Mexico State Legislative Appropriation in 2006, “as a permanent site for the Espanola Farmers Market”. Due to the anti-donation clause of New Mexico State, the Market had to select a city, county or state entity as our fiscal sponsor for our legislative proposal. At the time, we were already participating in the NNMC Commercial Kitchen through our Jams and Jellies Cooperative and also wanted to honor the long history of NNMC as a land-grant college with an agricultural base. We chose NNMC as our fiscal sponsor. On Monday we will renew that collaboration with signing of the MOU that restores what had been a twenty-year lease in our 2007 MOU and inaugurate a new decade of cooperation and shared commitment to the rural-based cultures in the Espanola Valley.


Market hours are 10am-4pm. October 29th is also a regular Market Monday; the Market is located at 1105 North Railroad Avenue.  Enjoy the traditional music of Don Bernardo y Los Ultimos midday during every Monday market. Come meet old friends, visit with farmers, and shop for delicious fruits and vegetables freshly picked from the fields. Visitors can find fresh squash and pumpkins, onions, chile, horno-roasted chicos, fresh chard, and other treats. We accept WIC, Senior WIC, DUFB, EBT (SNAP) as well as cash money.Children will be able to select a book from our free Kids’ Book Exchange. 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!

2018 Contest Winners: A special market announcement


WINNERS: ESPAÑOLA FARMERS’ MARKET
NINETEENTH ANNUAL BIGGEST VEGETABLE; BEST POEM CONTEST
October 8, 2018

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

Poetry: Joan Logghe, poet and gardener, la Puebla, former Santa Fe Poet Laureate


BIGGEST HEIRLOOM PUMPKIN

First Place:                                    Ross Vargas, La Madera
Second Place:                                    Loranzo Quintana, Cuartles                 
Third Place:                                    Jose Velasquez and Josie Gallegos, Alcalde

 

BIGGEST CHILE
First Place:                                    Jose Velasquez, Alcalde                 
Second Place:                                    Lloyd Ferran, Hernandez
Third Place:                                    Josie Gallegos, Alcalde

PRETTIEST RISTRA
First Place:                                    Loranzo Quintana, Cuartles (scare crow holding ristra)
Second Place:                                    Crystal and Alejandro Gonzales, Velarde                 
Third Place:                                    Lloyd Ferran, Hernandez

BIGGEST ROOT VEGETABLE

First Place:                                    Isidro Rodriguez, Chamita
Second Place:                                    Crystal and Alejandro Gonzales, Velarde
Third Place:                                    Raul Rodriguez, El Guique

BIGGEST APPLE
First Place:                                    Rudy Cordova, Hernandez
Second Place:                                    Ross Quintana, Espanola
Third Place:                                    Elias Gomez, Chimayo

ODDEST VEGETABLE
First Place:                                    Luz Lopez, Nambe (kohlrabi)
Second Place:                   Pat Naranjo, Santa Clara Pueblo (cabbage)
Third Place:                                    Sarahi Ojeda, Espanola

 

WILD CARD VEGETABLE

First Place:                                    Pat Naranjo, Santa Clara Pueblo (watermelon)
Second Place:                                    Aileen Martinez, El Rito (grapes)
Third Place:                                    Jesus Zavala, Espanola

BIGGEST DRIED GOURD
First Place:                                    Lloyd Ferran, Hernandez
Second Place:                                    Ohkay Owingeh Head Start

BEST CORN
First Place:                                    Raul Rodriguez, El Guique
Second Place:                                    Lloyd Ferran, Hernandez

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