Thursday, September 25, 2008


The Espanola Farmers Market is full of surprises. It's more than the usual miracle of freshly-picked corn, vine-ripened tomatoes, shiny apples, onions so big they're like softballs, and more green chile roasting. Last week Jim Howard of Los Alamos set up shop to sharpen scissors, knives and small garden tools. It takes a while before people know he's there, but Jim's persistent. He's had a sharpening shop for the past six years. Denise Torrez of Espanola made a surprise appearance recently with handmade bird house gourds that she hangs in trees, on porches and carports. Hang them and the birds will come, she says. Sparrows, bluebirds, purple martins, wrens and robins.

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