Wednesday, August 4, 2010
UPDATES ON ESPANOLA FARMERS MARKET
TWICE-WEEKLY MARKET: We now have twice weekly markets with the addition of our Friday Afternoon Market from 2-7pm. Or stop in at our regular Monday Market from 10am-5pm. The Market accepts WIC, Senior WIC, SNAP (formerly EBT) and Debit cards. Each Market Day, children can select a free book at our Kids Book Exchange or customers can purchase a dollar raffle ticket for our Monthly Free Bag of Produce. We also have a colorful selection of Market aprons, tee shirts or post cards and issues of A Farming Chapbook from previous Market seasons. Come visit us!
HORNO: A new horno is being constructed at the Espanola Farmers’ Market in the Wildflower Garden area, thanks to a grant from Northern Rio Grande National Heritage Area(NRGNHA)and support from New Mexico Community Foundation (NMCF). Work started on July 5th and will continue each Monday Market through August 23rd. Dexter Trujillo from Abiquiu is constructing the horno with the assistance of four students and interested volunteers. Dexter helped build an horno with a delegation of Abiquenos ten years ago at the Smithsonian Museum in Washington D.C. The horno builders are making the adobes on site and will continue each Monday with laying a stone base, laying adobes, mud plastering the horno, making the first firing and finally cooking in the completed clay oven. We invite customers to the Market to visit with the horno builders and watch as the oven grows.
WILDFLOWER OVALS: Visitors may also notice that both flowers and small signs are sprouting in the Wildflower Garden. Last season, students created fourteen oval beds and paths around these beds. This year, the Market is inviting customers and farmers to Adopt an Oval and cultivate flowers and native plants for all to enjoy. Ten of the ovals have already been adopted; you can read the signs with the names of the gardeners inside the adopted ovals. There are still four ovals available for adoption. Consult Sabra, the Market Manager, if you want to adopt any of the remaining ovals.