Wednesday, August 29, 2012


Espanola Farmers’ Market will be hosting our annual Labor Day Free Chile Roasting on Monday September 3rd, 2012. Any fresh chile purchased at the Market on Labor Day can be roasted free. We will also have a table with samples of local varieties of heirloom chile and stories of how the farmer obtained her/his seeds and their favorite methods of preparing and eating chile.

Students will be helping set up displays and serving as guides to visitors wishing to sample the varieties of chile during this Labor Day holiday event.These students have been participating throughout the summer in Cooking Up Traditions, learning with mentors Dexter Trujillo, Norma Navarro and Brenda Coriz how to prepare fresh foods in the horno or how to identify and cook wild foods such as quelites (lamb’s quarters), as well as helping weed and plant in the Wildflower Garden. Cooking Up Traditions has been funded by Northern Rio Grande National Heritage Area (NRGNHA) and Farm to School.

Chile roasting will go on all day during Market hours, 10am until 5pm on Monday.
Starting at 1pm, the Market will host the first annual CHILE FEST - a Traditional New Mexico Green Chile Cook-off, in conjunction with íEl Tiempo! Nuevo México. Judges will award 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place for the best traditional green chile in New Mexico!  Contestants must bring their chile to the Market by 1pm. Judging will take place at 1:30.  Entries must consist of a crock-pot of green chile (with or without meat) picked and roasted from this year's crop.  Only traditional chile is allowed, no Big Jim, Española Improved or any other corporate developed or commercially sold hybrid can be entered.  GMO Chile is strictly forbidden!For official rules and to register to enter CHILE FEST 2012, please go to: Or go to:

 íEl Tiempo! will also have an information table about the current threat of Genetically Modified Chile.  Visitors can enter to win an íEl Tiempo! beautiful Traditional Chile bumper-sticker or sign a petition to keep New Mexico's chile GMO free! The drawing of winners’ names will be at 5pm on September 3rd. 

Labor Day September 3rd is also a regular Monday Market, with a wide variety of fruits and vegetables for sale, as well as horno bread, USDA-certified grass-fed lamb, jams, pastelitos, chicos, dried blue corn, local soaps, and other tasty delights. Children can select a free book from our Kids’ Book Exchange. Espanola Farmer’s Market is open twice weekly, including Friday from 2-7pm.

Information: (505) 685-4842

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