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 V.15 No.25 | June 22 - 28, 2006 

Market Report:

Albuquerque

A season forecast of Albuquerque’s fruitful growers’ markets

The first perfumed peach of the season. The taste of a homegrown tomato. There's just no comparison. For people who love food, few moments in life rival the simple pleasure of biting into a still-warm fruit off a tree or farmer's truck bed. It's the closest thing to magic I know of.

Albuquerque is planted square in the middle of the New Mexico map and June is an especially busy month for the city's growers' markets. Now's just the right time to get your feet wet in the agricultural riches this state has to offer. It doesn't get any fresher than this!

Albuquerque Downtown Market

Location: Robinson Park (Eighth Street and Central)
Schedule: Saturdays, 7-11 a.m.
Market Season: June 10-late October. Open now!
Contact: Eric Garretson, 243-2230, peakorganic@yahoo.com
Special Products: Flowers, plants, herbs, bakery items, art
Vendors/Farmers: Coonridge Organic Goat Cheese, The Pie Man, OffCenter

Nob Hill Growers' Market

Location: Morningside Park (Morningside and Lead)
Schedule: Thursdays, 3-7 p.m.
Market Season: May 8-Nov. 9. Open now!
Contact: Georgia Daves, 869-3553, ggdaves03@yahoo.com
Special Products: Wild salmon, New Mexico beef
Vendors/Farmers: Valley-area farmers and merchants, Chispas Farms, Amyo Farms, Erda Farms CSA, Heidi's Raspberry Farms, La Montañita Co-op

Cedar Crest Farmers' Market

Location: Cedar Crest Center (12127 N. Hwy. 14, 2.3 miles North of I-40, next to the Bank of the West)
Schedule: Wednesdays, 3-7 p.m.
Market Season: June 28-October. Opens this weekend!
Contact: Anne Sommariva, 281-2036, mtnflowerfarm@aol.com
Special Products: Local honey, bread, goat cheese
Vendors/Farmers: Mountain Flower Farm, Livity Farms, South Mountain Dairy, Randy’s Honey

Los Ranchos Growers' Market

Location: Los Ranchos City Hall (6718 Rio Grande NW)
Schedule: Saturdays, 7-11 a.m. (8-11 a.m. in October)
Market Season: May 6-Oct. 28. Open now!
Winter Market every second Saturday of the month starting Nov. 11-April 14, 10 a.m.-noon
Contact: Sue Brawley, 890-2799 or 890-3968, sbrawley@qwest.net
Special Products: Garlic scapes, raspberries
Vendors/Farmers: Joe's Sausage and Ravioli, Los Poblanos Organics

Albuquerque Growers' Market

Location: Caravan East parking lot (7605 Central NE)
Schedule: Saturdays and Tuesdays, 7 a.m.-noon
Market Season: June 24-October. Opens this weekend!
Contact: Mike Sofia, 869-5203
Special Products: Black, yellow and red tomatoes. Later in the season look for Santa Rosa plums and Hemrod grapes
Vendors/Farmers: The Wagners from Corrales, Putnam Brothers from Albuquerque, Ken Hayes' Honey and Apple Farm

Bernalillo Farmers' Market

Location: 282 Camino del Pueblo (one block south of US 550)
Schedule: Fridays, 4-7 p.m.
Market Season: July 7-October
Contact: Emily MacLeod, 550-0234, lita@unm.edu
Vendors/Farmers: Bernalillo artistans, growers and merchants

Corrales Growers' Market

Location: Corrales Recreation Center (500 Jones, next to the new U.S. Post Office)
Schedule: Sundays, 9 a.m.-noon; Wednesdays, 4-7 p.m.
Market Season: Sundays, April 30-Oct. 31; Wednesdays, April 30-Sept. 22. Open now!
Contact: Anita Walsh, 898-7927
Special Products: East Mountain goat cheese products (cream cheese fruit spreads, kiwi- and strawberry-yogurt drinks), culinary and medicinal herbs, handmade lotions and soaps, handwoven bear grass baskets, cacti
Vendors/Farmers: Gonzales Flower Farm, Socorro Gonzales (cactus vendor), Anita Walsh, Mary Jane Rodriquez

South Valley Growers' Association

Location: Cristo Del Valle Presbyterian Church (3907 Isleta SW, across from the South Valley Library)
Schedule: Saturdays, 8 a.m.-noon
Market Season: June 24-October. Opens this weekend!
Contact: Rhonda Reinert, 877-4044, RKReinert@aol.com
Vendors/Farmers: Growers and merchants from Albuquerque's South Valley
Special Opening Day Event: Saturday June, 24 from 8 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Live music, exhibits and information booths from community groups and Organizations, food and drink, handmade items and book signings by local authors Pat McCraw, Caroline Stevenson and the South Valley Grower’s Market

Get It Now

Pick this New Mexico produce in June

Vegetables

Arugula
Beans (green, wax, purple, string)
Beets
Bell Peppers
Black-eyed Peas
Cabbage
Carrots
Corn
Cucumbers
Eggplant
Garlic
Greens (kale, chard, collards)
Herbs
Lettuce, Salad Greens
Okra
Onions
Peas (shelling, sugar snap)
Potatoes
Radishes
Spinach
Summer Squash
Tomatoes
Tomatillos

Fruits and Berries

Apricots
Blackberries
Cherries
Figs
Nectarines
Peaches
Plums
Raspberries

For more information on New Mexico growers’ markets, log on to www.farmersmarketsnm.org.

 

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