A season forecast of Albuquerque’s fruitful growers’ markets
By Laura Marrich
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, email@example.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, firstname.lastname@example.org 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, email@example.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 RanchosCity 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, firstname.lastname@example.org 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, email@example.com 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