A season forecast of the Santa Fe area’s fruitful growers’ markets
By Laura Marrich
Stuffed and contented is the food-lover that finds herself in Santa Fe. There are the world-class restaurants, to be sure, and the rogue, rule-bending chefs that have put them on the map. There are bedrock institutions like The Santa Fe School of Cooking, the pervasiveness of ingredients like piñon and blue corn, and community action groups like Kitchen Angels that feed souls as much as stomachs. Those are each well-worth the trip alone.
But even more deliciously under the radar are Santa Fe area growers' markets, some of the most well-rounded markets in the state, with an amazing variety of top-shelf seasonal produce and homespun agricultural products.
Northern New Mexico's late-summer harvest means bushels of apples and pears, crates of fennel, okra by the basketful and the season's long-anticipated, first crop of red and green chiles. Rise with the sun for the best selection of fresh produce, or shop late in the day for deals when farmers are looking to unload the last of their haul.
Santa Fe Railyard Farmers' Market
Location: The railyard at Guadalupe and Cerrillos.
Schedule: Saturdays and Tuesdays, 7 am - 12 pm
Market Season: Saturdays beginApril 22, Tuesdays begin May 9. Through early November.
Vendors/Farmers: (interchangeable at all three Santa Fe market locations) Camino de Paz Farm and Montessori Middle School, Cloud Cliff Bakery, Desert Fungi, El Milagro Herbs, Pistachio Tree Ranch, Second Bloom, Heidi's Raspberry Farm.
Santa Fe Winter Market
Location: El Museo Cultural in the Railyard
Schedule: Saturdays, 9 a.m.-1 p.m.
Market Season: Nov. 11-March
Vendors/Farmers: (interchangeable at all three Santa Fe market locations) Fat Duck Farm, Sungreen Living Foods, LaMont's Wild West Buffalo, Schwebach Farm, Shepherd's Lamb, Sunstar Herbs.
Santa Fe Rodeo Fairgrounds Farmers' Market
Location: Santa FeRodeo Grounds (3299 Rodeo)
Schedule: Thursdays, 3 p.m.-dusk
Market Season: July 13-September
Vendors/Farmers: (interchangeable at all three Santa Fe market locations) Milk and Honey, Moon Mountain Farm, Old Pecos Foods, Pollo Real Ranch, SorDoc Farms, Southwest Chutney, Tierra Azul Farm.
San Felipe Farmers' Market
Location: West parking lot at the San Felipe Casino Grounds, I-25 between Santa Fe and Albuquerque, Exit 252.
Schedule: Wednesdays, 4-7 p.m.
Market Season: July 5-late October
Vendors/Farmers: Centuries-old farming families from the Pueblo of San Felipe (heirloom squash, watermelon, melons, chile, fresh and dried corn), the Pasano family (grapes that date back to the first Spanish friars), Roy Rivera (produce and old-world recipes from Sile, N.M.). Apples and other fruits from the Jemez Valley, Chimayo and Española, peaches from Corrales, pumpkins from Belen and Chinese cucumbers from Albuquerque.