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Bernalillo Growers Market

Bernalillo Growers Market

This year’s opening day for the Bernalillo Farmers and Growers Market will be July 9. New this year will be the option for those who use EBT to purchase using that method. In addition to CASH sales, vendors will also accept 1020 WIC and senior nutrition vouchers for fresh food items. Opening day will also feature music by the Squash Blossom Boys.

Market days are Fridays from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m., though some vendors sell out earlier. The market ground is located at the same site it has occupied for the past several years, just south of Our Lady of Sorrows Church on the west side of Camino del Pueblo in Bernalillo. This is about one half-block south of the intersection of U.S. 550 and SR 313. Improvements this year include additional surfacing in the north parking area, though customers may park on the street if they wish. The Sandoval County Master Gardeners will host an “advice” table once a month.

Products available at the market may include an assortment of fruits and vegetables (all of which must be produced by the vendors themselves—resale of commercially produced items is not permitted), as well as baked goods, jams and jellies, honey, eggs, goat cheese, and usually a few items that can be consumed on the spot.

Often handcrafted wooden items and decorative wreaths and chile ristras appear, although this is more likely to happen later in the season. In past years, there have also been decorative gourds, plant items (especially natives), cut flowers, cards, cider, barbecue sauces, fruit wood for grilling, and decorative yard items.

If you make a regular habit of shopping at the market, you will find something different most weeks. Of course, part of the reason for this is that not everything that is grown is ready at the same time.

The market also offers an opportunity for customers to “interview” the sellers and become acquainted with foods they may not be familiar with. It’s also a chance to get tips for growing and preparing various foods, and finally, a great chance to meet neighbors you may not know, from communities all around Sandoval County.

The market management team has announced that anyone who wants to sell at the market should contact Ann at (505) 867-2485 or Bonnie at (505) 867-9054. Applications for former vendors will be mailed out in late May or early June. The market will continue to operate through October 29.

The Bernalillo Farmers and Growers Market operates under the auspices of the statewide New Mexico Farmers Marketing Association (NMFMA) and the New Mexico Department of Agriculture (NMDA). A complete listing of markets throughout the state may be obtained by calling the NMFMA in Santa Fe at (505) 983-4010 or from the Web at Markets are held on different days and at different locations throughout the state. Each market has its own distinct character, quality, and products.

Positive test results in the effort to reduce arsenic

—Town of Bernalillo
The Town of Bernalillo and its engineering firm, Wilson & Company, have taken the first step required in the New Mexico Environment Department (NMED) Drinking Water Bureau-approved corrective action plan. This first step introduced ferric chloride into the water treatment process of municipal well 4.

Wilson & Company Project Manager Bob Paulette commented, “After modification of the system, ferric chloride was introduced and increased to 4.89mg/L with the electro-flocculation reduced to 10 amps. After eight hours of continuous treatment, the arsenic concentration was tested to be 1.22 ppb, significantly under the 10 ppb federal threshold. Similar results have been produced using ferric chloride at 3.15 mg/L and the electro-flocculation completely turned off. These results are currently being duplicated to establish an optimal ferric chloride dosage given the reduced arsenic levels.”

Mayor Jack Torres added, “We are pleased with the results thus far. This systemic assessment will continue. We are also excited with the possibility of a reduction in operational cost. Town administrators and Wilson & Company will continue to develop and consider new design modification alternatives.”

San Antonio Fiesta

Procession through the Village of Placitas honoring the Feast Day of San Antonio.

Celebration in Placitas: Annual Feast Day of San Antonio

The annual festivities honoring the Feast Day of San Antonio will be held at the San Antonio Mission in Placitas on June 13, beginning at 10:30 a.m. with the celebration of Mass. Reminiscent of similar celebrations at Chimayo, Albuquerque, and throughout the Southwest, the yearly festival has its roots in early Village history. Traditionally, this farming community set aside a day each year to honor its patron saint, Anthony of Padua, and to ask his intercession to insure a good harvest. Dating back to the Village’s beginning—and following even earlier Hispanic traditions—the people of Placitas celebrate the bounty of their lands.

Following the celebration of the Mass (at approximately 11:20 a.m.), the feast day procession will wind its way through the historic Village starting at the mission, then along Paseo de San Antonio, El Calle Jona, and Camino de la Ciruela. Lead by the santo of San Antonio and the mission’s long-time mayordomos, Valentina and Arsenio Duran, the procession will be accompanied by the Knights of Columbus Honor Guard and the santos and mayordomos of San Jose Mission of Algodones, Our Lady of Sorrows Church, and Sanctuario de San Lorenzo of Bernalillo. Music for the procession will be provided by guitarists Tony Orona and Doug Chapman and members of the San Antonio mission choir. A short interpretation focusing on the life of San Antonio will be given by Pastor Stephen Imbarrato of Our Lady of Sorrows parish during the procession. After returning to the mission’s social hall, a light brunch will be served. The public is invited to join the procession and enjoy the brunch.

2010 U. S. Census home visits begin

—Town of Bernalillo
From April through July 2010, census takers will visit those households that did not return a completed census form. We’re counting on you.

It only takes 10 minutes to complete the 10 questions.

Each question helps to determine how more than $400 billion will be allocated to communities across the country. The 2010 Census will help Bernalillo receive funding for things like:

  • Job training centers
  • Schools
  • Senior centers
  • Bridges and other public works projects
  • Emergency services

The data collected by the census also determines the number of U.S. House of Representative seats for New Mexico.

By law, the Census Bureau cannot share respondents’ answers with anyone, including the IRS, FBI, CIA, or any other government agency. All Census Bureau employees take an oath of nondisclosure and are sworn for life to protect the confidentiality of the data.

Town administrators are concerned with the low response and encourage everyone to complete the census. The citizens of the town of Bernalillo would greatly benefit from these facilities and services.  

For more information, call (800) 923-8282, or visit us on the Web at

To Ride or Not

To ride or not to ride….

Let the theatre come to you this summer onboard the New Mexico Rail Runner Express. Every Saturday in June, July, and August, the University of New Mexico Department of Theatre Education and Outreach will be performing Shakespeare scenes aboard the train.  

“This is something new for us,” says Dewey Cave, interim executive director of the Mid-Region Council of Governments. “Other systems around the country have offered similar entertainment, and their passengers have really embraced it.”

Performances will take place only on northbound train #506 and southbound train #509. Each month will feature new Shakespeare scenes. June begins with romance scenes, July will feature comedic scenes, and August will showcase scenes of treachery and deceit.  

Performances will always take place on the bottom floor in the first railcar directly behind the locomotive.

“I hope that this project provides our community a chance to see Shakespeare performed in an accessible and engaging way,” says Lauren Albonico, director of Shakespeare on the Rail.

For more information about Shakespeare on the Rail, visit

Lynn Koch, Charlotte Lough

Lynn Koch, co-owner of La Puerta Real Estate Services, LLC, presents $1,000 in proceeds from Flea Market, held February 27 at the offices of La Puerta, to Charlotte Lough, chair of Casa Rosa Food Bank.

Rudy Rios

Rudy Rios, Two Rivers Construction, donates materials and time to complete the newly renovated waiting area at Casa Rosa Food Bank.

Casa Rosa Food Bank expanding partnership opportunities

—Darlene Chandler Bassett, Casa Rosa Food Bank Board Member
The internationally known choreographer Twyla Tharp defines collaboration simply as people working together: “Sometimes we collaborate to jump-start creativity; other times the focus is simply on getting things done. In each case, people in a good collaboration accomplish more than the group’s most talented members could achieve on their own.” The recent experience of those of us who are part of Casa Rosa (CR) proves just that. Partnerships with Kohl’s Cares for Kids A-team, La Puerta Real Estate Services, STO & Chaparral Materials, Inc., Flying Star Bernalillo, Sandoval County Civitan Club, and the Placitas Artist Series, along with Rudy Rios of Two Rivers Construction Company, Diane of the flooring company, and Betsy Model of Media, Marketing & Publicity, have “jump-started” Casa Rosa’s readiness for spring and summer.

Imagine the ways you could partner with Casa Rosa, and drop by and tell us about it.  

More sponsors for the monthly Mobile Food Pantries are always needed. One hundred dollars sponsors a truck with 2,500 pounds of food, or $175 sponsors a truck with 3,500 pounds. These pantries are open to all eligible Sandoval County residents.  

Cash donations to purchase low-cost food are gratefully accepted. Ten dollars purchases $90 worth of provisions through Roadrunner Food Bank.  

Nonperishable goods such as canned meats—tuna, chicken, turkey, beef stew, or Spam— jelly, canned fruit, evaporated canned milk, spaghetti sauce, and soups are all high priorities.  

Toiletries, such as toilet tissue, toothpaste, toothbrushes, shampoo/conditioner, and mouthwash are high priorities.  

Gently used clothing and household items are gladly accepted and utilized. Furniture and larger household items are also needed by Casa Rosa consumers. Because Casa Rosa does not have the space to store larger furniture, a flyer is printed up with the details of the pieces. Clients are asked to put their contact information on the flyer if they are interested in a particular piece. The CR manager then gives the information to the owners, and they contact the interested party. The client must have a way to transport the furniture.  

Don’t miss out on the fun. Casa Rosa is here for all of us! Come and take advantage of the opportunity to partner with the food bank and learn more about the art of giving. If you can be a part of Casa Rosa in any way mentioned above, or in any other way, and need more information, you may contact Charlotte Lough, chair of Casa Rosa, at, Ginny Ricciardelli, volunteer coordinator, at, or call the church office at (505) 867-5718. Come partner with Casa Rosa, and help us to help others in our community.






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