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Bernalillo Farmers/Growers Market

Bernalillo Farmers/Growers Market to blossom

—Ann Rustebakke

The Bernalillo Farmers/Growers Market will be back in business beginning July 6, on Fridays, as usual, from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., until October 26. This year promises to be a more productive one than last year when a late freeze and minimal irrigation water cut back on local fruits and vegetables.

The Market location is the same as it has been for the past several years—just south of Our Lady of Sorrows Church on Bernalillo’s main street Camino del Pueblo, about a block south of the intersection of highways US 550 and NM 313. The vendors will be stationed behind the middle divider fence on the property to take advantage of the shade available and to free up all of the space in the area next to the street for customer parking. The area where the vendors are located is free of traffic, so you can bring the kids along.

Products available at the Market will vary from week to week, because not everything is ripe at the same time. Items sold must be produced by the vendors themselves—resale of commercially produced items is not permitted. There are also some items that are not fruits and vegetables, such as baked goods, plant items, jams and jellies, honey, eggs, and a few things that are meant to be consumed on the spot. There are also likely to be a few handcrafted items, like chile ristras and decorative wreaths and gourds, though these usually appear later when they are in season.

The Market offers an opportunity to “interview” the sellers and become acquainted with foods that you may not be familiar with. Some older varieties in particular do not ship well, so they are never available in supermarkets—and often they are especially delicious. They may have been gathered the same day, which adds to the quality. Fresher foods taste and keep better! You also will have the opportunity to meet some of your neighbors from the county. The Market’s management team—all voluteers—says that anyone who wants to sell at the Market should contact Bonnie at 505-867-9054 or Ann at 505-867-2485. Applications for former vendors will be mailed out in early June.

Cash sales are always welcome and the arrangements that allow the use of WIC and Senior Nutrition vouchers as well as EBT cards will be in effect. The various non-commercial farmers’ markets in New Mexico have operated under the supervision of the New Mexico Farmer’s Market Marketing Association and the New Mexico Department of Agriculture for about twenty years. There are now more than sixty in the state, each with its own character and schedule. A complete listing of markets is available at www.farmersmarketnm.org.


Local farmers’ and growers’ markets open for the season

—Katie Goetz

Especially at this time of year, farmers’ and growers’ markets across the state make fresh, local foods more available to New Mexicans. The Albuquerque Downtown Growers’ Market opened for the season on May 19, adding to sixteen other markets that are already up and running across the state. Some markets, such as the Las Cruces Farmers’ and Crafts Market, and the Santa Fe Farmers’ Market are open all year long. There are more than sixty markets throughout New Mexico.

Depending on where you are in the state, items at your local farmers’ market this time of year may include eggs, cheese, honey, salad greens, spinach, herbs, asparagus, snap peas, kale, chard, collard greens, radishes, beets, and more. A wider variety of produce will become available as we get further into the growing season. Some markets also have plant starts for sale.

“There are so many reasons to visit your local market,” says Denise Miller, executive director of New Mexico Farmers’ Marketing Association. “Buying from the farmers’ and growers’ markets means healthy foods and families, a healthy environment, and a healthy local economy.”

New Mexico Secretary of Agriculture Jeff Witte says farmers’ and growers’ markets provide an opportunity to buy local food picked at the peak of freshness and, in the process, help preserve the state’s rich agricultural heritage.

“Going to the farmers’ market gives you a rare chance to talk, face-to-face, with the people tending the land and growing our food,” Witte says. “It’s an opportunity to think about where our food comes from and all the hard work it takes to get it from the farm to your fork.”

More information, including the farmer’s market nearest you and when it opens for the season, is available at www.farmersmarketsnm.org.


Corrales Garden Tour

A Corrales Garden Tour garden

Corrales MainStreet presents Corrales garden tour in June

On June 20, Corrales MainStreet and Sandoval Master Gardeners will offer the Third Annual Corrales Garden Tour. This year the tour offers tour goers the opportunity to peek into the gardens often hidden behind Corrales’s traditional adobe walls or coyote fences. Visitors can tour seven gardens, six homes, and a demonstration garden. Unique this year, the gardens are located from near the Corrales bosque up into the sand hills and provide viewers a look at an inspiring selection of lush, colorful gardens from traditional to contemporary styles.

Ticket price is $10 with the funds raised to be used for a landscaping project along the pathways project on Corrales Road and are available at the Village Mercantile, Frontier Mart and Oasis in the Village and seven local garden centers supporting the tour.

Corrales MainStreet is a community based program to encourage the preservation of the Village of Corrales’s traditions, way of life, history and agricultural roots by encouraging the enhancement and diversification of the economy of the Village. Sandoval County Master Gardeners (SCMG) is a volunteer organization committed to providing better gardening techniques to the community with the latest, most practical horticultural information available. For more information contact MainStreet at 350-3955 or info@corrales-gardentour.com. Pictures of local gardens and gardening tips are available at: www.corrales-gardentour.com.


Locate the free summer meal site nearest you

—The New Mexico Collaboration to End Hunger

The New Mexico Collaboration to End Hunger, in partnership with Children, Youth and Families Department (CYFD) and Share our Strength, will help connect more area kids and teens to free summer meals programs by making it easier for families to locate a meal site in their neighborhood through a statewide text campaign.

For the first time in New Mexico, the Collaboration is offering a text option to help families find the nearest summer meal site in their community. By texting "FoodNM" to 877-877, participants will receive the three closest food site locations based on their physical address. Other summer meal site locators include www.summerfoodnm.org or 1-800-EAT-COOL (328-2665).

 "For families who count on school breakfast and lunch, the summer months can be stressful and family food budgets have to be stretched," said Krista Kelley, Director of the Collaboration to End Hunger. "We are excited to offer the first text option in the state that will allow families to access information on summer meal sites near them by simply entering a zip code."

Here are some details about the program:

  • Many summer meal sites offer fun learning and recreational activities, so kids and teens can eat a healthy meal while staying active and hanging out with friends.
  • Meals are free to children and teens, ages one to 18, who come to a summer meal site, no matter where they live.
  • Summer meal sites are at schools, churches, community centers, and other places that are safe for kids and teens.
  • Food served follows USDA nutrition guidelines and is paid for by the USDA.
  • Parents do not need to apply to the program for their children to get free summer meals. They can just bring their kids to a summer meal site.
  • Food must be consumed on the premises.

The New Mexico Collaboration to End Hunger (the Collaboration) is a statewide coalition of over eighty partner organizations, including public, private, and nonprofit entities, partnering to address food insecurity among families, children, and older adults. The Collaboration focuses on providing advocacy, capacity building, education, outreach, systems change resources, and technical assistance to organizations and communities across New Mexico to increase household access to food resources and healthy food options. Visit EndNMHunger.org to get involved.


San Antonio feast day procession

—Bob Gajkowski

San Antonio de Padua Mission in Placitas will celebrate the feast day of its patron saint on June 10, beginning at 9:30 a.m. with mass. The mass will be followed by a procession of the santos of Our Lady of Sorrows Church, Bernalillo, San Jose Mission, Algodones, the Sanctuary de San Lorenzo, Bernalillo, and San Antonio Mission through Placitas Village.

This annual event has long been celebrated by Catholics as a way to thank San Antonio for his intercession with God on their behalf. When agriculture was still an important part of Village life in Placitas, as in many Hispanic villages throughout the area, it was customary to celebrate and give thanks for the bountiful harvest. Today it is an opportunity to recall one of the long-standing traditions of life in the Village.

The Procession will begin at about 10:30 a.m. following the celebration of mass. The congregation will pause outside the Mission for the dedication and blessing of a newly installed santo of San Antonio in the courtyard. The santo is the work of santero Paula Dimit who also created the San Antonio santo that will be carried in procession. Following the dedication, an Honor Guard of the Knights of Columbus will accompany the mayordomos and congregation as the procession moves along Paseo de San Antonio, along Calle Melon/El Callejon and Camino de la Ciruela, and back to the Mission. A rancheros-style brunch will be served at the Mission Social Center after the procession. The general public is invited to join in the festivities.


Centennial Summerfest main stage

After an afternoon with live entertainment and food booths, the main event of the Centennial Summerfest begins. On June 16 on the Main Stage located at third and Central gets going. At 6:00 p.m. Will Banister will kick off the evening. At 7:00 p.m., Grammy winner Robert Mirabal takes the stage. Raised traditionally by his mother and grandparents in Taos Pueblo, he began making flutes at the age of nineteen. The highlight of the evening will be from 8:00 to 9:30 p.m. when the multiple Grammy award-winning band, Los Lobos will rock the night in celebration of one hundred years of New Mexico Statehood. For additional details, visit www.ABQSummerfest.com


Hyatt Tamaya offers healthy family adventures

Hyatt Regency Tamaya Resort & Spa has announced the “Tamaya Independence Day Family Adventure” package. They are offering family archery lessons, customizable horseback riding and rodeo training experiences suited for every age, guided nature walks through the resort’s Bosque, exploring the shores of the Rio Grande, group hot air ballooning, and family golf and yoga lessons. On Thursdays between Memorial Day and Labor Day guests can take part in the Summer Rodeo Series by learning rodeo fundamentals from a professional wrangler at the Stables at Tamaya. Also there is Camp Tamaya, a program in which children can take part in exciting activities with other children staying at the resort. Use the special offer code of 4THJUL for booking the Tamaya  Independence Day Family Adventure. For reservations or information, visit www.tamaya.hyatt.com.


Summer music and art series begins

On Sunday nights from May to August, enjoy free musical entertainment from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m. at Haynes Park located across the street from Intel on NM 528/Pat D’Arco Highway in Rio Rancho. Citizens are encouraged to bring lawn chairs, blankets, and a picnic to listen to a variety of acts playing at the park’s Rotary Club Barbeque Pavillion.

Scheduled to perform are The Casuals, Gary Reynolds and The Southwest Band, Adobe Brothers, Bosque Blues, The Flyin A’s, Nahalot Shalom Band, Dennis and Song Writers, Rudy Boy Experiment, Twisted Mo-Jo, The Hit Squad, Little Hawk, Inferno, and Rio Rancho Symphonic and Dance Bands. For information and schedule of bands, call 891-5004 or visit www.ci.rio-rancho.nm.us.

The Rio Rancho Arts Commission’s “Arts in the Park” show and sale will take place on four Sundays, June 10, July 25, August 12 and 26 from 3:00 to 8:00 p.m. Artist and vendors wanting to sell their items at one or all four of the art shows must register with the Parks, Recreation and Community Services Department by calling 891-5015. Artists must have a current city of Rio Rancho business license. For information, call the city Clerk’s Office at 891-5004 or visit their web site www.ci.rio-rancho.nm.ns. For both the musical and the Arts in the Park events admission is free, open to the public and all ages welcome. All events are subject to weather.
 
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