Josie and Louie Marquez sort apples at their Bernalillo
Marquez apples: A Bernalillo fall tradition
Josie and Louie Marquez planted an apple orchard in Bernalillo around
the time that their first child was born, forty-five years ago.
Their Red and Yellow Delicious and Rome Beauties have been winning
blue ribbons at the state fair for thirty-five years. The orchard
is one of the few remaining links to Bernalillo’s agricultural
Louie has a master’s degree in horticulture and is retired
from his job as Sandoval County agent for the New Mexico State University
Cooperative Extension Service.
Marquez apples are sold from the orchard near the intersection
of Camino del Pueblo and US 550. The apple display on the sidewalk
in front of their home is a familiar sign of the season. The apples
are also sold to Wild Oats, Bernalillo Public Schools, and the Bernalillo
Josie said, “This is always the happiest time of the year,
when we harvest the apples and get to see all our friends. We hope
to keep the orchard going for our grandchildren.”
Bernalillo School District drumming and singing
group called “Soaring Eagle,” from several local pueblos,
performed a sunset performance at the Bernalillo Chamber of Commerce
“Mix and Mingle” in October. The food was provided and
elegantly served to guests by Bernalillo High School’s culinary
arts students. The event was hosted by Chamber board member Dan
Dennison at an award-winning Diamond Tail Ranch home.