Here is a sampling of smaller farmers’ markets within a two-hour drive of Santa Fe.
Dixon Coop Farmers Market:Created in the early years of the new millennium and now occupying the old Zellers store, this market features from five to 15 local growers. Its specialties include raspberries, chile, onions and garlic. Like many farmers markets, it is an important gathering place for the community. It operates from 3:30 to 6:30 p.m. on Wednesdays, from June until early October. Checks from the Women, Infants and Children (WIC) and the Senior Farmers’ Market Nutrition Program (FMNP) are accepted. Details: Dan and Barbara Pollock, 579-9199.
Eldorado Farmers Market:Established in 2007, it will hold its first 2014 session on Friday, June 6, 4 to 6 p.m., at the La Tienda parking lot, 7 Caliente Road.
Proceeds from the market operation go to a local food pantry, Bienvenidos, to feed the hungry. The market is notable for its goat and cow cheeses, lamb products and honey — and for its summertime “Name That Goat” contest. WIC and Senior FMNP checks are accepted. Details: Susan Tarver, 920-5660, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Embudo Farmers Market:Now in its second year of operation on the Taos Highway (N.M. 68) next to Vivac Winery, 50 miles north of Santa Fe, this market features about 10 producers. They gather from May 1 to Sept. 15, on Thursdays and Fridays from 2 to 6 p.m. and on Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. The organizers are working toward a full-time roadside stand on the highway.Details: Steve Vigil, 579-4217.
Española Farmers Market: It claims the distinction of owning the 3.9 acres of its site, which incorporates an acre and a half devoted to a community garden, including a flower garden and a demonstration horno (traditional wood-fired adobe oven) that children are taught how to use. Besides the usual offerings, blue corn for grits, okra, and native plants and natural dyes from Santa Clara Pueblo can be purchased. In operation for some 20 years, the market serves more than 30 producers during the peak season. It operates on Mondays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., from June 9 through the end of October; from mid-July to mid-September, a second market session is held on Fridays from 2 to 7 p.m. Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), debit, WIC and Senior FMNP checks are accepted.Details:Sabra Moore, 685-4842,
Las Vegas Tri-County Farmers Market: Open from May 17 to the end of October, this market features 25 to 30 growers who sell chiles, apples, various types of squash and an increasing variety of greens. It’s been in operation for some 50 years. SNAP, debit, WIC and Senior FMNP checks are accepted.
Details:Cordia Sammenth, 426-1468.
Los Alamos Farmers Market: The grande dame of the state’s markets, this one offers almost as much variety as the Santa Fe market. Opening the first Thursday in May and running until the end of October on Thursdays, 7 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., it’s located at the Mesa Public Library parking lot (at Central and Bathtub) and features up to 40 producers. The Los Alamos Chamber of Commerce maintains a web page for the market. WIC and Senior FMNP checks are accepted.
Details: Cindy Talamantes, 929-6579.
Mora Valley Farmers Market: In operation for about 10 years, this market is located in a parking lot on the main street, N.M. 518, across from Russell’s grocery store. The market operates from the first Friday in July to the first Friday in October, 3 to 6 p.m. About eight growers regularly sell here, with numbers increasing during the peak season, including some specializing in heirloom vegetables. SNAP, WIC and Senior FMNP checks are accepted. Details:Betsy Block, 220-1845.
Pojoaque Farmers Market: Established two years ago as a project of the Pueblo’s P’osuwaegeh Farm, the market is open to all local producers and includes a number of growers from the pueblo itself, plus San Ildefonso and Tesuque pueblos. Products include Indian tacos, tamales and pies. The market runs from the last Wednesday in May until the end of October at the Poeh Cultural Center, 78 Cities of Gold Road, alongside U.S. 84/285. Hours are 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. SNAP, WIC and Senior FMNP checks are accepted. Details: Richard Bernard, 455-9086.
Red Willow Farmers Market at Taos Pueblo:A 5,000-square-foot heated greenhouse enables this market to operate year round, on Wednesdays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Staffed mainly by Taos High School students, it is the nation’s only after-school greenhouse program, according to its manager. This aspect of the Taos Pueblo Farm, a tribal collective, has been in operation since March 2013. The outdoor market, notable for traditional varieties of squash, runs from mid-July until October.
Details: Angelo McHorse, 575-770-8688.
Salman Ranch:Pick your own raspberries from the field and visit the retail outlet housed in the venerable Mercantile Building, which is part of the La Cueva Historic Site with its famous grist mill. Fresh raspberries are available from mid-September, but call ahead or visit the website to reserve an order. The retail store is open July to December from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily; January to June, it’s open Thursdays through Mondays from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The ranch is located north of Las Vegas on N.M. 518. Details:575-387-2900 or 866-281-1515, www.salmanraspberryranch.com.
Southside Santa Fe: Attempts to launch a second market in Santa Fe have come and gone but seem now to be taking root. On July 1, from 3 to 6:30 p.m., a Southside Farmers Market will open at Santa Fe Place (corner of Zafarano and Rodeo) with a kickoff event featuring live music and cooking demonstrations. It will be held every Tuesday. Holders of SNAP cards will be given double tokens redeemable for produce at farmers’ stands, and WIC and Senior FMNP checks will also be accepted. Details:Paolo Speirn at 467-9792.
Taos Farmers Market:Launched in the early 1970s at 400 Camino de la Placita, this market operates from mid-May until late October. Open Saturdays from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Details: Mary Dambacker, 575-751-7575.