Fifty and Growing On

Santa Fe Weird

Kyle

The Santa Fe Farmers’ Market celebrates its fiftieth anniversary this year. What a ride it’s been! Back in ’68, when the market first started, it consisted of a band of traveling farmers, willing to squat wherever they could, to sell their potatoes, tomatoes, carrots, onions, beets and other good eats. They moved from parking lot to parking, wherever they could find space and a welcoming hand.

Now: The market has a permanent home, a national reputation, regular hours and seasons, and one-hundred-fifty vendors who offer a variety of goods, ranging from veggies to grass-fed beef, yak, goat, soap, candles, wool, jewelry, photography and much, much more. Visitors can shop, stroll, people-watch, listen to music and eat to their heart’s content.

Voted one of the top ten farmers’ markets by Sunset Magazine, the Santa Fe Farmers Market is in the Railyard Park at 740 Cerrillos Road. Kyle joined me. It's dog friendly.

While good food and wonderful shopping is always a treat, the purpose or mission is vital to the wellbeing of Northern New Mexico and beyond. The mission states: The Santa Fe Market’s purpose is to promote small farms and sustainable agriculture, which produces a host of benefits. Just to name a few:

  1. Locally-grown food tastes better.
  2. Locally-grown food contributes less to food waste.
  3. Locally-grown food preserves open space.
  4. Locally-grown food supports a clean environment and benefits wildlife.
  5. Locally-grown food builds community.

For more information, check the website: santafefarmersmarket.com.

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