Saturday, September 10, 2011

Alibi's Locovore Market Report:

the Weekly Alibi's food section would have reviewed Mountainair's market last Saturday, afterthought to the main course, but, apparently, not having noted market hours arrived too late ....

"Locovore Market Report: Socorro packs its pleasant historic plaza.... But the clock had struck 10 a.m., and this critic had important business elsewhere in the universe—the Mountainair market, to be specific—so we didn’t have time to indulge in a leisurely marketside brunch.

Nor did we have time to stop at the truck stop at the Lemitar exit, just north of Socorro, which is reported to serve very good green chile.

Alas, when we got to Mountainair at 11 a.m., they were packing up. Like at most small markets I’ve been to in New Mexico, you have to get there early for the good stuff. So with empty bellies... we headed for home.

Saturday, September 3, 2011

Watch and Pass It On: Who Will Grow Food for Future Generations?

To create a revitalized, healthier, and safer U.S. food and farm system we need to cultivate a new generation of farmers and ranchers – and quickly. The current farm population is aging rapidly, and while there are many people that want to farm and ranch they face tremendous obstacles entering this field. In the coming Read the Rest...

Since content does not post itself and the Mountainair Farm & Garden Market (IRL, steering committee, mkt management, etc) is less than forthcoming providing content, virtual MFGM will fire them and make do with op-eds, news, images, videos and educational articles from the feed reader and mail bag. Less time consuming and more efficient.

Thursday, August 25, 2011

News from the New Mexico's #FarmersMarkets

The August newsletter is here and the next Mountainair Farm & Garden Market is almost here too: 8-11am August 27, just around the corner from the annual Sunflower Festival featuring art, vendors, live music, the Community Library's annual book sale and more. Check the festival schedule and make a day of it. 

Vendors and home bakers considering vending: take advantage of licensing waiver for one day events: bring out your best baked goods to sell.

Peak Season is Here
If you have not yet been to a farmers' market this season, now is the time to go. From now until mid-September is considered "peak season," which means that markets have a lot to offer, including perennial favorites such as green chile, corn, and tomatoes. Find out where and when to find your local market on our website,

Friday, August 12, 2011

August 11 MFGM Meeting Notes

Notes from the August 11 meeting (only marginally better attended than community gardening meeting a few weeks earlier). Many thanks to Monica for taking and sending notes. More market musings anon. I also have planned an educational series on market questions. Feel free to submit yours. 

Steering committee members and interested readers are welcome to question, research and comment on any points raised in meeting notes. Ditto come to meetings and volunteer. Above all ~ support our weekly local market as vendor, shopper or visitor. Tell others about the market and ask them to support it too.

Jubilee 2011 Market, photo by Tamra Hays

August 11, 2011,  Steering Committee Meeting Notes

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Weather impact on farmers' markets & other challenges

Not just here - hot and dry - but everywhere. Sometimes it is too much rain rather than none at all. Too hot. Not hot soon enough. Run a Google search for "weather + farmers markets. 

Today an Ohio news station, on of many, reports on the weather impact on farmers' market
"Delay in crops: extreme weather is a growing concern for farmers who make money off summer crops. The spring rain and summer heat has affected sweet corn and a few other crops.

Farmers have to take advantage of what mother nature provides. The amount of rain and heat not only impacts what you may see at a farmers' market but when you may see it there as well."

Monday, July 18, 2011

Why Shop At A Farmers Market?

We've said this before ~ linked, blogged, tweeted it too, but here we come again. Even adjusting for natural hype, there is no denying that the market continues to pick up, steadily developing a broader vendor and customer base. We'd like to more of both, vendors and shopper, especially local. Is anyone is still asking, "Why shop at a farmers market?" If so, here are some answers...

1. Buying Locally
Buying from your local farmer or home grower supports local agriculture and the local economy. This means that the food you are eating comes from nearby, and does not require us to waste lots of energy and petroleum to ship the food half-way around the world. You are eating food in your own environment, where it has perfectly-created nutrients for your specific climate and region. You are also supporting the environment by reducing the usage of fossil fuels.
2. Affordable Organic Fruits & Veggies

Sunday, June 26, 2011

The Importance of The Market

from the Foodista blog, a video to remind you why to shop local and support local farmers markets. Yes, we said it before ~ and will say it again. Food sovereignty begins in the garden but needs to support and be supported by local farmers markets, shoppers and vendors ~ from home gardeners to local growers and processors.

Check out this lovely video from the Tacoma Farmers Market. It just makes you want to go shopping, doesn't it? No matter who you talk to about buying from the local market, they all say the same thing: Buy local, buy organic and know your producer. Have a peek.

Farmers Market

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Support Mountainair Farm & Garden Market

Market organizer Nancy Stone writes,

Mountainair Farm and Garden Market Supporters,

A word of encouragement and a request for your continuing support for the Saturday Farm and Garden markets. Opening  day showed strong interest and support by the local community, visitors and vendors alike. We offered special attractions to celebrate and make the occasion festive. Now we need your help to support the market and keep it growing. Like any worthy, longterm project, this one calls for cultivation to grow it steadily by word of mouth and cooperation. It won't happen overnight or without community involvement. 

Saturday, May 14, 2011

Farmers Market Plant Sales and Permits

~ addressing and hopefully answering questions that have arisen regarding Mountainair Farm & Garden Market licensing for plant sales (as opposed to produce, which does not require licensing) by registered vendors vs individual vendor licensing. Obviously, this is not an issue for already licensed commercial growers but would be for the the community garden and individual home gardeners.  


Source: New Mexico Commission of Public Records, 

Thursday, May 12, 2011

New Mexico Farmers' Markets Open for the Season

Effective next week, the #Mountainair market will be changing its date from the one listed below, Thursdays, 3-7 pm, to Saturdays, opening 8am, vendor set-up 7:30am

Farmers' Market Season is Here!
Find your nearest market below
May 2011
New Mexico Markets are Open for Business 
Come Out for a Taste of the New Season
After a long, cold winter and blustery spring, farmers' market season is here! Come experience the changing colors, tastes and smells each week at your local market. More markets are opening every week, so check our website, to find out about your nearest market. 
The following markets are NOW OPEN!

Corrales Growers' Market
Recreation Center, 500 Jones Rd & Corrales Rd
Sundays, 9 am - 12 pm

Cuba Farmers' Market
St Francis of Assisi Park, off NM 126
Saturdays, 9 am - 1 pm

Los Ranchos Growers' Market
6718 Rio Grande Blvd NW
Saturdays, 7 - 11 am

Mountainair Farmers' & Gardeners' Market
Roosevelt St, next to the post office
Thursdays, 3 - 7 pm

Socorro Farmers' Market
Socorro Plaza Park
Saturdays, 8 am - 12 pm

The Albuquerque Downtown, Nob Hill & Albuquerque Northeast growers' markets will all open during the last week of May! Check the website for details.

Belated #Mountainair F&G Market update

A shank steering committee met Tuesday May 10, made changes, including a CHANGE OF TIME and DAY (same location) for the new weekly Farm & Garden Market, sent this morning. Changes are effective May 21 and do not apply to today's market.

Starting Saturday May 21, the market will open at 8 am on Saturdays.  No information provided as to duration but Setup will start 7:30. Today the market will be held as normal, 3-7 pm. 

There is also a change in the # of information booths. Effective Saturday May 21, no more than one information booth per market day will be allowed.  Organizations, events or individuals interested in having a booth, please contact contact Rebecca Lueras, 505-847-0973

For legal and liability reasons, alcohol is not allowed at the market: no alcohol consumption on the premises. This is a clarification, not a change and applies today and on all future market days.

Complete list of changes and relevant meeting notes will posted when available. Comments and input are invited and will be shared with the complete steering committee.

More about Farmers Markets

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

TODAY: #Mountainair Farm & Garden Market meeting

.. Tuesday May10 at the Shaffer Hotel (conference room), 5:30 pm, Steering Committee Chair Nancy Stone writes, 

Mountainair Farm & Garden Market

Congratulations to us all.  Our first Farm and Garden Market was very well received, truly successful and quite a community event !!  We thought it a good idea to meet togeher for a quick evaluation and to get a consensus on needs, concerns and possible changes.  Gather your thoughts and ideas and come to share and improve our market.

The original time and location of our follow-up meeting has been changed to accomodate more people.  It will now be at the Shaffer Hotel conference room at 5:30 PM.  Susan Brazil from City Hall may be attending to discuss city concerns about time, parking etc.  Please come so we can collectively make decisions and address concerns and alternatives.
Thanks to all of you for your ideas and energy.  Every new venture has its ups and downs, and we just need to be flexible to accomodate change.

Ed note:  a more detailed report will be forthcoming on the Mountainair 
Farm and Garden Market page. In the meantime, treat yourself to the opening day pictures on our Facebook page; also don't miss Kristine Lauritsen's  photos here, here and here, as well as a few at the MMAC Facebook page

Thursday, May 5, 2011

Farmers Markets around the World

Join us at the #farmersmarket this afternoon in #Mountainair, 3-7 pm in front of the Dr Saul Community Center. The growing popularity of local markets for local produce and wares is's the slide show to prove it.

To market, to market to buy

... whatever catches your fancy, tickles your palate... a Trip to the #FarmersMarket just to take it all in.

Film maker Steve Skojec explains, "In the summer of 2007, a trip to the farmers' market in Leesburg, Virginia, afforded me an opportunity to explore the importance of local food and culture, and the value of shopping at these markets."

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Featured #Mountainair Vendor: High Desert Eats

... offers Rosemary Smoking Sticks for that special seasoning touch at the grill and new products High Desert "PupTarts", "Dog Bites" & "BisDoggies", yep, dog biscuits...

Visit High Desert Eats Event Planning/Event Services on Facebook and tomorrow in person at our market Cinco de Mayo Grand Opening

Thursday, April 28, 2011

Meet the Vendors

Eventually our #Mountainair #farmersmarket page will include a separate "meet the vendors" section with even more about our regular vendors, including bio, vendor or artist statement, description of wares, farm or studio information, contact information, links, images, etc. The listings can also be duplicated in the Notes section of Mountainair Farm & Garden Market on Facebook. Until then, this basics list from Kristine will do nicely. If any vendors would like more added to their list, please send the whatever more my way,, "Vendor Listing" in subject line.

Moni's decorative plants adorn Rock Motel pavilion

Monica Gallion, Moni's Organic Greens: vegetable plants and flowers if all goes as planned; plants will either be one gallon or 6 pacs; cut flowers for Mother's Day.

Ruth Ballen,"The Wayard Elf": selected handcrafted wares including Snake Scarves; Puff Fabric Bangle Bracelets; Hand-Painted Gourds; Small Oil Paintings; and more.

High Desert Eats: Mountainair-Grown Fresh & Dried Herbs; Rosemary Grilling Scewers & Smoking Wands; High Desert Pup Tarts (home-made doggie bicuits); Sugar Pie Pumpkin Starts (young plants); and more.

Eva Pereira and the St. Vincent de Paul Volunteers will hold a "Sopapilla Making Demonstration", suggested donations only.
Celeste Simon, Mixed Media: Assemblages; Small Paintings; Ceramic & Bead Work; and more.

Mary Childers of Alpine Alley Coffee Shop: introduction of newest "surprise" menu addition; beverages and ready-to-eat items.

The Mountainair Community Garden: Tomato Plants, Seeds, and Onion Sets.

The Mountainair Chamber of Commerce: an information booth to distribute promotional materials.

Karen Lessard, Mountainair Ranger District: booth for fire awareness, safety, and preparedness information, as well as general hiking, camping, etc.

Barbara Chung may have a permit to offer prepared food by opening day, and Kathy Bauer may have a craft booth. Live music by Kay Stillion, Mountainair PS band and music program students under the direction of Virginia Hinds, and we hope, Lenora Romero

TONIGHT Apr27: Food Training at Shaffer

..sponsored the by the #Mountainair Farm & Garden Market and scheduled for tonight has been confirmed.

Don't forget: if you want to get the first step out of the way for a home-based food processing certificate from NM Dept of the Environment, the training is tonight at 6 pm at the Shaffer Hotel conference room.  It is free, the test will be open book and you'll have completed the first requirement of the certificate.
If you're at all interested in certifying or think you could be eventually, come and take the free training.

FYI ~ another overview on requirements for Food Processors at MRCOG's new expanded pages on resources for farmers markets, local growers, producers and processors (good even if not yet updated to mention us!)

Friday, April 22, 2011

Farmers Markets in Art

Today and yesterday, Oakland artist Anthony Holdsworth writes about farmers markets visited, sketched and painted from the 60s to the present. More than a change of page writing the informative and exhorting the green sustainable, pieces like this remind of the aesthetic and sensory experience of markets, suggesting a regular feature on Farmers Markets in arts (as well as images of markets around the world, which we've already occasionally touched on)

(Read Brenda Payton’s on the street commentary in the Sunday Insight Section of the SF Chronicle)

  Old Oakland Market - April, 24"X35", oil/canvas, Anthony Holdsworth 2009
Old Oakland Market - April, 24"x 35", oil/canvas, Anthony Holdsworth, 2009
In these recessionary times Farmers’ Markets appear to be thriving. This is reassuring. Many of us look forward to their arrival in our neighborhood as a high point in the week. The sights, smells and flavors of the countryside spilling out onto concrete and asphalt. The opportunity to support small, family farmers, to pick up gardening tips. To enjoy the food stands and musicians. It’s  hard to imagine a time before most of these markets existed. It wasn’t so long ago.

Monday, April 18, 2011

May 5 Grand Opening: #Mountainair's new #FarmersMarket

Of course you already know the date, May 5. With the BIG notice just below the page title here as well as a smaller version as profile picture on our Facebook page, how could you not. Whether vendor, visitor or local shopper, surely you also have enough details to get you to the market opening on time.

NEWS! Follow us on Twitter @Mountainair_Mkt

The poster (last and latest I hope) below has already been posted on Facebook as well as on other Mountainair blogs, but somehow missed getting posted here ~ chalk that up to the barefoot shoemakers' children syndrome.

There will be more to come about the Grand Opening, special attractiMFGMons and features. I've been collecting information but want to make sure details are correct and as complete as possible. If you have news to add, please send it to me directly at, not to the address on the flier. 

Friday, April 15, 2011

BYOP: Farmers Market Guide [video]

Get the skinny on how to buy fresh and save money shopping at a farmers market, filmed in Boston. I just saw how many farmers market videos are on YouTube and see BYOP (Bring Your Own Popcorn) as a regular series here ~ maybe renamed from popcorn to crudités. Yes, a quick and easy way to get a blog post ~ but entertaining and informative too.

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Real Food: News from NM Farmers Markets

What lovely timing indeed for the NM Farmers' Marketing Association newsletter to appear just few weeks before #Mountainair's May 5 market opening ~ and right when I'm planning a social media blitz for the occasion. Just so you don't think you are seeing double, that blitz starts with cross-posting to both Mountainair Arts and our own page for the Mountainair Farm & Garden Market. At least I resisted the temptation to triple, quadruple, quintuple, etc post... for now (just spreading them out) ...

April 2011
News from New Mexico's  
Farmers' Markets  

Welcome, Spring! 

Spring is an excitinapple blossomg time of year. The days are longer. The trees are in bloom, showing their promise of summer fruit. Evenings and weekends are spent working in the garden. And, one by one, farmers' markets begin to open for a delicious new season.

Depending on where in the s
tate you live, most markets start to open for the regular season anywhere from mid-April to late July. Markets in the southern part of New Mexico, for example, tend to open a bit earlier than the cooler regions in the north. Be sure to check our website often, as we continue to update market schedules and new markets opening this year.  Find your area markets on our website.

New Mexico Winter  

Farmers' Markets

Markets will be opening soon for the regular season, but until then, visit these last few winter markets.

Every Wednesday through June: Red Willow Winter Farmers' Market (Taos Pueblo)

Thursday, April 14th: Los Alamos Winter Farmers' Market

Every Saturday through May: Santa Fe Farmers' Market and the Otero County Farmers' Market in Alamogordo

Click here for details! 

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New Officers Elected to NMFMA Board 

The New Mexico Farmers' Marketing Association elected new officers and welcomed recently elected board members at its spring Board meeting in Albuquerque on March 15, 2011.

Elected to the position of President is Douglas Findley, owner of Heidi's Raspberry Farm in Corrales. Findley has served as Vice President of the Board for three years, and has been a member of the Board for six years. Findley replaces Michael Reed of the South Valley who served on the Board for nine years.

Robert Ardovino, manager of Sunland Park Farmers' Market was re-elected Treasurer; and Nadine Ulibarri-Keller, a Socorro farmer was elected Secretary.

Newly elected Board members include: Nora Haskins, executive director and board chair of the Permaculture Guild in Santa Fe; Shirley Holden, manager of the Le Jardin Verde Urban Growers' Market in Albuquerque; Rubina Cohen, founder and president of Firefly Innovation Group in Santa Fe; and, Jedrek Lamb, manager of the Albuquerque North East Farmers' & Artisans' Market.

Continuing to serve on the Board are: Cecilia Rosacker-McCord, El Rancho Nido Farm in Lemitar; Cindy Talamantes, Los Alamos & Pojoaque Farmers' Markets; and, Eric Montgomery, Las Cruces Farmers' & Crafts Market.

Featured Market: Red Willow Winter Farmers' Market   

Red Willow Growers' Co-op"The Red Willow Co-op set out to experiment with season extension for our area and to support a year-round market. And, like any experiment, there was a lot of trial and error involved," explained Gordon Hirsch, manager of the Red Willow Farmers' Market in Taos Pueblo.

With the help of a sophisticated and efficient wood-burning boiler called a garn, two large greenhouses, and a team of area youth working in the greenhouses as an after-school job, the Red Willow Center has been growing a variety of crops to supply their farmers' market with produce year-round. Despite a mechanical problem that put the greenhouses out of commission for a couple of months, the operation is back on track and producing a wide variety of greens, root vegetables, and even some peas and tomatoes that will be coming up soon.

"We did well until about about mid-December thanks to our stored winter squashes, onion, garlic, and cabbage," said Hirsch. "We kept the market open despite our lack of produce with the mechanical problems, and it warmed my heart to see that the community continued to trudge through the mud and snow to come out and support us through that."

Now, with the greenhouses back in operation and the crops doing well with the increased sunlight since the Winter Solstice, the market is once again bountiful. Market shoppers can expect to find a variety of products such as greens and salad mixes, carrots, radishes, turnips, Chinese cabbage, and soon, the ever-popular peas. Though the winter market is primarily supplied by the greenhouses, other vendors from the pueblo supplement the market with handmade goods such as breads, pies, soaps, tortillas, and crafts.

Hirsch noted that they learned a lot during their first winter market, and now have plans for the future. "We figured out that adequate winter storage is really advantageous," said Hirsch. "Those stored winter squashes really helped get us through when we didn't have the greenhouses." He hopes that in the future, the Red Willow Center can provide a place for winter storage and drying facilities for crops produced by pueblo residents in the summer and fall.

You can visit the Red Willow Co-op's indoor winter market every Wednesday from 10 am to 6 pm at 885 Starr Rd in Taos Pueblo. The market can be reached at

Raspberry Grower Adds a Sweet Touch to All the Seasons       Link to full story     

By Denise Miller, NMFMA Executive Director, for the Albuquerque Journal 

Shoppers who venture to local growers' markets during the off season can find a taste of summer awaiting their discovery. That's because of dedicated growers such as Madelyn Hastings of Duke's Raspberry Ranch in Edgewood. She grows enough raspberries during the season to keep the rest of us flush in raspberry delicacies all year.

Other well-known raspberry specialists in the state include Salman Raspberry Ranch near Mora in La Cueva, San Patricio Berry Farm in southern New Mexico not far from Las Cruces and Heidi's Raspberry Farm in Corrales. You also may find smaller berry growers at markets during the peak season.

"Raspberries are my favorite food, and I figured if I liked them this much, there must be other people who do, too," she says of her decision to quit teaching and start farming raspberries about a decade ago.
salad with Raspberry dressing
Hastings' five-acre farm in Edgewood has 1½ acres planted in raspberries. She can't keep up with production during the season, so many berries go to the freezer for later processing.

From these Hastings creates cooked raspberry jam, uncooked freezer jam, no sugar jam, raspberry barbecue sauce, raspberry vinegar and raspberry baked goods.


Read the full story here, including recipes! 

Spring Crop Coming Soon: Sugar Snap Peas!
The ever-popular sugasugar snapsr snap peas are a true taste of spring. Sugar snaps, a result of crossing green garden peas with snow peas, don't require shelling, which makes them an easy snack or salad topping. They are also sweeter and crisper than garden peas. Nutritionally, sugar snaps are a good source of iron, vitamin C and fiber. They are also best enjoyed fresh, as the sugars begin to convert to starch after picking. Keep your eyes out for these tasty treats coming to a market near you.

Five Ideas for Enjoying Sugar Snap Peas
  • Snack on them raw with a dip of 1 cup plain yogurt, 1/3 cup crumbled feta, and 1/8 teaspoon freshly ground black peppercorns  
  • In succotash, sautéed with corn kernels, scallions, and cherry tomatoes
  • Blanched and tossed with buttered egg noodles, parsley, and garlic (blanching means to  boil very briefly then plunge into cold ice water)
  • Roasted with olive oil and sea salt beneath the broiler until crisp-tender and lightly browned on the edges; drizzle with a few drops of toasted sesame oil before serving.
  • Tossed warm with fresh pesto and toasted pine nuts

Recipe ideas adapted from

NMFMA logo The New Mexico Farmers' Marketing Association (NMFMA) is committed to 
 supporting our state's farmers
' and growers' markets. These markets are the
 most important survival line for smal
l farmers today, offering them direct
 access to consumers, enabling them to make a profit and stay on their farms.
 For more information, visit our website at
New Mexico Farmers' Marketing Association | 320 Aztec St. | Suite B | Santa Fe | NM | 87501

Thursday, April 7, 2011

Apr20: Food Safety Training

.. for Home Processed Food, 6-8 PM, Shafffer Hotel, #Mountainair

Barbara Chung has set up the food safety training with Bill Chavez of NM Department of Environment for April 20 at the Shaffer Hotel, meeting room from 6 - 8 pm.  It will be a condensed course, open book test and everyone will pass and leave with a certification as we had hoped the first time we met.
Our special thanks to Alma of the Shaffer Hotel for offering the room again for free.
Also remember that this certification is only the first step in getting approved for the home processed food permit, but Barbara is trying to simplify the process and is working with the Bill and the Department to hopefully streamline the process for others in Mountainair.  Thank you, Barbara.
She may even have information to share by the time the class is held.  Call her if you want more information at 847-2819 before then.

Submitted by Nancy Stone

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Get Poetry Broadsided: Botanical Garden )


Is poetry trespassing into the garden part of iCreate's cyberspace pièd á terre? I love the smell of oxymoron in the morning. Consider it a National Poetry Month 2011 / Broadsided mashup. Throw in a touch of bridge building between groups who have more in common than they are sometimes willing to admit. 

Nature poetry is as old as the genre; the garden, an ever blooming literary trope not limited to poetry. 
The garden has always held a special place in literature – from hidden gardens to secret doorways, from giant plants to gardens that appear out of nowhere. And the Botanic Garden in Oxford is also strongly connected to literature. It was a favourite spot for the Liddell family to visit (Lewis Carroll wrote Alice in Wonderland for little Lizzie Liddell); Tolkien often sat there under his favourite tree, the majestic black pine, which looks uncannily like Tree Beard the ‘Tree Ent’; and Pullman set one of the most poignant scenes in ‘His Dark Materials’ trilogy on the bench under the witch-hazel, next to the Water Garden. (from Picnics inspired by gardens in literature, U Oxford)

The Guardian's John Mullen lists 10 of the best walled gardens in literature. Ecopoetry is a more recent chapter in that same tradition, as are cross-disciplinary Nature and Culture programs

Here's an article that explains more about Broadsided. So print out this poem (or another) and get broadsiding...  PS ~ wouldn't it be neat to broadside a poetry walk at the Community Garden? Publish the poetry project IRL by weatherproofing and broadsiding?

Monday, April 4, 2011

Meeting Notes: 4/1/2011

Shaffer Meeting Room, April 1, 2011, 10 AM

2010 Sunflower Festival, photo by Dennis Fulfer
Make our Market Day look like this!

1.     Home-Processed Food Training Follow Up – Decision on Need for Further Training
·       Barbara Chung, Rebecca Lueras, Monica Gallion will take the “actual” training
·       Barbara Chung will follow up with Bill Chavez about scheduling and will let us know
·       Barbara drafted a letter to our State Representative concerning the challenges to getting the Home-Processed Certificate and recommending changes. She will seek signatures.

2.     Getting the Word Out for Produce Vendors
·       We all must work hard during April to contact, inform and persuade producers and other prospective vendors throughout the county and beyond.  This market must have produce with vendors to be successful.  Publicity and word of mouth is necessary to bring in sellers.
·       Rebecca volunteered to set up outside the Post Office to advertise the market.  A list of the permits, certificates etc. necessary for market vendors will be prepared.

3.      Advertising Budget
·       We have a small grant from NM Farmers Marketing Association for promotion
·       LAST MINUTE INFORMATION – We also received funds from the Mountainair Lodgers Tax account to spend on promotion and publicity.  If you have valid ideas for spending these funds, let me know, and we’ll present to Steering Committee.
·       Plans now are to print flyers and posters, buy a banner and develop more ideas.  Kristine Lauritsen will get the banner ($60) and will coordinate printing of more posters.

4.     Market Manager Duties
·       We need volunteer market managers for each day of the market.  The market cannot function without someone willing to take the responsibility.
·       A calendar has been established and we need more people to volunteer for empty spaces.
·       You can download attached calendar, write in your name on a date, save it and return it to Steering Committee Chair Nancy Hand as an attachment so she can to maintain a master calendar and distribute to each person OR just let her 0know when you can work and she’ll write it in.
·       It will be your responsibility to find a replacement in the event you can’t make it.  A list of the steering committee with telephone numbers will be sent out again.
·       It would be desirable to have a permanent market manager but we have no funds to pay anyone.  Monica will contact Sherry Bean who ONCE expressed interest.

 A yellow binder and a black briefcase for the Manager will  include:
·       List of Duties
·       Manager’s Form for each Date of Farm and Garden Market for NMFMA Reporting
This form is really all the paperwork necessary.  It includes # of vendors, estimated # of customers and estimated gross sales along with manager’s name and date.  It has been suggested that manager walk around at the end of the market day and ask vendors to write down their sales on a piece of paper and put in a container.  It can be anonymous and is only used for reporting at the end of the season.
·       Rules and Regulations to hand out to Vendors
·       Vendor applications and plastic sleeves to store applications and copies of License
·       Cash Bag for money collected
·       Deposits from the day of the Market should be made directly to MyBank using the enclosed deposit slips.  The confirmed deposit slip from MyBank should be attached to the Manager’s Form for the Day.
·       Briefcase w/binder must be transferred to the next Manager of the Market or make arrangements to get it to the next Manager.

5.     Bank Account
·       Set-up at MyBank in Mountainair under Mountainair Farm and Garden Market.  Susan Bunnell and Nancy Stone can write approved checks.

6.     Market OPENING Day Set-Up – Cinco de Mayo Celebration/Opening Day
·       Kristine Lauritsen and Rebecca Lueras will coordinate
·       Should have Table/Chair for Manager or bring your own
·       Cones from the City will be available to block out general space for vendors
·       Music and other activities will be scheduled.

7.      Other News, Ideas or Concerns



 Submitted by Nancy Stone, meeting notes by Joan Bybee. Ed. Note: forms referred to above are or will be available on this page as well as on our Farm & Garden Market Facebook page