Thursday, March 31, 2011

A Prelude to Friday's Meeting

 ... of the #Mountainair Farm & Garden Market Steering Committee, 10 am at the Shaffer Hotel meeting room.  Please check agenda in previous post.

Market Locations
another NM Farmers Market: we're not there yet but soon

If you plan to attend but missed the last meeting or just have a keen civic interest in following the development of our new farmers market,  we recommend you review the February Farm and Garden Market Meeting Notes by Joan Bybee from our last scheduled meeting, Feb 18, 2011. Please be advised that these are just notes and, not having been approved, not yet official minutes.

I had hoped Kristine Lauritsen, who is also on the publicity committee and co-administrator of the would post notes about the March 23rd "training" as she was there. My observations would be from the periphery and not 1st hand. There will be a brief recap at the meeting, on the agenda, so catch it at the meeting or wait for the notes. 

Notes from the January 21 organizing meeting are also available here on the Market website. Notes from the February 4 meeting are also available. That should catch us up on notes, although a future reference post or sidebar feature with links to notes, handouts, rules, checklists, forms and such might be good feature to add here. Vendor Application and Rules are already available in the Notes section on our Facebook page

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Friday, April 1 meeting

Nancy Stone writes to remind steering committee members of Friday's meeting. Forms linked below will also be added to those on the Facebook Market page, in Notes 
Don't forget the meeting on Friday at 10 AM is at the Shaffer meeting room.  See agenda below for your review. Additions are welcome: we'll add them wherever they fit.  

I developed two forms also for your review.  In addition to the Vendor Agreement and Market Rules, there is also a checklist of things to do for the Manager of the Day. Add anything here as well.  The other is a Daily Report form for the Manager of the Day to fill out at the end of the market day. New Mexico Farmers Marketing Association requires an end of the year report which will be easy to do if we complete this form after each market.  It's really just number of vendors, customers and estimated sales.
We could use a 3-ring binder if anyone has a spare to add to the computer carrying case for binder, forms and cash. The binder will be for vendor applications and licenses etc. 
Bring agenda and the forms for us to discuss. If you want to join us for breakfast at 9 AM, please come to the restaurant.




Shaffer Meeting Room, April 1, 2011, 10 AM

1.     Home-Processed Food Training Follow Up – Decision on Need for Further Training

2.     Getting the Word Out for Produce Vendors

3.     Advertising Budget

4.     Market Manager Duties

-Schedule for Manager Volunteer and Responsibilities

·       Calendar with Sign Up Dates

·       Responsibility to find replacement

-Binder for Manager to include:

·       List of Duties

·       Manager's Form for each Date of Farm and Garden Market for NMFMA Reporting

·       Rules and Regulations

·       Forms for Vendors and for Storage w/License

·       Cash Bag

·       Deposits 

5.     Bank Account

6.     Market Day Set-Up

·       Table/Chair for Manager

·       Transfer of Binder

·       Banner

·       Cones 

7.      Other News, Ideas or Concerns


Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Tues, April 5: Farmers Market Institute Workshop

.. an opportunity for #Mountainair gardeners, growers and prospective #MtrFGMkt vendors to "Learn How to Make Your Soil Do What YOU Want" ... now if we could only apply that to the rest of our lives, but ya gotta start somewhere.

The Santa Fe Farmers' Market Institute invites us all, not just vendors... 

The third workshop in the Santa Fe Farmers' Market Institute's late winter/early spring professional development series to help Market vendors build their businesses is one that we thought would be of interest to more than just vendors, so we are opening it up to friends and customers of the Market and their own friends. 

The workshop "Making Your Soil Do What You Want It To Do" will be presented by an expert considered by many to be the "Guru of Soil," Dr. Ron Godin, from the Colorado State University Extension. This workshop is designed to help you better understand what your soil is telling you by observing yields, understanding the messages communicated by weeds and disease problems, how to act on this information, and what makes good soil.

The two hour workshop will take place at the Santa Fe Farmers' Market Pavilion on Tuesday, April 5, with a free light dinner starting at 5:30 followed by the main program at 6:00. As we expect this to be a popular workshop, we ask that you RSVP if you wish to attend by calling the Institute at 505 983-7726 or sending an email to so that we know how much food we need for dinner and how many chairs to set up.

We hope that you will join us for what should be an informative evening!

For other Institute news and events, visit the Institute website's event and news page. Facebook members, become a fan of the Institute's Facebook page at . And don't forget to check the weather at the Farmers' Market Building.

Sarah Noss, Executive Director
Santa Fe Farmers' Market Institute

Thursday, March 10, 2011

News from New Mexico Farmers' Marketing Association

March 2011
News from New Mexico's  
Farmers' Markets  

FoodCorps Comes to New Mexico

Seeking young, energetic New Mexicans, interested in service and making a difference in our local food system.  FoodCorps in New Mexico is seeking worker members interested in food and nutrition activities in community school programs and  community garden sites across the state.  
Here in New Mexico, ten FoodCorps members will be placed in various sites such as non-profit organizations and tribal governments across six counties. Once placed, they will work on a variety of projects including building and tending school gardens, teaching students about food and nutrition, and helping to grow the local food system by building Farm to School supply chains.

One of the program's goals is to cultivate a new generation of farmers and public health leaders, so this is a great opportunity for younger applicants.  If you want to get involved, but don't quite fit that "younger" category, why not volunteer at a FoodCorps site? - or consider sharing your experience and wisdom - sign up to mentor a FoodCorps Service Member.

The application deadline is April 10th, so if you know of someone who has the desire to work for a year to improve New Mexico's local food system and make a difference in the health of our kids, help spread the word.  
Click here to learn more about New Mexico FoodCorps placements. 

New Mexico Winter  

Farmers' Markets

Most New Mexico markets will begin to open during the months of April, May and June. Until then, there are still weekly and monthly winter farmers' markets happening in the following communities:

  • Alamogordo
  • Corrales (monthly) 
  • Las Cruces
  • Los Alamos (monthly) 
  • Los Ranchos (monthly) 
  • Santa Fe
  • Taos Pueblo

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Grass-Fed Beef Tender & Tasty      Read the full story here

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

Soaring Eagle RanchEvery burger in our house ends up as a cheeseburger -- every burger, that is, except for hamburgers made with meat from Soaring Eagle Ranch. As soon as my family members tasted the meat, they pronounced those hamburgers too good to cover with cheese -- ever.

Soaring Eagle is a 1,700-acre grassy ranch in Los Ojos, 15 miles south of Chama in northern New Mexico. The ranch is owned by Will and Louise Pape and managed by Sage and Shane Faulkner. The ranch is home to wildlife such as elk, deer, herons, eagles, geese and fox; many ducks, songbirds and migratory birds; and 170 head of Scottish Highland cattle that the Faulkners oversee.


Soaring Eagle is just one of New Mexico's grass-fed livestock producers. Depending on where you live, or if you want to try other types of beef, New Mexico producers include Ranney Ranch, El Morro Valley Ranch and Weaver Ranch...

Read the full story here, including recipes! 

Feature a Market: Santa Fe Winter Farmers' Market  

Those who live in Northern New Mexico are lucky to have the opportunity to shop at a farmers'market every  week of the year. Open every Saturday, the lively indoor Santa Fe Farmers' Market is sure to take off that winter chill.


Looking for greens? Early market shoppers have the opportunity to choose from a wide variety including spinach, arugula, kale, and chard. Don't forget the sproSanta Fe Winter Farmers' Marketuts, as well. Keep an eye out for a selection of potatoes, in addition to garlic and stored winter squash and apples. Thanks to the use of hothouses, you can even find tomatoes to satisfy that craving for a taste of summer. Expect to also find apple cider, red chile powder, pods and ristras, grass-fed meats, eggs, cheeses, honey, dried mixes and baked goods, lavender products, and more.  


For the best market experience, ditch the shopping list. Walk around the market and stock up on what looks good to you, grab a snack from the cafe, and stick around to enjoy the sights, sounds, smells, and tastes of the market. 


The Santa Fe Winter Farmers' Market takes place every Saturday from 9 am to 1 pm at the Farmers' Market Pavillion at 1607 Paseo de Peralta.    

Winter Recipe: Sausage & Lentil Soup with Greens
You can try substituting the lentils with another type of legume or bean such as anasazi, but don't forget to soak and cook first if needed.

3 tablespoons olive oil
1 pound sausage (such as kielbasa), cut into 1/2-inch-thick slices
1 large onion, chopped
1/2 pound mushrooms, sliced
3 garlic cloves, pressed
2 teaspoons dried thyme
1 pound dried brown lentils, rinsed
2 bay leaves
6 cups (or more) low-salt chicken broth
1/2 pound fresh cooking greens (such as spinach or kale), chopped

Heat oil in heavy large pot over medium-high heat. Add sausage and sauté until browned, about 5 minutes. Using slotted spoon, transfer to plate. Add onion and mushrooms to pot; sprinkle with salt and sauté until mushrooms are soft, stirring occasionally, about 7 minutes. Add garlic and thyme; stir 1 minute. Add lentils and bay leaves; stir to coat. Add 6 cups broth; bring to boil. Reduce heat to medium-low, cover with lid slightly ajar, and simmer until lentils are tender, stirring occasionally, about 20 minutes. Add more broth or water if needed. Return sausage to pot. Add greens in 2 batches, stirring until wilted. Season with salt and pepper.

Recipe adapted from Bon Appetit magazine. 

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 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

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Wed Mar9: Ag Collaborative Meeting, ABQ

4-H in Urban Albuquerque!
A presentation by Bernalillo County Extension office representatives and 4-H'ers. The presentation will provide an overview of 4-H, including how the program enables youth and adults to learn with hands-on, practical experience through an array of educational projects in rural, suburban and urban communities alike. John Garlisch and the 4-H'ers will also talk about projects they are working on in our communities, and how others can get involved. 

To learn more about New Mexico 4-H visit the  NMSU 4-H websiteNew Mexico 4-H on Facebook or For local information contact the Bernalillo County Extension Office at 505-243-1386 or visit their website.
The meeting will be held on Wednesday March 9th, from 9:00 am to 10:30 am at the MRCOG offices located at 809 Copper Ave NW . For more information, contact Ann Simon at (505) 724-3617 or at

Saturday, March 5, 2011

Farmers Markets in the News: postquake in NZ

Fresh is best

TAKING STOCK: After Hurricane Katrina flattened New Orleans in 2005, the local farmers' market was among the first of businesses to re-emerge.

It would be the same in Christchurch, said Farmers Markets New Zealand chairman Chris Fortune. Christchurch's markets at Dean's Bush will open as usual this weekend, and while Lyttelton's Farmers Market are closed until further notice, a "pop up" market has been organised at the Mt Pleasant community centre for the Sumner, Redcliffs, Mt Pleasant, Woolston, Linwood and South Shore communities, he said.

Farmers' markets New Zealand would donate the costs of coffee and milk for this market, so local residents could get a free cup of coffee, Mr Fortune said.

Pop up market co-organiser Angela Clifford said the event would give access to fresh food for people who had no local food outlets, and offer a safe community space to meet.

Farmers' markets would also be a lifeline to fresh food producers in Canterbury who had lost much of their market, particularly those supplying restaurants and other businesses in the Christchurch CBD, Mr Fortune said.

Farmers' markets were "great invigorators" of community life, he said.

The pop up market will operate from 10am to 1pm.

Mr Fortune, a restaurateur in Blenheim, said the Christchurch earthquake had even restricted food supplies to Marlborough. Much of the region's staple food supplies such as milk, flour and bread come from Christchurch processors whose production has been affected by the quake, or which were holding back supplies for city residents.

Ironically Blenheim had a dairy processing factory of its own until Goodman Fielder shut it down and moved processing to Christchurch around three years ago, Mr Fortune said.

Sounds like a series, eh? An outlet to recycle at least some of the farmers market stories showing up in my feed reader, plus a window on the world.

Friday, March 4, 2011

Introduction to Garden Design

Something interesting from UC Davis Extension's Master Gardener and Common Ground community garden maven, Yvonne Savio: Cornell's long-distance learning course. Yes, that's correct, a 10% online gardening design course.


This April, Cornell Garden-Based Learning Program will launch a new 7-week long distance course, Introduction to Garden Design.  More information, including registration, online. View full syllabus.

Please share with interested audiences.


Marcia Eames-Sheavly,

Distinguished Faculty Fellow, Department of Horticulture, Cornell University


Mar 23: Free Farmers Market Training Seminar

...  Home-Based Food Vendors get ready for the new #Mountainair market by taking the free seminar in handling foods safely, learning about state requirements and getting certificates.

Community Container Garden

from Life on the Balconyapartment gardening tips and tricks, Ready Set Start those seeds... 

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Hopefully you have your seed packets in hand, or will shortly. I’m sure you’re itching to get starting with our community container garden project. I know I am! The first thing to do–obviously–is to get those seeds in some seed starting potting mix and get started!

It’s important to start your seeds indoors at the right time, so that they’ll have their best shot when they move outside. To calculate when it is time to sow them, you need to know when you can last expect frost. If you don’t already know, this is a handy list of last frost dates. Once you have that date, look on the seed packet to find out how many weeks before your last frost date you should begin. Simply count backwards from your last frost date that amount, and sow your seeds roughly around that time.

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Mar 1: County Extension talk in #Mountainair

Torrance County Extension, in cooperation with Claunch-Pinto SWCD, will present a talk on garden pests tonight, Tuesday March 1 at Ancient Cities, 6 p.m. This and other talks are part of a series. The preceding talk was on maintaining fruit trees

An email with four dates for talks was sent, and if you were at initial soils presentation several months back, you should be on the email list. If not, call Dierdre Tarr at 847-2941 or email

The next presentation will be March 23 with another on April 19. No location has been announced yet for the last two. Yard and Garden resources and more about Programs and Projects from NM Extension Service

Additional Extension Resources include Publications, Videos and Multimedia. The NMSU Agriculture College, through the Cooperative Extension Service (ACES) publishes information on a variety of subjects. 

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