Española Farmer’s Biggest & Best Winners

by Staff Reporter / Oct 10, 2017 / comments
Beata Tsosie Pena reads a poem to the Espanola Farmers Market farmers and guests. Photo by Robert Naranjo for the Valley Daily Post

Española Farmer’s Biggest & Best Winners

By ROBERT NARANJO

The Española Farmers Market is in its final month in October with its final day on Oct. 30, but before the market shuts down the best and biggest were celebrated.

On Mon., Oct 9, the Española Farmers Market 18th Annual Biggest Vegetable & Best Poem Contest results were announced. The Contest was held among the farmers who submitted entries like the biggest heirloom pumpkin, prettiest ristra, oddest vegetable, best chile, etc. It was part of “Indigenous Peoples Day.”

Sabra Moore, Española Farmers Market Director, was pleased with the many entries. She told the valleydailypost.com, “Last year was pretty quiet. It was good, but not as many vegetable entries as this year.”

Sabra Moore, Espanola Farmers Market  Director reviews entries for biggest vegetables and fruit at the 18th Annual Espanola Farmers Market “Biggest Vegetable and Poetry Contest.” Moore was pleased with the many entries this year. Photo by Robert Naranjo for the valleydailypost.com

The winners were awarded blue ribbons, runners up were given red ribbons, and third place were given white ribbons. Vegetable judge was Joan Logghe, poet. Here are the winners, runners up and third place in the different categories.

Octavio Fernandez, from Chimayo, poses with the prettiest ristra blue ribbon winner (holding with right hand),  and the cross which garnered a white ribbon. Photo by Robert Naranjo for the Valley Daily Post

Española Farmers Market 18th Annual Biggest Vegetable & Best Poem Contest Winners

1. Biggest Heirloom Pumpkin - Ross Vargas, 1st Prize & 2nd Prize, Luz Lopez, 3rd Prize.

2. Biggest Root Vegetable - Luz Lopez, 1st Prize, Ernestina Martinez, 2nd Prize.

3. Best Apple - Roland Salazar, 1st Prize.

4. Biggest Chile - Josie Gallegos, 1st Prize, Luz Lopez, 2nd Prize, Ricardo Sanchez, 3rd Prize

5. Oddest Vegetable - Elefio Montoya, 1st Prize, Jose Gonzales, 2nd Prize, Esmeralda Orozco, 3rd Prize.

6. Wild Card Vegetable - Eddie Campos, 1st Prize, Beata Tsosie Pena, 2nd Prize, Mike and Lorenzo Quintana, 3rd Prize.

7. Prettiest Ristra - Octavio & Evelyn Fernandez, 1st Prize, Alcantar Farms, 2nd Prize, Lorenzo Quintana, 3rd Prize.

8. Best Corn - Jon Naranjo, 1st Prize, Octavio Fernandez, 2nd Prize, Olga Orozco, 3rd Prize.

9. Best Sunflower Head or Dried Gourd - Beata Tsosie Pena, 1st Prize, Elefio Montoya, 2nd Prize, Roy Campbell, 3rd Prize.

Bill Orr and Beata Tsosie Pena Read Poems.

 Some of the bounty harvested and shared at the farmers market. Photo by Robert Naranjo for the Valley Daily Post

After contest results were announced, farmers and guests posed for a group photo. After the group photo, students from the United World College of the American West, located at Montezuma, NM, (near Las ,Vegas, NM) were shown how to get seed from an Amaranth plant. Locals know it as a bright red plant that grows wild in northern NM, its Spanish name is “Alegria.” In the past, Hispanic New Mexicans would make a tea, place it in a south facing window and this practice was known to cure eye ailments. It was also used as a tea to help lower blood pressure.

Students from the United World College of the American West, Montezuma, NM (near Las Vegas, NM) learn how to get seed from an Amaranth plant that is bright red. Hispanic New Mexicans refer to the plant as “Alegria.” Tea was made from the plant and placed in a south facing window to help eye ailments. It was also used as a tea to help lower blood pressure. Photo by Robert Naranjo for the Valley Daily Post

Eufelia Martinez, a farmer from Chimayo who recently passed away, and a member of the Española Farmers Market for many years, was honored with a Blue Ribbon for giant onions that she grew this year. Moore told the crowd that Martinez “will be missed.”

A first prize blue ribbon was awarded to Eufelia Martinez of Chimayo. Martinez had passed away recently and Espanola Farmers Market Director, Sabra Moore said Martinez, a long time member of the Espanola Farmers Market  “will be missed.” Photo by Robert Naranjo for the Valley Daily Post

The Española Farmers Market is located at 1105 N. Railroad Ave, near NNMC. For information, call Sabra Moore at 685-4842 or www.Españolafarmersmarket.blogspot.com

Close up of vegetables at the Espanola Farmers Market biggest vegetable and poetry contest.Photo by Robert Naranjo for the Valley Daily Post