Farmers Market Opens as Fruit Starts to Ripen

by Staff Reporter / Jun 15, 2017 / comments
Roy Campbell, Darleen Martinez and Steve Jaramillo were selling cherries, carrots, pinino nuts and chicos at the Espanola Farmers Market.Photo by George Morse for the Valley Daily Post

Farmers Market Opens as Fruit Starts to Ripen

By George Morse Sports and Outdoors

The Española Farmers Market opened for the 2017 growing season June 5 on Railroad Avenue in Española. There were 10 vendors June 12 selling locally-grown produce and locally-produced products.

With local trees starting to ripen a bounty of delicious fruit, sweet cherries were the featured fruit for several of the vendors. There were the ubiquitous Bing variety, as well as Royal Anne and a locally-grown Gold variety for sale. The cherries are just starting to ripen and in the coming weeks the fruit should be darker with more varieties for sale and more vendors offering them. Sour cherries, also called pie cherries, should ripen a little later and be available too.

Elias Gomez was selling local cherries and green apples at the Farmers Market. Photo by George Morse for the Valley Daily Post

Early-season vegetables such like peas and radishes were also to be found, along with carrots grown in a hoop house. Several vendors offered honey and some had potted plants for sale. There was one vendor selling local lamb meat. One vendor even had mulberries, which are now starting to ripen, for sale. Herb mixtures, soaps and salves made from ingredients like honey and goat milk can be found. Fresh eggs from free-range chickens will be available.

Ricardo Sanchez of RZ’s Bees in Alcalde was selling local honey. Photo by George Morse for the Valley Daily Post

As the season progresses, more vendors will participate and the variety of produce will increase dramatically. Summer Squash, beans, onions,  and potatoes should soon start showing up. Sweet corn, cucumbers, tomatoes, garlic, sweet peppers and locally-grown varieties of green chile peppers will begin to show up in August with some early varieties possibly as soon as July. Locally-grown melons, strings of red chile peppers called ristras and winter squash will follow.

Aileen Martinez was selling lamb meat from Naturally New Mexico Lamb at the Farmers Market. Photo by George Morse for the Valley Daily Post

Locally grown fruit begins with the cherries. Late frosts seem to have thinned the apricot crop, but some trees growing in favorable microclimates may have escaped damage and if so, should be available soon. Likewise with early varieties of plums.

Maria Orozco was selling radishes and fresh peas at the Espanola Farmers Market. Photo by George Morse for the Valley Daily Post

Peaches, which look like they survived the late frosts, will begin to show up in July.  Some growers will have pears and late varieties of prune-type plums. Apples, which were a bumper crop last year, should start to show up in August and last until the end of October.

Reza Sawyer of The Middle aged Spread in Buena Vista, NM was selling goat milk and honey soap, salves, comb honey and fresh eggs. Photo by George Morse for the Valley Daily Post

These are just some of the products and produce you will find at the Española Farmers Market. Stop by and support your local farmers

The Española Farmers Market will be open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. every Monday now until the end of October. It is located on Railroad Avenue.