Española Farmers Market Honored As Best Farmers Market Of The Year At State Capitol Thursday

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Española Farmers Market Honored As Best Farmers Market Of The Year At State Capitol Thursday

Española Farmers Market will be honored as Best Farmers’ Market of the Year on Thursday, January 24 at the New Mexico State Capitol during Food & Farms Day, an event sponsored by Farm to Table. Join them at the Legislature for the awards ceremony in the Rotunda of the Roundhouse from 10 a.m. – noon to celebrate this recognition of the hard and joyful work of farming and providing healthy local food to our community.

On the rostrum to receive the award for the Española Farmers Market on January 24th will be Sabra Moore, long-time and much-loved market manager, along with Steve Jaramillo and Norma Navarro.

Jaramillo is a native of El Guache. He is a long-time vendor at Española Farmers Market, who brings a variety of organic vegetables cultivated in his fields and hoop house in Española . He returned to farming after retiring from work as an electronics designer for Los Alamos National Laboratory and is currently President of the Española Farmers Market Board of Directors.

Norma Navarro has worked as Assistant Manager of Española Farmers Market for more than seven years. She also works as a doula with the Birth of My Heart program of Tewa Women United. She is a certified acupuncturist and an accomplished weaver.

There are several categories of awards during this 10am- 12 noon ceremony:

● Farmer of the Year:                                              Buzz Graves, Graves Farm & Garden, Chaves
Outstanding Organization of the Year:                La Montanita Food Cooperative, Chad Jones,  Board President and colleagues        
Educational Program/Educator of the Year         Aldo Leopold Charter School, Silver City
School Garden of the Year                                    James Elementary, Portales
School Food Service of the Year                           Marie Johnston, Farmington
Farmers’ Market of the Year                                 Española  Farmers Market, Española
Double Up Food Bucks Champion of the Year     Santa Fe Farmers Market Institute, Santa Fe

pre-schoolers at the Espanola Farmers Market

Preschoolers from Ohkay Owingeh Day School at Espanola Farmers Market. Photo by Robert Naranjo for the Valley Daily Post