Firing Up The Horno At The Espanola Valley Farmers Market

They are firing up the horno at the Espanola Valley Farmers Market on Railroad Avenue. Dexter Trujillo (right) from Abiquiu leads a crew of young interns at the Market, showing them how to bake pizza, fruit pies and other culinary delights in a traditional horno that he helped build at the market. An horno is a beehive-shaped outdoor oven  constructed of adobe bricks and plastered with mud that was used by the Native American pueblos and early Hispanic settlers to bake bread. Trujillo constructed a horno at the Smithsonian Institute in Washington, DC. The Farmers Market is held every Monday from 10 am until 4 pm.

The Espanola Valley is known for its orchards. The first fruit trees were brought here by settlers from Mexico. Cherries like the Bing variety pictured above  are ripening now and for sale at the Espanola Valley Farmers Market. Peaches, plums, apricots, pears and apples will soon be available during the season. 

Mulberries are also ripening in the Espanola Valley. Although not often utilized here, mulberries are among the staple fruits utilized in other parts of the world. They are one of the fruits, along with apricots, utilized by inhabitants of the Hunza Valley in Pakistan. The residents of the Hunza Valley are famous for their longevity, although these claims have recently been disputed by some authorities.