HomeGrown Food Show And Gift Market Is This Weekend

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LAS CRUCES – Are you looking for a unique gift to give this holiday season? For the sixth consecutive year, the New Mexico Department of Agriculture and the New Mexico Farm & Ranch Heritage Museum will host HomeGrown – a New Mexico food show and gift market that offers customers a wide selection of New Mexico products, hand-made arts and crafts, food trucks and cooking demonstrations.

HomeGrown is Saturday, Nov. 23 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday, Nov. 24 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the New Mexico Farm & Ranch Heritage Museum. Admission is $5 per vehicle, and the first 100 vehicles to arrive each day will receive a free burlap shopping bag.

As a HomeGrown customer, you’ll be part of the first-ever Elevate New Mexico Agriculture $5 at a Time campaign, supporting the state’s economy and agriculture industry. The New Mexico Department of Agriculture challenges New Mexico households to spend $5 per week, or increase their spending by at least $5, on New Mexico agriculture products year-round.

“Not only will shoppers have the opportunity to find the perfect holiday gifts, but they can also partake in the $5 Challenge, elevating our state’s economy and rich agriculture industry,” said New Mexico Secretary of Agriculture Jeff Witte. “With such a wide variety of unique New Mexico products offered at HomeGrown, I’m certain there’s something for everyone.”

Attendees can expect over 60 vendors at the event, many representing a variety of food and beverage companies from around the state, all of which are New Mexico —Taste the Tradition® and Grown with Tradition® members. Each vendor will offer local products for sample or sale.

Among vendors selling food products at the event is New Mexico Sabor, a salsa and sauces company based in Albuquerque. The company will offer customers free samples of their medium, hot, chipotle honey and tomatillo salsas, each made with local ingredients.

“We focus on flavor, as our name suggests,” said owner Carla Gallegos-Ortega. “By using fresh ingredients and local New Mexico goods, such as certified Hatch green chile, Lemitar jalapenos and Albuquerque raw honey in our products, we are able to capture robust flavors and unbelievable freshness. We want everyone to experience the unique flavors that are New Mexico.”

Heather Salopek, owner of Legacy Pecans and long-time HomeGrown vendor, said that her company will once again be selling its signature buttery pecan brittle as well as a few new items, including pecan syrup which, Salopek said, pairs well with its pecan coffee.

“HomeGrown is one of the best shows in southern New Mexico,” said Salopek. “NMDA brings in the best vendors to showcase the taste and talent of the southwest, and the shoppers come ready to buy. It’s a fun and festive event that I look forward to every year.”

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Photo 1: “Cooking demo”

Cutline: The New Mexico Department of Agriculture’s Chef Ambassadors Rocky Durham and John Hartley will provide cooking demonstrations at this year’s HomeGrown food show and gift market. The event is Saturday, Nov. 23 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday, Nov. 24 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the New Mexico Farm & Ranch Heritage Museum.

Photo 2: “Legacy Pecans”

Cutline: Heather Salopek, owner of Legacy Pecans and long-time HomeGrown vendor, will be one of over 60 vendors attending this year’s food show and craft market. The company will again be selling its signature buttery pecan brittle as well as a few new items, including pecan syrup which, Salopek said, pairs well with its pecan coffee.