Shopping at the grocery store is often a chore, but meandering around a farmers market is a delight. The produce and other goods are super fresh and often artisan. Plus you’re supporting local growers. So, the next time you’re looking for fresh ingredients or just a fun way to spend a few hours, head to a farmers market. Here are 10 great ones that you’ll find in New Mexico.
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1. Santa Fe Farmers Market, 1607 Paseo de Peralta, Santa Fe
The Railyard is a fun venue for this farmers market, which features honey, baked goods, pecans, herbs, eggs, bread, knife sharpening service and pretty much anything else you could want! The growers featured here are all local. The market takes place every Saturday morning of the year and also on Tuesday mornings and Wednesday afternoon/early evening on a seasonal basis.
2. Los Ranchos Growers Market, 6718 Rio Grande Boulevard NW, Los Ranchos
Although the Ranchos Growers Market is on the smaller side, it offers an excellent range of produce, baked goods, plants, cut flowers, and even art. Bring cash to this event which takes place each Saturday morning from May through November and on the second Saturday of the month between December and April.
3. Main Street Roswell Farmers Market, Main St. & 4th, Roswell
The Main Street Roswell Farmers Market offers fresh bread, baked goods, produce, and burritos, along with less expected offerings like yarn spinning and a kids’ art table. It runs Saturday mornings from July through October.
4. Carlsbad Downtown Farmers Market, 102 N. Canal Street, Carlsbad
On Saturday mornings between June and September, you’ll find vendors selling produce at this Carlsbad farmers market. Handmade and upcycled items are also available for purchase.
5. Gallup Farmers Market, on the 200 block between Coal and Aztec, Gallup
This market takes place on Saturday mornings from July to mid-October. Expect to find fruits, veggies, baked goods, and crafts.
6. Albuquerque Downtown Growers Market, Robinson Park, Albuquerque
This market, which has been running for 20 years now, is held on Saturday mornings from April through November. Here you can pick up produce from New Mexican growers while being entertained by a live band. You’ll find everything from bischochitos to organic goat cheese at this solar-powered, outdoor market.
7. Portales & Clovis Farmers Markets, West 1st Street & Ave B, Portales or 3200 Block of N. Prince Street, Clovis
These two markets operate under the moniker of the Portales & Clovis Farmers Market. Between June and October, on Saturday mornings, head to the Clovis location. For mid-week purchases on Mondays and Thursdays from 5:00 p.m., stop by the Portales location. Both stock plenty of fruits and veggies.
8. Taos Farmers Market, the Plaza, Taos
This market is held smack dab on Taos Plaza on Saturday mornings between May and October. Browse for products from eight Northern New Mexico counties, including produce, dairy products, grass-fed meats, eggs, jellies, and flowers. Live musical acts provide entertainment. (No dogs allowed.)
9. Tri-County Farmers Market, 6th and University, Las Vegas
This Las Vegas farmers market takes place every Saturday morning, year round (although the winter location may differ). Crafts, homemade foods, and fresh fruits and veggies are available here. Arrive early because once vendors sell out, the market closes.
10. Silver City Farmers Market, 614 N Bullard Street, Silver City
Shop here on Saturday mornings between May and October for everything from micro greens, to baked goods, produce, eggs, and honey.
These are just some of the many incredible markets in New Mexico. Do you go to farmers’ markets? Which one is your favorite?