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Albuquerque Area Farmers Markets

Pick Your Produce

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Photo © Aileen O'Catherine

New Mexico has a wealth of small farms and gardeners who share their produce and flowers by the roadside. And the Albuquerque area farmers markets provide a lot as well. Although most Farmers Markets are seasonal, some have winter markets too. Market hours can vary, so it’s a good idea to check each market’s schedule before heading out.

There is a great deal of excitement in picking out your own fresh produce at a local market. Much of it is organic, and all of it is healthy. But there’s so much more to it than that. Each market has its own distinctive style, some with live music and entertainment, some with special fairs, some with arts and crafts tables.

Head out to a morning market and you’ll find someone selling fresh coffee, and someone else with muffins and scones. At an evening market, you might get that bag of potatoes and a place to buy dinner to boot. More than anything, when buying produce at a market, a bit of conversation is all it takes to connect you, the consumer, to them, the people who grew the food. Instead of a nameless corporation, the tomato in tonight’s salad is now connected to a face.

Farmers markets can accommodate more than cash or check. The markets also supplement low income residents through the WIC, EBT and senior checks programs.

Senior checks go out to seniors who are enrolled in the state’s Commodity Supplemental food Program (CSFP). Bernalillo county seniors in the program who want vouchers can pick them up beginning July 1st at the ECHO warehouse, located at Suite 226 at 300 Menaul NW, in Albuquerque. Vouchers are available on a first come, first served basis.

The WIC, or Women, Infants and Childrens program, supplements low income women with children to ensure they get fresh, healthy foods.

The EBT/Food Stamps program supplements low income families with fresh foods by providing wireless EBT machines in designated markets.

2014 Schedule:

ABQ Uptown
Where: Northeast parking lot at ABQ Uptown shopping center, one block north of Trader Joe's on Uptown Loop.
When: 7 a.m. – Noon, Saturdays
Market Runs: Saturdays June 24 - October 2014
This market is convenient in location, and also for providing plenty of places to park. They have live music every Saturday morning. For more information, call Nancy Erickson at (505) 865-3533.
The market accepts WIC and senior checks, EBT and debit cards.

ABQ Uptown at Presbyterian Hospital
Where: 1200 block of Central NE, across from Presbyterian Hospital.
When: 7 a.m. – 1 p.m., Tuesdays
Market Runs: June 24 - October 2014
The market is located in the empty lot on Central, across from the hospital. For more information, call Nancy Erickson at (505) 865-3533.
The market accepts WIC and senior checks, EBT and debit cards.

Albuquerque Downtown Market
Where: 8th & Central at Robinson Park; Spring Market is behind Downtown Java Joe's at 900 Park SW
When: 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. Spring Market; 7 a.m. – noon, Saturdays Regular Market
Spring Market Runs: April 5 - May 10 2014
Regular Market Runs: May 17 - November 8
The Downtown market offers food, music, entertainment and a wide variety of vendors. Parking is not a problem, with 500 free parking spaces within two blocks of the market.

The Spring Market (2014) is located on the lot behind Downtown Java Joe's and Firenze Pizza. 

Contact Gina Meyers at 243-2230 x106.
The market accepts WIC, EBT, debit and senior checks.

Lobo Growers Market
Where: Cornell Mall, UNM Main Campus
When: 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Market Runs: TBA
Contact Jessica Rowland at (505) 277-3431 for more information.
The market accepts

Albuquerque Nob Hill Growers Market
Where: Morningside Park, Lead & Morningside SE
When: Thursdays, 3 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.
Market Runs: TBA
The Nob Hill market has a small, solid core of growers and has a pleasant park setting. For information on the market, contact Catherine Gordon at (505) 934-8960.
The market accepts WIC, EBT, debit and senior checks.

Albuquerque North East Farmers' & Artisans' Market
Where: West side of Albuquerque Academy, 6400 Wyoming Blvd
When: 3 p.m. - 7 p.m. Tuesdays
Market Runs: May TBA
Contact Jedrek Lamb, (505) 369-6549.
Accepts EBT, Debit, WIC and senior checks.

Albuquerque Armijo Village Growers Market
Where: SW corner of Isleta Blvd. and Arenal Road
When: Saturdays, 8 a.m. to Noon
Market Runs: TBA
Contact Linda Martin at (505) 877-7100.
The market accepts EBT, Debit, WIC and Senior WIC.

Albuquerque Caravan Nouveau Growers and Artisans Market at Wilson Park
Where: Wilson Park, San Pedro Dr SE & Anderson Ave SE
When: 8 a.m. - noon Tuesdays and 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Sundays
Market Runs: TBA
Contact Raven Rutherford, (505) 850-6725.
Accepts EBT, Debit, WIC and senior checks.

Albuquerque South Valley Growers Market
Where: Cristo Del Valle Presbyterian Church at 3907 Isleta SW
When: 8 a.m. – Noon on Saturdays; 9:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. early market.
Market Runs: TBA
This fun market always has delicious produce from the south valley growers, along with a summer of musical entertainment.
For more information on the South Valley market, contact Rhonda Reinert at (505) 877-4044.
This market accepts WIC and senior checks

Belen Growers Market
Where: Anna Becker Park, Hwy 309/Reinken Ave
When: 4:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. Fridays
Market Runs: June – October
The Belen market accepts EBT, WIC, debit and senior checks.

Bernalillo Farmers Market
Where: West side of Camino del Pueblo (Hwy. 313), south of Our Lady of Sorrows Church
When: 4 p.m. – 7 p.m. Fridays, Saturdays 8 a.m. - noon, starting in August.
Market Runs: TBA
For market information, contact Bonnie Hill at (505) 867-9054.
This market accepts EBT, WIC, and senior checks.

Bosque Farms Growers Market
Where: 1090 North Bosque Loop, Bosque Farms
When: Saturdays, 8 a.m. - noon
Market Runs: May 4 - October 26
For more information, contact Loretta Torres at (505) 869-9409.
The Bosque Farms market accepts WIC, EBT, Debit and senior checks.

Cedar Crest Farmers Market
Where: 12144 North Highway 14
When: Wednesdays, 3 p.m. - 6 p.m.
Market Runs: July 11 - October 17
Contact Robert Thompson, (505) 269-1577.

Corrales Growers Market
Where: Recreation Center, 500 Jones Road and Corrales Road, south of the post office
When: 9 a.m. – Noon Sundays, April 28 - October 22
Market Runs: April 28 - October 22
Winter Market: 11 a.m. - 1 p.m., first Sunday of the month
Runs: December - April
The Corrales market is one of the busiest around, with many special events.
For more information about the market and its events, contact Bonnie Gonzales at (505) 898-6336.
This market accepts WIC and senior checks.

 

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