Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Gardening Minute 6/28/2016 - Farmers Markets

Gardening Minute

This is Jason Lamb with your Gardening Minute.

Local farmers markets are a valuable economic resource for communities and is a great way to get fresh fruit, vegetables, meats, and locally made foods and products. Farmers markets support local growers and provides the freshest produces.

        In New Mexico Farmers Markets were officially started in 1971 and have grown from three original markets to 70 farmers markets across the state with a gross annual income of $9 million. New Mexico ranks 11th in the nation in terms of the number of Farmers Markets relative to it’s population.  In recent years the availability of the EBT, WIC, and SNAP programs have been included and offer a “Double Up on Food Bucks” that doubles your purchasing power for participants.

        90 percent of customers at most Farmers Markets come from the local community as well as most vendors.

We would like you to come and support the Tucumcari Farmers Market. The doors will open on Saturday July 9th at Wailles Park, at the corner of Tucumcari Blvd. and Date Street from 10-12 or until sold out and continue until October 15th. They will also be open on Tuesdays from 5:30-7:00. So come and support our local growers and our local economy.

For more information about Farmers Markets please contact us at the Cooperative Extension Office at 461-0562.  This has been your Gardening Minute with Jason Lamb your Quay County Ag. Extension Agent. Where are programs are open to everyone.

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