Bernalillo  farmers market to grow under Pueblo of Zia

—Peter M. Pino, Pueblo of Zia Tribal  Administrator

The Pueblo of Zia is pleased to announce that it will be assuming responsibility for the Bernalillo Farmers Market beginning in 2013. As  part of its community-wide efforts for promoting small-scale sustainable  agriculture and economy within Sandoval  County, and throughout New Mexico, the Pueblo  of Zia will be expanding the farmers market to meet the needs of the local  community farmers and growers and the growing demands of families and  enthusiasts of locally-grown, farm-fresh natural foods .

Beginning on July 5, the Zia Bernalillo Farmers Market will  be open on Fridays between 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. And starting on August 17,  the Market will also operate on Saturday mornings between 8:00 a.m. and noon  (until October 26th) at 335 S. Camino del Pueblo in Bernalillo.

Through the help and support of several key national and regional partners (including Ann Rustebakke and Bonnie Hill, who have  skillfully guided the Bernalillo Farmers/Growers Market over the past ten  seasons), the 2013 Zia Bernalillo Farmers Market will place strong emphasis on  increasing the number of local vendor-growers and market patrons by offering an  expanded and diversified variety of locally grown fruits, vegetables, food  products, and crafts. The unique, “small town,” intimate-and-friendly setting  that the Bernalillo Farmers Market has become famous for will stay the same.

The Zia Bernalillo Farmers Market will be offering a series  of community outreach events to educate and support the emergent needs of local  consumers about the benefits of healthy local foods.  Planned events will include growing,  gardening and cooking demonstrations, local entertainment, cultural  performances, kids workshops, food tasting.

Anticipated seasonal produce at the Market is likely to  include: shelling and sugar-snap peas, spinach, chard, salad greens, radishes,  cherries, apricots, fresh herbs, asparagus, beets, sweet corn, vine-ripened  tomatoes, squash, green chile, snap beans, peaches, plums, melons, watermelons,  cucumbers, raspberries, sweet onions, garlic, fingerling potatoes, apples,  pears, pumpkins, winter squashes, red chile, posole, chicos, cider, and sweet  potatoes.

Cash sales are always welcome and the arrangements that  allow the use of WIC and Senior Nutrition vouchers as well as EBT cards will be  in effect. Like many participating markets in New Mexico the Zia Market will continue to  operate under supervision of the New Mexico Farmer’s Market Marketing  Association and the New Mexico Department of Agriculture. All local and  regional grower-vendors (old and new) who would like to participate in the Zia  Bernalillo Farmers’ Market should contact Tammy Pino at 867-3304 ext. 220, for  further information.