Las Cruces Farmer’s Market

First of all, sorry about the slight delay in posts.  With finals week rapidly approaching and my computer crashing (long, frustrating story) I’ve been up to my eyeballs in stress.  But, today back to the relaxing art of traveling and blogging!

The Las Cruces Farmer’s Market is held every Wednesday and Saturday morning downtown.  I haven’t stopped by before because weekdays I have class and what college student wants to get up early on a Saturday morning?  This week, however, I made an exception and dragged myself out of bed much earlier than I normally would have to see if this market was one like I been to before or something different.

This particular Farmer’s Market opens a sunrise (needless to say, I wasn’t there quite that early) and stays busy ’til about midday when it just gets too hot to be out in the pavement in the sun.  The first thing that caught me off guard was the size of the market – 5 city blocks on Main St. are shut down for the morning and there are booths on the streets, booths on the sidewalk, booths shoved closely together and on top of one another.  You could easily lose track of time and spend a good couple of hours wandering the market and looking at all the fares.

The second thing that surprised me about the Las Cruces Farmer’s Market is the type of items for sale.  When I picture a farmer’s market from back home, there are tons of vegetables, fruit, maybe some local honey, and that’s about it.  Here, however, there are some fresh vegetables and honey, but the majority of the market is made up of homemade goods, crafts and local products.  If you can think of it, it’s probably at this market.  On my visit I saw homemade clothes, wood carvings of NFL team helmets, wind chimes, hand-made turquoise Native American jewelry, etc.  There’s also amazing amount of prepared food to buy – waffles, breakfast burritos, pastries and at least four different stands selling kettle corn.

My favorite stand by far was the one operated by Kuhn farms. On one hand you have tables and tables, rows and rows of different types of jam – at least thirty different types minimum. On the other hand you have different homemade types of breads, like apple walnut bread and banana nut bread.  I bought two jars of jam, blueberry-raspberry jam and spiced apple butter, as well as a small loaf of banana nut bread.  I’ve tried a little of each so far and they’re all melt-in-your-mouth, sink-down-in-your-seat good.

My personal recommendation is that you arrive early, buy something to eat and spend an hour or so perusing the booths and seeing all there is to see.  Also, take time to listen to some of the many live music acts – from solo guitar acts, to harps, to several piece bands.  Try to go on a day when you’re not in a hurry.  The Farmer’s Market is a sheer visual delight that deserves to be appreciated and taken in at your leisure.

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