Supporting locals and loading up on homemade preserves, bread, locally raised beef and fresh chiles and vegetables are just two reasons some spent their Saturday morning checking out vendors at Farmers’ Market.
The 2017 season opened this weekend on the lawn of the Chaves County Courthouse on North Main Street. Commercial growers and backyard gardeners as well as artisans will sell their goods and wares each Saturday morning, from 7 a.m. to 11 a.m., until Sept. 30.
Twenty-nine vendors were serving customers on the first day and reported a good turnout. Some were old hands, such as Betty Pareo, who said she has been selling grapes, peaches and other produce from her garden at the market for 15 years. Others, such as Sandra Navarrette, are newcomers. She said that she and her associates with R and R Livestock are selling grass- and grain-fed beef from cattle raised east of Roswell.
“They (the cattle) are grown in New Mexico and processed in New Mexico,” she said, adding that the beef is also sold online and at Down to Earth Nutrition Center on North Missouri Avenue.
Vendors are offering more than food and produce, though. Some also are selling flowers and plants and crafted items such as ceramics, engravings, jewelry and hand-sewn or hand-knitted items.
MainStreet Roswell is one of the sponsors of Farmers’ Market.
Senior Writer Lisa Dunlap can be reached at 575-622-7710, ext. 310, or at email@example.com.