Something I used to enjoy before becoming a innkeeper at my Albuquerque bed and breakfast, but never thought of as having tourist appeal was brought to my attention again this week by one of my guests. The Village of Los Ranchos de Albuquerque has a fantastic Growers Market that starts in the Spring and runs through Fall on Saturday mornings. A couple that stayed with us last weekend found the market and reminded me of what a great venue this is.
To tell the truth, I had not realized how diversified the Los Ranchos Growers Market had become. I used to depend on it for local summer produce and flowers, but I haven’t been to the market in a few years because it is happening when I am serving breakfast and tending to rooms. I still get to be the occasional recipient of Albuquerque’s best fresh produce because I have non-innkeeper friends that frequent this, the best farmers market in the Albuquerque area. I also have decorated my yard with some of the cool yard art that comes from this market.
The Village of Los Ranchos de Albuquerque is a community adjacent to Albuquerque proper on the north side in the valley, and is less that four miles from Adobe Nido B&B. In the center of the village, on Rio Grande Blvd., is the Fire Station and Community Centers and this is the location of this weekly event. (See my Google map of Adobe Nido’s Interests, or the Points of Interest and Local Flair page on our website.)
The market has grown over the years to include many fine craft vendors along side the huge selection of produce stands, flower stalls, honey huts and jelly jaunts. You can find fabulous gifts for friends, family and that special person – you! Jewelry, pottery, soaps, candles, glass art, textiles, paintings, yard art, you name it – it is there and it is all of premium quality. You won’t find any of the plastic crap you may often see at other festivals and carnivals. You may find Mexican blankets, sarapes, pottery and other crafts brought up from south of the border though.
They also have demonstrations, such as spinning wool, weaving, cooking, origami and more, as well fun for kids of all ages, like costume contests and Canine Day. On Saturday, September 19, 2009 there will be a celebration of the holy trilogy of southwest cusine – Beans, Chili and Corn. We can’t live without them!
Visit the Los Ranchos de Albuquerque website to find out what events are happening for the rest of this season, and you may also see the arts and crafts at the Village Craft site. This market is a great way to spend your morning. ¡Todos es muy bueno!
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Sarah Dolk, Adobe Nido Bed & Breakfast
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