Pat Montoya’s Family Orchard

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Pat Montoya’s Family Orchard is a 4th generation orchard in La Canova, New Mexico. The orchard is run full time by Pat and Juanita Montoya and their children, Michael and Victoria. They have been selling their produce at area farmers’ markets for 38 years. The Montoyas pride themselves on being pesticide-free…

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Mr. G’s Organic Produce

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Gary and Natasya Gundersen own and operate their 2-acre farm – Mr. G’s Organic Produce – in unincorporated Jacona, about 20 miles north of Santa Fe. They started farming their land about 15 years ago and have been fulltime farmers in New Mexico ever since (they previously farmed 12 acres…

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Enjoy Bumper Crop of Local Squash

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By Denise Miller / For the Journal Published: Wednesday, July 12th, 2017   You know you can buy skinny green zucchini and yellow squash almost all year long at the grocery store, so what’s special about getting local, New Mexico-grown squash onto your plate this summer? Here are the top five…

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11 Reasons to Shop From Your Local Food Producer

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Food has always meant family and community, whether it’s a weekend dinner at home, block parties, or local festivals. Breaking bread with neighbors, tribal members, friends, and loved ones are forms of bonding that increase our important connections to others, through food. The industrialized food system has, in many ways, robbed…

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Six More Ways to Eat Local Summer Squash

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Last week we wrote about Six Ways to Eat Local Summer Squash. We couldn’t stop ourselves from coming up with even more ways to eat this versatile and tasty summer vegetable! As a reminder, summer squash are frequently (but not always) young winter squash, eaten while the rinds are soft and edible. They are available…

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NMDA Organic Rule Public Hearings

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  The New Mexico Department of Agriculture will hold four public hearings to propose the repeal and adoption of 21.15.1 NMAC — “Organic Agriculture” (view the Organic Agriculture Proposed Rule here). During the public hearings the newly proposed fee structure for the New Mexico Department of Agriculture’s Organic Program will be…

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Greens Hot at Growers’ Markets

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By Denise Miller / For the Journal Published: Wednesday, June 7th, 2017 ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — If you find yourself craving more salads and even cooked greens as the weather heats up, don’t sweat it. On second thought, that’s exactly the point. As the temperature warms up, and we sweat to stay…

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Six Ways to Eat Local Summer Squash

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Summer squashes are frequently (but not always)  young winter squashes, eaten while the rinds are soft and edible. Versatile and tasty, summer squash varieties are available from New Mexico’s farmers starting in June and heading into fall. There are many varieties of summer squash available for your kitchen, from the ubiquitous zucchini, to…

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Five Reasons to Buy Local Salad Greens

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There are many reasons why fresh lettuce purchased from your local farmer is superior to the corporate-grown greens on your grocery store shelf. Here are the top five! 1) Local greens have more nutrition and better taste Local lettuce is at its peak flavor, nutrition, and freshness, having been picked…

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2017 NMFMA Conference Agenda

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Do you want a peak at the 2017 NMFMA Annual Conference agenda before you arrive for the conference in Santa Fe this week? Well, we have it for you! Click HERE to download a PDF! (It might take a tad longer than normal to download because it is a large document.) The agenda includes:  An…

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Register for the 2017 NMFMA Annual Conference Now!

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The New Mexico Farmers’ Marketing Association is excited to sponsor our 19th Annual Conference, which will be held March 10th and 11th in Santa Fe! The mandatory Double Up Food Bucks workshop will be held on March 9th. Register here by March 3rd! Break open your creative box and envision the possibilities for your farmer’s market, farm stand, farmers, and community! This…

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New Mexico Organic Certification Program

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New Mexico Organic Certification Program – White Paper Prepared for the Thornburg Foundation January 2017 Executive Summary According to the New Mexico Department of Agriculture (NMDA), organic food sales in New Mexico are currently around $40 million per year and there are over 150 organic certified operations (farms, processors, handlers,…

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Save the Date for the 2017 Annual Conference!

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Save the date for the 2017 New Mexico Farmers’ Marketing Association Annual Conference! This year’s conference will take place March 9th through 11th at Santa Fe Community College. Things kick off in the afternoon on Thursday, March 9th for the Double Up Food Bucks workshop. This workshop is mandatory for…

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Brothers innovate on Corrales farm

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By Denise Miller / For the Journal Published: Wednesday, August 24, 2016 ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — The best cucumbers you have ever tried, butter lettuce as sweet as its name, heirloom tomatoes that taste purple and basil so bright that one leaf carries the essence. At Silver Leaf Farms in Corrales,…

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New Mexico True Certified

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The New Mexico Tourism Department is proud to announce the launch of the New Mexico True Certified program, an initiative that will allow select New Mexico businesses to leverage the hugely popular New Mexico True brand to build their product’s recognition and amplify their existing marketing message. The New Mexico…

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Food Safety Training and Certification Courses

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Two training and certification courses are being offered by New Mexico State University in Albuquerque! For additional information about either of the trainings email Gloria Hernandez. AUGUST 8th – 9th, 2016: Better Process Control School, Acidified Foods Only (English Course) This two-day course will be presented at the South Valley Economic…

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Humble radish earns star billing

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By Denise Miller / For the Journal Published: Wednesday, June 22, 2016   ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Perhaps the most extraordinary thing about eating food that has just come out of the ground is that everything tastes spectacular. Enter Seth Matlick’s radishes. Who knew that the unassuming radish could be the…

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