What they grow:
Tres Hermanas Farm in Albuquerque grows summer crops like eggplant, tomatoes, peppers, okra, turnips, carrots, African eggplants, amaranth, and more. In fact, amaranth is one of their signature crops and their previous Farm Manager Zoey Fink offers some tips on cooking with amaranth: “You can pick the greens young and stir fry them with other veggies,” Fink says. “But for more of a Ghanaian and Nigerian cultural experience, try our recipe for stewed amaranth greens with fish and African fufu.” (Fufu is traditionally made using cassava and green plantain flour, but has been adapted using locally grown root crops). “In Guatemala,” Fink continues, “amaranth grains are popped in a hot pan and mixed with honey into a cereal bar; made into a drink by mixing ground amaranth with water, honey, and milk; or made into a crust by popping it.” (Update: Tres Hermanas Farm is now managed by Andrew Jo.)
Where they sell:
- Albuquerque Downtown Growers’ Market
- Nob Hill Farmers’ Market (intermittently)
- Los Ranchos Farmers’ Market (intermittently)
- Stay tuned for a farm stand in 2019!
- Email Andrew Jo
- Phone: 505-835-5527
- Get involved: Visit the farm on Friday and Saturday mornings, attend a refugee-run cooking class, or volunteer.
Learn more about Tres Hermanas Farm:
Tres Hermanas Farm is a pesticide-free operation that started as a non-profit in 2016 by Lutheran Family Services Rocky Mountains, which provides refugee services. As part of this service, Zoe works on the farm with 46 clients, including families from Chad, Burundi, and the Congo who manage some of the farm land. Participating households share the harvest, sell the excess at farmers’ markets, and split the proceeds. The farming project also allows the refugees to grow foods they ate in their home countries, but which otherwise would be unavailable from local outlets.