New Mexico has a wealth of small farms and gardeners who share their produce and flowers by the roadside. Albuquerque area farmers' markets supply local residents with even more fresh veggies and fruits. What a pleasure to have this local resource. Although most Farmers' Markets are seasonal, some have winter markets, too. Market hours can vary, so it’s a good idea to check each market’s schedule before heading out.
A Special Experience
Picking out your own fresh produce can be a special experience at a local market. Most of the fruits and veggies are organic, and all of it is healthy. Each market has its own distinctive style. Some have live music and entertainment, some have special fairs, and some have arts and crafts tables.
Head out to a morning market and you’ll find someone selling fresh coffee and someone else who has baked fresh muffins and scones. At an evening market, you might get a big bag of super fresh veggies or a ready-made dinner. More than anything, when buying fresh food at a market, a bit of conversation is all it takes to connect the consumer to the person who grew the food. Instead of a nameless corporation, the tomato in tonight’s salad is suddenly personal.
No Cash? No Problem
Farmers' markets love cash, but they can typically accommodate alternatives like debit and credit cards, too. The markets also supplement low-income residents through the WIC, EBT, and senior checks programs.
The WIC, or Women, Infants and Childrens program, supplements low-income women with children to ensure they get fresh, healthy foods. The EBT-Food Stamps program supplements low-income families with fresh foods by providing wireless EBT machines in designated markets. EBT stands for electronic benefits transfer.
WIC EBT is an electronic system that replaces paper vouchers with a card for food benefit issuance and redemption at authorized WIC grocery stores.
Senior checks go out to seniors who are enrolled in the state’s Commodity Supplemental Food Program (CSFP). Bernalillo County seniors in the program who want vouchers can pick them up beginning July 1 at the ECHO warehouse, located at Suite 226, 300 Menaul NW, Albuquerque. Vouchers are available on a first come, first served basis.
Where: Northeast parking lot at Albuquerque Uptown shopping center, one block north of Trader Joe's on Uptown Loop.
When: Saturdays 7 a.m. to noon
Market Runs: June 4 to October 29
Phone: Victor Lewis (505-720-7757)
This market is conveniently located and provides plenty of parking.
Uptown Growers' Market accepts WIC and senior checks, EBT and debit cards. There is live music every Saturday morning.
Where: 1200 block of Central NE, across from Presbyterian Hospital.
When: Tuesdays 7 a.m. to noon
Market Runs: June 7 to October 27
Phone: Victor (John) Lewis (505-720-7757)
The market is located in the empty lot on Central, across from the hospital. The market accepts WIC and senior checks, EBT and debit cards.
Where: 8th and Central at Robinson Park
When: Saturdays 8 a.m. to noon
Market Runs: April 15 to November 4
Phone: Liz Skinner (505-252-2959)
The Downtown Market offers food, music, entertainment, and a wide variety of vendors. Parking is not a problem, with 500 free parking spaces within two blocks of the market. The market accepts WIC, EBT, debit, and senior checks.
Where: Cornell Mall, University of New Mexico Main Campus
When: Various days, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Market Runs: August 28 to October 2
Phone: Jessica Rowland (505-277-3431)
At the University of New Mexico, the Lobo Growers’ Market was originally developed as a Sustainability Studies Program student project and was held for the first time in fall 2007. Students brought growers and value-added producers on campus to promote local farming and small business and, ultimately, to educate campus members about sustainable agriculture and healthy food choices. The market has subsequently been held about 30 times. There is one Earth-Day-inspired growers’ market event in the spring semester in conjunction with the Sustainability Expo, and six to eight markets in the fall when local produce is at its best.
Where: 6718 Rio Grande NW at Village Hall
When: Saturdays, 7 a.m. to noon
- Summer market, May 7 to November 12
- Winter market, December to April
Phone: Ashley Stokes (505-344-6582)
The Los Ranchos market and arts and crafts market is one of the largest in the city. This long-running and popular market often sells out of local eggs and specialty items before 10 a.m., so get out early for the best in seasonal produce. Much of it is grown right in Los Ranchos and in the North Valley. The market accepts WIC.
Where: Morningside Park, Lead and Morningside SE
When: Thursdays, 3 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.
Market Runs: May 4 to November 2
Phone: Catherine Gordon (505-934-8960)
The Nob Hill market has a small, solid core of growers and has a pleasant park setting. The market accepts WIC, EBT, debit, and senior checks.
Where: West side of Albuquerque Academy, 6400 Wyoming Blvd.
When: Tuesdays 3 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Market Runs: May 24 to October 25
Phone: Joshua Shelburne (505-410-4688)
Enter at Burlison Rd. on Wyoming Blvd. The market is on the right side, across from the softball fields. The market accepts EBT, debit and credit, WIC, and senior checks.
Where: SW corner of Isleta Blvd. and Arenal Road
When: Saturdays 8 a.m. to noon
Market Runs: May 13 to October 28
Phone: Linda Martin (505-877-7100)
The market is located in the Martin Plumbing parking lot. EBT, debit, WIC, and senior WIC are accepted.
Where: International District & South Valley
- Mondays in the International District: University of New Mexico, Southeast Heights Clinic, 8200 Central SE, 9:30 to 11 a.m.; First Nations Community Healthsource, 5608 Zuni SE, noon to 1:30 p.m.; and Van Buren Middle School, 700 Louisiana SE, 2:30 to 4 p.m.
- Tuesdays in the South Valley: Presbyterian Medical Group, 3436 Isleta SW, 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.; First Choice Community Healthcare, 2001 El Centro Familiar SW, 2:00 to 3:30 p.m.; and Los Padillas Community Center, 2117 Los Padillas SW, 4:30 to 6 p.m.
Market Runs: June 5 to October 31
Phone: Natalie Donnelly (505-841-1357)
Instant Messenger: Contact Healthy Here Mobile Farmers' Market
The mobile market accepts SNAP, EBT, debit, credit, WIC, and DUFB.
The Mobile Farmers’ Market (MFM) is a collaborative focused on improving health equity for low-income individuals and families in Bernalillo County, primarily serving areas known as "food deserts" that lack grocery stores and supermarkets. MFM supports local farmers and increasing access to and education about affordable, healthy, locally produced foods.
In the 2016 season, the Healthy Here Mobile Farmers’ Market, a farmer’s market on wheels, provided more than 1,000 residents of Albuquerque’s International District and South Valley with healthy, affordable, organically grown fruits and vegetables, and educational resources for preparing the markets’ offerings in cost-effective, delicious, and easy ways. This effort is part of the Healthy Here initiative that includes Presbyterian Healthcare Services, Bernalillo County Community Health Council, and community partners.
Where: Alvarado Park, NE corner of Alvarado NE and Hannett NE
When: Sundays, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Market Runs: June 25 to October 29
Phone: Joshua Martinez (505-929-0087).
Where: ABQ RailYards, 777 1st Street SW
When: Sundays, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Market Runs: May 7 to October 29
Phone: Alaska Piper (505-315-9946)
South Valley Growers' Market
Where: Cristo Del Valle Presbyterian Church at 3907 Isleta SW
When: Saturdays 8 a.m. to noon
Market Runs: June 10 to October 28
Phone: Rhonda Reinert (505-877-4044)
This fun market always has delicious produce from the South Valley growers, along with a summer of musical entertainment. The market accepts WIC, SNAP, and senior checks.
Where: 100 Isleta SW, at Gateway Park
When: Wednesdays 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Market Runs: May 28 to September 24
Brought to you by the Historic Bridge Mainstreet program, the new Gateway Growers' Market takes place at Gateway Park. The South Valley Growers' Market accepts EBT, WIC, DUFB, and SNAP.
Where: Anna Becker Park, Hwy 309-Reinken Ave., Belen
When: Fridays, 4:30 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Market Runs: June 9 to October 27
Phone: Juanita Silva
The Belen market accepts EBT, WIC, debit, and senior checks.
Where: Camino and Caye Don Francisco, 370 Rotary Park Rd., Bernalillo in the pavilion at Rotary Park
When: Fridays, 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Market Runs: June 16 to October 27
Phone: Bonnie Hill (505-228-5801) Email:email@example.com
The market accepts DUFB, SNAP, and WIC.
Where: 1090 North Bosque Loop, Bosque Farms
When: Saturdays: 8 a.m. to noon
Market Runs: May 6 to October 18
Phone: George Torres (505-307-1891)
The Bosque Farms market accepts WIC, EBT, debit, and senior checks.
Where: 12224 North Highway 14, Cedar Crest
When: Wednesdays: 3 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.
Market Runs: July to October
Phone: Bob Thompson (505-269-1577) for more information
Where: 3447 Lambros Circle, Los Lunas
When: Tuesdays: 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Market Runs: May 16 to October 31
Phone: Loretta Torres (505-307-1891)
Where: Recreation Center, 500 Jones Road and Corrales Road south of the post office, Corrales
- Summer market:
Sundays 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. (April 30 to November 12)
Wednesdays 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. (July 19 to October 18)
- Winter market: 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
- Summer market: April 30 to November 12 and July 19 to October 18
- Winter market: December to April (same location)
Phone: Bonnie Gonzales (505-898-6336)
The Corrales market is one of the busiest in the Alburquerque area, with many special events. This market accepts WIC.