Mora County Notebook - Farmers Market also meeting, greeting place

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For the 10th year in a row, the Mora Valley Farmers Market is open for business. Due to the weather, the market had a late start, but it is now expected to remain open through the end of September.

One will find a huge variety of vegetables, fruits, fresh eggs, local honeys and beeswax, jams and jellies and several baked goods. The market open from 3 to 6 p.m. every Friday in the parking lot of the Southwest Capital Bank.

The market has been part of the Mora Valley region since 2004. The mission is to make fresh, locally, grown produce and related products, available to the Mora community. Local farmers are adding chickens and beehives to their farms, providing fresh, free-range eggs, honey produced from local flowers and pure beeswax and propolis products.

Local farmers markets are blooming nationwide as people are becoming more aware and interested in where their food comes from and under what conditions the food is grown.

Local markets are another link in farm-to-table eating, an old custom that is once again becoming important to many people. The farmers market is a gathering place that brings people together to discuss these issues and visit with their neighbors.

Mora Valley Farmers Market is seeking vendors to come and share their harvests. WIC market vouchers and SNAP (EBT) are accepted.

Little league fields get facelift

Recent improvements have been made to the Mora Little League fields in Holman. Mora Little League was selected as  the summer project for the Rocky Mountain Youth Corps by the New Mexico Youth Conservation Corps.

YCC funds projects all over the state to improve community infrastructure and to provide meaningful improvements to New Mexican youths. Rocky Mountain Youth Corps secured funding for all the materials used for these improvements from YCC, local community members, and $10,000 from the county of Mora.

This summer, the youth corps built a T-Ball field, dugouts, a batting cage, installed field stabilizer to one of the baseball fields, and improvement to the parking lot.

A crew of nine young adults, between the ages of 16 to 25, along with a supervisor, worked for 10 weeks on this project.

The crew concluded its projects with presentations of learning wherein all  crew members shared their experiences about the project and their time with Rocky Mountain Youth Corps.

Members of the Mora Little League hope the improvements will encourage more interest in the league.

Rocky Mountain Youth Corps inspires young adults and makes a difference in themselves and their communities.

Through training and team service, Rocky Mountain Youth Corps is a stepping-stone to new opportunities. Applications are currently being accepted for crews beginning in September.

Other work locations include Taos, Bandelier and Albuquerque. Crews will camp for eight days and return from work for six days.

The community of Mora is grateful for the work done by the Rocky Mountain Youth Corps.

Kimberly Mares is the Optic’s new Mora County correspondent. She may be reached at 575-387-2064 or kimberlymares13@gmail.com.