Tri-county Farmers' Market to open

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By Lee Einer

The Tri-County Farmers’ Market opens for the season on Saturday, June 21. Many of the old faces will be there, with some new ones as well. Daniel Hern, president of the Farmers’ Market, said that several new farmers are participating, and that the Market is looking to expand its venue to include craftspeople and also bakers and others who will be selling processed food items.

Our local farmers have already had their share of challenges, this year. A hailstorm wiped out the spring vegetables which some farmers had planted early on, but they have replanted and Hern says marketgoers can expect to see spinach, lettuces and other spring crops Saturday.

Marc May, a local farmer who sells at the Farmers Market, is looking forward to another successful season. May says that while some customers last year compared the Market’s prices with Walmart’s and Lowes, the gas crunch and skyrocketing supermarket prices will make his locally grown, chemical free produce competitive with produce sold in stores. May said he will be offering all lettuce, spinach, salad, all the spring crops, and in the summer in the summer green beans, tomatoes, potatoes, carrots, onions, pretty much anything that will grow in this area, with offerings expanding as summer crops become available.

The Tri-County Farmers Market welcomes new participants. Those interested in joining the market can call Daniel Hern at 799-8315. The cost for membership is $30 per year, and an additional $30 per season for a space at the Farmers Market. Those who would like to try selling at the Market but are unwilling to commit to a full season can get a space for the day for $10. Those who are looking to sell processed foods will need to get with the N.M. Environmental Department, complete an application and get approved, Hern said.

The Tri-county Farmers' Market is open Wednesdays and Saturdays, at the corner of 6th Street and University in Las Vegas