Since a large majority of the country is currently experiencing fridge temperatures, snowfall, and icy conditions the idea of visiting an artist and farmers markets seems far-fetched, but I assure you it is a reality here at Ft Bliss, El Paso Texas. With mild winters, a growing artistic community and local agricultural influences El Paso and the surrounding area not only offers one artist and farmers market they have four!
The Downtown Artist and Farmers Market https://www.facebook.com/EPDowntownArtistMarket/ is held every Saturday 9:00am-1:00pm in the historic Union Plaza District. This market has a variety of organic, raw and natural artisan goodies. You want essential oils, vegan brownies, eggplant jerky or my personal favorite Kombucha you will find it at the Downtown Artist and Farmers Market. While at the market don’t forget to check out the amazing Food Truck Garden. In case you don’t know, El Paso has a large variety of delicious food trucks, so try something new while at the market.
The Substation, a new trendy shopping center located in west El Paso, hosts the Upper Valley Artist and Farmers Market https://www.uppervalleymarket.com/ every Sunday 11:00am-3:00pm. The Upper Valley market provides an array of handmade jewelry, local photography, organic handmade bath and body products, as well as an El Paso delicacy salsa, yum! They have a little train which rides the kiddies around the parking lot.
Want more markets? Well just a short drive to New Mexico you can find two more markets. Ardovio’s Dessert Crossing Farmer’s Market https://www.ardovinos.com/farmers-market-at-adc/ located in Sunland Park, NM has yoga, brunch and mimosas, what more can you ask for? This market is a bit harder to find due to never-ending road construction, but it is well worth the trip. My personal favorite at ADCFM is Anita’s Pomegranate. The gentleman who runs the booth is such a joy and has an enticing assortment of offerings including the most amazing homemade salad dressing that I could literally eat all by itself.
Finally, there is The Farmers and Craft Market http://www.fcmlc.org/ located in Las Cruses, NM, held every Saturday and Wednesday 8:00 am-1:00pm and Wednesday evenings 5:00-9:00pm May through October. The Saturday market covers seven city blocks on Main Street and includes locally grown produce, farm raised meat, fresh breads and live music. If you have a chance to visit The Farmers and Craft Market be sure to stop in the Museum of Nature and Science http://www.las-cruces.org/departments/quality-of-life/museum-system/museum-of-nature-and-science for a free tour, then pop over to Coas Books https://www.coasbooks.com/ a huge used book store. Trying to decide what to do this weekend, why not visit one of these artist and farmer markets? You can support our local community and get some tasty treats too!