About

Questa Farmers Market is a program of Localogy, a 501(c)3 non-profit organization located in Questa, NM.

QFM Team Members:

Gaea McGahee – Market Manager, SNAP Coordinator + recruiting vendors
Alex Romero – Baker and gardener + recruiting vendors
Vickie Cisneros – Coordinator at Questa VFW / Friendship Circle
Kelly Butwinski – Vista Volunteer assisting with SNAP applications

NOTE: You may be eligible for SNAP benefits. 44,000 New Mexicans are and have not signed up. You can use SNAP to purchase fresh fruits and veggies and food staples at a farmers market – this helps you and our farmers.  You may be eligible – check out this income table, and come see our volunteers for help with your application.

SNAP_table

*Income table from https://www.fns.usda.gov/snap/eligibility

Our goals this season

  • empower small-scale producers in Questa and nearby communities
  • offer fresh, local produce and support our economy
  • provide a venue for small farms, gardens, and entrepreneurs
  • accept SNAP Benefits / be EBT capable on site, participate in WIC, etc.
  • create a vibrant, seasonal, weekly event that enlivens community life

Our market story

The QFM originated as the Northern NM Growers and Makers Exchange (the 2016 market project of LEAP), which grew, too, from a five-week fall market in 2015. There’s also a longer history of farmers markets in Questa in previous years; all of these inspired the inception of the QFM.

This market serves agriculturalists in Questa and nearby communities, as well as supports economic development. It provides residents access to fresh, local produce and supports community activity, exchange and unity. It creates more options for farmers and gardeners by adding a day of the week that a farmers market functions in northern NM.

The QFM is becoming a regulated market able to accept SNAP/EBT benefits, participate in the Double-up Food Bucks program, as well as WIC and the Senior Nutrition Program. Our participation makes local produce available, and equitable for all community members, supporting the overall health of people, and place. Additionally, these benefits programs make small-scale local agriculture sustainable by assuring produce vendors a market base, and a level exchange.

Our authorized farmers market must sell more local produce than anything else (as per USDA guidelines). With this mission, the QFM creates an outlet for small farms and gardens. We support makers and entrepreneurs (e.g., artists, bakers, jelly makers) as well, although the ratio of fresh fruits, vegetables, and food staples to other goods must always be higher. You can learn more here https://www.fns.usda.gov/snap/eligible-food-items.