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Your QFM Summer Music Calendar

Everything Gets Better with Music. A swallow of watermelon water, a bite of frito pie, your second cup of coffee. Listen as you peruse the veggies, meet the vendors, and visit with your neighbors.

Purly Gates at the QFM in 2017, she’s back again July 1, 2018

Here’s your summer music calendar. We have a few music/event spots available (September, October). Contact us here if you’d like to reserve.

MUSIC & EVENTS ~ 2018 SEASON

JULY

July 1 Purly Gates, Singer-Songwriter, Multi-Instrumentalist, Cowgal Poet out of Texas

July 8
Wear and Tear, Peter Oviatt and Jimmie Killingsworth out of Taos

July 15
Jonathan Hutchison, singer/songwriter, recording artist and producer from the mountains of northern New Mexico (also played June 2018)

July 22 Mario Trujillo of Reckless Taos (also played June 2018)

July 29 Chris Arellano of Costilla, New Mexico

AUGUST

Aug 5 Zephaniah Stringfield

Aug 12
Zephaniah Stringfield and Peter Oviatt
PLUS Cristina Masoliver and her Puppet Show at 12 NOON

Aug 19 Chris Arellano of Costilla, New Mexico

Aug 26 Wear and Tear, Peter Oviatt and Jimmie Killingsworth out of Taos, watch them here.

SEPTEMBER

Sept 2 Madcat Jack Lorang and the Geminis out of Seco/Hondo/Taos

Sept 9 Nat Wilson from Lama

Sept 16 Chris Arellano of Costilla, New Mexico

Sept 23 Nick Hans of Karhu Farms, Arroyo Seco – hear his music here and here.

Sept 30 Wear and Tear, Peter Oviatt and Jimmie Killingsworth out of Taos

OCTOBER

Oct 7 Nat Wilson from Lama

Oct 14 available

 

Excerpt – Press Release for Taos News / Tempo (end of June)

Better with Music

The Questa Farmers Market serves up goods from local farms and gardens, watermelon water and frito pies, and music every Sunday! The market is held in the Questa Visitor Center Parking Area on Sundays, 10am to 2pm, through October 14. The QFM’s mission is to make a vibrant place for local economic exchange.

Although a relatively new, and small-scale market, the QFM made great strides last season by becoming authorized to accept EBT, WIC and the Senior Nutrition Program checks, and now it is one of the newest double-up-food-bucks markets in New Mexico.

In 2017, the QFM hosted musicians for 9 of their 17 market days and their goal this year is to host music, or other performers every Sunday: that’s 20 market days.

“The vendors are our first customers,” says Market Manager, Gaea McGahee. “If they are served, the market will grow and the whole community can benefit. Music is an import part of the equation. It spreads the joy. Everything gets better with music.”

The QFM extends an open invitation for your participation and input. Join the QFM vendors in the Questa Village center on Sundays, 10am – 2pm until Oct 14. Keep dollars local and enjoy the fruits of summer, together.

The QFM is grateful for the support they have received from individuals and volunteers, from members of the community and beyond, and from Chevron and the Questa Economic Development Fund.

For more information go to QuestaFarmersMarket.org or Facebook: QuestaFarmersMarket. Contact the Market Manager, Gaea McGahee, at growersmakers@gmail.com or call 575-224-2102.

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

Opening Market Day, Sunday, June 3

Our little market is sprouting this Sunday, 10am! Mario Trujillo will bring the music from 11-2, and Cerro Vista Farm and local gardens will have plants starts to sell (especially tomatoes). Come for these, plus lots of fresh eggs, tortillas, jellies and treats. Stay for lunch – frito pie, watermelon water, coffee, and sweets. We look forward to seeing you all!

Here’s our start-of-season article sent to the Tempo / Taos News:

Questa Farmers Market (QFM) opens this Sunday, June 3rd, with live music and local foods. Come for lunch, connect with community, and get your veggies for the week. Mario Trujillo, the lead vocalist of rocking country band, Reckless Taos, will perform from 11am to 2pm. The QFM is held in the visitor center parking lot near the corner of Hwys 522 and 38.

The QFM is a small market with the aspiration to grow and better serve northern Taos County and southern Colorado. This market accepts EBT/SNAP, participates in the double-up-food-bucks program, and accepts WIC and the Senior Nutrition Program checks.

A farmers market can be a major driver in regenerating the local food system: it creates an agricultural outlet and employment, builds community resilience, supports multigenerational engagement, makes opportunities for entrepreneurs, youth, and others’ economic activities, and brings residents and visitors an enjoyable and regular event all summer long.

“Our market’s most important goals are: to empower members, provide healthy and local food, and support the innovative spirits of Questa and nearby communities” states Market Manager, Gaea McGahee.

The QFM extends an open invitation for your participation and input. This season, they hope to host music and special events each Sunday. There are 20 market days, June 3 to Oct 14; they are putting the call-out to vendors, patrons and participants to help build a vibrant community space.

“We’re working to strengthen the well-being of our community. Our calendar is evolving, so please watch our website and Facebook page for specific dates and times. Contact us with your ideas for special events, musical endeavors, and ways you would like to be involved in the Questa Farmers Market!” invites McGahee.

Things to look for this season: Cerro Vista Farms and a growing number of local gardens and small farms, special cooking events prepared on-site like chicharrones and handmade tortillas, music and a puppet show, frito pies and watermelon water, direct-trade coffee made pour-over style, and more.

Join the QFM vendors in the Questa Village center on Sundays, 10am – 2pm until Oct 14. Keep dollars local and enjoy the fruits of summer, together.

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

Getting ready for first market day, June 3

jamey_tools Tools out. Hats on. Get ready!

Walking Bear Farm in El Rito (north of Questa) sent us photos of preparation and planting in progress.  This farm relies on solar power and a well. Careful growing and watering practices make sure these resources go as far as possible.

Below: A drip irrigation system carries water down the rows.

jameyPlants starts begin life in a green house, and come out each day to grow hearty in the sun; sheltered from the wind.

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Speaking of sun ~ the setting sun is quite lovely these days. Is it all the dust in the sky that gives us these shades?

jamey_sunsetPhotos above, thanks to Jamey Bryant, Walking Bear Farm.

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Farmers and gardeners! Our market can accept WIC checks and Senior Nutrition Program checks. But each grower needs to file with New Mexico Department of Health (NMDOH). It’s easy to do.

If you would like to accept these checks you will fill out a farmer/grower agreement to send into NMDOH. It’s a 6 page document, and only 2 pages go to NMDOH. Your market manager, Gaea, can provide you with a copy and help you file. Call 575-224-2102 or email growersmakers@gmail.com.

The document helps explain that eligible foods are fruits and vegetables, NM grown and within 80 miles of the market. You’ll receive a four digit number that remains with your farm or garden – no need to renew each season. WIC and Senior nutrition checks are used at markets throughout New Mexico from July 1 to November.

Go here for more information about Senior Nutrition Program, how to qualify and apply.  Go here for more information about WIC, how to qualify and apply.

Get ready, 10am – 2pm Sunday, June 3rd. See you soon!