I absolutely love the Santa Fe Farmer's Market! It was worth getting up early & going before work on Saturday.
It can get really crowded, so early morning is really a great time to go... I easily had enough time to stop at all my favorite booths, take photos, chit-chat a bit with the vendors & still make it to work on time!
My first stop is always for fresh greens... lots of others had the same idea!
There are so many wonderful goodies~ from freshly baked breads & local jams & honey, to organic, free range meats... and every possible vegetable in season that you could think of!
And spices too! Along with red chile, heirloom beans, soup mixes, & freshly made salsa!
Aren't these fingerling potatoes cute? They are particularly delicious fried up in olive oil & garlic!
Another of my favorite stops is for Goat Cheese! It's a great addition to a fresh salad, but it's also my after-work-guilty-pleasure... Green Chile Goat cheese & crackers.... yum!!
If you live in New Mexico, then you know it's green chile season here, and there are chiles galore at the Farmer's Market!
Aren't they beautiful?! One of the coolest things (especially for a busy person) is that you can purchase a bag of FRESHLY roasted green chiles... which saves a lot of time!
Chile roasting in action! Talk about fresh! In my opinion, green chile goes good with everything... I eat them plain, scrambled in eggs, with my sandwiches... I love 'em!
Another special treat were these organic blackberries from Santa Cruz Farms out of Espanola... probably the best I've ever tasted!
As if your mouth wasn't watering enough... some sweet treats!
I ended up having an apple/cranberry/walnut streusel (not pictured here... but equally as mouth watering!) The Farmer's Market is such a special treat for me! When I was up in Oregon, going to school & pinching every penny, I was living on some foods that were probably not that great for me... so there is a perk to that pesky full time work~ fresh food, among other things. I also feel good supporting the Local Farmers, versus the corporate giants. And from an environmental standpoint, think of all the fossil fuels saved from buying local! So many reasons to love your local Farmer's Market!