Hello there! Sorry I haven’t posted sooner, things have just been busy busy! So to start, with the help of Ogallala Commons and the Taos County Economic Development Corp (TCEDC), I have been able to enter into a second apprenticeship. I started my second internship with the TCEDC on August 18, 2014. So far my biggest project has been maintaining the Taos Farm Stand Market, which is open every Monday from 2 to 7 pm. The Taos Farm Stand Market is a low priced farmers market aimed at making healthy organic food easily accessible for low income families and individuals. The Farm Stand works in consignment and wholesale with various farmers and food producers in the northern New Mexico area, as well as others friends of TCEDC who live in the southern region of New Mexico. So far we have five farmers involved in the market, Red Willow Farm, Lettuce Grow Farm, the Not Forgotten Outreach veterans program, La Mesa Farms, and Jaime Chavez, a friend of TCEDC who has helped the market tremendously. The food producers also involved in the market include Arabian Nights, Tiwa Kitchen, Antonio’s Salsa, Matt’s Bakery, Taos Traditional Farm, Seasons of Taos, and Cordero’s Tortillas. The food producers supply the market with salsa, various seasonings, pickles, tortillas, chokecherry jam, red chili mix, hummus, babaganough, cucumber salad, tabouleh, and quinoa cookies.
The road leading to the TCEDC offices where our market is located is currently under construction. This has hurt the success of the market somewhat, as people are often deterred by the big machines and neon colored vests. So to help the market and businesses I work in consignment with, I opened up the market on Tuesdays in Taos Pueblo and Wednesdays at Red Willow Market. This has helped sales and promotion of the market greatly, as well as providing a community that struggles financially and eating healthy with low priced organic food.
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