HomeGrown food event showcases New Mexico products

Nov 03, 2016

Food produced in New Mexico is showcased at the third-annual event, “HomeGrown: A New Mexico Food Show & Gift Market,” on Nov. 19-20 at the New Mexico Farm & Ranch Heritage Museum.

Vendors from around the state will sell their products as the gift-giving season approaches. The event is 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 19, and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 20. Admission is $5 per vehicle and the first 100 vehicles each day receive a free, burlap shopping bag. The bags can also be purchased at the event for $5.

The Museum is again partnering with the New Mexico Department of Agriculture and the state's growers to offer great products to buy or sample. NMDA’s food demonstration trailer will be in the Museum’s Courtyard and free samples of New Mexico specialties will be offered.

“The HomeGrown event is the perfect place to find our great New Mexico-produced food and beverage products as well as arts and crafts, which make wonderful gifts,” said New Mexico Department of Agriculture Secretary Jeff Witte. “The event, a collaboration between the Museum and NMDA, continues to grow in popularity. Our unique New Mexico products make wonderful presents and are a great addition to parties of the season!”

Food items offered for sampling and purchasing include award-winning salas, pies, cookies, sauces, honey, fresh produce, jerky, candy, cheese, beans, pecans, pistachios, wine, and much more. New Mexico crafts are also part of the event, and more than 50 vendors are expected, according to the Museum’s event coordinator, Rachel Banegas.

Some of the food vendors featured include: Kianna’s Chile Products of Albuquerque (vegan mango salsa, Laos chile paste); Valley Gurlz Goodz of Albuquerque (pickled vegetables) and Andele’s Restaurant and Ol’ Gringo from Las Cruces (pecan pies, salsa and gift sets). Jesusita’s Salsa Fresca of Cimarron will return with their salsas. Many of the vendors are returning for the third year of the event.

Some of the new food vendors include: Jinglebob Land & Cattle Company of Anthony (fresh and frozen beef and pork); Mesquite Willie’s Desert Products (mesquite flour, Southwest seasonings and barbecue rubs); and Morrow Farms of Hatch (pinto beans).

Many of the vendors are members of NMDA’s Taste the Tradition and Grown with Tradition programs.

Some of the non-food vendors are: New Mexico Soaps, A1 Leather, Pond-S-Scapes (plants); and Bag-Ettes (handmade sweaters and purses). Authors Sharon Niederman of Raton and Patricia Mihok of Las Cruces also will be at the event to sell and sign books.

FFA members from Centennial High School will be offering gift wrapping services, and Santa Claus also will be on hand to pose for photos.

For more information, please call (575) 522-4100. The museum is located at 4100 Dripping Springs Road in Las Cruces.

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For information contact Craig Massey at craig.massey@state.nm.us.