The monthly Corrales Growers Market is a chance for people like Andrea Romero to come home and visit family while selling their products.
Romero and her husband Sage Hagan own Sile Pastures, a poultry farm in Peña Blanca, but both grew up in Corrales.
“This is our home market,” Romero said. “Our parents are still here. There are vendors who have kids I grew up with. It feels like home.”
Romero was among the 15 vendors who braved the cool, overcast early January weather to showcase some of their meats, produce and vegetables at Sunday’s winter Corrales Growers Market.
The winter market takes place during the first Sunday of every month from December to April.
“This time of year, is a little slow,” said Monette Hardern-Lopez, co-owner of Lopez Farms in Socorro.
While January is not as busy a time for vendors, the market gives them a chance to sell any remaining crops from the past year or other products like honey, jams and pickles.
The extra income doesn’t hurt, Farm 448 Owner Saree Jojola said.
Regardless of what is being sold, Jojola said, “Our customers like us to be consistent.”
Albuquerque resident Joseph Romero bought ground beef and steaks from Mary Catey, co-owner of Nacimiento Natural Products out of Cuba.
Romero said he likes buying from vendors at growers and farmers markets because the food quality is better and he believes the people he buys it from “know what they are doing.”
“Sometimes people in the summer are coming for something to do, just like a social thing,” Catey said. “But the folks that are coming in the winter are looking to buy groceries.”
For other vendors, the winter market is about the camaraderie between vendors and visitors.
Catey said she decided to come back to Corrales because “We just really (love) the community and had a great experience with the other vendors.”
“And the clientele that comes out here are really great people.”