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Farmers Market is more than just food

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By The Staff

The Winter Farmers Market rolls into town on Thursday at Fuller Lodge. The Mainstreet sponsored offering will open your eyes and tantalize your taste buds will regional offerings from local vendors.

Residents can begin their day shopping at 8 a.m. for bread, jams, eggs, scones and sausage, and then move through lunch and dinner with tamales, salsas, pastas and steaks.

As Valentine’s Day often requires some gift giving, lotions, soaps, earrings, purses, hats, scarves, gift baskets and more will be available for unique and one of a kind items.

The Old Windmill Dairy best known for its  Chili-n-Hot Chevre, will also delight shoppers with Gouda, Cheddar, and Manzano Blue Moon cheeses this week.

Prior to operating the Old Windmill Dairy, Michael Lobaugh was working for Marriott International and was looking to get out of the corporate rat race and move to the agriculture arena.

Co-owner Ed Lobaugh spent time learning how to raise dairy goats from his grandparents, in Twenty-nine Palms, California. Ed and Michael Lobaugh took the idea of making and selling cheeses and established their own dairy in Estancia.

The dynamic duo crafts a full line of Chevre, selling at the markets as well as at Ruby K’s.

“Each cheese flavor is our own design and has our own secret ingredient that makes it unique and special,” Michael Lobaugh said. “We want to thank all of our loyal customers for their support!”

The Old Windmill Dairy took two international cheese awards and their green chile chevre took two blue ribbons at the annual Scovie Awards in Albuquerque.

While the Lobaugh’s cheese may be hot and spicy, there are plenty of sweet treats for the kids, too. Youngsters look forward to honey sticks in a variety of flavors from local beekeepers.

Market Manager Cindy Talamantes has worked with the Los Alamos Chamber of Commerce and the MainStreet program to expand the market offerings for Los Alamos. The products for sale at the market might soon be seen elsewhere in town as the Los Alamos Cooperative Market sets up shop. As the co-op works to answer questions for community residents, it is also building relationships with vendors to stock the store.

The Juvenile Justice Advisory Board with Assets in Action has also joined the market to promote vendors and community programs.

Assets In Action will also collect non-perishable goods to benefit local food programs. Items from the market, canned goods, or snack items can be donated throughout the market to be distributed throughout the community.

The market will be held from 8 a.m.-noon Thursday at Fuller lodge. Questions about the market can be directed to Talamantes at 505-929-6579.