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Farmers Market vendors gear up for the holiday season

By The Staff

You can find Cindy Talamantes hanging out in the same location every Thursday but after this week, she’ll be hard to find for a while. Talamantes is the manager of the local Farmer’s Market.

While her primary duty is managing some 40 plus vendors, Talamantes is also an artist in her own right, creating baskets for all occasions, which sometimes also make it to market.

The vendors, who usually come to sell year after year are like a second family and sometimes the family travels pretty far for their visit including Albuquerque, Santa Fe, Corrales and the Española surrounding areas.

Their products range from pasta, goat cheese and meats to hand tossed breads, teas, scones and fresh brewed coffee.

“The market’s consumers base has really grow a great deal in the last five years,” Talamantes said. “One vendor has increased his business four fold. I feel consumers totally support this market.”

Like any great organization, the volunteers usually keep things going and some have been on board since the beginning. “My neighbor Margaret Storey was one of the original League of Women Voters members who helped start the market. She is a volunteer and has been for five years,” Talamantes said. Along with Storey, those fine folks include; Judy Westbrook, Melissia Alexander, Jeri Lynn Christinsen, Zephyr Del Pino, Tom Alexander and Sierra Cook.

Vendors are ready for the holidays with wreaths, decorations, winter squash, jams, jellies and vinegars, The Farmers Market will be held from 7 a.m. to noon Thursday in the Mesa Public Library parking lot.