Programs connect farmers, Albuquerque markets

February 21st, 2013 at 2:39 pm by under Latest Posts

Albuquerque-area buyers and farmers will get a chance to mingle in a series of programs intended to help growers expand their markets for produce.

The programs by the Cooperative Extension Service are aimed at producers in Bernalillo, Sandoval, Torrance, Valencia and Socorro counties due to their proximity to Albuquerque.

“During the programs a panel of buyers, including representatives from farmers’ markets, schools, restaurants, wholesalers and local grocery stores, will discuss the demand for locally grown food,” said Michael Patrick, an Extension Service specialist in community resource and economic development. “Also, Extension horticulture specialists will speak on the production and cultural practices of growing high-value fruits and vegetables, offering their expert insight into tapping the market.”

About 80 percent of the food consumed in metro Albuquerque comes from outside the state while the growth in demand for local produce has led the number of farmers’ markets and participating vendors to grow in recent years, according to the Extension Service.

The workshops from 6-830 p.m. are scheduled:

  • Monday, March 4, at the Bernalillo County Cooperative Extension Service office, 1510 Menaul Blvd. NW, Albuquerque
  • Tuesday, March 5, at the Moriarty Civic Center, 202 Broadway, Moriarty
  • Wednesday, March 6, at the Valencia County Cooperative Extension Service office, 404 Courthouse Road, Los Lunas

Additional details and registration information can be found on the Extension Service Local Food website.

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