The Los Alamos Cooperative Market is excited to host a Farmer’s Cooperative Market on Saturdays from 9 AM to 1 PM this summer (except July 4th). The Farmer’s Cooperative Market is an opportunity to purchase local food directly from local farmers. This market is comprised of farms participating in a new producer’s cooperative, The Agricultural Producers Cooperative of New Mexico – independent from the Los Alamos Co+op Market.
On Saturdays from 9 AM to 1 PM, the Farmer’s Cooperative Market brings food from four farms, Camino de Paz, Monte Vista Farm, Tesuque Pueblo Farm, and Shepherd’s Lamb, to the Los Alamos Co+op Market. The producer’s co-op is also working with the Los Alamos Co+op Market to make items from these farmers available in the store on a daily basis.
A producer’s co-op is owned by the producers (farmers) and democratically controlled to serve the members (farmers) through cooperative marketing and purchasing support. Thus, the Farmer’s Cooperative Market is a collaboration by the farmers, so each individual farmer has more time to devote to their local production.
Los Alamos Cooperative Market exists in part so that local producers have an expanding opportunity to sell their products. Hosting the Farmer’s Cooperative Market and working with farmers to make local products accessible helps to grow our local food economy.
Meet the Farms
Camino de Paz Montessori Middle School (open since 1999) is one of the founding members of the Farmer’s Cooperative Market. Forming the Cooperative is part of their mission to support local farming and the local economy while empowering adolescents to contribute as full members of society and as food producers. The students sell products at farmers markets and independent and locally owned groceries from Taos to Albuquerque. They participate in the operation of a USDA inspected goat dairy and a produce farm, while managing a full academic curriculum.
Monte Vista Farm, owned and operated by David and Loretta Fresquez since 1995, joined the Cooperative to help promote local, organic markets. David sees organic farming as integral to building a healthy future, and is eager to share his food and knowledge. They currently provide corn meal, garlic scape powder, and kale to the Saturday market.
Tesuque Pueblo Farm is owned by Tesuque Pueblo and managed by Gaily Morgan and Emigdio Ballon, who earned a PhD in plant genetics. Emigdio was glad to join the cooperative. “It as an opportunity to help other communities” says Emigdio. Sprouts, asparagus, strawberries, oil, vinegar, and powdered spices from the farm can be purchased at the market.
Shepherd’s Lamb, the main meat producer in the cooperative, is owned and operated by Antonio and Molly Manzanares. Antonio joined after being approached by Greg Nussbaum, from Camino de Paz, because he “thought it was a good idea.” “We used to attend all the local markets, but the time demand and increasing fuel costs made it too difficult to maintain. It [the Cooperative] allows me to get back to Los Alamos,” said Antonio.