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SF Farmers’ Market – Del Sur opens Tuesday

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Educating the public on the importance of fresh, healthy food is one facet of the overall mission of the Santa Fe Farmers’ Market.

From left, chard, collard greens, lacinato kale (aka dino or Tuscan) and curly kale await shoppers at the Santa Fe Farmers’ Market. The Del Sur Market in Southside Santa Fe will run from on Tuesdays through Sept. 29. (Courtesy of NM Farmers Marketing Association)

With a successful market on Tuesdays and Saturdays at the Santa Fe Railyard, the market is, once again, moving to Southside Santa Fe.

From 3-6 p.m. Tuesday, June 30, Santa Fe Farmers’ Market – Del Sur Market will take place at the main parking at Presbyterian Santa Fe Medical Center, 4801 Beckner Road. The Del Sur Market will run on Tuesdays through Sept. 29.

“We partnered last year with Presbyterian for this market,” said Debbie Burns, Santa Fe Farmers’ Market CEO. “It’s been held in different places over the years. Prior to our partnership with Presbyterian it was held on Jaguar Drive.”

The Del Sur Market is an important market because it gives access to those Santa Fe residents living on the Southside who can’t make it into the Railyard area.

The farmers associated with the market are working hard to provide the community with the freshest food available. Burns believes the farmers’ market is safer than shopping in a conventional grocery store and it provides the freshest, most nutrient rich foods available.

“It’s very important that people have access to fresh, healthy food,” Burns said. “I lived in Italy for 10 years before I came to Santa Fe. Over there, I learned about organic and fresh food. I couldn’t believe the difference in the taste, as well as the nutrients in fresh fruit and vegetables are higher.”

New this year, Presbyterian Wellness Center will provide virtual cooking classes during the market, featuring recipes that source seasonal produce from market vendors.

“This opens up the opportunity to view cooking classes online with items sold at the Del Sur Market,” Burns said. “It’s another way to make healthy cooking a viable option for many.”

Of course, Burns said the market will be following all public health guidelines.

Social distancing and the wearing of masks will be in effect.

“Our vendors will wear masks and also wear gloves,” she said. “We’ve set up the vendors to be six feet apart. We’re also in an open parking lot so visitors will have a lot of room.”

In addition to the Del Sur Market, the Santa Fe Farmers’ Market runs two other markets from 7 a.m.-1 p.m. Tuesday and Saturday at the Santa Fe Railyard.

It is also starting a mini market from 4-7 p.m. beginning Wednesday, July 1.

According to Burns, Women, Infants and Children (WIC) Program and Electronic Benefit Transfer (EBT) are accepted at all four market days by qualifying vendors.

“Thousands of dollars are doubled every year at the Del Sur Market, helping to provide local families with the freshest, most nutrient dense produce available,” Burns said.

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