LAS CRUCES – The HomeGrown: A New Mexico Food Show & Gift Market offers the opportunity to sample and shop for award-winning New Mexico food.
The seventh HomeGrown event will be held at the New Mexico Farm & Ranch Heritage Museum on Saturday, November 20, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and on Sunday, November 21, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Entry is $ 5 per vehicle, and the first 100 vehicles per day of the event will receive a free burlap shopping bag. Cash is recommended for entry, while pre-departure tickets can be purchased online using a credit card at www.nmfarmandranchmuseum.org.
The New Mexico Department of Agriculture will once again work with the museum to co-host the exhibition.
Attendees can expect approximately 35 vendors, most representing a variety of food companies from across the state, and all members of New Mexico Taste the Tradition and Grown with Tradition. Each stand offers locally produced products such as award-winning salsas, pecans, baked goods and sauces to try and buy. The show also features handicrafts made from agricultural resources such as wool, handmade arts, and health products.
The event will feature the NMDA’s food demonstration trailer, where chefs demonstrate various recipes using products that are offered for sale by vendors.
“Christmas time is the perfect time to showcase New Mexico food, drink and handicrafts,” said Jeff Witte, New Mexico Secretary of Agriculture. “With the return of HomeGrown this year, everyone has the opportunity to support local businesses. New Mexico foods and crafts make perfect gifts and Christmas snacks to share with family and friends. Our producers take pride in what they grow and there is no better way to celebrate the holidays than with locally grown produce. “
The NMDA is also promoting its “Elevate New Mexico Agriculture $ 5 at a Time” campaign. It is designed to inspire every New Mexico household to spend $ 5 on New Mexico farm products year round, or to increase their spending by at least $ 5 per week.
Visitors are also invited to tour the museum and enjoy the exhibits at no additional cost. Located at 4100 Dripping Springs Road in Las Cruces, the museum is a division of the New Mexico Department of Cultural Affairs. The 47-acre facility tells the story of 4,000 years of food growing in New Mexico through a variety of exhibits and demonstrations.
For information call 575-522-4100 or log on to www.nmfarmandranchmuseum.org.