Farmers market opens Saturday

QCS Staff

Ready for some fresh home-grown produce?

Tucumcari’s Farmers Market opens on Saturday at 5 p.m. at Wailes Park at Tucumcari Boulevard and Date Street.

“We usually start out with four or five vendors. We have a total list of 17 vendors,” said Bobbie DeFoor, who has been involved with the market for about six years and served as its manager for the past two years.

It’s a volunteer non-profit group that is part of the Statewide Farmers Association, she said.

“We never know how many vendors will show up at the beginning of the season. It depends on the vendor and how many have had rain,” she said.

“We will open up with tomatoes, cucumbers, carrots and squash. Those are the four things that I’m pretty sure about. A couple of vendors usually do baked goods.”

DeFoor said she’ll be bringing her apple butter, grape jelly and farm fresh eggs.

Saturday also marks the beginning of the market’s regular Tuesday and Saturday schedule opening at 5 p.m. at Wailes Park.

DeFoor also said, “We’re hoping to have live music for opening day and make it a celebration.”

Produce from the market can also be purchased with vouchers from the WIC (Women Infant and Children) program. A program of the U.S. Department of Agriculture, a focus of WIC is to safeguard the health of low-income women, infants and children up to age 5 who are at nutritional risk by providing nutritious foods to supplement diets.

To use the vouchers a woman must meet certain guidelines and income requirements.

To learn about WIC and to apply for the vouchers for the farmers market, call Pam Tompkins, a client service agent for WIC of Tucumcari, at 461-4904.