Farmers’ market offers more than freshness

By Ryn Gargulinski: Quay County Sun Tucumcari Farmers’ Market Manager Bobbie DeFoor said it’s her apple butter that drives folks wild — although she admits the fresh tomatoes may be equally compelling. And those are just two of the items usually available at the annual market held on Tuesdays and Saturdays from 5 p.m. until […]

Cotton growers need to switch to high demand crop

Freedom Newspapers O ne of mankind’s earliest inventions was agriculture. Growing their food rather than chasing it around or wandering in search of it enabled people to stay in one place. This stability allowed the development of other trappings of civilization: towns, trade, regional culture and government. But agriculture provided the foundation upon which all […]

Farmers’ market to open

By William Thompson The Quay County farmers’ market opens at 5 p.m. Saturday at Wailes Park with live bluegrass music. The market will open at 5 p.m. Wednesdays and Saturdays throughout the summer, according to local manager Bobbie Defoor. “The market usually starts out slowly but more people participate as the summer moves along,” Defoor […]

Experts say Quay County irrigation drought may end soon

By William Thompson: Quay County Sun It won’t take much more rain to end the irrigation water shortages for Quay County farmers, experts said. Rain in the Roy, Springer or Wagon Mound areas could fill Conchas Lake, the irrigation source for area farmers, said Leonard Lauriault, forage agronomist with the New Mexico State University Ag […]

Rainfall good for local wheat crop

William Thompson The Quay County area has received above average rainfall this year, especially this fall. Wheat farmers are happy, but they still want more rain this winter and next spring. David and Jerri Rush have a moderate-sized wheat operation south of Ragland. Jerri Rush said they are grateful for the recent rains. “We just […]

Farmers’ market starting strong

TV Hagenah The Tucumcari Farmers’ Market has found its new home at Wailes Park to its liking said the head of the area farmers’ market organization, Joye Clumbine. “Everything went really well,” said Clumbine about the first day of what is to be a twice-a-week event that will run though the end of harvest. “We […]

Agriculture chief water user in area

By Tony Farkas Agriculture is the foundation for eastern New Mexico’s economy. The cotton gins that didn’t stop production even on Thanksgiving Day, the farm implements seen along the roads and highways every spring and fall, and the aroma from the local feedlots and dairies offer plenty of physical evidence to support the statement. Statistics […]