It’s a fine summer morning as I decide to ride my bike down to the Corrales Grower’s Market. I take the irrigation ditch road to the Rec Center, where the Grower’s Market is held twice a week.
It’s the peak of the harvest season. The vegetables and fruits on sale display a riot of color and bathe the senses in sounds and aromas.
Enjoy this photo essay of my visit to the Grower’s Market.
Corrales’ farmers depend on irrigation water delivered in acequias like this one.
The road along the irrigation ditch is designed for access to and maintenance of the acequia. It also provides a wonderful venue for walking, jogging, and cycling.
A large gate across the main ditch is lowered to raise the water level and allow the property owner to access the irrigation water. This is the opening through which water flows to the field to be irrigated.
Water flows from the main ditch through a smaller one to irrigate the farmer’s field.
Property lines back up to the acequia right of way. Many properties have gates providing access to the irrigation ditch road.
The hot, Mediterranean climate, and an abundance of irrigation water make Corrales an excellent place for growing wine grapes.
Corrales farmers take pride in their locally grown fruits and vegetables.
Nearly all the produce is advertised as organically grown.
Heirloom varieties, like this Mr. Stripey tomato, abound.
The Bosque Baking Company sells wonderful bread. The potato scallion loaf is my favorite.
Roasting green chiles is a harvest time tradition across New Mexico.
Corrales used to be famed for its orchards. Much fruit is still grown here.
For $5 you can get a huge breakfast burrito
Not just a place to buy food, the Grower’s Market is a family outing
Live music is featured every week.
At the other end of the rec center, the Hot Flashes practice their horseback drill routine.