Roswell’s annual Farmers’ Market starts Saturday, with fresh fruit and vegetables, and homemade food, arts and crafts available for sale, said Peggy Seskey, the coordinator of the market for MainStreet Roswell.
The market will occur 7 a.m. to 11 a.m. each Saturday on the Chaves County Courthouse lawn for about 13 to 14 weeks, depending on the weather and the local growing season, which will determine how long local fresh produce will be available.
“We communicate with the state just about weekly to make sure that we are keeping up with all the rules,” Seskey said. “We have the COVID guidelines put out by the Department of Health. We are adhering to them. Of course, now everyone will have to have face masks unless things change, and it may change after we get started. We will be spreading out more. Farmers will all be on Fourth Street.”
Farmers’ markets statewide have been deemed essential businesses because of their provision of fresh food. Farmers’ markets also offer “Double Up Food Bucks” that double the purchasing power available to anyone using a Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefit card.
Seskey did have an update for local growers.
“All farmers will need to have a new 2020 agreement signed,” she said.
She explained that, while growers’ permanent identification numbers are still valid, their previous New Mexico Department of Health agreements have expired. Those agreements allow the growers to receive money from people participating in the Women, Infant and Children’s Farmers’ Market Program and the Senior Nutrition Farmers’ Market Program. New forms have to be on file with the state for the grower to be eligible to receive benefit monies. New agreements will be valid from 2020-2022.
Growers can contact Seskey for the form, 575-208-8238.