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Virginia Enriquez buys a pot from Lisa Jiminez, one of several surprise vendors who brought the number of vendors at this year s Home and Garden Expo up to 62, more than ever before.

SILVER CITY — The 3rd annual Home and Garden Expo in the Grant County Business Center hosted even more vendors than organizers originally expected at its first day on Saturday.

Organizer Carolyn Smith estimated that more than 400 people visited the Home and Garden Expo on Saturday, raising more than $1,200 for the Silver City Farmers' Market through $3 admission.

"It was a little slow in here in the morning, but I think that's because there were all those vendors outside," Smith said. "It may have just taken people a little why to make it through the door."

Outside the front door of the Conference Center, several vendors set up tents or stands to sell their wares. One was Lisa Jiminez who, with her husband Avelino Jiminez, is the proprietor of the Regalos de la Tierra pottery company.

"I'm sort of a surprise vendor," she said. "My husband and I are usually down in Oaxaca, Mexico this time of year. Since I'm in town, I came by and decided I would set up shop."

According to Smith, that was a popular move and it led to the Expo hosting 62 vendors, seven more than organizers thought would be there.

Most of those vendors will be back today from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

There will also be six gardening classes for visitors to take in, covered by their initial admission.

And, there will be prize drawings.


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A $5 ticket will get you into the drawing for one of the three grand prizes — a $100 gift certificate from Ace Hardware, a $150 gift certificate from Foxworth-Galbraith, and a $100 gift certificate from Sun Valley Hardware. A $3 ticket will get you a chance at gift certificates from Royal Sceptre, Silver Heights Nursery, the Rock Center, Morning Star, Guadalupe's, Mimbres Farms, Bear Creek Herbs, Blythe Whitely, Lone Mountain Natives, Bear Mountain Lodge and Diane's Restaurant.

Kristen Lundgren came to the Expo to volunteer to teach some of the children's gardening workshop. She took a look around the Expo afterward and said she thought it was a really good turnout and event.

For more information, call 575-388-2343 or email silvercityfarmersmarket@gmail.com.

If you go:

What: 3rd annual Silver City Farmers' Market Home and Garden Expo

When: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday

Where: Grant County Business and Conference Center

Cost: $3 admission, proceeds go to the Silver City Farmers' Market.

Information: Call Carolyn Smith at 575-388-2343 or email silvercityfarmersmarket@gmail.com.

2013 Silver City Farmers' Market Home and Garden Expo workshop schedule:

Today

9 to 9:45 a.m. Garlic Cultivation, Eric Leahy

10 to 10:45 a.m. Permaculture for Beginners, Gwyn Jones

11 to 11:45 a.m. Using Weeds as a Resource or: Forget the lettuce, Eat the Weeds, Monica Rude

1 to 1:45 p.m. Quiz the Farmer, Doug Smith

2 to 2:45 p.m. Attracting Birds and Butterflies to Your Garden, Karen Beckenbach

3 to 3:45 p.m. Food Healing from your Garden, Martha K. Everett

Benjamin Fisher can be reached at (575) 538-5893 ext. 5803.