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Farmers market to start its second year in Hogback
Event will be held every Saturday morning until first frost
FARMINGTON — With summer underway, a new season for the Tsé Daa K'aan Community Farmers Market is ready to start in Hogback on Saturday.
This is the second year for the market , which is sponsored by the Earth Mother Agricultural Initiative, a program under Capacity Builders Inc., to provide an outlet for farmers to sell seasonal produce.
"It is definitely an engine for economic development since there are so many farmers. Creating access to consumers is what the farmers market is there to do," project director Rachel Nawrocki said.
She added the market provides a safe location where farmers can sell their produce and helps them spread the word about the community's agricultural history.
Nawrocki said former Tsé Daa K'aan Chapter President James Pioche spearheaded the idea of starting the market and approached Capacity Builders for help.
In response, the nonprofit organization worked with chapter officials and community members to secure start-up funding from the U.S. Department of Agriculture in late 2015.
That funding was used to support the market last year, Nawrocki said.
"It was successful toward the end of the growing season, once word got out that you could buy local vegetables," she said.
This year, the USDA grant is helping the project with expenses to advertise the market.
"We're always welcoming local growers to come and sell their produce and local consumers to come and buy locally grown, fresh vegetables," Nawrocki said.
The market will take place each Saturday until the first frost, which is typically in late October.
It is located on the north side of U.S. Highway 64 between mile markers 28 and 29, in an area known as Pancho's Farm, in Hogback.
Farmers interested in participating in the market can register with Capacity Builders.
The cost to participate is $5 for vending space and $25 for trailers or food trucks each Saturday.
Nawrocki said the fees are used to cover expenses associated with the market, such as supplies, garbage cans and portable toilet services.
Noel Lyn Smith covers the Navajo Nation for The Daily Times. She can be reached at 505-564-4636.
If you go
What: Tsé Daa K'aan Community Farmers Market
When: 7 a.m. each Saturday through October
Where: On the north side of U.S. Highway 64, between mile markers 28 and 29 in Hogback
More information: Rachel Nawrocki at Capacity Builders Inc. at 505-326-4245