Today was a perfect day for the opening of the farm market season here in Taos. I got there later than was ideal and missed out completely on the greens that the folks from Talpa Gardens had for sale. They were just standing around visiting with friends and congratulating themselves on selling out their produce by 10 AM. The market opens at 9 AM, so that took no time. Looking around I noticed they did have much competition. There were few vendors offering produce. It’s early.
I also had in mind to look for some nice heirloom tomatoes and found these in the photo above. They were grown at Rancho Arco Iris farm in Dixon. I apologize to the woman in the photo for not catching her first name, but I’m offering a link to the farm’s site. I bought two of her tomato plants, a cherry type and a regular sized red one. Seeing it’s half way through the month of May it would be early to set them out now. Most garden types here seem to agree that for tender plants and seeds it’s wise to wait for June 1st. But I have “walls of water” to put them inside, so I think I’ll be OK. Also I’m a computer weather junkie so I usually am aware if there’s going to be a night time freeze so I’ll have a chance to cover them, which is easy to do. Last year this time I believe I waited and that worked out great. I had tomatoes in early August.
These tomato starts from Living Light Farm in Arroyo Seco were a little bit more expensive, $3.50 each, but there was a lot of variety and they also had little flats of lettuce mix and other things to get your garden started early. Their booth was very popular.
My favorite vendor of the day was this woman selling her sprouts. I LOVE sunflower sprouts and hers were very fresh and inviting. I got a small bag, a mix of what she was offering just because it all looked so wonderful. I will definitely plan to buy my sunflower sprouts from her every week. Didn’t get her name but I will be checking back with her and will correct that in an upcoming blog.
Everyone loves lilacs and there was some tension around Taos when we had our cold weather recently, that it might have killed the lilac buds. Perhaps it did in some places but I took this photo in the historic district last Sunday. Stopped to take in the smell and figured a photo was in order.
Also on Sunday I had lunch at the Hanuman temple and ran into my good friend, Fred Bloomfield, also known as Ram to me. Some people were addressing him as Swami, so I’ll mention that as well. He likes to spend time in India in the ashram where the spiritual teacher of Ram Das and others found enlightenment. I first met him in Ketchum, Idaho, the town I moved here from. I think he was taking a break from Taos at the time and also likely doing some driving back and forth. He was very welcoming to me when I first moved here and his friendship the past year has helped me feel at home. Yeah Ram!