Santa Fe Farmers Market

This is the place to spend your Saturday morning in Santa Fe, New Mexico.

My friend Maria Elena and I took the five minute stroll over to the Santa Fe Farmers Market at  the the re-furbished rail yard area from where we were staying at the Santa Fe Sage Inn last Saturday morning and immediately ran into my old friend Alan Lackey of River Canyon Ranch.  His is a small organic beef and chicken operation out on the plains of eastern New Mexico.

Alan is one of the smarter ones out there.  I love him because he is dedicated to freedom, clean food and a healthy environment and despite a number of setbacks he fights on.

For people like myself, buying as much of my food as possible from people like Alan is vital.  I actually think it is important for all of us – if not entirely practical yet.

The Farmer’s markets popping up all over the country is making that easier to do (they even take SNAP now) and Santa Fe’s is diverse, fun, high-quality and growing.

santa fe farmers market

The Santa Fe Farmers Market represents over 150 active vendors and features hundreds of different agricultural products. To further meet Santa Fe’s demand for fresh, local produce, the Market began operating year-round in 2002, and with more and more farmers using extended growing techniques, the “off season” becomes more successful every year.

The Santa Fe Farmers Market assures that all products sold by its vendors are always locally grown by the people selling them. 100% of the vegetables, fruits, and nursery plants available at Santa Fe Farmers Markets are grown right here in northern New Mexico. The same goes for at least 80% of the ingredients and materials used to make all processed and craft items.

Santa Fe Farmers’ Market does not allow reselling. That means that the people doing the growing and producing are the same smiling folks who sell those products to you at Market. Got a question about how your food is grown? You’re at the right place, because at the Santa Fe Farmers Market, the salesperson is also the farmer!

The Santa Fe Farmers Market is proud of its high standards. When you shop at Santa Fe Farmers Markets, you are making the educated and healthy choice both for yourself and for our northern New Mexico community.


santa fe farmers market

When your looking for favorite downtown hotels in Santa Fe, think about what you can walk to.  There is so many wonderful places, like the farmers market, packed into a very walk-able area.  And lord knows I’m a happy man if I don’t have to get into a car for days at a time.

Santa Fe Farmers’ Market in the Rail-yard runs Tuesdays and Saturdays: 8am-1pm.  Map available here.

If you’re interested in buying your organic meat from Alan Lackey, please drop me an email and I will put you in touch with him.




  1. Comment by Steve Collins

    Steve Collins Reply November 21, 2012 at 3:34 pm

    Great post on our beloved Railyard Farmers Market! Find good food and know who grew it. Meet friends and enjoy the impromptu social life. The Market runs through the winter. It's great to have vibrant Farmers Market! Tuesday shopping is closed for the season and will re-open again in spring 2013.

    • Comment by Debbie Swanson

      Debbie Swanson Reply November 21, 2012 at 3:50 pm

      Saturdays only now. Thanks for the update!

    • Comment by Jim O'Donnell

      Jim O'Donnell Reply November 21, 2012 at 4:27 pm

      Thank you Steve! Besides the fabulous food it is just a nice, fun place to be.

    • Comment by Jim O'Donnell

      Jim O'Donnell Reply November 21, 2012 at 4:27 pm

      Debbie Swanson – Thank you Debbie!

  2. Comment by Pola (@jettingaround)

    Pola (@jettingaround) Reply November 21, 2012 at 9:42 am

    This is one of my favorite farmers’ markets I’ve visited! I stayed at a hotel in the Railyard area and was very happy with that choice (if you’re interested, have a look at my Railyard post:

    Great pictures in your post! The apples look great, and now I’m also craving one of those savory breads! 🙂

  3. Comment by María Elena

    María Elena Reply November 21, 2012 at 10:10 am

    It was such a great experience to me, I admire all the people that are concious about Health and good nutrition….the pictures are so amaizing too! What else can you expect from a great writer and photographer like Jim….

  4. Comment by Maureen Blevins

    Maureen Blevins Reply November 22, 2012 at 2:44 pm

    Oh man! I love Farmers Markets – and this one looks awesome!

    • Comment by Jim O'Donnell

      Jim O'Donnell Reply November 24, 2012 at 3:14 pm

      Maureen this is one of the better ones. Music, coffee and breakfast burritos too!

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