The holiday season is right around the corner and what better gift to give friends and family than award-winning, locally produced products? For the fifth consecutive year, the New Mexico Department of Agriculture will be partnering with the New Mexico Farm & Ranch Heritage Museum to co-host HomeGrown: A New Mexico Food Show and Gift Market.
HomeGrown will take place on Saturday, Nov. 17 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday, Nov. 18 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the New Mexico Farm & Ranch Heritage Museum in Las Cruces. Admission to HomeGrown is $5 per vehicle, and the first 100 vehicles at the event each day will receive a free burlap shopping bag.
Attendees can expect over 70 vendors, the majority representing a variety of food and beverage companies from around the state and all of which are NEW MEXICO—Taste the Tradition® and Grown with Tradition® members. Each booth will offer either locally produced products, such as award-winning salsas and wine for attendees to sample and purchase, or crafts made from agriculture resources. Wine sales and sampling won’t begin until after noon on Sunday.
The two-day event will feature the NMDA’s Chef Ambassadors John Hartley and Rocky Durham, who will be demonstrating various recipes using products that will be available for sale by vendors. Both chefs are New Mexico natives who have professional experience in creating dishes from locally made food products.
Attendees are also invited to tour the museum and enjoy the exhibits at no extra cost. The Museum is located at 4100 Dripping Springs Road in Las Cruces and is a division of the New Mexico Department of Cultural Affairs. The 47-acre facility tells the story of 4,000 years of growing food in New Mexico through a variety of exhibits and demonstrations.