Las Cruces Farmers and Crafts Market benefits vendors and shoppers
LAS CRUCES, N.M. — For decades the Las Cruces Farmers and Crafts Market has provided people with the freshest produce right from the farm to the table.
The market now features more than 300 vendors and because of the growing popularity there is a waiting list for new vendors.
"It's a constant balancing act trying to pull enough members to fill those spots but not so many that we have to turn people away," Market Manager Duane Mosley.
The market features on average 40 to 50 vendors on Wednesdays and more than 300 on Saturdays.
Mosely said when they first took over they inherited a waiting list of more than 200 vendors and have reduced it to about 60 now.
He said they'd love to have everybody out there but they just don't have the space.
When Main Street reopened to traffic it did create more space for a total of up to 340 vendors and it also made for a better shopper friendly experience.
"It's really helped a lot to create that community festival feel," Mosley said.
While the experience is unique some of the vendors rely on the market as a primary source of revenue.
"It's where we generate most of our sales out here at the farmers market," said Tyrell Thacker of Beck's Coffee.
The coffee has gained quite a reputation at the market with company doing everything locally.
Beck's roasts everything in Mesilla and they even have their own blends.
"Right now we're featuring the Zombie Blend for the month of October," Thacker said.
For those that look for produce they say it's better than purchasing stuff from chain stores and helps local businesses.
"I think we're lucky in Las Cruces to have a farmers market," said Mona Telles.
When: Wednesday & Saturday mornings
Where: Main Street
Website: Las Cruces Farmers and Crafts Market