Where to pick up the freshest flavors
Las Cruces, NM
Las Cruces Farmers & Crafts Market. Downtown's outdoor mall fills with up to 133 vendors. Spring brings a bumper crop of broccoli, cabbage, carrots, cucumbers, and spinach. 8-12:30 Wed and Sat. At the downtown mall north of Las Cruces Ave.; 505/541-2288.
Vincent's Camelback Market. Chef-owner Vincent Guerithault grills panini outside his bistro for shoppers buying cheese, olives, vinegars, organic vegetables, and herbs. Don't miss the omelets. 9-1 Sat. At Vincent's on Camelback, 3930 E. Camelback Rd.; 602/224-0225.
Roadrunner Park Farmers Market. Growers have gathered under the park's Aleppo pines since 1990 to offer asparagus, cabbage, cauliflower, and turnips, plus bread, eggs, granola, honey, and wild salmon. 8-12 Sat. 3501 E. Cactus Rd.; 623/848-1234.
Maya's at the Farm. Organic gardens at the Farm at South Mountain provide produce for Quiessence restaurant plus a bounty sold directly to the public. In spring, find flowers, herbs, lettuces, and tomatoes, as well as salsas and bread. 9-1 Sat. 6106 S. 32nd St.; 602/276-6360.
Santa Fe Farmers Market. Look for everything from raspberry-red chile jam to pueblo-raised bison steaks. 9-1 Sat before Apr 29; El Museo Cultural, 1615 Paseo de Peralta. 7-noon Sat starting Apr 29; Railyard Park, Cerrillos Rd. 505/983-4098.