New Mexico Country Store returns to Eastern State Fair

Rotary Club operates Country Store to fund community service projects

(LAS CRUCES, N.M.) – When the Eastern New Mexico State Fair (ENMSF) opens September 30, so will the New Mexico Country Store for the second year in a row.

New Mexico Department of Agriculture (NMDA) first set up its Country Store at ENMSF last year.  Prior to that, the Country Store was something only the New Mexico State Fair offered.

“The New Mexico Country Store is a one-stop shop for people to pick up all sorts of foods and drinks made around the state,” New Mexico Secretary of Agriculture Jeff Witte said.  “The Country Store has a bit of everything: salsas, dry spice mixes, jams and jellies, honey, ciders, and more…all made right here in the Land of Enchantment.”

At ENMSF, the Country Store is located in the building adjacent to the Commercial Building and Southwest Dairy Farmers’ Ice Cream Parlor.  The store will open daily at the same time as the fair itself and close when foot traffic slows in the late evening hours.

The Roswell Pecos Valley Rotary Club will operate the store, and a portion of store sales will benefit the club’s community service projects.

“Rotary is all about investing in the community – the local community, the global community, and in between,” said Pecos Valley Rotary Club President Frank Seley.  “Our club raises money to help fund everything from college scholarships for local seniors to a clean water sanitation project in Sicache, Guatemala, which is a collaborative effort between our club and other clubs in the district.”

Locally, the Pecos Valley club also raises money to help hospitalized children, abused senior citizens, and battered women.

For more information about New Mexico foods, please visit NMDA’s NEW MEXICO–Taste the Tradition® website.  For more information about the Roswell Pecos Valley Rotary Club, please visit the club’s Facebook page.