NMDA to bring New Mexico foods to Eastern New Mexico State Fair

Public invited to two free food events
Many more local foods for sale at Country Store at fair

(LAS CRUCES, N.M.) – What better way to cool off during the Eastern New Mexico State Fair (ENMSF) in Roswell than with a free slice or two of New Mexico watermelon?

New Mexico Department of Agriculture (NMDA) invites you to stop by the fair and sample New Mexico watermelon on Friday, October 3.  Come back the following day, Saturday, October 4, and we’ll treat you to a bowl of New Mexico’s state vegetables: chile y frijoles (nevermind that chile is scientifically classified a fruit).  Both events will take place from 4 to 6 p.m. beneath the tent just outside Southwest Dairy Farmers’ Ice Cream Parlor.

“We invite you to come out to the fair, bring the kids, and get a taste of how good New Mexico-grown foods are,” New Mexico Secretary of Agriculture Jeff Witte said.  “Then step inside the New Mexico Country Store and see just how wide the variety of New Mexico-made food products is.”

The New Mexico Country Store is adjacent to both the ice cream parlor and the commercial building.   

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

The store will open at the same time as the commercial building every day and close when foot traffic slows in the late evening hours.  The fair runs from Monday, September 29 through Saturday, October 4 at 2500 Southeast Main Street in Roswell.

NMDA first set up its Country Store at ENMSF in 2012.  Prior to that, the Country Store was something only the New Mexico State Fair offered. 

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

“Rotary is all about investing in the community, both locally and globally,” said Pecos Valley Rotary Club President Karen Griffo.  “Our club raises money to help fund everything from college scholarships for local high school 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 the fair, visit enmsf.com.  For more information about New Mexico foods, visit www.newmexicotradition.com.  For more information about the Roswell Pecos Valley Rotary Club, simply search for the group on Facebook