Shop local food, ag products at HomeGrown holiday event this weekend

Food show, gift market returns to Farm & Ranch Museum, Nov. 21-22

(LAS CRUCES, N.M.) – An event happening this weekend in Las Cruces offers one answer to two questions: What can I add to my Thanksgiving spread to make it more memorable?  And This holiday season, what can I give the person who has everything?

Local food, beverages, and other agricultural products – items like soap made from goats’ milk, salves made from honey, and bags made from wool – will be sold at the second annual HomeGrown: A New Mexico Food Show & Gift Market, happening November 21-22 at the New Mexico Farm & Ranch Heritage Museum, located at 4100 Dripping Springs Road.  The event runs from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday and from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday.

Approximately 50 vendors with a wide variety of goods will be on hand.  Last year, the inaugural HomeGrown event featured 33 vendors and drew more than 2,000 people.

New Mexico Department of Agriculture (NMDA) is bringing its mobile kitchen/food trailer to the museum’s courtyard in order to prepare and sample some of the very New Mexico foods available for purchase at the HomeGrown show.

Admission to HomeGrown is $5 per vehicle, and the first 100 vehicles each day will receive a free burlap shopping bag.  The bags can also be purchased at the event for $5.

Several authors will be on hand to sign and sell their books, as will Santa Claus to pose for photos.

For more information, please call NMDA’s Marketing & Development Division at 575-646-4929 or the New Mexico Farm & Ranch Heritage Museum at 575-522-4100.