HomeGrown event is Nov. 17-18

For immediate release
Nov. 2, 2018
Media Contact:
Baylee Banks
New Mexico Department of Agriculture
575-646-1864, bbanks@nmda.nmsu.edu

 Fifth annual HomeGrown event to take place just in time for the holiday season

Food show and gift market will be held Nov. 17 and 18

(Las Cruces, New Mexico) – The holiday season is right around the corner and what better gift to give friends and family than award-winning, locally produced products? For the fifth consecutive year, the New Mexico Department of Agriculture will be partnering with the New Mexico Farm & Ranch Heritage Museum to co-host HomeGrown – A New Mexico Food Show and Gift Market.

HomeGrown will take place on Saturday, Nov. 17 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday, Nov. 18 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the New Mexico Farm & Ranch Heritage Museum.

Attendees can expect over 70 vendors, the majority representing a variety of food and beverage companies from around the state and all of which are NEW MEXICO—Taste the Tradition® and Grown with Tradition® members. Each booth will offer either locally produced products, such as award-winning salsas and wine for attendees to sample and purchase, or crafts made from agriculture resources.

The two-day event will feature the NMDA’s Chef Ambassadors John Hartley and Rocky Durham, who will be demonstrating various recipes using products that will be available for sale by vendors. Both chefs are New Mexico natives who have professional experience in creating dishes from locally made food products.

Last year, HomeGrown attracted nearly 3,500 attendees within the two days that the event took place, an increase from the previous year. New Mexico Secretary of Agriculture Jeff Witte predicts that the event will continue to grow and gain recognition from locals and surrounding community members.

“We are thrilled to once again be partnering with the New Mexico Farm & Ranch Heritage Museum to host the fifth annual HomeGrown event,” said Witte, “Every year, the event grows in both vendors and shoppers who take part in promoting the rich tradition of New Mexico-made food and beverage products. Because of this, HomeGrown has become a NEW MEXICO—Taste the Tradition® signature event.”

A new feature this year is a photo booth provided by FARMesilla. The New Mexico Department of Agriculture will also host giveaways throughout the two-day event.

Admission to HomeGrown is $5 per vehicle, and the first 100 vehicles at the event each day will receive a free burlap shopping bag.

For more information about HomeGrown, please visit https://bit.ly/2Szs4e3.

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