You think I care that New Mexican farmers think I'm a stalker? That's the price you pay for being a Santa Fe Farmers' Market "enthusiast." It’s been three years since I was there last, and the thrill never gets old. Is it because these homegrown purists practice organic, sustainable agriculture the way their foremothers did? Check. And because everything is hyper-local and unique to the area? Yup. And that they spit in the face of Monsanto and Big Chemical? Yessiree. But New Mexican farmers also have an eye for color and composition that puts other markets to shame. So I’m showcasing some of the print backdrops upon which they so artfully display their wares. And the designers, I mean farmers, are pretty colorful too. But you'll discover that in Part 2. In the meantime, meet prints charming.
Hot couture (chile powders) and dried jujubes (bottom)
Flower power (chévre with edible flowers)
Lavender fields foreverChocolate, red chile, toffee bacon donuts
Gluten-free beet and apple scones; GF blue corn, green chile and chévre scones
Goat milk soaps; sage and wormword sticks
If you liked meeting the prints, just wait till you meet some of the farmers in Part 2.