Today roughly 80% of the food consumed (including fresh fruits and vegetables) in the greater Albuquerque metropolitan area comes from outside New Mexico. (U.S. Census Consumer Expenditure Surveys) At the same time, the demand for fresh, safe, nutritious, locally grown food is surging. Shoppers, schools, restaurants, wholesalers, and other establishments are increasingly turning to local producers for their food. Research in the Albuquerque area has indicated that 70% of consumers would buy locally grown food if possible. (New Mexico Farmers Marketing Association)
While the number and activity level of established farmers' markets in the greater Albuquerque metropolitan area continues to increase to meet the growing demand for local foods, more can be done to bridge the gap between the New Mexico farmer and the consumer.
Producers the greater Albuquerque metropolitan area counties of Bernalillo, Sandoval, Torrance, Valencia and Socorro are in a unique location to meet the growing demand for locally grown food.
Contact your local extension office today for more information on how you can put this great marketing opportunity to work for you.
Bernalillo (505) 243-1386
Sandoval (505) 867-2582
Socorro (575) 835-0610
Torrance (505) 246-4745
Valencia (505) 565-3002
The purpose of the workshops is to provide producers with information on the multi-million dollar locally produced food market opportunity in the greater Albuquerque metropolitan area and offer expert insight into the production and marketing practices that will give them access to this high-value market.
Workshop Agenda and Topics
Demand for Local Food: A buyers panel including representatives from farmers markets, schools, restaurants, wholesalers, and local grocery stores will discuss the demand for locally grown food.
Supply of Local Food: Extension horticulture specialists will speak on the production and cultural practices of growing high value fruits and vegetables.
refreshments will be provided
Albuquerque, March 4, 2013, 6-9 pm (location yet to be determined)
Moriarty, March 5, 2013, 6-9 pm (location yet to be determined)
Los Lunas, March 6, 2013, 6-9 pm (location yet to be determined)
This initiative is supported by the New Mexico State University Cooperative Extension Service and the New Mexico Department of Agriculture.