HomeGrown Food Show & Gift Market - LasCruces.com

Anybody who has had it will tell you that New Mexican cuisine is a palate pleaser unlike any other, which is what HomeGrown is all about. Not to be confused with the fare from our neighbors over the southern border, New Mexico’s blend of chiles, vegetables and spices introduced by different cultures has a flavor all its own. Over the years, HomeGrown has become a great opportunity to sample and shop for New Mexico’s award-winning food products. The New Mexico Farm & Ranch Heritage Museum presents its 9th annual HomeGrown Food Show and Gift Market, November 18 – 19, 2023.

Co-sponsored by the New Mexico Department of Agriculture, HomeGrown is a great way to support local farmers and businesses. And because it takes place at the beginning of the holiday season, New Mexico food products and crafts make perfect gifts and holiday snacks to share with family and friends. At least, that’s the intention behind this culinary market, because let’s face it, there is no better way to celebrate the holidays than with locally-grown products.

“This annual collaboration we have with the New Mexico Department of Agriculture has produced a fun event in Las Cruces that showcases products grown in our state,” said New Mexico Department of Cultural Affairs Cabinet Secretary Debra Garcia y Griego. “HomeGrown has developed into a much-anticipated celebration at the Farm & Ranch Museum, thanks in part to the opportunity it provides for the public to sample these New Mexico products and begin their holiday shopping.”

Over 60 vendors make up the bulk of the show, representing a variety of food and beverage companies from around the state, all of which are New Mexico —Taste the Tradition® and Grown with Tradition® members. Each booth offers locally produced products, such as award-winning salsas, nuts, sauces, and wine, for attendees to sample and purchase. The show also features crafts, art, and other hand-made products, including Native American pottery and jewelry from northern and central New Mexico.

“The HomeGrown event has become a premier showcase for New Mexico-grown food, beverage, and craft products that make our state special,” said New Mexico Agriculture Secretary Jeff Witte. “This event is a source of New Mexico products that has come to define the spirit of the holiday season across the state and region. It clearly reflects people’s love for locally made products and successfully meets consumer demand year after year. I invite you to come ‘Taste the Tradition,’ enjoy the variety of New Mexico products and kick off the holiday season at the 2023 HomeGrown event!”

Some of the vendors include Phil’s Gourmet Sauces of Albuquerque, J.P.M’s Salsa of Las Cruces, Old Barrel Tea Company of Mesilla, meats from Jinglebob Land & Cattle Company of Anthony, N.M., JAL Farms of Fort Sumner, Legacy Pecans of Las Cruces, Nichols Ranch and Orchard of La Luz, and Kinna’s Chile Products and New Mexico Sabor from Albuquerque. There will also be a select group of New Mexico wineries offering samples, as well as glass and bottle sales.

Back by popular demand, Doña Ana County 4-H members will be selling their colorfully decorated mini-Christmas trees and wreaths.

“The Farm & Ranch staff is excited to invite everyone to our signature event, HomeGrown, featuring New Mexico-based products from our talented community,” said Farm & Ranch Museum Executive Director Heather Reed. “In collaboration with our partners at the New Mexico Department of Agriculture, we’re able to showcase the hard work that makes our state unique.”

Attendees are also invited to tour the Museum and enjoy the exhibits at no extra cost. The Museum is located at 4100 Dripping Springs Road in Las Cruces and is a division of the New Mexico Department of Cultural Affairs. The 47-acre facility tells the story of 4,000 years of growing food in New Mexico through a variety of exhibits and demonstrations.

Get to know the hot and spicy nature of New Mexican cuisine at the annual HomeGrown Food Show and Gift Market. Dates and times are Saturday, November 18, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m., and Sunday, November 19, 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. For more information, visit the website, or call 575-522-4100.

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