Unlike other cities, El Paso does not have year round farmers’ markets- yet. The farmers’ market at Ardovino’s Desert Crossing lasts from about late May to mid October. Even the Las Cruces Farmers Market is year round! This is odd considering El Paso’s weather is fairly warm for most of the year and farms are still harvesting produce. That’s okay, because you can still get fresh, regional, seasonal, and organic produce year round thanks to a few local CSAs.
Over the last 20 years, Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) has become a popular way for consumers to buy local, seasonal food directly from a farmer.
Here are the basics:
- a farmer offers a certain number of “shares” to the public.
- Typically the share consists of a box of vegetables, but other farm products may be included.
- Interested consumers purchase a share (aka a “membership” or a “subscription”) and in return receive a box (bag, basket) of seasonal produce each week throughout the farming season.
If you’re not from the El Paso/Las Cruces area, find your nearest CSA at the Local Harvest site.
So far there are 3 options in El Paso, and unfortunately for some, they’re all on the westside.
Bountiful Baskets Food Co-op
$15 for conventional, $25 for organic
To join, visit bountifulbaskets.org
Pick up location: Country Club & Westside Drive
Pick up time: Saturday afternoons (time varies)
Mountain View Market Farm Share
$25 + $20 annual co-op membership fee
To join, visit mountainviewmarket.coop/content/mvm-farm-share
Pick up location: Ardovino’s Desert Crossing
Pick up time: Saturdays @ 9-11 am
Starts @ $24
To join, visit skarsgardfarms.com
Pick up locations & times:
Temple Mt. Sinai on Tuesdays, 3:30-6 pm
4408 N. Stanton
The Blend on Tuesdays, 4-8 pm
5700 N. Mesa
Las Cruces: Mountain View Market, 1300 El Paseo on Mondays from 3-9 pm