The Downtown Growers’ Market is pleased to announce PNM as our Title Sponsor for the 2014 season, with additional sponsorship support from Levitated Toy Factory, Presbyterian, and Dekker/Perich/Sabatini, with their significant contributions to the markets’ 18th season at Robinson Park. The Downtown Growers’ Market, which is managed by Gina Meyers of the Downtown Action Team in tandem with the DowntownABQ MainStreet Initiative, will provide additional children’s programming, music, outreach, and more as it continues to support local growers & musicians, function as a community gathering space, and serve as an economic catalyst. Furthermore, the contributions by these important community stakeholders will allow for the addition of a Wednesday, noon-time market in Civic Plaza across from the newly renovated Convention Center, which will support the 43,000-strong downtown workforce looking for fresh, local, and organic options for lunch as well as offer entertainment, art, and community. More information regarding the addition of this second market will be released as details become finalized. Says Gina Meyers: “This is my third season coordinating the market, and it’s been amazing to experience the community support the market continues to generate. This year’s sponsorships will allow us to expand our sphere of influence as we strive to connect local growers and artisans to the greater Albuquerque community. We’re especially thrilled to be able to bring a market to the downtown working community this season and to help make Civic Plaza a vibrant gathering space.” Market sponsorship this year represents a trifold increase in sponsorships over last year’s season.
According to a 2012 SEED report (Sticky Economic Evaluation Device), the Downtown Growers’ Market contributes approximately $2.5 million annually to the downtown economy as over 1,500 weekly patrons continue to shop, eat, and procure services at other establishments in the downtown area. The market supports nearly 100 local growers, prepared food vendors, and artisans throughout the community who are selected via a rigorous application & jurying process. The market runs on solar power, features bike parking offered by the Reynolds Neighborhood Association, and remains committed to being low-impact as evidenced by it’s zero-waste policy managed by Knowaste in partnership with Soilutions.
The market begins May 17th in Robinson Park at Central & 8th, and runs Saturdays from 7am-noon until September 6th, and 8-1pm until November 8th. Additional details can be found on the website, downtowngrowers.com. At this time, applications to the market are closed as the market has reached its capacity.