A holiday market, complete with local musicians, food trucks, over one hundred New Mexican vendors and a tarot card reader with a goose, made its way to the Albuquerque Rail Yards site Saturday and Sunday afternoon.
Stands sold everything from knitted stuffed animals to repurposed vegetable cans to Hatch chile ristras in a rustic, abandoned rail yard site that has been recovered and paved and has walls fixed with colored glass panels.
May through October, the historic site houses the Rail Yards Market every Sunday, but this special Holiday Market only takes place for two days in December.
The Holiday Market, which is in its fourth year, attracted students, Albuqerque residents, families with young children, dog-walking shoppers and of course, local growers, crafters and chefs who sold from their food trucks and stands.
One stand, The Octopus and the Fox, sold handmade apparel, jewelry, stuffed animals, pillows and other knickknacks made by dozens of local artists.
Belita Clover, who was running the stand, said the Rail Yards Market allows her to advertise her shop which sells the same, quaint handmade items and is located on Central Ave.
Along with crafters, there were many stands and food trucks selling homemade foods which included sweet jams, fresh bread and pastries, dips, savory cheeses, salsas, chiles, coffee, teas and even Asian and Greek dishes.
One stand, Kalamata 505, sold handmade loaves of bread, goat cheese dips and Southwest gingerbread houses.
The market was co-presented by the Downtown Growers’ Market and the Rail Yards Market. Anyone looking to share their own creations at next year's Holiday Market or at the summer Rail Yards Market can apply for a booth space online at railyardsmarket.org.
Timber Mabes is a culture reporter at the Daily Lobo. She can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org or on Twitter @timbermabes.