Every Saturday, locals and tourists gather at Robinson Park in Downtown Albuquerque on Eighth Street and Central Avenue to buy and sell fresh produce, handcrafted art and listen to free music. Now in its 16th season, the Downtown Growers Market runs May through November on Saturdays from 7 a.m. to 11 a.m.
Throughout the park, local farmers, companies and artists line the walkways, while in the grassy center, attendees enjoy fresh foods while listening to a local band or musical artist. Each week, the market raffles off a basket of food, plants and art donated by some of the market’s vendors. Tickets are sold at the information tent for $1.
An important element of the Downtown Growers Market is its acceptance of individuals and families who want to purchase goods with EBT (food stamps), debit cards, Women, Infants and Children Food Packages, and senior checks. This allows a variety of people interested in supporting local growers and artists to purchase the products sold at the market with ease.