A New Nogales Mercado

A farmer’s market born in a border town.

September 12, 2013

GleaningsIssue 2: September/October 2013

Nogales now has its own farmers’ market. Find the Nogales Mercado every Friday from 4–7 p.m. on Morley Avenue across the street from the former courthouse. With a focus on local food system development, the grant-funded market is a cooperative effort between Mariposa Community Health Center (MCHC), Nogales Community Development, and several other partners.

Matthew Fornoff, Food System Coordinator at MCHC and Santos Yescas, Program Manager at the Nogales Community Development, spent months planning the market, seeking input from people in the community, vendors, and potential customers. “We really want to cater to the people. I feel that Nogales is different so it has to be more than a fun thing on a weekend,” says Fornoff. Healthy food demonstrations are a regular feature.

While the emphasis is currently on Nogales, Arizona, there is hope that people from across the border in Sonora will soon be a part of the market, “You can’t put a political boundary on a foodshed,” says Fornoff. “We’re designing it in what we hope that the population of Nogales, Sonora, will see something familiar.” ✜

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