Popular Downtown market returns
April 14, 2018 05:37 PM
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – The City of Albuquerque recently closed down Robinson Park near Eighth and Central for 14 weeks. They power-washed, put down new concrete and planted fresh grass.
This week the park reopened, and on Saturday vendors set up their tables for the first Downtown Growers' Market of the season.
For Kathy Wendt of Tailwaggin’ Temptations, 2018 marks her 14th year as a vendor at the market. She said she looks forward to the community that grows each year.
“We have lots of doggy-friendly vendors here along with all the dogs we get to meet every week that come back and get our treats,” Wendt said.
Wendt has seen the market grow from a handful of farmers and artists to a diverse group of business owners offering everything from burritos and bracelets to sage and succulents.
Downtown property owner and advocate Anna Muller says it’s one of the events that makes public places — in this case, Robinson Park – so important.
“People need to know who their neighbors are and interact with them and other neighbors,” she said.
The City of Albuquerque says it will work to keep the park clean and safe so that popular events like the market can go off without a hitch.
Wendt invites anyone who hasn’t been there to give it a try.
“Bring your recycle bags so you can fill up; some have bags, but it’s better if you bring your own bags," she said. "And come hungry. There's a lot of different things to eat in the morning, and expect to spend some time because you can't see it all in five minutes."
The market runs every Saturday from now through Nov. 3. It's open from 8 a.m. to noon at Robinson Park near Eighth and Central.
Updated: April 14, 2018 05:37 PM
Created: April 14, 2018 05:09 PM
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