A Weekly Handmade Market in Corrales, New Mexico
When I travel to a new place, I try to seek out the true local vibe. One of the first things I look for is a local farmers market or handmade market. I love to see what people make (and grow) and watch how the locals interact. Many vendors are influenced by local materials and experiences so I can dig deeper into a place by talking to them. Beyond talking about their craft, the vendors are local ambassadors – happy to share their tips for restaurants and things to do that aren’t printed in the travel guides.
Our village (Corrales, NM) has a few outdoor markets:
- The Corrales Growers’ Market has been held on Sundays from 9am – noon. They have great local produce, breakfast burritos and food, and music. The Growers’ Market organizers are focused on supporting agriculture, not craft.
- The Corrales Society of Artists (CSA) hosts monthly Art in the Park event in August, September and October
- and an art market is part of the annual Corrales Harvest Fest the first weekend in October.
But, until this year there has been no regular, weekly handmade market. That changed this year when the Corrales Makers Market was formed.
A community effort
We worked with village officials and the Corrales Growers’ Market to create a weekly handmade market that will operate alongside the Growers’ Market at 500 Jones Road in Corrales. The Corrales Makers Market debuts on June 25 and will run for 12 weekends through September 24. We skip the weekends of August 6 and September 3 to accommodate CSA’s Art in the Park event. The idea is that Corrales Makers Market will build patronage with its weekly presence and the artists markets will provide the occasional variety and excitement.
We reached out to local artist organizations, businesses, craft guilds and community centers. We currently have about a dozen vendors of clay and pottery, photography, jewelry, textiles, furniture, glass, metal sculptures, and birdhouses. Follow this link to see a list of currently registered vendors and a sample of their work. Getting the market started was a big step, we expect it to continue to grow throughout the summer.
See you at the Market!
Collected Hands Studios will be there! Setting up a weekly market tent is a lot of work so we will mostly be showing our smaller, lighter weight items: pillows, clocks, keepsake boxes and linens. To add variety, we will bring a full spread of Neal’s larger furnishings once a month. We look forward to talking to anyone who stops by. We can show off our ready-made items, answer questions about our work or discuss commissions. Being part of the local maker community is important to us, we are stronger together. If you’re not familiar with Corrales, I’m also looking forward to being a local ambassador.
Visit the market website, www.corralesmakersmarket.org, to learn more about the market including information on the current vendors. Market rules and vendor application forms are available on the website. The website also describes other things to do in Corrales on Sundays – come to the market in the morning then spend the day!
Corrales Makers Market Info
Date: Sundays, from June 25 – Sept 24
except for Sunday Aug 6 and Sun Sep 3
Time: 9am – noon
Location: The Corrales Recreation Center front soccer field, 500 Jones Rd, Corrales.