Geronimo Romero remembers the first year of the Winter Market at Our Lady of Guadalupe Parish gym in downtown Taos. "It was do or die," said Romero, of Taos Pueblo, who loves to bake both in a traditional adobe outside horno and in his regular oven.
Geronimo Romero remembers the first year of the Winter Market at Our Lady of Guadalupe Parish gym in downtown Taos. "It was do or die," said Romero, of Taos Pueblo, who loves to bake both in a traditional adobe outside horno and in his regular oven. "Some days we made no money and sometimes just enough to pay [for booth space]. It was rough at the beginning, but now it's really good."
Romero's been part of the regular Saturday markets through the winter since it began four years ago and has built up a clientele. Now in it's fifth year, the Winter Market continues Saturday (Dec. 21) from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., with more than 40 vendors be selling food, furniture, jewelry, curative creams and many more arts and crafts just in time for holiday gifts.
Jeweler and clinical herbalist Diane Eger also has been at the Saturday Winter Market since its inception by Peter and Alexandra Rose. Eger, a Talpa resident, makes fine jewelry of gold and silver, but also sells her salves and tinctures, many made with herbs she's gathered locally on wild-crafting treks.
"It's a very friendly place," Eger said of the pop-up Saturday market. "Not long hours, which I like. People that run it are very nice."
Every once in a while a tourist will come from Denver or somewhere and buy a lot of her jewelry. Her herbal products are bought by locals, she said.
She's happy the Saturday market - which continues on several Saturdays from January through April 4 - is available. "We need to have a market in Taos in the winter," she said. "It's really sad. There used to be a nice winter market on Civic Plaza until [the building] was sold to UNM. Now it is at Sagebrush but it is just not the same."
The final 2019 Winter Market on Saturday will feature a broad range of artists, craftspeople and their wares along with delicious foods.
Peter Rose said several food vendors are selling "veggie burgers, salsas, burritos, bread and Linzer tortes, lemon squares, brownies - something satisfying to every palate."
Among other artisans who'll be at the market are:
- Cindy Stone with homemade curative creams;
- Potters Kathy Morsell and John Staple;
- Dick Spas with classic Taos photographs and history books of the West;
- Josh and Jerry Wabinga with their flat metal sculpture;
- Diana Rosetta of Santa Clara Pueblo with votive statuettes and jewelry;
- Charles Acuna with handmade stone knives; and
- Handmade lotions by the children at Roots and Wings.
And baker Romero will be selling one of his latest creations: blue corn banana bread. Have a taste and tell him what you think.
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