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The Santa Fe Farmers Market has added an additional market day and an innovative cooking program to better serve locals, visitors and Santa Fe chefs wanting to support the growing Santa Fe Alliance’s Farm to Restaurant initiative.
Through Sept. 30, from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Thursdays, the Santa Fe Farmers Market will now be open. From 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. on Thursdays, the market’s new Cook with the Chef program will feature a well-known, Santa Fe chef preparing and sharing a signature dish made with locally sourced and seasonal ingredients. The program will present 15 of Santa Fe’s best-known chefs, including Carmen Rodriguez, the chef of the Bishop’s Lodge. During each session, chefs will discuss their ingredient and recipe choices as well as answer questions from the audience.
The new Cook with the Chef series is only part of the Santa Fe Alliance’s Farm to Restaurant Project, which highlights the relationship between chefs and New Mexico Farmers. The hope is to bring together Santa Fe restaurants that are committed to supporting regional farmers by buying sustainably grown produce, meat, poultry, and other food products. The Farm to Restaurant Project also recently received a grant to fund its value-chain approach to a food distribution project that guarantees that farmers receive a fair market price while restaurants receive the freshest of local ingredients.
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