Ranger Ethan Ortega is now the Historic Site Instructional Coordinator

By Matthew J. Barbour, Regional Manager


After an exhaustive search, New Mexico Historic Sites is pleased to announce that one of its own, Ranger Ethan Ortega, has been selected as the new Instructional Coordinator. He replaces Instructional Coordinator Sharon Walker who departed Coronado Historic Site on June 15. During her relatively brief two-year tenure, Ms. Walker visited over 50 public schools and published 11 lesson plans utilizing Common Core State Standards for literacy.

The role, as envisioned for Mr. Ortega, is quite a bit different from the one Ms. Walker held. He will not only service Coronado Historic Site, but the entire Northern Region of New Mexico Historic Sites. It will include duties both at Jemez and Los Luceros (situated in Acalde, New Mexico). Mr. Ortega will work in tandem with Jemez Instructional Coordinator Marlon Magdalena on public outreach and digital media promoting the sites. However, Coordinator Ortega’s primary role –at least initially- will be on re-imagining the exhibits at Jemez Historic Site.

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Coming Attractions

Jennifer Olson


Walter sez that this coming Saturday’s adundance will come by way of lettuce, spinach, Chinese cabbage, bok choy, pak choy, tatsoi, radishes, turnips, carrots, winter squash, chard, kale, collords, and maybe some beets cauliflower and brocolli, And of course, there will be quince preserves and most likely yogurt, and possibly some surprises.

He also said his magic (my word) garden would continue to produce unless it gets colder than 20 degrees. He’s nurturing seedlings right now and keeping them covered at night. amd with the weather we’re having, there just might be a Bodhi market for some time.

I will be out of town for a couple of weeks, so there will not be any FM news while I’m away, but the market will continue. So go. Wishing you good health for your smiling faces. Have a great Thanksgiving.


By Jennifer Olson


As Autumn lays its frost at our feet, readying us for the big chill of Winter, most of our growers have little to offer in the way of produce. Except for Walter, there is none to be had at our Farmers Market.

So, to make it easier all the way around, you can go to the Bodhi on Saturday mornings, from 9 til 11, and buy directly from him there. If Hosen has yogurt, jams, or dried fruit, you can get it then. This will continue until there is no more harvest.

Walter has been covering the crops, so there will be greens, plus he said the broccoli and cauliflower are coming in. He also will have beets, turnips, carrots and ….??? You’ll just have to go see for yourself.

I want to extend my gratitude to all of you who made this such a great season for our farmers market at the gazebo – buyers and vendors alike. Warm hugs and smiles to you all. We’ll get together in the Spring and try it again.

Whattaya think?

Blaze a Trail to the Gazebo

By Jennifer Olson


And in the midst of all the rummage, you will find some fine produce. Walter has lots and lots of greens, of many varieties, delicious cooked or in salad. The autumn squash are in. I think I saw butternut and several other varieties when he was at the open air market. Maybe some pumpkins? There should also be melons, beets and sweet potatoes. Plus, whatever else is ripe and ready. I’m sure his table will be overflowing with lots of goodness. You’ll just have to come and see what’s there for yourself.

Hosen will be selling yogurt, dried apples and raisins. You will be able to get coffee and sweet rolls and see what else is available. Shirley will not be there this week with her eggs, and Ron’s been hit with frost. But, there will still be lots of smiles, goodwill and friendship.

So, come on down, say hello and stock up while you can. The season is drawing to a close, but I’ll keep you posted.

Fall Color Road Bike Ride

Sandra West


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Photo by ©Phillip Noll

Jemez Springs.

Pajarito Environmental Education Center (PEEC) and the Los Alamos Mountaineers (LAM) are partnering to offer a road ride from Jemez Springs to the Gilman Tunnels and back on Sunday, October 29th. Join Ross Lemons on a paved ride to enjoy fall colors, great company, and colorful geology.

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New Archaeological Report on Jemez Historic Site Available Now

By Matthew J. Barbour


Rooms excavated at Jemez Historic Site in 1965, photo courtesy of the Museum of Indian Arts and Culture-Laboratory of Anthropology.

Giusewa: Laurens C. Hammack’s 1965 Excavations for the Visitor Center Water Line at Jemez Historic Site, Sandoval County, New Mexico, by Regge N. Wiseman, was published October 13 by the Archaeological Society of New Mexico. The report details the excavation of six rooms at Giusewa Pueblo. These rooms were occupied by the Jemez people during the seventeenth century and revealed a plethora of artifacts and features associated with pueblo life under the Franciscan Mission of San Jose.

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Just This Once

By Jennifer Olson


This Saturday, the growers will be at the Walatowa Open Air Market, which will be going on in the parking lot of the visitors center – just north of the gas station in the red rocks.
While you’re there picking up eggs and veggies, check out the dancers and all the fine arts and crafts available at this event.
Be sure to keep your smiles ready to meet new friends and greet old ones.
The market will be back at the gazebo October 21

Farmers Markets News

By Jennifer Olson


Okay, I said this coming weekend was gonna be the last market at the gazebo in the park for this year. Well, things change. Good news – our growers still have the crops, coming in with abundance.

But the schedule of events is kinda wonky. So let me lay it out for you:

 October 7 – (this Saturday) We will be at the gazebo with everything we’ve got.

October 14 – There will be a temporary re-convention to the open air market at Wallatowa Visitors Center.

October 21 – We’ll be back at the gazebo, with the trail sale all around. October 28 – Maybe we’ll be back to (??) normal at the gazebo, as long as the crops continue to flourish.

Anyway, I’ll keep you posted. Meanwhile, keep those smiles close, and be ready to pull them out at any time or place.

Jemez Photographers Show In Matrix Fine Art Gallery Albuquerque

“Three Lenses” is a show featuring the work of three Jemez Springs photographers: Robin Davidson, Jim Caffrey and Theodore Greer. The show is at the Matrix Fine Art Gallery, 3812 Central Ave. SE, in Albuquerque, and will run through the month of October.

The artists’ reception is on First Friday Arts Crawl, Oct. 6, from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Flash Flood Watch for the Jemez

Starting this afternoon all the way through Sunday night the National Weather Service has announced a  flash flood watch for large parts of New Mexico, including the Jemez. They tell us that a few strong storms are possible across western New Mexico this afternoon and evening. Torrential downpours and small hail are the primary threats. Minor flooding is possible due to heavy downpours over already saturated soils.

Both localized and distant heavy rainfall will create dangerous flows in arroyos and over low water crossings. Do not attempt to drive through these waters. Water in arroyos may travel many miles and take hours to reach your location from upstream rain areas.

In many locations the ground is already saturated from 2 days of moderate to heavy rainfall, so even moderate rain amounts in a short period of time could lead to flash flooding.  Other vulnerable locations will include steep terrain, urban areas and burn scars. Keep a watchful eye on arroyos and small streams, and stay out of flooded low water crossings.

Drier air will arrive from the west and southwest on Saturday evening decreasing the risk of flash flooding.


Don’t be Dull this Winter

By Jennifer Olson


This Saturday will be the last for Dave, our friendly knife sharpener, for this season. So, if your knives and/or scissors are dull, you best bring them while you can.
The rest of our vendors will be here for the next couple of weeks, with smiles on their faces and the freshest cornucopia of produce available.

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2nd Annual Jemez Harvest Festival Coming to Red Rocks

By Marlon Magdalena


With the beginning of October, the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta draws thousands of visitors from all over the world to New Mexico! Once the morning balloon events have taken place many travel to various sites close to Albuquerque and the Jemez Valley is one of their favorites! The Jemez Arts and Crafts Association invites you to the 2nd Annual “Jemez Harvest Festival” at the Jemez Pueblo Red Rocks during the first weekend of the Balloon Fiesta.
We will have local farmers selling their harvest and multicultural arts and crafts vendors selling their artwork.
This event is open to ALL arts and crafts vendors that live in the Jemez Valley. Cost of exhibiting will be a donation. Bring your own canopies, tables, and chairs.
For more information, visit our website, www.jemezartsandcrafts.com, contact the Jemez Arts and Crafts Association at jaca@jemezpueblo.com or call 505-934-5601 or 505-249-3577. We are also on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/jemezartisansDirections from Albuquerque: I-25 North to Bernalillo, Exit 242; West on Highway 550 to San Ysidro; North on State Highway 4 to Jemez Red Rocks

Come and Get It

By Jennifer Olson


Well, we did it! It was years in the making, but we have a BEAUTIFUL, thriving farmers market right here in our back yard. When you come, you see tables full of luscious, fresh produce that is so gorgeous, you just want to take a picture of it. That is, before you buy it to eat it. And I can testify that it tastes as good as it looks. Are we lucky, or what?

The harvest is in full swing, and you can get just about whatever grows around these parts right now, plus eggs and all kinds of homemade and handcrafted goodies. I think I heard the Bodhi will be sending dill pickles, as well as their yogurt and who knows what other great eats.

This Saturday will be another fabulous market, and that just blows me away. Thanks to all of you for supporting, enjoying and creating this market, making it such a wonderful place to share your smiles and friendship and get the freshest produce available.

There are only a couple of markets left at the village park gazebo, so come and get it while the getting is good. See you there.

Friends of the Library Fundraiser and Annual Membership Tea

Friends of the Library Fundraiser and Annual Membership Tea will take place On September 24th in the Village Conference Room at 2 p.m. and will feature a presentation by Matthew Barbour, DCA, Regional Manager for Coronado and Jemez Historic Sites on Native American Conquistadors:  The Mesoamerican Conquest of the New World.
Please join us for this wonderful presentation and celebration.  Tea and refreshments will be served afterwards.


By Jennifer Olson



Been so busy I almost forgot to send out your market news, so it will be brief. There will be a market Saturday with the benefit of a full harvest. Plus, we will have all the regular wonderful stuff we always have, and probably some nice surprises too.

So be prepared, no knife sharpener this week (next week for that) but we will have everything else – smiles and all. Thanks for adding yours. See you there.

We Have it All

By Jennifer Olson


Well, let’s see….. We have basil, beets, bell peppers, blue cornmeal, broccoli, cabbage, cantelope, catnip, chard, chile, cilantro, corn, cucumbers, dill, eggplant, eggs, green beans, honey, jalapenos, lettuce, onions, peaches, pears, peas, parsley, pimentos, potatoes, radishes, raspberries, scallion, spinach, squash, sweet peppers, tarragon, tomatoes, turnips, watermelon, yellow hots and possibly pecans. It’s beautiful and yummy. What more could you want?

Maybe you’re looking for artwork, bags, balms, cards, cinnamon rolls, coffee, diotomateous earth, dried blueberries, dried gogi, grasshopper bait, jams, jewelry and/or yogurt. Is that what you’re looking for? We got it. Or do you need your knives and/or scissors sharpened or possibly your sewing machine repaired?

Well, come on down!! And while you’re there, be sure to stock up on smiles, hugs, friendship and good vibes. As I said, we have it ALL. See you there.

The Farmers Market Continues

By Jennifer Olson


The harvest is in full swing, and the market is happening in all its glory, this Saturday, at the gazebo, as usual. from 9 a.m. till 11a.m. or so. Come, partake of the bounty.

Get your greens, veggies and fruit freshly picked, just for you.

Because of the Bigfoot, Blues and Barbeque Festival event from 11 to 5, the park itself will be closed to automobile traffic. So, please park in the designated area above and come down to get your produce, say hi to your friends and share your smiles.

See you there.

Why Buy at Your Farmers Market

By Jennifer Olson


At the Farmers Market, you can talk to the growers and get to how your food is treated before you get it. You can ask what kind of seeds they use and what practices they employ. You can even get suggestions on how to cook what they are offering. Our growers usually employ organic, sustainable, earth friendly practices to bring you fresh picked, delicious, nutritious produce.

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