Food, Art, Music.

For the Community, by the Community

WHAT IS THE RAIL YARDS MARKET? FIND US

The Rail Yards Market of Albuquerque operates on Sundays from 10am-2pm during the months of May-October. We are a community organized Growers'market celebrating all things local and at the heart of New Mexican culture. We are so much more than your typical Farmer's or Grower's Market--every Sunday you can peruse 100's of New Mexico's finest food, farm, artisan, and healing vendors, hear live musicians, and come away enriched from our educational/demonstration zones for kids and adults! All this under one roof at the historic Blacksmith Shop at the heart of our City!

OUR VISION

The Rail Yards Market of Albuquerque is focused on building a resilient, sustainable local economy that we all love to work and play in. Through food, art, and music, we hope to bring our community together in an atmosphere of fun, learning, and creativity. Rail Yards Market is a community organization operating under the fiscal sponsorship of a Barelas Community Coalition, a certified 501(c)(3).

OUR MISSION

The Rail Yards Market’s mission is to celebrate the cuisine, culture, and art of Albuquerque and the State of New Mexico. Our commitment is to:

 Preserve the legacy of an historic downtown neighborhood.

 Gather the city’s many communities around a shared space.

 Nurture the next generation of local entrepreneurs.

 Create a dynamic hub for Albuquerque’s agricultural and artistic communities.

 Promote tourism by providing Albuquerque with a must-see destination in the heart of downtown.

 Demonstrate one of many potential uses for the Rail Yards site.

 Promote the knowledge and preservation of New Mexico’s heirloom crop varieties

ALL ABOARD!


BOARD OF DIRECTORS

The Rail Yards Market of Albuquerque is fiscally sponsored by the non-profit, Barelas Community Coalition, a certified 501 (c) 3, whose Board of Directors is listed HERE.

RAIL YARDS MARKET ADVISORY COUNCIL

The purpose of the Rail Yards Market Advisory Council (RYMAC) is to provide informed guidance and oversight on best-practices, policies, and procedures to ensure the sustainability and success of the Rail Yards Market. The RYMAC guides over-all policies and procedures for RYM, but are not responsible for day-to-day decisions, responsibilities, and/or management of the market. The Council appoints a Market Manager that shall report to the Council, present policies etc, and work collaboratively with market staff to implement suggestions. 

    1. The RYMAC is a guiding body for RYM, and is comprised of a thirteen community representatives including seats for the following:
      1.  Artisan Vendor Representative
      2.  Agricultural Vendor Representative
      3.  South Broadway Neighborhood Resident; Appointed by the South Broadway Neighborhood Association( SBNA)
      4.  Fiscal Sponsor Representative; Appointed by the Fiscal Sponsor
      5. Barelas Neighborhood Resident; Appointed by the Barelas Community Coalition (BCC)
      6.  Downtown Representative; Appointed by the Downtown Neighborhood Association (DNA)
      7.  City Representative; Appointed by the Mayor’s Office
      8.  County Representative; Appointed by the Commissioner for County District 2
      9.  South Valley Resident; Appointed by the Historic Bridge Mainstreet group
      10. WHEELS Museum; Appointed by the WHEELS Museum board of directors
        1. Three At-Large Community Representative seats
          1. Selected by nomination from sitting RYMAC members and approved by simple majority

    2018 Rail Yards Advisory Council MEMBERS 

    Christopher Frechette (Chair, At-Large rep): Christopher has volunteered on committees addressing downtown  issues for 10 years.  He was treasurer of the Barelas Community Coalition (fiscal sponsor and  partner of the RYM).  He has chaired the RYMAC since 2016.  Christopher found his vocation in teaching languages.  He was raised in a working class Catholic family and absolutely loves baseball.

    Joseph Alfaro (Agricultural Vendor rep): Joseph serves as Farm Manager for Valle Encantado Farms (VEF) is a 3.0-acre community owned farm in the South Valley. VEF has parcels along the Atrisco and Five Points communities. As farm manager, Joseph is responsible for managing farm staff, overseeing day-to-day operations, farm planning and farm growth. VEF grows a variety of crops, including root vegetables and, greens. In addition, VEF hosts schools and community groups to educate people about where food comes from and to build deeper relationships among community members.  VEF is certified Organic and received the NMDA Educator of  the Year award. Prior to VEF, Joseph was a founding member of a small 2.0 Farm located in the East mountains called ORGANICOS, which focused on organic production.  Joseph also spent 14 years as a meat cutter and retail associate at Nelson’s Meats.  He served as a co-founder and board member of Agri-Cultura Network (ACN), a network of small farms working together to sell produce to schools, restaurants and retail customers across the city, and serving on the board of the Rail Yard Market.  

    Alicia Chavez (At-Large rep): Alicia is from New Mexico forever forever. Her mom’s family comes from Las Vegas, NM and her dad’s family comes from Torréon, NM. Alicia has dedicated her life to working in community for justice and peace. She currently works with Young Women United as the Community Organizing Manager. She has a Bachelor’s in Communication and Journalism and a Master’s in Community and Regional Planning. Alicia loves plants, cookies, being an explorer and learning.

    Joseph E. Garcia (S.Broadway rep): I am a retired transit supervisor for the City of Albuquerque.  Among my  duties, I was the neighborhood liaison for  transit issues, spent 15 years on  the  permitting committee.

    Eric Griego (Barelas Community Coalition/ Fiscal Sponsor rep): For the past two decades, Mr. Griego has worked as a researcher, analyst, and policy maker on applied public policy issues ranging from economic development to early childhood education at the local, state, national and international level. For the first ten years of his career after receiving his Master’s Degree at the University of Maryland’s Public Policy School, he worked on international economic and labor issues at several agencies and on Capital Hill. 

    He returned home to New Mexico in 1999 and as an Albuquerque City Councilman he co-sponsored and helped pass and implement an increase in the minimum wage, one of the nation’s first local public financing for elections system, and the city’s most progressive planning document in its history. As Assistant Cabinet Secretary for Economic Development under Governor Richardson, he led state efforts on community and local economic development.

    As a State Senator, he championed progressive tax reform, green jobs and issues affecting the state’s working children and families. For four years, before leaving to run for Congress, he also ran the largest and most active anti-poverty advocacy, research and policy organization focusing on children and families, New Mexico Voices for Children.

    In his consulting practice, he works closely with local governments, foundations, and community leaders to reinvest in some of the state’s poorest communities. He is an international Fellow in the Business Alliance for Local Living Economies (BALLE) and currently he is a Doctoral Fellow at the Robert Wood Johnson Center for Health Policy at the University of New Mexico, where his research interests include the connections between economic development, healthy communities, and social investment.

    Chad Gruber (At Large rep)

    Sean Wells (Artisan Vendor): Sean is an award-winning 5th generation Spanish Colonial artist and juried member of the Spanish Colonial Arts Society in the retablo category.  She promotes the traditional arts through her television show, New Mexican Santera.  Sean received “Best Visual Artist 2016” by the readers of Albuquerque the Magazine. Sean's artwork has been featured on internationally distributed beer labels (Cerveza de los Muertos), nationally distributed wine labels (La Catrina Vino) and New Mexico Lottery Scratchers for which she received a national award for top scratcher design. Sean has been an active vendor at the Rail Yards Market since the first year and has participated on the Advisory Board as the vendor representative. Sean credits the Rail Yards Market for being a springboard to launch her career as a full-time artist by creating a platform for artists to reach a broad and consistent customer base. Through art, Sean aspires to bring an appreciation for the Hispanic traditions and culture of Northern New Mexico to a broader audience. The Rail Yards Market has been an event close to Sean’s heart.   She is a strong advocate for artists making a living wage and supporting families through art, especially art that celebrates the culture and history of New Mexico. Sean is very grateful to give back to the community through the Rail Yards Market.

    Scott Nacke (Barelas NA): I’ve been in albuquerque for over twenty years.  I studied art ay UNM, and worked in  the museum  field for 18 years.  I’m a practicing artist and have been living in Barelas for 6 years.  I love this  community and I am  committed to representing Barelas; its diversity, creativity, identity and goals.

    Sarah Sather (WHEELs Museum rep)

    Liz Skinner (Downtown Mainstreet rep): I graduated from the University of Wisconsin-LaCrosse with a Bachelors Degree in Biology. After college I worked as an AmeriCorps VISTA to create a community garden that is accessible to all income levels. Since then I have worked on various farms and in administrative roles with a non-profit and a small business. I am currently employed by the DowntownABQ Mainstreet Initiative as the Manager of the Downtown Growers’ Market. I am honored to be working with the RYMAC to increase economic opportunities for farmers and small business owners in Albuquerque.


    2017 RYMAC 

    • Christopher Frechette (chair)
    • Joseph Alfaro
    • Alan Armijo
    • Gwen Colonel
    • Tina Garcia-Shams/ David Sellers
    • Bernadette Garcia de Rodriguez / Eric Griego
    • Chad Gruber
    • Robert Hoberg
    • Sarah Slather
    • Sean Wells

    2016 RYMAC

    • Christopher Frechette (co-chair)
    • Gwen Colonel (co-chair)
    • Joseph Alfaro
    • Alan Armijo
    • Bernadette Garcia de Rodriguez / Eric Griego
    • Chad Gruber
    • Makhpiya Black-Elk
    • Jim Duffield
    • Tina Garcia-Shams / David Sellers
    • Len Romano
    • Sean Wells

    2015 RYMAC

    • Chad Gruber (chair)
    • Joseph Alfaro
    • Alan Armijo
    • Gilbert Almager
    • Makhpiya Black-Elk / Bernadette Garcia de Rodriguez
    • Annette Colbert
    • Gwen Colonel
    • Jim Duffield
    • Bernadette Mierra
    • Eric Griego
    • Tina Garcia-Shams
    • Michael Phlieger
    • Sean Wells

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    10am-2pm, Sundays, May-October

    12-4pm December 9th & 10th, 2017 for Holiday Market

    777 1st Street SW
    Albuquerque, New Mexico 87102
    Email: RailYardsMarket@gmail.com
    Voicemail: 505-600-1109