Farmer All Stars

Recognizing Outstanding
Santa Fe Farmers’Market Vendors

Honoring providers who go above and beyond in their contributions
to the local community

2021 Farmer All Stars

The 2021 Farmer All Stars were honored at the sold-out Seed The Future celebration on Thursday, December 9, 2021 in the Market Pavilion. Mary Dixon, Santa Fe Farmers’ Market Institute Board Secretary and 2013 All Star Farmer Award recipient for her Green Tractor Farm, presented the award certificates, along with Santa Fe banker Kenneth E. Romero.

Videos created by Jesse Fisher and Adria Malcolm of Cut Print Video Production profiled each farmer and introduced the outstanding farms. We congratulate the following 2021 Farmer All Stars and are pleased to continue to share their stories on the Institute’s website.

Eloy and Frances Trujillo

EFT Farms
Chamita, NM

Maria Carter

El Jardin De Flores
Chimayó, NM

Grant and Val Wilson

Lotus Farms, LLC
Tijeras, NM

Trinidad and Victor Mendez

Mendez Produce
El Guique, NM

Reynaldo and Diego Romero

Romero Farm
La Cienega, NM

Susan Higgins

Sungreen Living Foods LLC
Santa Fe, NM

The tradition of honoring Farmer All Stars began in 2008. Each year three farms are recognized by the Institute at a community gathering. The annual event was canceled in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Six farms were recognized in 2021 to compensate for the canceled awards presentation in 2020. To date, 42 farms and four community members have been acknowledged as All Stars.

Nominated to serve by Andrea Fisher Maril, Executive Director of the Santa Fe Farmers’ Market Institute and Debbie Burns, CEO of the Santa Fe Farmers’ Market, the 2021 Farmer All Star Selection Committee was comprised of: Jennifer Fresquez, Market Board President; Pam Walker, Institute Board Vice Chair; Mary Dixon 2013 Farmer All Star representing Green Tractor Farm and Secretary of the Institute Board; and Nery Martinez, Market Manager. The process was facilitated by Janice L. Mayer, Santa Fe Farmers’ Market Institute’s Development and Communications Director.

Our Past All Stars

The Farmer All-Star Awards are one way the Institute acknowledges the hard work of the vendors who are the driving force behind the Santa Fe Farmers’ Market. These farmers preserve the rich agricultural heritage of New Mexico, contribute to our robust and vibrant market, and invest in the health of our land and community. We are grateful for their many contributions to our community.

2019 Farmer All Stars

Malandro Farm

Malandro Farm

2019 Farmer All-Star: Malandro FarmSitting on 2.5 acres next to the Rio Chama in Abiquiu, Malandro Farm is known for their early-season heirloom tomatoes and giant cabbages. Lisa’s guiding principle is to grow what she likes to eat. It’s why you won’t find eggplant at...

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SunStar Herbs

SunStar Herbs

2019 Farmer All-Star: SunStar HerbsIn 1978, when Dave and Becky Thorpe moved south-west of Madrid to an isolated spot in the Ortiz Mountains, they began their journey of living sustainably and off the grid. They produce much of their own food by raising goats and...

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RZ’s Bees

RZ’s Bees

2019 Farmer All-Star: RZ’s BeesRicardo has been tending bees since 1990. He didn’t plan on becoming a beekeeper. In fact, he didn’t even know that he was going to become a beekeeper when it happened. But his father-in-law did. As he tells the story, “I would help him...

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Tom Udall

Tom Udall

2019 Farmer All-Star: Special Honors – Senator Tom UdallSenator Tom Udall has an intimate understanding of the critical role that agriculture plays in New Mexico’s cultural identity because of his deep personal and family connections to the land and farming. His...

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2018 Farmer All Stars

Second Bloom Farm

Second Bloom Farm

2019 Farmer All-Star: Second Bloom Farm Second Bloom makes goats milk soap, lotion bars, and body care products, and is home to anywhere between 40-60 Nigerian Dwarf goats. “They’re the little guys. They stand at about 28 inches at the shoulders,” explains Austin...

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La Mesa Organic Farms

La Mesa Organic Farms

2019 Farmer All-Star: La Mesa Organic FarmsMesa Ruiz of La Mesa Organic Farms primarily grows blue corn and apples, from which he creates apple cider, pupusas, posole, and deliciously rich atole (a hot drink thickened with corn and flavored with just about anything...

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Jesus Guzman Produce

Jesus Guzman Produce

2019 Farmer All-Star: Jesus Guzman ProduceJesus Guzman and his partner, Kate, currently farm about seven acres in Nambe. Jesus primarily grows several different kinds of beans, corn, and chiles, and, he mostly works alone. “My favorite thing is being by myself. Doing...

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Special Honors, Matt Yohalem

Special Honors, Matt Yohalem

2019 Farmer All-Star: Special Honors, Matt YohalemIn 1996, Chef Matt Yohalem opened Il Piatto to an Esquire Top 20 Best New Restaurants in America Award. Matt’s love of the food industry started early. “[As a kid in New York] I used to save up all of the packets of...

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2017 Farmer All Stars

One Straw Farm

One Straw Farm

2017 Farmer All-Star: One Straw FarmOne Straw Farm is a fixture at the Santa Fe Farmers’ Market. Owner, Ric Gaudet, started farming 21 years ago. He settled in New Mexico after attending graduate school at St. John’s College. He began farming, and eventually settled...

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Jubilee Farm

Jubilee Farm

2017 Farmer All-Star: Jubilee FarmFor 12 years Brett Ellison worked with the Channing Brothers at Gemini Farm. When they started, fellow Farmer All Star, Ric Gaudet of One Straw Farm, was “quite an inspiration to us. We would see his stand and just be amazed at the...

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Nambe Orchards

Nambe Orchards

2017 Farmer All-Star: Nambe OrchardsDave Vigil, and his parents, Longino and Sophie (d.), have been vending at the Santa Fe Farmers’ Market since 1971. The Vigil’s have been working the land around Nambe since the 1650s. Dave’s grandfather purchased about 40 acres in...

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Special Honors, Deborah Madison

Special Honors, Deborah Madison

2017 Farmer All-Star: Special Honors, Deborah MadisonDeborah Madison is a chef, writer, cooking teacher and consultant, and home gardener who has been in the food world for over 40 years, with 27 of those spent in New Mexico. Her interests lay with issues of...

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2016 Farmer All Stars

Revolution Farm

Revolution Farm

2016 Farmer All-Star: Revolution FarmAlex Pino’s mom grew up on a Wisconsin farm that his grandfather started in the late 1920s. Farming skipped a generation, but Alex took it up and has been farming and selling at the Santa Fe Farmers’ Market for eight years. He and...

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Santa Cruz Farm

Santa Cruz Farm

2016 Farmer All-Star: Santa Cruz Farm and GreenhouseDon Bustos has been farming since he was a young child, on the land his family has farmed for 400 years. Don still uses traditional practices, while incorporating new technology and using nothing but solar energy, to...

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Cedar Grove Nursery

Cedar Grove Nursery

2016 Farmer All-Star: Cedar Grove NurseryJoel Daeschel started farming right out of high school, and worked at different nurseries in Albuquerque and Santa Fe. He and his wife, Marie Daeschel, started Cedar Grove in 1998, focusing on cultivating annuals and...

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Special Honors, Pam Roy

Special Honors, Pam Roy

2016 Farmer All-Star: Special Honors, Pam RoyWe are proud to announce that at this year’s Fall Fiesta we had special honors for Pamela Roy, Executive Director and co-founder of Farm To Table, for her outstanding work promoting local agriculture. Pam Roy has worked...

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2015 Farmer All Stars

Monte Vista Organics

Monte Vista Organics

2015 Farmer All-Star: Dave and Loretta Fresquez of Monte Vista OrganicsYou know you’re at the Monte Vista Organics’ booth when you’re greeted by smiling faces, kind words, and bins full of bright red, orange, and pink tomatoes. They also wow customers with a diverse...

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Camino de Paz School and Farm

Camino de Paz School and Farm

2015 Farmer All-Star: Greg Nussbaum and Patty Pantano of Camino de Paz School and FarmCamino de Paz School and Farm is a private Montessori middle school for grades 7 through 9 in Santa Cruz, New Mexico. Camino de Paz improves the students’ academic achievement...

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Gonzalez Farm

Gonzalez Farm

2015 Farmer All-Star: Jose Gonzalez and Maria Mandujano of Gonzales FarmDon’t let Jose Gonzalez’s youthful appearance fool you. He grew up on a farm in a small village in Guanajuato, Mexico and has over twenty-five years of experience in agriculture in this country!...

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2014 Farmer All Stars

Jacona Farm – Phil Loomis
Anna Maria’s Farm – Pilar Abadia
Vigil’s Chimayo Produce – Glora and Noel (d.) Trujillo

2013 Farmer All Stars

Shepherd’s Lamb – Antonio and Molly Manzanares
Stephenson Natural Farm – Ronnie Stephenson
Green Tractor Farm – Tom and Mary Dixon

2012 Farmer All Stars

Ice’s Organic Farm – Ron and Gayle Ice
Flor del Rio – Anna Mae Salazar
Pat Montoya Family Orchards – Pat and Juanita Montoya

2011 Farmer All Stars

Martinez Farms – Tina Martinez
Gilberto’s Farm – Gilbert and Isabel Naranjo
Romero & Naranjo Farm – Sam and Sophie Romero

2010 Farmer All Stars

Love & Leche (formerly Milk & Honey Soap) – Daven Lee
Zamora’s – Tony and Helen Zamora (current vendor)
Mr. G’s Organic Produce – Gary and Natasya Gundersen

2009 Farmer All Stars

Rancho LLAM – Levi and Angelina Valdez
El Bosque Garlic Farm – Stan and RoseMary Crawford
La Loma Segura – Carmen and Leo Sagura

2008 Farmer All Stars

For their hard word in manifesting the Farmers’ Market Pavilion:

Bruce Geiss
Joan Brooks Baker
Georgia Maryol

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