The Farm & Ranch Heritage Museum (FRHM) is hosting HomeGrown: A New Mexico Food Show & Gift Market on November 22-23, 2014 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Sunday.

The show is an opportunity for New Mexico businesses to showcase home-grown and home-made food products produced within the state.

Businesses will be selling popular products such as award winning salsas, wines, cheeses, pistachios, pecans and jerkies. They will have a variety of gourmet foods as well, products such as chile mustard sauce & dip, chile candy, chile stew and chile caramel popcorn to name a few. A variety of unusual and unique products will be sold, for instance, exotic soaps made from pecans and goat milk. Organizers say the event is a perfect place to find a holiday gift and sample some of the finest food products from throughout the state.

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Visitors can enjoy other activities such as cooking demonstrations, food sampling, wine tasting, and book signings with New Mexico cookbook authors David DeWitt, Kelly Coffeen, and Patricia Milhok. They can also enjoy live music entertainment from barbershop quartet, Cactus Chords and Las Cruces Country singer/songwriter Bruce Carlson.

Hungry visitors can also enjoy a meal from the New Mexico Department of Agriculture’s new demonstration trailer, it will offer samples of New Mexico's finest foods. Some of the items include blue corn pancakes, green chile stew, goat cheese pinwheels, burgers, and quesadillas. Besides kitchen equipment the new trailer has a porch, flat screen TV, speakers, and awning.

In addition, the museum’s chuck wagon will be serving samples of Dutch-oven biscuits.

The event is also hosting a chile relleno cooking contest which will take place on Saturday at noon. There is a $25 fee to participate and contestants have an option to bring the chile rellenos already prepared or they can be cooked on-site at the museum's courtyard. The contest will be judged by celebrity judges and prizes will be awarded for first prize ($100), second prize ($75) and third place ($50). Please call Rachel Banegas at (575) 522-4100 for registration information.

Visitors are encouraged to bring their cameras and dress-up in their holiday attire because the museum will be providing a beautiful holiday backdrop for picture taking.

Admission to the event is $5 per vehicle and the first 100 to arrive will receive a free burlap shopping bag. The bags can also be purchased for $5.


So don’t miss out this great event and make your plans to attend HomeGrown: A New Mexico Food Show & Gift Market in Las Cruces, New Mexico.

For more information about the show contact the FRHM at 575-522-4100 or visit them online at www.frhm.org. The museum is located just off Interstate 25 in Las Cruces at 4100 Dripping Springs Road. Take the University Exit (Exit 1) and go east 1.5 miles.

Please visit the Las Cruces Convention and Visitors Bureau website at www.explorelascruces.com or email us at cvb@lascrucescvb.org to inquire about other events or destinations in our area. Our number is (575) 541-2444 and the visitor’s center is located at 211 N. Water Street in downtown Las Cruces.