Albuquerque Tomato Fiesta 2014

August 10, 2014 by  
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Tomatoes photo by Manjith Kainickara; Creative Commons licenseThe tomatoes have been delicious already this season, in my avid tomato-fiend opinion. But now they’re arriving more abundantly in the August harvest, we’re devouring fresh tomatoes like crazy here at Cheap Central.  I read that if you eat avocados at the same time, you absorb up to seven times as much of the antioxidant lycopene from the tomatoes. New Mexico already knew this. This is why we all eat salsa and guacamole, isn’t it?

Health benefits aside, at the peak of summer nothing tastes better than a homegrown tomato and I only wish I could grow them myself. We aren’t growing tomatoes this year as we have been moving home so we haven’t been able to keep up with a garden. But in any case we don’t have green thumbs for tomatoes. We only yielded a handful of cherry tomatoes last year. They ripen one cherry tomato at a time, which we solemnly cut in half to share. They taste delicious but watching Mr Cheap eat half a cherry tomato is like giving a peanut to Daizy the elephant.

Still, if you’re as fond of tomatoes as we are, you won’t want to miss this very juicy annual event. It’s cheap too!

The 2014 Albuquerque Tomato Fiesta takes place Sunday, August 17 from 11 am – 3 pm, at the Albuquerque Garden Center.

Presented by the Albuquerque Area Extension Master Gardeners, the Albuquerque Tomato Fiesta offers lots of activities for a $5 admission fee, and kids aged under 12 are FREE! (Or rather their admission is, I don’t suppose they’re growing kids beside the tomato plants to give away.)

Albuquerque Tomato Fiesta includes:

  • Free gardening seminars  at 11:30 am (Tomatoes 101) and 12:30 pm (Waffle Gardens with Sean Ludden)and at 1:45 pm Master Composters.
  • Cooking demonstrations
  • Heirloom tomato tasting
  • Free plant clinic by the Master Gardeners
  • Kids’ activities
  • Music by the Alpha Blue Trio
  • Fresh produce for sale

The Albuquerque Tomato Fiesta is sponsored by Jericho Nursery, Osuna Nursery and Montano Acura.

  • When: Sunday August 17, 2014
  • Time: 11 am – 3 pm
  • Where: Albuquerque Garden Center
  • Price: $5 adults, free for kids aged under 12

Albuquerque Garden Center is located at 10120 Lomas Boulevard NE, at Eubank.

— Tania


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Albuquerque Tomato Fiesta 2013

August 20, 2013 by  
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Tomatoes photo by Manjith Kainickara; Creative Commons licenseThe tomatoes have been late this season, in my avid tomato-fiend opinion. But now they’re arriving, we’re devouring fresh tomatoes like crazy here at Cheap Central. I read that if you eat avocados at the same time, you absorb up to seven times as much of the antioxidant lycopene from the tomatoes. New Mexico already knew this. This is why we all eat salsa and guacamole, isn’t it?

Health benefits aside, at the peak of summer nothing tastes better than a homegrown tomato and I only wish I could grow them myself. Our current attempt at cherry tomatoes has yielded exactly two so far in 2013. Last year we did better, with a grand total of four cherry tomatoes over the entire summer. They ripen one cherry tomato at a time, which we solemnly cut in half to share. They taste delicious but watching Mr Cheap eat half a cherry tomato is like giving a peanut to Daizy the elephant.

Still, if you’re as fond of tomatoes as we are, you won’t want to miss this very juicy annual event. It’s cheap too!

The 2013 Albuquerque Tomato Fiesta takes place Sunday, August 25 from 11 am – 3 pm, at the Albuquerque Garden Center.

Presented by the Albuquerque Area Extension Master Gardeners, the Albuquerque Tomato Fiesta offers lots of activities for a $5 admission fee, and kids aged under 12 are FREE! (Or rather their admission is, I don’t suppose they’re growing kids beside the tomato plants to give away.)

Albuquerque Tomato Fiesta includes:

  • Free gardening seminars  at 11:30 am (Tomatoes 101 with the Tomato Guys) and 12:30 pm (Preserving the Harvest with Cindy Davies.) At 1:30 pm Peter Sinanian will be sharing advice on Raised Beds and Fall Gardens.
  • Cooking demonstrations
  • Heirloom tomato tasting
  • Free plant clinic by the Master Gardeners
  • Kids’ activities
  • Music by the Alpha Blue Trio
  • Fresh produce for sale

The Albuquerque Tomato Fiesta is sponsored by Jericho Nursery and Montano Acura.

  • When: Sunday August 25, 2013
  • Time: 11 am – 3 pm
  • Where: Albuquerque Garden Center
  • Price: $5 adults, free for kids aged under 12

Albuquerque Garden Center is located at 10120 Lomas Boulevard NE, at Eubank.

— Tania

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Albuquerque Tomato Fiesta 2012

August 14, 2012 by  
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Tomatoes photo by Manjith Kainickara; Creative Commons licenseWe’re devouring fresh tomatoes like crazy here at Cheap Central, and I recently read that if you eat avocados at the same time, you absorb up to seven times as much of the antioxidant lycopene from the tomatoes. New Mexico already knew this. This is why we all eat salsa and guacamole, isn’t it?

Health benefits aside, at the peak of summer nothing tastes better than a homegrown tomato and I only wish I could grow them myself. Our last attempt resulted in a yield of exactly four cherry tomatoes over the entire summer. They ripened one cherry tomato at a time, which we solemnly cut in half to share. They tasted delicious, but watching Mr Cheap eat half a cherry tomato was like giving a peanut to an elephant.

If you’re as fond of tomatoes as we are, you won’t want to miss this very juicy annual event. It’s cheap too!

The 2012 Albuquerque Tomato Fiesta takes place Sunday, August 19, from 11 am – 3 pm, at the Albuquerque Garden Center.

Presented by the Albuquerque Area Extension Master Gardeners, the fiesta offers lots of activities for a $5 admission fee, and kids under 12 are FREE! (Or rather their admission is, I don’t suppose they’re growing kids beside the tomato plants to give away.)

Albuquerque Tomato Fiesta includes:

  • Free gardening seminars  at 11:30 am (Tomatoes 101) and 12:30 pm (Preserving Tomatoes). At 1:30 pm it’s either Organic Gardening or Rainwater Harvesting, depending on which of their schedules you believe.
  • Cooking demonstrations
  • Heirloom tomato tasting
  • Free plant clinic by the Master Gardeners
  • Kids’ activities
  • Music by the Alpha Blue Trio
  • Fresh produce for sale

The Albuquerque Tomato Fiesta is sponsored by High Country Gardens, Jericho Nursery, KHFM, Fano Bread, and Montano Acura.

  • When: Sunday August 19, 2012
  • Time: 11 am – 3 pm
  • Where: Albuquerque Garden Center
  • Price: $5 adults, free for kids aged under 12

Albuquerque Garden Center is located at 10120 Lomas Boulevard NE, at Eubank.

— Tania

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Albuquerque Tomato Fiesta 2011

August 17, 2011 by  
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Tomatoes photo by Manjith Kainickara; Creative Commons licenseFruit or vegetable? Let’s not argue about it. At the peak of summer, nothing tastes better than a homegrown tomato. And if you’re as crazy about tomatoes as we are here at Cheap Central, you won’t want to miss this very juicy annual event. It’s cheap too!

The 2011 Albuquerque Tomato Fiesta takes place Sunday, August 21, from 11 am – 3 pm, at the Albuquerque Garden Center.

Presented by the Albuquerque Area Extension Master Gardeners, the fiesta offers lots of activities for a $5 admission fee, and kids under 12 are FREE! (Or rather their admission is, I don’t suppose they’re growing kids beside the tomato plants to give away.)

Albuquerque Tomato Fiesta includes:

  • Heirloom tomato tasting
  • Plant clinic
  • Free gardening seminars at 11:30 am (Tomatoes 101); 12:30 pm (Preserving Tomatoes); 1:30 pm (Organic Gardening)
  • Cooking demonstrations
  • Kids’ activities
  • Music by the Alpha Blue Trio
  • Fresh produce for sale

This event is sponsored by Montano Acura, High Country Gardens, Big I 107.9, and Jericho Nursery.

  • When: Sunday August 21, 2011
  • Time: 11 am – 3 pm
  • Where: Albuquerque Garden Center
  • Price: $5 adults, free for kids aged under 12

Albuquerque Garden Center is located at 10120 Lomas Blvd NE, at Eubank.

— Tania

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Crystal Mountain Massage: $5-$10 Discount

December 4, 2010 by  
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I could sure do with a massage right now or I’ll never manage to wriggle down the chimney this Christmas!

Crystal Mountain Clinic is giving $5 off the fee for their already low-cost student or graduate massage on Mondays and Tuesdays through December 31, 2010. A regular one-hour massage costs $30 with a trained and supervised student therapist, or $45 for a graduate massage.

Or get $5 off the student or graduate massage ANY day of the week if you take food items to donate to Roadrunner Food Bank of New Mexico.

Better yet, you can combine both offers to double your discount: Go on Monday or Tuesday AND take a Food Bank donation, and you’ll get $10 off your massage, bringing the student massage down to $20 for one hour, and the graduate massage to $35.

I mean, can we say “giving it away”?  That should smooth and soothe your path through the holidays a little.

Crystal Mountain Massage School has run this Albuquerque massage clinic for 30 years, and Crystal Mountain Massage Therapy Clinic offers various massage types, including Swedish massage, reflexology, neuromuscular therapy, craniosacral therapy, polarity therapy, and sports massage and deep tissue techniques.

We don’t have a link for the deals, they contacted us directly, so just quote the offer when you book a massage with Crystal Mountain at 505-872-2030. Both offers are good till December 31, 2010 on massage appointments (not for gift certificates or products).

Crystal Mountain Massage Therapy Clinic is located at 5041 Indian School Rd NE, Suite 400.

–Tania

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Free & Cheap in Albuquerque This Weekend: September 25-26, 2010

September 24, 2010 by  
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Looking for free stuff to do in Albuquerque this weekend? Check out our round-up of free events, and discounts on fun things to do for all the family!

Free Museum Admission on September 25: Free Admission for two people to participating New Mexico museums during Smithsonian Magazine Museum Day – see our earlier post at the link for full details.

Half Off Cliff’s Amusement Park on Sunday 26: With the coupon valid for a 50% Off Ride Pass!

National Parks Free Admission on Saturday 25: See our earlier post for details and participating parks .

Globalquerque Free Global Fiesta Saturday 25: A day of no-ticket-needed events at the Free Global Fiesta on from 10:30 am to 4 pm at the The National Hispanic Cultural Center. Fiesta includes live performances, crafts, workshops, and family-friendly activities for kids as well as adults. Plus, free admission to the National Hispanic Cultural Center Art Museum all day. Check out the full Free Global Fiesta schedule.

Tijeras Arts Market hosts its own free World Music Festival on Saturday and Sunday September 25-26, with drumming, bellydancers, African music, Irish music, Flamenco, a Whirling Dervish, and more. See the full Tijeras Art Market Festival schedule and also use this Just Imagine Gallery 20% off coupon for purchases this weekend.

International Community Day celebration with free New Mexico Symphony Orchestra concert (12.30 pm) and more live music, dancers, on Saturday September 25 from 11 am – 4 pm at Hyder Park, 700 Richmond SE. (Thanks to MK for the tip!)

Albuquerque Mother of Twins garage sale fundraiser on Saturday 257:30 am – 2 pm, at Montgomery Church of Christ, 7201 Montgomery Blvd NE. Admission is free, to shop 80+ vendors offering over 18,000 items including children’s and baby clothing and toys, maternity and nursery items, furniture, household goods, electronics, and more.

Free Art-Rageous Art Show & Reception Reception on Friday Sept 24, followed by the art show all weekend in Rio Rancho – see our earlier post for the details.

New Mexico State Fair Two for One Admission on Friday September 24, and keep checking the NM State Fair Facebook page for updates on deals for the final weekend of the fair!

Tours of Old Town coupons for history and ghost tours, valid to September 30, 2010.

Tours of Old Town also offers discounts on these tours for seniors aged 55+, military personnel, college students, and youth under 18.  Kids aged 5 and under accompanied by a paying adult go free!

–Tania

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Massage $25: Back to School Special to September 15

August 31, 2010 by  
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A back to school special on a massage with trained student therapists till September 15, 2010. Even if your bank account’s hurting, there’s no reason for your body to suffer too…

Crystal Mountain Massage Therapy Clinic is offering a back to school massage special at $25 for a one hour massage. That’s $5 off the usual rate for a massage with a trained and supervised student therapist. Crystal Mountain Massage School has run this Albuquerque massage clinic for 30 years and you won’t find the deal on their website, they’ve just given us The Word.

Schedule a massage with Crystal Mountain Massage Therapy Clinic and mention the back to school deal. (D’you think that by calling it a back to school deal, they’re making a pun? My back could sure use some schooling right now.)

Student massages usually cost $30, with discounts for 3, 5, or 10 massage punch cards. For details on their ongoing massage deals, see our earlier Crystal Mountain Low Cost massage post.

Other Albuquerque massage deals we’ve mentioned recently that are still valid include:

–Tania

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Albuquerque on the Cheap This Weekend Aug 28-29, 2010

August 28, 2010 by  
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Looking for something to do on the cheap this weekend? Here’s a round-up of recently posted deals and events and a couple more weekend freebie suggestions to give you some ideas:

Free Place Names of New Mexico Talk this afternoon (Saturday) at Petroglyph National Monument Visitor Center – starts at 2 pm.

Great Southwest Home Remodeling Design Show: Half Price admission with the coupon, Saturday and Sunday August 28 and 29.  

Free Wolf Meet and Greet at Open Space Visitor Center, Sunday August 29.

Shop Old Navy, Gap, Banana Republic for 30% off with the coupon. In the Give and Get weekend 5% of your purchase goes to a charity of your choice.

Idalia Road Marketplace: Rio Rancho weekend market with vendors and entertainment.

Enter our Rizzoli and Ives Giveaway – win a T-shirt and a book!

Of course we’d love it if you’d vote for us in Albuquerque the Magazine’sBest of the City 2010” contest! If you think we’re worthy, please write in “ABQ on the Cheap” in the “People” category under “Best Local Blogger“. Vote for any of your other ABQ faves too on the online form, and then just hit submit! Voting ends September 1.

Albuquerque Museums Free Admission on Sundays:

Albuquerque Museum of Art and History: Free admission on Sunday mornings from 9 am to 1 pm. General admission is free, special exhibitions still require fees.

Anderson-Abruzzo Albuquerque International Balloon Museum: Free admission on Sunday mornings from 9 am to 1 pm.

National Hispanic Cultural Center Art Museum: Free admission on Sundays.

And one of my faves: the free Old Town Wild West gunfight show by New Mexico Gunfighters Association. The melodrama is great fun with all the bangs, and funny too. Shows are most Sundays at 1:30, 2:30, and 3:30 pm. The action takes place around Old Town Plaza (usually outside the Rattlesnake Museum on San Felipe when I see it) but they circle the Plaza and give a shout out before the show begins.

–Tania

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Albuquerque Tomato Fiesta 2010

August 16, 2010 by  
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Tomatoes photo by Manjith Kainickara; Creative Commons licenseFruit or vegetable? Let’s not argue about it. At the peak of summer, nothing tastes better than a homegrown tomato. And if you’re as crazy about tomatoes as we are here at Cheap Central, you won’t want to miss this very juicy annual event. It’s cheap too!

The 2010 Albuquerque Tomato Fiesta takes place Sunday, August 22, from 11 am – 3 pm, at the Albuquerque Garden Center.

Presented by the Albuquerque Area Extension Master Gardeners, the fiesta offers  lots of activities for a $5 admission fee, and kids under 12 are FREE! (Or rather their admission is, I don’t suppose they’re growing kids beside the tomato plants to give away.)

Albuquerque Tomato Fiesta includes:

  • Heirloom tomato tasting
  • Plant clinic and gardening seminars with tips on growing tomatoes
  • Cooking demonstrations
  • Kids’ activities
  • Music by the Alpha Blue Trio
  • Fresh produce for sale

This event is sponsored by Montano Acura, High Country Gardens, Big I 107.9, and Jericho Nursery.

  • When: Sunday August 22 2010
  • Time: 11 am – 3 pm
  • Where: Albuquerque Garden Center
  • Price: $5 adults, free for kids under 12

Albuquerque Garden Center is located at 10120 Lomas Blvd NE, at Eubank.

— Tania

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$15 Off Massage to September 30, 2010

August 5, 2010 by  
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Save on a one hour or 90 minute massage till the end of September.

Massage therapist Katherine Elias is offering $15 off a massage until September 30, 2010, bringing the rates down to:

  • $50 for a 60 minute massage
  • $70 for a 90 minute massage

Her 30 minute sessions continue to cost $30.

We don’t have a weblink for the deal – Katherine contacted us with the heads-up.  I asked her to tell me more about her Integrative Massage Therapy practice, and here’s what she said:

“My standard integrative session is like a therapeutic Swedish massage. I work in deep tissue elements where they’re needed, but work in a lot of flushing to minimize lingering soreness. All my athletic clients love that approach, as it’s therapeutic without having any kind of lasting pain or bruising. I’ve also spent a lot of time working with clients suffering from anxiety disorders, through a gentle session with a focus on breathwork. My style can be easily tailored to anyone’s needs, whether they’re physical, physiological, or emotional.”

Katherine is a graduate of Boulder College of Massage Therapy and previously worked at Art of Beauty Salon & Spa.

This deal is good until September 30 – after that Katherine is closing her current practice.

$15 off Massage Deal details:

  • What: Discounted one hour massage for $50 or a 90 minute massage for $70
  • Where: Integrative Massage Therapy, 3150 Carlisle Blvd. NE Suite #108. Directions at the link.
  • Call (505) 204-2301 to book.
  • When: Until September 30, 2010.

–Tania

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