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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Water Conservation & Xeriscape Expo

February 25, 2013 by  
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Living in a desert, we all know the need to conserve water and make our yards as self-sustaining as possible. And in this economy, we have an added incentive to save our hard-earned cash by reducing our water bill.

The 2013 Water Conservation & Xeriscaping Expo this weekend March 2 and 3 will help you do just that. And it’s all free. We mean all!  Let’s start with the admission: FREE. And the multitude of seminars? FREE.  OK, there is a parking fee if you drive there, but let’s not quibble.

The Expo organized by the Xeriscape Council of New Mexico features a host of exhibitors where you can find out about cool stuff like xeriscape technology and green home and garden products, as well as browse and buy plants.

Free admission also gets you access to free seminars, including:

  • Xeriscaping and Xeric design
  • Water harvesting
  • Drip irrigation
  • Water budgeting
  • Waterwise food growing
  • Tree selection for Albuquerque
  • Soil problems and solutions
  • Pruning
  • Landscape maintenance
  • Beneficial bugs for the garden
  • Strategies for adapting gardens to changes in climate
  • The living landscape of New Mexico
  • And more!

See all the seminar times here. The 2013 Water Conservation & Xeriscaping Expo takes place:

  • When:
    Saturday March 2, from 9 am – 5 pm
    Sunday March 3, from 10 am  – 4 pm
  • Where: Expo New Mexico in the Creative Arts Building.
  • Admission: Free, although expect to pay for parking – usually $5 at Expo NM, home of the State Fairgrounds.

–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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Water Conservation & Xeriscape Expo

February 22, 2012 by  
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Living in a desert, we all know we need to conserve water. And in this economy, we have an added incentive to save our hard-earned cash by reducing our water bill.

The 2012 Water Conservation & Xeriscaping Expo this weekend February 25 and 26 will help you do just that. And it’s all free. We mean all!

Let’s start with the admission: FREE. And the multitude of seminars? FREE.  OK, there is a $5 parking fee, but let’s not quibble.

The Expo organized by the Xeriscape Council of New Mexico features a host of exhibitors where you can find out about cool stuff like garden art, xeriscape technology, and solar power, and also visit wildlife and conservation exhibitors, nurseries with native plants and trees, and local New Mexico food booths. They’re also promising drawings to win prizes from exhibitors and free plants.

Free admission also gets you access to free seminars, including:

  • Backyard beekeeping
  • Xeriscaping
  • Water harvesting
  • The basics of drip irrigation
  • Composting
  • Soil problems and solutions
  • Strategies for adapting gardens to changes in climate
  • Tree selection for Albuquerque
  • And more!

The 2012 Water Conservation & Xeriscaping Expo:

  • When:
    Saturday February 25, from 9 am – 5 pm
    Sunday February  26 from 10 am  – 4 pm
  • Where: Expo New Mexico
  • Admission: Free, although allow $5 for parking

–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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Beekeeping and Tree Pruning Seminars

March 7, 2011 by  
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Free seminars and events on trees and bees! It’s a shame I can’t find any on peas, cheese, or skis…

A free fruit tree pruning workshop at the Open Space Visitor Center this Thursday March 10, at 9:30 am is led by Joran Viers, certified arborist and director of the Bernalillo County Extension Office. He’ll demonstrate best pruning techniques on the Visitor Center apple trees, to show you how to maintain a strong tree framework and keep the tree looking good, as well as encouraging fruit production and long life for the tree.  Bring your own pruning tools to go hands-on and learn for yourself. The workshop is free, but register in advance at Open Space Visitor Center – call (505) 897-8831

I spotted these free beekeeping events at Albuquerque Beekeepers. Here’s the buzz:

Free Webinar for 2nd Year Beekeepers on Wednesday March 9, 2011, at 5 – 6 pm Mountain Time.  An internet seminar on how to manage year two with your bees, to keep them healthy, build them up and produce yummy honey. (Mmm!) It’s a national class with a panel of beekeepers including Kim Flottum, the editor of Bee Culture Magazine. Although it’s free, space is limited. Register in advance at the link.

Albuquerque Beekeepers Meeting on Thursday March 24, 2011 from 6 – 8 pm. Newbie beekeepers are welcome and you don’t need to be a member to turn up to this free event where speaker Megan Mahoney discusses techniques for catching and managing swarms. There will also be general beekeeping Q&A. The venue is NMSU Extension office at 1510 Menaul NW.

There’s also a Free Beekeeping Seminar out in Edgewood on Saturday March 26, 2011, from 10 am – 1 pm, followed by a potluck. Edgewood is about a 35 minute drive east of Albuquerque via I-40, although it’s closer for our East Mountain readers of course!

–Tania

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Water Conservation & Xeriscaping Expo

February 25, 2011 by  
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Living in a desert, we all know we need to conserve water. And in this economy, we have an added incentive to save our hard-earned cash by reducing our water bill.

The 2011 Water Conservation & Xeriscaping Expo this weekend February 26 and 27 will help you do just that. And it’s all free. We mean all!

Let’s start with the admission: FREE. And the multitude of seminars? FREE.  OK, there is a $4 parking fee, but let’s not quibble.

The Expo organized by the Xeriscape Council of New Mexico features a huge list of exhibitors:

  • Cool stuff like garden art, vintage gardening equipment, hardscape elements, and xeriscape technology
  • Nurseries with native plants and trees
  • New Mexico food booths include Bee Chama Honey, Black Bird Pies, Chef Johnny Vee, Jane Goodall Institute, Urban Chickens, Jenna’s Jams, La Montanita Coop, and a host of local farms and growers.
  • For the kids, Hawks Aloft will be on hand, along with Talking Talons, Wildlife Rescue Inc. of New Mexico, and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Trailer Exhibit.

Free admission also gets you access to over 20 free seminars, including:

  • Backyard Gardening – Garden Design
  • Creating an Edible Permaculture Landscape
  • Eco-Friendly Xeriscaping
  • Growing Tomatoes in Albuquerque
  • Importance of Bees
  • Rainwater Harvesting Demos
  • And more!

The 2011 Water Conservation & Xeriscaping Expo:

  • When: Saturday February 26, from 9:30 am – 6 pm
    Sunday February  27 from 10 am  – 5 pm
  • Where: Expo New Mexico
  • Admission: Free, although allow $4 for parking

–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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Cheap Event: 2009 Albuquerque Tomato Fiesta

August 19, 2009 by  
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Tomatoes photo by Manjith Kainickara; Creative Commons license

Fruit or vegetable? Who cares! At this time of year, nothing tastes better than a homegrown tomato. And if you worship tomatoes like we do at Cheap Central, you won’t want to miss this cheap event.

The 2009 Albuquerque Tomato Fiesta takes place Sunday, August 23, from 11:00am – 3:00pm, at the Albuquerque Garden Center. Presented by the Albuquerque Area Extension Master Gardeners, the fiesta offers a ton of activities for a paltry $5 admission fee (adults), and kids age 12 and under are FREE!

Here’s a sampling of what you can expect:

  • Tomato tastings, including heirloom and rare varieties, plus tomato dishes
  • Cooking demonstrations
  • Informational seminars
  • Farmer’s market with fresh produce for sale
  • Garden and crafts fair with plants and crafts
  • Kids’ Corner with free activities
  • Tours of the Albuquerque Garden Center’s Display Gardens
  • Live music
  • …and much more!

This event is sponsored by Montaño Acura, High Country Gardens, Jericho Nursery, Big I 107.9, The New 104.7, and Progressive Talk AM1350.

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

–Elizabeth Hanes

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