Residents make Farmers’ Market regular stop

CNJ Staff Photo: Gabriel Monte Martie Hale, 71 of Clovis, said she buys her vegetables from the Farmers’ Market in Clovis because they are fresher than produce at supermarkets. “I need to eat well, to stay as healthy as I can,” she said.

By Gabriel Monte: CNJ staff writer

On doctor’s orders, Martie Hale of Clovis said her diet consists of a lot of fruits and vegetables.

To get the freshest vegetables, she said she regularly shops at the Clovis Farmers’ Market.

“They taste better, I think,” she said.

Shoppers such as Hale, 71, have until the end of the month or the first frost of the year to shop at the market, located on the corner of Fourth and Pile streets, according to manager Denny Wymore.

Hale bought green beans from Larry and Margie Plummer’s stand, where she also admired several varieties of pumpkins and decorative gourds the couple were selling.

Margie Plummer said pumpkins and winter squashes are popular items at their stand during the end of the market season.

She said they plant several varieties of gourds, including pumpkins. They also grow garden vegetables such as sweet potatoes, okra and eggplants on 15 acres of land on their Portales farm.

She said she hauls thousands of pumpkins to farmers’ markets in Portales and Clovis during the month.

Larry Plummer said a majority of shoppers buy pumpkins for decoration purposes.

Farmers’ market schedule:

5 p.m. Tuesdays

8 a.m. Saturdays

By the numbers:

8 — varieties of decorative gourds sold at Margie and Larry Plummer’s stand.

75 to 85 — days between planting and harvesting crops such as squash and pumpkins, according to Portales farmer Carlos Paiz.