New Mexico VA Health Care System
Growers Market Expanding Vendors & Hours
Whether you’re searching for fresh fruits and vegetables, or maybe a handmade placemat, the VA Growers Market at the Raymond G. Murphy VA Medical Center is the place to go on Wednesdays.
The market opened for the season on July 13. This is the eighth market season for Ron Jobe, a Veteran of the U.S. Air Force who served in Vietnam. Standing behind a box stuffed with large, red tomatoes from his South Valley garden, Jobe proudly wears his “Vietnam Veteran” ball cap and greets every customer with a warm smile.
“People went through the same thing I did,” Jobe said. “You can’t do enough for them, and that’s 90 percent of the population that comes through here. I’m going to be doing this until I’m buried.”
Tom Vessey served in Vietnam with the U.S. Marine Corps. Every year, he brings his organic honey from his beekeeping operation in Bosque Farms, south of Albuquerque, to sell at the market.
“What I like about this Growers Market is meeting other Veterans from around the state and spreading my good honey around,” Vessey said. “I just enjoy the company around here every week.”
The market is operating with longer hours this year, open from 7 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. every Wednesday between Building 1 and the Recreation Hall (Bldg. 2). It is expected to operate until mid-October and is sponsored by the Veterans Canteen Service. The medical center is located at 1501 San Pedro Dr. SE, in Albuquerque. Anyone interested in participating in this year’s market should call Mary Varnado at (505) 265-1711, extension 5982 for more information.