Evening market returns for summer

100_8266Hot summer days are turning into hot summer nights downtown at the Farmers’ and Crafts Market.

The cooler evenings in Las Cruces are perfect for outdoor activities, so the market down on Main Street is looking to turn up the heat. Their second Evening at the Market, part of a summer series, will take place this Wednesday, June 11 at 5 to 9 p.m.

This next event will feature more artisan vendors, more food trucks and more live entertainment. Playing on stage in front of St. Genevieve’s Memorial will be The Salty Dogs, O&Co, Cherry Red and Paul Kimball. As the evening sets in and the sun sets low, the live entertainment will be joined by fire-dancing troupe, OddLab.

Duane Mosley, market manager, was highly enthused about the coming events. He said, “We’re so happy to be bringing more life to the Downtown at night. We’re going to do this sort of thing the second Wednesday of every month. We’ll always have artisans, live music and plenty of food for the family.”

There will be more vendors. They are planning on cramming over 100 artisans into the space between Griggs and Las Cruces Avenue. The food trucks on hand will include; Cruisin’ Quesadilla, Bakehouse, Luchador, Happy Dog, La Waffle, 138 Sandwiches, Nops on Wheels and Cocina Mexicana.

Nick Ray at Main Street Bistro loves the idea and welcomes the market activities, “We just love having the Market down here. My mom, Joanne, is actually a market vendor herself. We’re able to help out by offering our cold New Mexico beers on tap. We have 18 of them and even more in bottles.”

Seating on their patio is also at a high demand. According to Ray, “People love sitting outside on our patio, which is actually located within the market. They just sit there and people watch, it’s the bests eat in the house for the entertainment also.”

Mosley sees real promise in these events, “If the public continues to show interest and comes out to support these events, there is serious consideration to making this a weekly thing next summer. I would love to see this go
Memorial Day to Labor Day, every Wednesday.”

After June 11, more events are planned. The line up is July 9, August 13 and September 10.