Passion for farming

Lillian Bowe: Staff photo Margie Plummer, coordinator of the farmers’ markets in Clovis and Portales, sets up her booth on Monday at the Portales Farmers’ Market. The market is open at 5 p.m. Mondays and Thursdays until October.

By Lillian Bowe
Staff writer
lbowe@pntonline.com

Margie Plummer is a busy women with coordinating the Portales and Clovis Farmer’s Market, working at Floyd Municipal Schools as the business manager, and working on her family farm and stand.

Plummer said it’s a family affair.

“It’s all family at the farm. We all help each other out,” Plummer said.

Plummer has a stand at the farmers’ market and a business called the Veggie Shack.

Plummer’s job as coordinator of the farmers’ markets consists of doing paperwork, inspecting farms to make sure they can be in the market, collecting fees and advertising the market.
Plummer said it’s a lot of work, but she likes it.

The Portales Farmer’s Market is open at 5 p.m. Mondays and Thursdays.

Why did you start the market?

Lillian Bowe: Staff photo Margie Plummer, coordinator of the farmers’ markets in Clovis and Portales, sets up her booth on Monday at the Portales Farmers’ Market. The market is open at 5 p.m. Mondays and Thursdays until October.

Lillian Bowe: Staff photo
Margie Plummer, coordinator of the farmers’ markets in Clovis and Portales, sets up her booth on Monday at the Portales Farmers’ Market. The market is open at 5 p.m. Mondays and Thursdays until October.

The Portales market has been open since 1995 and we decided to open the market because we had more produce to sell then we could in Clovis. We have to pick our produce more than the days the Clovis market is open. So we got the Portales market started. We have about 10 to 12 vendors every year.

What has been growing the best at your farm so far?
This year has been our onions and red potatoes. It has been a little hard this year as we had the wind in April and the freeze in May. Some of our produce is not ready yet, but our onions and potatoes are doing real great.

How does a farmer qualify to be in the market?
The produce has to be grown in a 60-mile radius of Portales and Clovis. We make sure of this as we have field inspections, where we go out to the farm. Portales has a fee of $10 each day or a $100 for the whole season.

What is your favorite thing to grow?
Well, I like all of them really. I really like to have a variety of produce at my stand. I love to have my trailer full of produce that has something for everyone.

Favorite part of being a vendor?
I love interacting with the customers. They get fresh produce as opposed to what they can get at the store. It is just nice to get to know people.