The young woman, in yellow shirt with her hair in braids, you see in the picture below was operating some type of foot pedal yarn machine. I believe I heard one of the locals calling the contraption a swift. We saw her around 8:30 am on the front lawn of the Chaves County courthouse along with other vendors. The little fella waiting patiently next to her at base of lamp post was her kiddo I think.
Roswell NM was having a farmers market on their courthouse lawn as we were passing through on highway 285 coming up from Fort Stockton TX where 285 starts or ends depending how a feller looks at things.
A vendor permit is required as you can see in the picture below with magnet supports attached to food establishment permits for Maria Vasquez(Maria’s Sweet Breads) and Hector F. Vasquez(Hector’s Burritos-quite tasty I will emphatically add!) These were temporary, 8 day, home based processing permits signed by Ronald Taylor, NMED Food Specialist. I only wish Fort Stockton had folks like Mr Taylor and good people willing to go to the hassle of getting a permit to sell and serve what they do best!
I would be remiss if I did not mention the availability of high quality, fresh and large Red watermelons in a stand directly across the street from Hispano Chamber of Commerce. It appeared to be either a husband/wife or brother/sister team running the fruit stand that had many customers on this sunny cool late August morning. The melons set you back only 7 dollars and there were $5.00 packages of red hot chili peppers getting snapped up pretty fast too.