September 4th, 2021
Our festival and vendor market opens, with vendors selling all kinds of prickly pear food, beverages, arts, and crafts. For a full list of vendors visit our vendor page
10:30 AM - 11:30 PM
Prickly Pear Preserving & Processing
Tina Archuleta creator of the plant based food company Itality will demonstrate multiple ways to process and preserve prickly pears including drying and powdering
11:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Three Sisters Kitchen Prickly Pear Beverage Demo
Three Sisters Kitchen local food shop manager Michael Sedillo and Joe Romero show us how to make a sweet and refreshing prickly pear milk tea with chewy prickly pear jelly cubes.–
12:00 - 1:00 PM
Prickly Pear Recipe Competition: Sweet & Savory
Selected from the best of recipe submissions received, home chefs will battle it out for the best sweet & savory prickly pear recipes! Finishing off with savory recipes our panel of judges will decide who will take home a cash prize and be declared the winner
1:00 - 2:00 PM
Dinner Time Cooking Demonstration
Join us for our final cooking demonstrations of the day with Chef Lois Ellen Frank, making a wonderful simple summer snack of roast peach with prickly pear glaze and pine nuts and Chef Walter Whitewater cooking up nopales fajitas and nopales shell tacos.
September 5th, 2021
Starting at Sanchez Farm Open Space
1180 Arenal Rd SW, Albuquerque, NM 87105
then moving to the Gutierrez Hubbell House
6029 Isleta Blvd SW
10:00 - 11:00 AM
Prickly Pear Harvest Field Trip
To start off our farmers, ranchers, and gardeners day we'll be doing a prickly pear harvesting demonstration at Sanchez Farm Open Space.
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Cactus: The Future for Semiarid Regions
After harvesting some prickly pear fruit we'll head over to the Gutierrez Hubbell House for the rest of our programming.
Starting with Professor Jose Dubeux discussing drylands at a global level and how cactus can fit into that environment, with a focus on fodder production and different production systems and cactus utilization. Also highlighting the experiences from other countries and how to expand cactus production systems in US.
12:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Starting a Food Busines with Prickly Pear Twist
Dr. Nancy Flores, food technology specialist at NMSU, talks about the things you need to know when starting or growing a food business, with an emphasis on incorporating prickly pear products into your food business.
1:00 - 2:00 PM
Prickly Pear meets Healthy Soil!
Isabelle Jenniches, organizer of the Healthy Soil Working Group, talks how Prickly Pear –able to thrive in "poor soils"– challenges our assumptions of what a healthy soil might be, discussing the importance of context, crucial interactions between plants and soil microbial life. She'll also talk about how to apply the soil health principles for greater ecosystem health. She'll be joined by Katie Goetz and Dean Bruce from the NMDA about how to apply for the Healthy Soil Program grants.