Rail Yards Market goes full steam ahead

ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – Albuquerque’s newest public market is on the fast track to success.

This weekend, thousands packed into the old Rail Yards – a once lifeless building.

On Monday, organizers said they’ve raised enough money to keep it going through the summer.

Countless volunteers helped bring this idea to life, and Sunday, it went off incredibly well.

It marked the first Rail Yards Market and the hope is there will be a lot more to come.

From food vendors to local farmers, music to crafts – there was a lot to see and do in the old blacksmith shop at the Rail Yards, just south of downtown Albuquerque in the Barelas neighborhood.

A once bustling business district is quickly coming back to life thanks to more than 50 volunteers.

The goal of the Rail Yards Market is to build a vibrant and sustainable local economy offering something for everyone.

The market’s motto, “Gathering Steam,” is doing just that. Sunday’s turnout brought out nearly 8,000 people which is a lot more than event organizers had hoped for.

“This community is passionate. Yesterday was a demonstration of that,” said Chad Gruber, Rail Yards Market co-organizer.

As of now, volunteers say they’ve raised about $6,000 which is enough to fund the market through August. They hope to fund it through Nov. 2, but that’ll take another $20,000. They’re optimistic that will happen based on the turnout Sunday.

Organizers say they’d like to see the 27,000-square-foot building host a market year round.

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