The Best Outdoor Market
By Richard Mahler
Author of "New Mexico's
For a truly "local" Santa Fe experience,
come to its twice-weekly Farmers' Market. It is seasonal,
running from late spring through the October harvest. Only bona
fide Northern New Mexico growers are allowed to participate in
the event, so you know your money is going to the person who planted,
grew and harvested the food you're buying.
Besides the very freshest fruits and
produce available-much of it certified organic-you can sample
homemade breads, salsas, cheeses, chiles, jams, relishes and more.
Cut flowers and potted plants are also sold.
Almost every weekend the market sponsors
special events, ranging from a master gardener question-and-answer
session to cooking demonstrations involving area farmers and restaurant
chefs. There are strolling singers and musicians, too.
"The Farmers' Market folks are always
friendly-and it's a terrific place to learn about cooking or gardening,"
says Nancy Porter, who as a member of the local Food Brigade collects
donated produce and delivers it to the poor and homeless.
If You Go: The Santa
Fe Area Farmers' Market (505-983-4098) convenes Tuesdays and
Saturdays from 7 to 11:30 a.m., in the Santa Fe Railyard parking
lot on Montezuma Street near Guadalupe Avenue. Nearby bakeries
and restaurants are open for coffee and pastries, which also are
available at the market.
Richard Mahler is author of "New
Mexico's Best" and several other books. A journalist and photographer
as well, he specializes in travel writing, among other subjects.
He has contributed to National Public Radio since 1973 and to
the Los Angeles Times since 1979. He has written thousands
of articles for more than 100 magazines and newspapers, including
The New Mexican, New Mexico magazine, and Santa Fean
magazine. A longtime resident of New Mexico, he lives in Santa
For a full listing of Richard Mahler's
books, and to place orders for them, visit Amazon.com.
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