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Author: Sophie Putka

Farm to Table? Try Pueblo to Table at the Pueblo Harvest Cafe

photos courtesy Pueblo Harvest Cafe Cheeseburgers. Barbecue. Apple pie. Ask anyone what American food is, and you may get one of these. But how about blue corn? Anasazi beans? Chokecherry? Elk? At the Pueblo Harvest Cafe inside the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center, Chef David Ruiz is on a mission to showcase the original foods of the Americas with a new “pre-contact” menu portion – and to support Pueblo farmers and growers in the process. Native American food itself is no stranger to foodie culture anymore. According to Chef Ruiz, “Native American food is becoming more popular. People want to...

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Design and Donuts at Spur Line Supply Co.

Your dreams of wandering amidst artful clusters of carefully selected Southwestern home goods and desert flora – artisan donut in hand, indie rock in ear – have finally been answered. With the opening of Spur Line Supply Co. in Albuquerque’s Sawmill district, locals and visitors can enjoy the best of what nearby makers have to offer. Ushered in on a tide of development efforts in the area, the “concept store” opened on September 1, as a joint venture between founder/entrepreneur Tess Coats and local hotel mogul Jim Long. Earlier this year, Long opened the nearby Hotel Chaco, with plans...

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Farmer’s Daughters

On a quiet breezy property on the Rio Grande sewn with rows of chile, tomatoes and sunflowers, two women have made it their mission to keep a centuries-old New Mexican tradition alive. Farmer’s Daughters is the jointly run venture started by cousins Ashley and Chantelle Wagner, that functions as part local farm, part promoter and cheerleader for other local farming interests. What began as an idea to market their fathers’ produce to Albuquerque restaurants has evolved into what the cousins describe as a “farm-to-table company” that connects local farms, including their own, with restaurants, breweries and food trucks. Chantelle...

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Not Just for your Chia Pet

Microgreens and more at Urbana photos by Sophie Putka and Rebbekka Tynan Growing under one warehouse roof in Albuquerque, in the soft glow of electric lights, are plants with names reminiscent of an enchanted garden. You’ll find Mizuna, Bull’s Blood Beet and Antonet Lolla Rosa; Tatsoi, Cegolaine Gem, and Red Veined Sorrel. Almost – but not quite – magically, Rebbekka and Ryan Tynan have launched Urbana, the product of two years of preparation and Albuqeurque’s first urban, aquaponic micro farm. Now, chefs and adventurous home cooks across town can enjoy the benefits of microgreens grown sustainably and locally. Rebbekka Tynan...

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A Little Slice of Europe in Los Ranchos

When Chef Jon Young of Fresh Bistro was just 12 years old, he climbed over the wall in his backyard just to lend a hand in a real restaurant kitchen. The restaurant was Casa Vieja, a long-standing Corrales establishment, and it was there where he first learned his knife skills, where he worked his way up from dishwasher to sous-chef, and where he first adopted the no-nonsense, classic-French-cooking sensibility that is diffused through his and his wife’s culinary ventures today. Fresh Mobile Bistro and the newer Fresh Bistro in Los Ranchos are the type of eateries that exemplify what...

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