Robinson Park Eighth Street and Central NW Saturdays mornings, June through October farmersmarketsnm.org
When you buy your produce directly from the hands that raised it, you’re supporting the local economy and a sustainable food system. Basically, you’re helping the world be a better place from your own kitchen. Alibi readers agree that the Downtown market is the best place to get started.
2) Los Ranchos Growers' Market 3) Corrales Growers' Market
Best Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) Service
So here’s the thing about meat: You want it to be chock-full of flavor, not hormones and preservatives. That’s why you shop at a place like Keller’s, which sells natural, humanely raised and chemical-free meats. Then when you bring home the bacon, you bring it home right.
2) Nelson's Meats 3) Tie: Alpine Sausage Kitchen, Tully's Italian Deli & Meats
Whether you guzzle this heat-packing potion at the flagship Los Ranchos restaurant or sample it gingerly from a jar you picked up at the grocery store, you know why it won this category: New Mexicans like things hot.
2) El Pinto salsa 3) 505 Southwestern salsa
Flying Star Café
Nob Hill: 3416 Central NE • 255-4501 Downtown: 723 Silver SW • 244-8099 North Valley: 4026 Rio Grande NW • 344-6714 Uptown: 8001 Menaul NE • 293-6911 Northeast Heights: 4501 Juan Tabo NE • 275-8311 Corrales: 10700 Corrales Road • 938-4717 Bernalillo: 200 South Camino del Pueblo • 404-2100 flyingstarcafe.com
Flying Star makes a tantalizingly thick chocolate mousse cake and a tender jelly-filled doughnut with equal perfection. In fact, there’s entire cases stocked with immaculate confectionary concoctions. And it’s open late. Let’s celebrate by eating some cake right now.
2) ABC Cake Shop and Bakery 3) Golden Crown Panadería
Best Specialty Grocery Store
La Montañita Co-op
UNM Grab & Go UNM Bookstore 2301 Central NE 277-9586
It feels good to shop at co-ops, which support the local economy and the regional foodshed. You know you’re not handing your dollars to money-grubbing big business. Plus, La Montañita has some damn fine vegan chocolate cupcakes, and that feels good, too.
2) Talin Market World Food Fare 3) Keller's Farm Stores
Sunflower locations continue to expand across the Southwest. (Albuquerque has four now.) Their fine produce selection is just one reason why. Regular and organic fruits and veggies sit side-by-side. Fava beans? Sunchokes? They've got those. And more.
Draft Magazine listed Marble's From the Wood Belgian-style ale as one of the “Top 25 Beers of 2010.” With seven regular house beers and a host of seasonal selections, it's not hard to see why Marble is such an up-and-comer in the suds industry. Grab some from store shelves, or head on over to the brewpub on—where else?—Marble to see what's on tap.
2) Chama River Brewing Company 3) La Cumbre Brewing Company