A warm afternoon in Robinson Park, some just-picked sweet corn, a wedge of fresh goat cheese, a bag of ripe heirloom tomatoes and maybe some live bluegrass: This is the kind of thing Albuquerqueans dream of.
2) Los Ranchos Growers' Market 3) Corrales Growers' Market
Winning by a landslide, the community-supported agriculture service formerly known as Los Poblanos Organics makes it easy for customers to take home weekly deliveries of high-quality organic produce and groceries.
It was hard to narrow this one down. Among the standouts: 505green chile sauce, Aroma Fresca pesto, Heidi’s raspberry jam, Dion’s ranch dressing, Lusty Monk mustard and Cervantes’ red chile. Salsa loyalties were divided, natch, with shout-outs to El Pinto, Los Cuates, Monroe’s, Pedro’s and Sadie’s.
Lured perhaps by the new food truck gathering on Wednesday afternoons, ethnic-food-seeking shoppers knocked La Montañita Co-Op out of the top spot. Talin is clearly the place to go for Asian food, but the far-reaching selection of goods from Europe, South America and Africa makes this specialty superstore an Albuquerque essential.
The expanding Sunflower empire (four and counting in Albuquerque) impresses with its weekly cornucopia of bright, crisp fruits and vegetables. And let's not forget all those “Crazy Price” specials, which have readers gobbling up buckets of blueberries and sacks of strawberries.
Jubilation’s a safe bet for obscure craft beers, a vintage Highland Scotch or a great bottle of red. And the staff is knowledgeable and conversant to the point that you may just walk out fancying yourself a connoisseur.