Reader Monte Mitzfelt e-mailed in response to Elaine Kaufmann's story about looking for breakfast in Socorro. Kaufmann wrote, “Our East Coast tourist mentality made us sure that we would find an adorable little café or something along the way [to Bosque del Apache]. Or there would be a nice little cafeteria there. Open at 6:00 a.m. With fresh coffee. And yummy homemade baked goods.”
Mitzfelt responds, “There is an adorable café, Martha’s Black Dog Café and Bakery, at 110 Manazares, just off the Plaza. Unfortunately, it opens at 7:30 a.m.” But Mitzfelt had another suggestion, too. “In a pinch, local favorite El Camino Restaurant (707 North California) is open 24 hours. They may even have some homemade baked goods.” Thanks, Monte!
New Mexico farmers noted for their sustainable agriculture practices. Michael Alexander and Sharlene Grunerud of No Cattle Company, received an honorable mention from the Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SARE) program, as part of their annual Patrick Madden Award for Sustainable Agriculture contest. Alexander and Grunerud manage No Cattle Company, an organic farm on the Mimbres River in southwestern New Mexico, and Grunerud also manages the Silver City farmers' market. No Cattle has nine acres of orchards and five acres dedicated to vegetables and flowers, but the rest of their nearly 30 acres are for wildlife. Joan Quinn of the New Mexico Organic Commodity Commission co-nominated the pair who, in addition to farming, host tours for 5- and 6-year-olds in the state’s Head Start program, university students, garden club members and farmers, hoping to share the sustainable practices that have made them successful. Congratulations, guys.
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