farm to table adventures
As a result of Taos’s relative isolation, small farming practices, and the natives’ profound respect for the land, large agro-business has mostly passed Taos by. Without the use of intensive fertilizers and chemicals, the integrity of our soils has been preserved. While small farms existed in northern New Mexico, in the late 20th century a new breed of farmer came to make Taos their home. For some, it was an outgrowth of the communal communities of the 1960’s and ’70’s. For others, who came later, it was the opportunity to put sustainable farming practices to the test. As a result, growing locally and buying locally has become a religion for the residents of Taos. Much of the food available in the resident-owned restaurants and markets has traveled fewer than two hours from the farm to table or produce aisles. The wealth of foods: from beef, buffalo and game meats; fresh vegetables and fruits; farm-fresh eggs and chicken; locally-made wine and beer – make dining in Taos a sensual delight.
Start with lunch at the Tiwa Kitchen at Taos Pueblo, featuring fresh farm to table fare prepared with traditional, delicious Pueblo family recipes
If your first day in Taos is a Wednesday, visit Taos Pueblo and the Red Willow Farmer’s Market, open from 10am-5pm, featuring produce, eggs, meat and more from the Pueblo’s bounty. Or simply tour the Pueblo itself, the only living Native American community designated both a World Heritage Site by UNESCO and a National Historic Landmark. For an in-depth look at the traditions and history of this Tiwa Indian society, take the Taos Pueblo tour.
Check in at your favorite hotel or bed and breakfast.
Have dinner at one of our exceptional farm to table restaurants. El Meze features regionally inspired rustic comfort food. The Love Apple, with its locally sourced, organic and polished home cooked dishes, proudly posts the source of its fresh ingredients.
Finish the day with a digestif and a cool jazz performance at the Anaconda Bar at El Monte Sagrado.
Enjoy breakfast at your hotel, bed and breakfast, Taos Diner I or II, with its healthful choices or sample the fresh daily specials at Bent Street Deli. Cid’s Food Market offers eat-in or carry-out locally prepared foods for day-trip adventures.
Visit the Taos Farmer’s Market, located on Taos Plaza, for just-picked vegetables and fruits in season as well as yummy baked goods. Here you’ll find farm-fresh honey and preserves as well as beautiful floral arrangements and potted herbs.
Explore the area with the Historic Taos Walking Tour, featuring both the notable and the notorious. Most sites are located in the Plaza; the souvenir brochure is available from the Taos Visitor Center.
Immerse yourself in a Cooking Studio Taos class. You’ll work as a member of a team as Chef Chris Maher guides you in the preparation of a multi-course meal paired with complementary wines. You’ll enjoy an early dinner in the ambience of his lovely home, leaving with not only a memorable experience but all of the day’s recipes.
Finish the evening with a signature cocktail or wine at Sabroso Bar in Arroyo Seco which always features easy listening entertainment. For the latest in contemporary music and hand-crafted beers, try Taos Mesa Brewing; or visit the Adobe Bar near Taos Plaza, and enjoy a Cowboy Buddha Margarita and lively local entertainment.
Eat breakfast at your hotel, bed and breakfast or have brunch at Doc Martin’s Restaurant at the Historic Taos Inn.
Visit the Rio Grande Gorge Bridge, awarded the “Most Beautiful Steel Bridge” in the “Long Span” category in 1966, the year after its completion. It is the 7th highest bridge in the country, towering some 650 feet above the river, or
In the late morning, stroll and shop the unique specialty storefronts on the Plaza and the John Dunn House Shops, where you can find New Mexico-made preserves, condiments, sauces and spices to extend your Taos experience to your kitchen.