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America's Best Farmers' Markets

Santa Fe Farmers Market, Santa Fe, New Mexico

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Santa Fe Farmers’ Market, New Mexico

The Spread: Distinctly southwestern produce is on display at this Saturday market in Santa Fe’s rail yard, where 100 vendors gather to sell locally grown white sweet corn and blue-corn posole; bolita beans and mesquite cactus honey; buffalo sausages; heaps of organically grown dried chiles, including ancho, guajillo, and habanero; and more than 100 heirloom tomato varieties, including Oaxacan Jewel, Purple Smudge, and Rose Quartz.

Most Unusual Find: Jujubes—desert fruits whose origins date back thousands of years to the Indian subcontinent—from SunStar Herbs in Madrid, NM. When dried, jujubes are often called red dates, and they make an excellent trail food; when steeped into tea, they purportedly have medicinal properties.


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