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Jun 17, 2009 08:24 AM

Santa Fe Provisions (where to buy chiles and such)

Hi, I'm visiting Santa Fe over July 4th, and would love to pick up some chiles and other local food items to bring back to NYC. Does anyone have suggestions for good markets, and recs on what I might buy?

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  1. If you will be in Santa Fe on a Saturday, go to the Santa Fe Farmers Market. There are many vendors with foods you can take home, such as chiles, chile powder and some interesting fruit jams with chile. It's also a fun place to walk around tasting the food!

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    1. re: profjmm

      +1 for the farmer's market - I took 4 ziplocks of freshly roasted green chiles back East last time! You'll need to freeze those, though. And as profjimm says, lots of dry good as well.

    2. ditto on the Farmer's market. You might also try Santa fe cooking school. They have a little market with local products.

      1. You might try Montanita Coop on Alameda.
        Mostly I look for local produce and poultry/lamb/beef when I 'm there, but they have some more portable local products.

        1. Try The Chile Shop on Water Street for some things. They are right next door to Pasqual's on Water Street. Mostly caters to tourist souvenirs but you can buy Blue Corn meal, dried chile, cook books and such.

          1. Not sure about mexican markets in Santa Fe but Albuquerque is only one hour south where you can get anything you can imagine at the Pro Ranch Market. It is a huge place with all types of dried and fresh chiles, herbs, canned and packaged groceries. Take a cooler with you and you can pick up fresh masa (for both tortillas and tamales), fresh tortillas, chorizo, carnitas, salsas, vegetables like fresh garbanzos (in the pod) queso fresco, and cremas. Plan on lunch there. They have a vast menu and it is cheap and fresh. Washed down with an agua (they have around 8 types each day...watermelon, horchata, jamaica, guava). My favorite part is that you can also buy a plastic version of the big glass jar from which the waters are dispensed). The place it in the south valley at the intersection of Central and Atrisco. Good shopping!