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FRESH&EASY


LOCAL FLAVOR


A riot of organic vegetables, smoky meats and divine treats — the Santa Fe Farmers Market may be the city’s best feast . Stephanie Pearson digs in


PHOTOGRAPHY BY GABRIELLA MARKS


EVERY SATURDAY MORNING in Santa Fe the locals partake in an almost sacred weekly ritual. They wake with the sun and make their way, as early as 7 a.m. in the summer, prefera- bly via foot or bike, to the Railyard. Just a few blocks southwest of the Plaza, this gentrifying cluster of modern-art galleries is anchored by


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the Santa Fe Farmers Market, an institution that started back in the 1960s when local farmers sold organic produce out of the back of their pickup trucks. Today the market has a membership of 150 vendors who sell every- thing from organic greens to stone-ground polenta to grass-fed beef year-round under a LEED-certifi ed pavilion built especially for them. The sensory overload starts with a Mexican accordionist, a six-piece bluegrass band, or a classical guitarist jamming out to seasonally shifting aromas, maybe grilled kimchi pan- cakes, freshly cut peonies or roasting green chile. Most local shoppers are in a rush to reach their favorite booth before the vendor sells out


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