Sunday morning, after a breakfast of an Asian pear, mango and raspberry salad, herbed scrambled eggs, seasoned home fires, Canadian bacon and muffins shared with other guests; Red was ready to take on the world!
The first stop on Red’s agenda was the Corrales Growers Market. Corrales boasts many
fine farms that offer a wide variety of produce. Because Corrales is located in what is technically the high desert (Red drank plenty of water because he was over a mile high) it experiences four seasons. The produce offered for sale at this market was mostly hardy greens and some root crops. Red missed the chance to purchase fresh locally grown apples, peaches, raspberries and all manner of heirloom tomatoes, carrots and squash.
The folks at the Growers Market knew Red would be making an appearance and had a restored Farmall waiting for him to try out. Red was amazed to see the Growers Market was as much a social event as commerce with locals, dogs in tow, visiting as they wandered between the booths.
Next stop was the Frontier Mart – a mom and pop grocery store that has been a fixture in the village for over 36 years. Red was confused; why would a grocery store be on his agenda? He soon learned that this is no ordinary grocery store.
In addition to carrying a wide assortment of local products, the store has a well-used hitching post. Red arrived just as one of Judith’s friends rode up to purchase a cup of coffee. Red learned there are a number of hitching posts in town; the Post office, the library, the village offices, and the Corrales Bistro and Brew Pub. This is country living! Red wanted to go for a ride but the saddle only had two stirrups – not enough for Red’s four legs.
Then it was on to the Corrales Winery.
Red had a chance to visit with the winery owners and discuss some of their award winning wines. Red learned that Corrales lies in the Rio Grande Valley and that grapes and wine making has gone on here for over one hundred years. There are several wineries in Corrales; it even has a wine tour! Unfortunately Red discovered he wouldn’t have time to visit them all.
The last stop of the day was the Corrales Bosque Gallery , one of many fine galleries in Corrales. Red spent some time admiring the artwork of many local artists. Red learned that Corrales has a significant number of artists in residence and was sorry to hear he would miss the annual Corrales Art Studio Tour held in May. He considered taking home a clay sculpture done by Mariana Roumell-Gasteyer that caught his fancy but wasn’t sure it would make the trip all the way back to Woods Hole! Tomorrow – Red explores the wonders of Central New Mexico!