Tis the Season

People were starting to gather at the Taos Plaza before the official Christmas parade and lighting of the tree last weekend. There were free cups of hot chocolate and cookies along with mild temperatures. This “lighting of the plaza tree” event seems to be the earliest of the many traditional Christmas celebrations for this ever-popular season. From down town there’s no snow visible on Taos Mountain now. The latest talk is that this Sunday there’s a good chance of seeing some.

While walking from the plaza to a nearby store I noticed this creative window design. I wasn’t clear which store it was advertising but I really admired it. Taos has its charm and the holiday season can bring out some inspiration on the part of store owners trying to lure customers. It can be another reason to get out and shop around and even take a look at the rich diversity of crafts made by locals.

Here’s another store window shot, this one belonging to Wabi-Sabi, a store that focuses on gifts, mostly imported from Japan. This store is dear to my heart because they have been carrying my cards for several years now. More recently they have some of my Goddess altars on consignment. You can always count on a cup of tea while you browse.

This Kuan Yin wood altar is one example of my work displayed at Wabi-Sabi.

I’ve got my eye on these painted wood (hand carved?) flying Hanuman ornaments on sale now at the little shop at the Hanuman Temple. They’re $15 and I really admire them. I’m assuming they are imported from India?

I you’re looking for a lovely Christmas shopping experience try Country Furnishings of Taos owned by Mary Shriver. I suspect some people go there to browse just for a pick-me-up. Those are my handmade tree ornaments, which Mary’s carrying for the first time this season. She also has seasonal cards of mine and a few retablos.

Another great store to get to know, if you don’t already, is Garden and Soul, just off the plaza. They specialize in cards and local art. You’ll recognize by now that my work is well represented there with an assortment of offerings corralled in one corner. The store changed hands some months ago. The new owners are a couple, Bob and Stephanie Deavers. I’m sure they’d love you coming in and introducing yourself. Tell them I sent you, as they say.

Because of the location of my house (blocked as I am by trees and power lines) I rarely catch photos of amazing sunsets, of which we have many. I remember when I first moved to Taos I was truly astonished at their nightly show which reminded me of times past when  I lived along the Pacific Ocean in one place or another (San Francisco, Point Arena and Encinitas, all in California, and then time spent in Mexico, especially Todos Santos). There’s no ocean here, but you sure do get the sunsets.

This one caught my attention as it seemed the whole sky was ablaze. I took this shot facing east away from the setting sun.

Wishing you all well as you plot your course through shopping, celebrating and getting those packages wrapped and cards mailed in a timely fashion. Tis the season!

 

 

October’s Last Flames

 

I share this photo of Burch Street taken a couple of days ago as a nod to the beauty of October here in Toas. I see from the weather forecasts for the week ahead that we will continue to have lower temps than we’ve seen since last year this time and a noticeable lack of rain. Time to switch out those skimpy summer clothes for the layers of winter.

Closer to home, this is part of one of the apricot trees in the orchard near my house. These trees are favorites of the local ravens who favor their high branches. I have come to have a deep affection for these particular trees, their sprawling shapes, the dark color of their bark.

On a walk along Maestas road a couple of days ago with friends we ventured into a field along the Rio Chiquito River and came upon a small apple orchard that was being frequented by bears. There were luckily none in sight but their scat was all over the place.  It was a quiet, beautiful spot with plenty of apples. Unfortunately I didn’t bring my camera. I figured there are bears there because there are fewer barking dogs than around our orchard, which is also closer to a main highway, instead of a river. Still, not that far away.

 This shot of a last, lone wild plum expresses the spirit of a Japanese aesthetic called Wabi-Sabi. There is even a gift store in Taos by that name that specializes in Japanese imports.

I have a long history of discovering (and re-discovering by accident) a well-known small book that can be found in libraries in almost any town which attempts to explain it. When I found it again in the Taos library my first year here I decided to illustrate it with photography. This year I plan to do that again, with fresh photos and hopefully deeper insight. The book is available for sale at the Wabi-Sabi store.

I was at the Hanuman Temple last Sunday for lunch and a circle of people were creating this Goddess Yantra out of vegetable died rice. I had never happened on to this before and was intrigued. As it turned out there is an annual ritual event called Durga Puja that last for several days starting with the New Moon and going through the First Quarter, when the moon is half full. It celebrates Durga and various Hindu Goddesses who are aspects of her. To learn more go to the Hanuman Temple website (easy to find via Google).

This photo I took later when I attended the evening ceremony.

This was taken during the ceremony which involved various oils, prayers and finally singing and blessings. I was honored to be present. Each night there is a new Yantra for a different Goddess.

And what would the last blog of October be without the colorful generosity of squash at the farm market last Saturday? And here’s to the market itself which will be having its last event in a few days! When I think of the market I always am reminded of the glorious diversity of the Taos region, well represent by both the buyers and the farmers each week. It’s a beacon of Taos as a living example of what might have happened if most of the native population of what is now the USA had not been decimated. Weekly through the summer months it becomes a theater of integration for all who live in the region. It may sound idealistic, coming from a somewhat newly arrived Anglo, but for those of us who have mostly lived in typical US towns the contrast is both brightly real and welcome.

Potter shards discovered in my back yard

Summer’s End–October

This is an amaranth plant growing in the large garden at the Hanuman Temple in Taos. There are many varieties (colors and shapes) of this ancient plant grown by humans for their health-giving seeds. I buy amaranth seeds in bulk and add them to a mix of chia and flax which I grind in an electric coffee grinder and sprinkle on food, especially salads. I add it to pancake batter and hot cereals as well. When the plants are young I pick the leaves to add to salads, but they are definitely edible at any stage of growth.

Speaking of the Hanuman Temple…they recently had an annual festival, the Bhandara, in honor of their guru. For this popular event they do traditional Indian cooking with wood fired ovens. In an outdoor area near the kitchen there are eight of these and I was able to see them in use for my first time. I’ve always wondered how and when they were used. It seemed at the time that most of the cooking that day was over and the attention was focused on these tortilla type breads that were being placed in a large wok-shaped pan of oil. On the upper left you can see how they puff up when cooked.

Here’s a view of the cooking operation. I had heard of the annual Bhandara celebration  before I moved to Taos from a good friend in Ketchum, Idaho, who had attended it many times with her family over the years. They have a close friend who’s been associated with Ram Das most of her adult life. Likely the gathering was an extended family reunion opportunity. Now that I live here and usually go to the temple on Sundays I appreciate what a role it plays in bringing together like-minded people. It is a very inclusive, welcoming place.

This may not be a world-class photo but it introduces the seasonal ritual of ristras. Before I lived in Taos I thought they were just for looks but soon learned that to the pepper-addicted folks of the region they are a practical way to keep dried ones handy in the kitchen. The couple on the left have become two of my favorite farm market vendors. Love their radishes and often photograph their amazing flowers.

And this is a last look of the season of Barbara and Larry of Cosmos Farm in Dixon. Barbara was still stringing marigolds when I took this but said this would be their last time coming to the market for this year. For me there was something special about the beauty they brought with their marigolds and garden bounty and I’ll look forward to seeing them again next year.

It’s difficult to transition away from the season of the farm market which brings the spread-out and diverse community of  Taos together. The end of the market season is just one less reason to drive to “town” with any social expectations. Many of the farmers drive long distances to participate in the summer market and one can only imagine the work it takes beforehand–to plant, nurture, then harvest their produce in time for the weekly early morning drive, not to mention setting up their booths. What a gift of dedication to the good of the larger community! I’m sure I can say WE ALL thank you!

I’m not sure of the date of the last farm market but I can feel it’s soon. Last night our temperatures dipped below freezing for the first time of the season. I check the weather online so knew it was coming. I harvested all my unripe tomatoes and cut all my marigold flowers to make the strings I so love. I can take down the faded ones I made last year now and enjoy the fresh orange color and the smell of the new ones.

I am adding a stewed apple recipe to this blog for folks who both like to eat healthy and find they have an over-abundance of apples (like me). It comes from an ayurvedic cookbook (Eat Taste Heal), is great for balancing Vata, and is dairy and gluten free.

Ingredients:

2 apples, peeled, cored, and sliced

4 or 5 dried apricots, soaked in hot water 20 minutes

4 dates, preferably Medjool, pitted and cut in half

2 C water

1 tbsp maple syrup

1 tbsp grated fresh ginger (I say “or less”)

1/4 tsp. ground cinnamon, and same amount of cardamom

Put all ingredients in medium (small?) saucepan. Bring to boil over high heat. Reduce to medium-low, cover and simmer for at least 5 minutes (or longer? I say). With a ladle, transfer 1/3 of the contents, including juice, to a blender and process to a puree. Stir this back into the pan and serve warm.

Keeps well in the fridge for a week or so (my comment).

Cottonwood leaves along the curb…

Petree’s Nursery in Spring

You’d have to include a scenic location when compiling a list of great things about Petree’s Nursery. Yes, those are the Taos mountains in the background and the homes and such between Blueberry Hill Road and the Taos Pueblo.

I’d heard of this nursery and even driven by the sign on Blueberry Hill a couple of times in the short 2 years I’ve lived in Taos. There’s nothing to see as you pass the sign, just a road heading right off to who knows where? But lately I began to have a passion about locating some organic plant food (forget Ace or WalMart) and that’s how I ended up at Petree’s. There were so many choices there it was hard to decide. I ended up taking the recommendation of the helpful clerk and chose her own favorite, a well-rounded dry mix of nutrients called “rose food.”

So back to the right turn at the Petree sign on Blueberry Hill (if you’re coming from the south) I followed the road (Petree Lane) as it headed rather straight downhill. The elevation of the retail area pictured here is dramatically lower than original turn at the top. This place was a real discovery for me in so many ways. I asked the owner, Sylvia, if I could take these photos for a Taos blog and all she said was “make it pretty.” She did share that the nursery became a company in the early 90′ after she and Mr. Petree became a couple. He already owned the land and together they created what you see today.

This is what’s inside those greenhouses in the last photo. Everything you’d need to get your garden off to an early start. I tend to plant my own seeds, especially things like peas and salad greens (arugula, kale, parsley, chard, lettuces, cilantro) which are not that fussy about cool night temperatures. When it comes to cucumbers and tomatoes I like to wait and then buy plants toward the end of May. Because our summers are relatively short it pays to let someone do the greenhouse work for you. That is if you want your tomatoes starting to make fruit in July. Yes we do!

If you’re new to Taos I hope it doesn’t take you as long as it did me to discover the joys and various services of Petree’s. It’s quite a place.

Saturday at the farm market my friend, Lauren, learned what those wagons at the official Taos Farm Market booth are for, and they’re free for the asking. I don’t think I saw those last summer. How nice! Every week there are more farmers with booths and more customers appreciating what’s coming into season. Peas are starting to show up and they are in high demand when word gets out. My personal favorite buy right now is the $4 bag of fresh sprouts, including sunflower sprouts, which I love. Favorite flower starting to show up: Dalias.

I don’t recall the grower but one booth was offering this freshly picked camomile, with the suggestion that you allow it to dry then use it for making tea. I loved the fresh beauty of it and the container too. I’d bet the tea that results will have a more delicious flavor than store bought.

This peacock was putting on quite the show Sunday at the Hanuman Temple. He allowed plenty of time for crowds to gather and camera toters to find their equipment. Loved this photo of the intent observers.

And that would be the “object of attention” there on the lower left, the female. This is the first time, for all the many times I’ve been to the temple on a Sunday, to see this display. The building that houses the temple room is just behind the peacock.

Alfalfa blossoms

More Spring Marching

Yes, this is a tulip I discovered at the Hanuman Temple last Sunday. I was a little shocked to identify it. I love the mandala arrangement of colors. The day was perfect for eating outside. A friend of mine even brought a blanket for “picnic style” dining. It was a good day for counting blessings.

This is the temple property’s vast garden area. It looks like preparations for the new season are at hand. The greenhouses to the left are part of the garden but the property line to the north ends just before those residences visible on the upper right. Not only are the food and flowers grown here used “in house” but when there is sufficient excess the garden staff have a booth at the Taos summer farm market.

Wish I could remember the name of this flowering bush that blooms in early spring. Not the greatest photo, but it reminded me of my Oklahoma childhood home. I was in Santa Fe on Monday delivering some new paintings to the Gallerie Corazon and saw lots of bright yellow Forsythia bushes also blooming, another bush I recall bloomed around Easter time.

This is my favorite Taos tree, an old apricot along Placita near the turn down Ledoux. The first summer (2010) I lived in Taos it even bore fruit. Last year, sadly, there was no fruit to be had anywhere. I can only wish this tree the “luck of the draw” this spring. At 7,000 feet it’s hard to be overly optimistic.

Just a week ago I took this photo of the aspen tree near my house. No one would be surprised to see some nighttime snow again before long. Our night temperatures have been consistently just below freezing, while the daytime temps this week are in the high 60s and low 70s. I’ve been taking advantage of the warmth and spending more time outside getting ready for the gardening season. Today I transplanted several early annual flowers (bachelor buttons) that are coming up from seed. And speaking of changes I attended my first tennis clinic of the season on Tuesday morning at the Southside Taos Spa.

Taken yesterday– the very old apricot trees in the orchard just to the west of my house. They too are hearing the call to make fruit. Notice the s-shaped acequia ditch in the grassy area just to the left of the trees. Like last year there is not much snow up on the Sangre de Christo mountains so we can’t expect a good year for water from the acequia system.

One of the new flower paintings–White Rose, 10X10

Marching into Spring

Hello! yes, thats a tiny pile of snow on the left and a flowering spring crocus next to it. I can always count on the Hanuman Temple to provide these early signs of spring. They have flower beds next to a south-facing adobe wall–a perfect situation for the earliest blooms I know of here in Taos. Here in my own garden areas there are also signs of green emerging, notably bachelor buttons and the blue flax that grows so well here. It will be time before long to plant those delicious peas I like to grow. They don’t mind a degree of cold.

While at the temple I walked around to the back of the building and took this photo of the snow melting off the roof. Just to my left along the path is the dry acequia ditch. I expect the flow will be returning soon.

About a week ago I noticed this young aspen tree starting to bud out. We don’t see many aspens in Talpa. I presume this one was planted as landscaping for the house in front of my casita. It seems to be finding what it needs to thrive.

Here’s a closeup of the aspen buds opening. It reminds me of Ketchum, Idaho, where there were so many aspens, both in the wild and planted for landscaping.

Moving to Taos from Ketchum has made for some interesting comparisons, so much alike and yet so different. Skiers can really appreciate the similarities I’d guess. Up on the ski slopes things probably seems pretty much alike. But here in Taos the ski area is not accessible directly from town (free shuttles), like in Ketchum, nor is it visible from anyplace I’ve been. So Taos does not appear to be a ski town, though it might have that identity to those who frequent the slopes.

This is a recent sunset photo taken from the drive in front of my house. I don’t have the best view for sunset photos as there are trees and bushes or telephone lines just about everywhere you try to point a camera. Still some evenings the light is so compelling you just have to grab your camera and rush outside just to see what you can see.

That same evening I took this. I had fun positioning the moon just so among the branches of this apple tree near my house. There’s always an opportunity for a photo like this a couple of days before the actual full moon, as the moon rises in early evening to the east of my house.

Speaking of east of my house, I took this photo a couple of weeks ago at the same time of day, toward dusk. Now that’s a strange cloud. For me it kind of epitomizes what you’d expect to see here in Taos, but perhaps after you live here awhile you start to think our skies are uniquely mysterious.

Last summer’s dried marigolds and zinnias.

Temple’s Annual Bhandara Festival

 

Over the past 10 years or so I’ve heard fond tales of attending the annual Bhandara Festival, here at the local Hanuman Temple, from an old friend in Ketchum, Idaho. She had been many times with various friends and family members over a long span of time. So finally, a week ago, I got myself to this year’s festival. Usually it’s hot but this year it was cool and rainy, no doubt creating some logistical issues, if not the big puddles I discovered in the parking lot. I did arrive during a dry period just in time for the “Ram Lila,” an annual staged reenactment of the deeds of Lord Ram, Sita and the monkey Hanuman.

The three girls in this photo are playing the terrifying demons who threaten a happy ending to the story and the young boy is a bear. You can tell by his short, but furry, tail and the overall brown look.

The main focus of the festival is an annual prayerful commemoration of the death of the temple’s guru, Neem Karoli Baba, September 11, 1973. To learn more you can visit the temple’s website and select “festivals.”

Can’t recall how this elephant fit into the story but it was an interesting photo. That’s the lovely couple in the upper left corner, Ram and Sita.

This fine gentleman (wish I had learned his name, sorry), who served as one of two narrators of the story, was sporting a live snake around his neck. I found that very impressive, to say the least. Ahh, Taos, how you live up to the myth just when I least expect it. Get’s me every time, right in the sweet spot of my heart. This was taken during the bowing end of the play. For the performance he was sitting on a throne and he managed to look very at home there.

As part of my volunteer work for the upcoming SEED3 art show I volunteered to go over to Gael Minton’s flourishing garden and take some photos for promotional materials in the show’s exploratorium room.

I selected this one to mark the hint of fall colors peeking out here and there. I think some night temperatures have reached the low 40s so far. Well, it all depends on your location here but I got that number from the local weather stats delivered via the internet from the Weather Channel.

Gael’s garden is not too far from where I live and she has access to acequia water there that comes from the same Rio Chiquito “mother” ditch as ours, just different branches. I took a tour of her garden in the spring and blogged about it but there wasn’t much to photograph at that time. I’m trying to make up for it a bit here. She calls her place Squash Blossom Farm and it’s a CSA (community supported agriculture) farm. I greatly admire her beautiful and wise food production and her passion for preserving the acequia tradition here in the Taos valley.

Calendula seeds emerging from the flower head

Farm Market Hums Along

There were more incredible flowers this week at the farm market brought by the couple who had those first-in-market sunflowers a month ago. This week they had giant zinnias and an almost purple rose, plus pink Echinaceas. The husband, who’s handling the sales, says it’s all his wife’s doing, that she is the queen of flowers. I’m convinced of that. She is sitting in the back, but enjoying the praise.

This brings back memories of my garden in Ketchum, Idaho, that had a lot of Echinaceas. I do have the cosmos you see in the upper right starting to bloom now. It will eventually dominate my front flower garden.

Jeff and Tanya at Talpa Gardens had these adorable Rhode Island Red chicks for sale, a big attraction at their booth. Of course I wanted to take them home but my landlord has forbidden keeping chickens. Don’t ask me why. I’ll wait for a better situation…but it’s one of my visualizations. I had them when I was living in the California back-woods back in the 70s.

I loved seeing this wild arrangement decorating the Hanuman Temple’s produce booth. The dark red is amaranth I’m pretty sure. The temple property has a huge garden area, not surprising since they focus so much on cooking and feeding people. You can bet this time of year their meals are full of really fresh ingredients, plus their secret ingredient, love and devotion.

The most exciting discovery of the day was meeting a farmer, Juan Sebastian, who’s part of White Mountain Farm in Mosca, CO. He explained that this was his first trip of the season down to the Taos Farm Market. What caught my eye were these 1 lb. bags of quinoa. He also had 5 lb. and 25 lb. bags. He explained that his farm is now specializing in organic quinoa crops and they were the first in the country to grow marketable quantities back in the 80’s. If you visit their website, linked above, you can learn more about the history of this San Luis Valley farm. Interestingly I’ll be passing by Mosca on my way to a family reunion in Colorado tomorrow.

Juan Sebastian also shared that he came here from Huehuetenango, Guatemala. He had a wife and son with him but he seemed to be the only one in the family who was speaking English. The farm also specializes in organic potatoes and is shipping their quinoa and potatoes through the site. If you’re lucky enough to live in Alamosa his farm sells produce weekly there. I’d like to see how the quinoa crop looks in the ground and take photos but not sure I’ll have the time this trip. He showed me some leaves from the plant and they looked very much like lamb’s quarters or the red-leaf orach, which I have growing. The quinoa leaves are edible raw or cooked as you would spinach.

If you haven’t cooked quinoa I highly recommend it. It is one of nature’s most perfect foods. It is not a grain but rather a small round seed, similar to millet. It cooks quickly (15 – 20 minutes) and has a delicious nutty flavor. I eat it now more often than rice and it substitutes well for it. It is amazingly high in protein and is especially helpful for those who do not eat meat, or not much of it. I felt we were very fortunate to have this helpful ancient plant growing so regionally. Sadly they can’t compete with the grocery store per pound price of quinoa, but for those who can pay more it would be a wise thing to do, to support this endeavor.

Love

Monsoon Season

Took this photo mid-day today–my favorites, hollyhocks, next to my favorite Taos cafe/restaurant, El Gamal. Note the monsoon type clouds in the sky. The intermittent clouds provide times of shade or at least filtered sun during the days and this is a great relief now with highs flirting around 90 degrees. A little late afternoon rain can really drop the temperatures and raise the spirits of everyone. I can’t report that we’ve had near the actual amount of rain we need, but it does feel like a blessing when it comes. The smell of moist earth is like an elixir.

My zucchini squash has started blooming but I loved seeing this abundance of squash blossoms at the farm market yesterday. Since we are in the world of the “Three Sisters” here (squash, corn and beans) I know these flowers are integrated into local cooking traditions. I can’t think of that many foods where we eat the flower of the plant, other than those we can add to summer salads.

You are looking at my first zucchini squash to reach edible size. Well, I’ll give it a couple more days. I like the sensation of visually moving into the inner sanctum of a garden plant like this. The large leaves of the zucchini plant usually cover this view. As any gardener knows zucchinis are one of the most expansive and giving of all the food plants. It’s truly one of those “plant the seed and stand back” awesome miracles.

Now my tomatoes are a different story. I have just begun to construct a cage for them that grows upward as they reach higher, to give support to the precious fruits. Last summer in this same location I believe the “cage” reached the height of my shoulders. I admit it developed a gradual lean, a little to the south, but it held up to the end. I’m using what material I have on hand, sticks (and garden twine).

Last summer I planted Heavenly Blue Morning Glories in the place where this year I planted my peas. They were spectacular, with amazing flowers I photographed all summer. This year they are growing on a tipi of sticks I built in the flower bed closest to the front porch–a welcoming public situation. They are eagerly climbing up now as fast as they can, fully committed to their destiny of beauty.

Root vegetables are starting to appear in the market, beets, potatoes, onions, and everyone’s favorite, carrots. These beauties were grown by Isidro Rodrigues on his farm in Chamita, down near Espanola. I was asking his permission to take the photo for my blog when I began to realize he speaks only Spanish. Fortunately his next door neighbor at the market was a fellow farmer and friend from the same area and he was happy to translate. I will send a link to this blog to his friend today. He said he would show it to Isidro on his computer.

Ever vigilant for an opportunity to photograph seeds for the art I will create for the Seed3 show this fall, spied this mandala in the garden at the Hanuman Temple last Sunday. I have some similar images from last summer, but none with quite the perfection of this one.

And on the topic of seeds, some of you loyal readers will recall the early spring photos of a perennial Wild Blue Flax that showed up around my house. For the most part those plants are in the seeding stage now.

Whatever stage plants are in these days I’m sure they, like us humans, are enjoying the monsoon’s moisture and shade, and the occasional rain.

Peas & Hollyhocks

Took this photo yesterday. Had to make an unplanned stop when I saw hollyhocks blooming along the main street of Taos. I guess when it comes to certain flowers I am a passionate journalist photographer. I’ll show you one of my small hollyhock paintings at the end of this blog and you’ll see the LOVE in it. My affection for hollyhocks is hardly new but it’s one of those unexpected and endearing things I love about Taos, they’re plentiful in the historic district.

While on the topic of flowers I found this beauty of a peony at the Hanuman Temple last Sunday. They have good perennial landscaping around their main building so lots of early blooms which adds to the charm of going there this time of year.

Here’s another photo of the grounds of the temple with its nice mix of trees, bushes and perennial beds. These great Oriental poppies will be history very soon, but they do make a wondrous statement when they appear. As you see they can thrive in the Taos climate zone, as will peonies.

Ever vigilant on the topic of seeds I offer this photo taken in my garden a few days ago. My peas are starting to make moves toward blooming and the resulting pea pods. It’s not too surprising as peas are the main crop at the farm market this week (and last). It’s a short season and the first big excuse people have for showing up at the market. Here the shelling peas offered for sale are called “sweet peas,” not to be confused with peas as flowers, which is what I’ve always called “sweet peas.” And yes, Virginia, peas are seeds.

Here are the farm market peas that are available now in huge piles and at good prices. If I were the “food saver” type I would buy up a lot of them and freeze them or something. They are very tasty and well selected for ripeness.

And to follow up on the “June grass” topic this is the state of the alfalfa field that is ready to be mowed I’d guess. The grass has jumped over the alfalfa in height, making it look like a field of “just grass.” Everywhere around my house I see different types of grasses, aware that they’re all trying to seed now. Same goes for some of those early weeds that pop up in spring. They’re rushing to reproduce their species before their roots lose access to spring’s moisture.

Toward the end of my camera-in-hand stroll through the market Saturday I spied this arrangement of nature’s beauty and bounty and asked if I could take a photo. I found I was meeting the two women who are Puddin’ Foot Farm and Jaguar Moon Sew Shop, now operating out of Arroyo Seco.

It didn’t take me long to realize these women were the friends of a friend from Boise who moved to New Mexico last year. Well, that makes four of us “called” here from Idaho in 2010. I was so excited to meet them that I forgot to write down their names but I can give you a link to their website: www.jaguarmoonsewshop.com. I plan to visit their new farm with my Boise friend soon (she used to belong to their CSA in Boise) and will definitely blog about it and provide actual names of the two adventurous women whose motto is “Know your grow-er, know your sew-er!!”