On the unpaved road to Jeff’s farm near Abiquiu you pass along the Rio Chama, a river that begins up near the New Mexico town of that name, close to the Colorado border. As you can see from the muddy waters in the foreground we have had recent monsoon rains. The name of Jeff’s farm is Red Mountain. I forgot to ask where it was in the landscape but I can attest to the fact that the earth there was red in color.
I presume Jeff is irrigating his 20 acre farm with water from the Chama River. Those Cottonwood trees in the background mark the presence of the river. Even though when we met at the Taos farm market and Jeff said he had a 20 acre farm (I blogged about it 2 posts ago) I didn’t realize just how big that is until I was there in person. Jeff, and I guess many farmers like him around the area, mean business. Jeff’s location gives him a nice lower elevation, one that can extend his growing season on both ends, spring and fall.
And just to make sure he gets an early jump on the season there’s a big greenhouse. Jeff joined up with a farmer from Embudo, Steve Johnson, to form a CSA (community supported agriculture) community. If you’d like to learn more about that or might consider joining they have a website: rioarribafarms.com. Jeff and Steve set up next to one another at the Taos Farm Market, so you can meet them both there, and I’m sure they’d love to offer you their nice brochure about Rio Arriba Farms.
Looks like blackberries will be starting to happen at the farm market this weekend and beyond. And someone mentioned to me that at this time of year they go down to Mora to pick raspberries, so those could be making their way here as well.
Eggplant was in abundance. These are the lovely flowers of the plant which face downwards so to take a photo you have to get down on the ground and tilt your camera up, usually in a blind kind of way, til you get the shot. Not a problem. There were lots of tomatoes as well, but one would expect that.