Corrales: Loma Larga Road Main Canal Acequia

Corrales: Loma Larga Road Main Canal Acequia
by Chris Lucas

Sitting smack dab in the middle of the most populous area of New Mexico, the burgeoning metropolis of Albuquerque, the often sedate Village of Corrales still strives to retain it's rural character. The image above & below are examples of that tradition--this acequia is the Main Corrales Canal, which runs the length of the town along Loma Larga Road, & provides water via dozens of turnouts serving the many private farms. Acequias are community-operated canals that carry water from the river to the fields.Originally used in Spain, the idea migrated to the modern-day Southwest, & Northern NM specifically, around 400 years ago. Above is a padlocked gate-lock, opened only by the acequia Mayordomo; the canal was already running in mid-March, ready to irrigate the Corrales farmlands. For a more complex article about the small Village of Corrales, click here.
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There's a lot going on in Corrales, New Mexico

There's a lot going on in Corrales, New Mexico
by Chris Lucas

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MetroABQ Newsletter -- March: Corrales

MetroABQ Newsletter -- March: Corrales
by Chris Lucas

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Flyer: 941 Camino de la Tierra, Corrales NM 87048

Flyer: 941 Camino de la Tierra, Corrales NM 87048
by Chris Lucas

Click for the 3-D Virtual Walking Tour for 941 Camino de la Tierra.  Read More


Two Offerings Unique to the MetroABQ (reprint)

Two Offerings Unique to the MetroABQ (reprint)
by Chris Lucas

Just east of the West Side Cottonwood Mall shopping district, across the Rio Grande, is an amazing jumping off point for the miles of trails & bike paths along the river and beyond. You can go from the stop-and-go streetlight congestion around the Mall area, to the serene Rio Grande Bosque trails within seconds after crossing over the Alameda Bridge.
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Greater MetroABQ Growers Markets -- Map & Times

Greater MetroABQ Growers Markets -- Map & Times
by Chris Lucas

MetroABQ Growers Markets, Interactive Map: Read More


Silver Leaf Farms — Another reason to love Corrales!

Silver Leaf Farms — Another reason to love Corrales!
by Chris Lucas

Corrales In Winter

Silver Leaf Farms: Another Reason to Love Corrales

Corrales was originally a farming community, and it retains a lot of that character to this day. The land is mostly divided into acre lots, and organic and pesticide-free crops are grown on many of the very fertile 11.3 square miles of river valley land within the town.

Have you heard of Silver Leaf Farms? You may already have eaten their pesticide-free vegetables if you visited any of a bunch of MetroABQ restaurants: Farm & Table, Los Poblanos, Torino’s, The Grove, The Shop, Farina; they also sell to La Montanita Co-op and Whole foods. I’ve bought vegetables from them at the Downtown Growers Market and the Corrales Growers Market.

.Silver Leaf Farms Pickles

Silver Leaf Farms has the run of five acres of indoor and outdoor gardens; the 10,000sqft Corrales greenhouse allows them to grow year-round– hydroponic tomatoes and other vegetables are picked and shipped to local restaurants, grocers, farmer’s markets, and, beautifully, they provide vegetables to the Cochiti, Santo Domingo and Bernalillo school systems, among others. Read about the Corrales little Free Library.

Recently, Silver Leaf Farms installed an $18,090 6.1 kW photovoltaic solar array system for the farm; they were helped out with grant money from the government for small farms. At the presentation to Silver Leaf Farms from the United State Dept. of Agriculture, Rural Development, the presenter stated that, “In the long run this project will help the environment through the use of clean energy and will help Silverleaf Farms save money and become more profitable.” The solar array has replaced thirty-three percent of the farms energy usage. From one of the founders, Aaron’s Facebook Page:

“Our aim is to bring the finest locally grown, chemical-free produce to the market to feed the local community and to prove that sustainable agriculture is possible. I built the greenhouse, cleared the land, began cultivating and can now say with pride that everything I bring to market is delicious, healthy produce that I grew, harvested and love to eat myself. I consider myself “beyond organic”: I use natural fertilizers and no chemical pesticides, herbicides or fungicides.”

As Silver Leaf Farms is now year-round, I’ve been buying their pickled beets and pickled cauliflower when I can find them. Never had pickled beets? They are more tasty then you can imagine! Try one and you’ll know… After the beets are gone, the leftover beet-red juice makes a fantastic salad dressing.

More about Corrales here…

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