It is Springtime in Corrales, and quite welcome after a rather long, cold and dry winter. The general drought continues, both in the state and in the Southwest. Fire danger remains high, so if you are out, pay a lot of attention to sparks, automobile exhausts and anything that might start an unexpected fire. Vigilance is golden.
If you have a chance though, do get out for some nice long walks around the Village. The bosque, downtown, trails; all are good for a pleasant afternoon outside. Shake off the doldrums of winter and have a good look around. With a lot of luck, you may even find a batch of wild asparagus somewhere, or some edible mushrooms. In particular, look for oyster mushrooms, the white ones growing off the sides of the trees in the bosque. These are some of spring's greatest treats. Don't, of course, ever eat a mushroom you do not recognize for sure as edible.|
For more goodies, Corrales Farmer's Market will be open for the season. Great place for local produce, honey, herbs, berries and lots of other local delectables.
For great Corrales farm products, Wagner Farms will soon be up and running. They are on the east side of Corrales Road, just north of the Village Center. Nice big parking lot, you can't miss it. They have excellent locally grown produce from their farms around the valley, and Green Chile season is in full swing during August and September. Follow the smells of the best! Corn, tomatoes, squash, cucumbers, beans, salsas, and lots of other good things. There is also a nice little cafe at the market. Check out the home cooking and fresh local goodies. Wagner's Farms is an old and revered Corrales landmark.
If you find yourself wandering about in Corrales with a bit of a hunger, a another great place for a stop is Village Pizza. It is about half way through town on the east side of Corrales Road and has great food, good beer and a lot of easy, informal ambience. Also a spacious and shady patio to be enjoyed, especially when the days are a bit warm. Congratulations to the owner Greg and his family, they were awarded Best Pizza in the Alibi's "Readers Choice Restaurant Poll" and several other surveys! As of January, pizza lovers will be happy to note that the Village Pizza team has opened another location up on Rio Grande Blvd. at Griegos. Adobe walls, wood floors, a patio and all. Same great food and ambience, even the same style buffet, but now you won't have to drive all the way out to Corrales to enjoy the best in pizza if you happen to live in town. Wishing them good going and all the luck in their second location.
There has been wine making in the Corrales area since the Spanish arrived, and there is some excellent wine being made now right here in Corrales. For some of the best, check out Milagro Vineyards and Winery up on West Ella for a tasting and a few bottles to go. To quote Albuquerque's "Crosswinds" newspaper "After tasting as many New Mexico wines as we have, we're convinced Milagro makes the best wines in this state." ("A tour of New Mexico Wineries" Aug., 24, '05, Cover Story). Another quote from Jim Hammond in Albuquerque Arts, January 2010: "...which I consider one of the top wineries in the state. Milagro is a classic botique winery, with hand-tended vinyards and wines hand-crafted with respect for 'terroir'". More recently, a Milagro 2007 Chardonnay crafted by Rich Hobson won a Gold Medal at the largest American wine competition of 2010, which was hosted by the San Francisco Chronicle. Recently, the Local IQ's Ian McKay said of them: "Milagro Vinyards has been, for the last 15 years, quietly producing the Land of Enchantment's best wines". Give Mitzi or Rick Hobson a call at 898-3998 to set up a tasting appointment or visit their website: www.milagrowine.com. Use your "Back" button to return here. Enjoy!
Toward the north part of the Village center on the east side of Corrales Road is Fritz Allen's micro-brewery and pub, just down the sidewalk from the Hanselmann Pottery Gallery. They often brew a green chile lager amongst other good beers. Great place to drop by on a warm afternoon.
There is always something happening here in Corrales. Look for the "Discover Corrales" banners, or go by the Frontier Market near the Chevron station. Even if John or Jean aren't in, someone in there always knows what is happening in Corrales. If you happen to be interested in the history of Corrales, Click Here for a short overview.
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Leaving the city limits of Albuquerque to the South, visitors to Corrales feel that they have entered a simpler time, a time when rural values and open spaces gave the soul time to breath. Farms, orchards and horse paddocks are scattered throughout the community, and to the East, across the bosque of the Rio Grande, stand the mighty Sandia Mountains.
|Photographers and artists come to Corrales for it's magnificent views of ancient cottonwoods, the many examples of adobe Pueblo architecture both old and new, for the gardens and fields, and for the constantly changing play of the New Mexico light. It is a peaceful place, with interesting shops, world class restaurants and good people.|
|Tourists come to Corrales for the ambience of the Village, its peaceful Bed and Breakfasts, good food and interesting shopping. From a tourquoise bracelet to a tostada compuesta, a dried red chile ristra or an eagle wheeling overhead, Corrales is full of interesting things.|
|Corrales is a thriving town with a new Administration Center, a busy Library with over 20,000 volumes which was built by volunteer labor from the Village, and a new Senior Center. It has a dedicated Historical Society which seeks to preserve the Village's past, beginning with its first known inhabitants over 900 years ago.|
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