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Santa Fe Neighborhoods – Focus on the Santa Fe Railyard

Santa Fe New Mexico Living– Focus on the Railyard

Farmers Market at the Railyard

Farmers Market at the Railyard

One of the joys of living in Santa Fe is being able to shop at the twice weekly Farmers Market that takes place at the Railyard (intersection of Paseo de Peralta and S. Guadalupe Street) every Tuesday and Saturday from 8:00 am to noon. The Farmers Market offers hungry Santa Feans a cornucopia of healthy, local food choices from over 100 active vendors.  One Farmers Market rule is that all of the vegetables, fruits and nursery plants sold there must be grown in northern New Mexico.  The same is true for at least 80% of the ingredients and materials used to make all processed and craft items.

The difference in flavor, aroma and texture between locally grown fruits and vegetables and their supermarket counterparts can be dramatic. This time of year you can find fresh roasted red and green chile, pumpkins, greens, apples, eggplants, herbs, root veggies, eggs, cheeses, grassfed meats, baked goods, fresh-cut flowers, dried foods, original crafts, body care and lavender products at the Farmers Market.


Antonio and Molly Manzanares with their daughter-in-law (right) at their booth at the Farmers Market

Antonio and Molly Manzanares with their daughter-in-law (right) at their booth at the Farmers Market

Recently we decided to investigate ordering a whole lamb from Shepherd’s Lamb, one of the Farmers Market free range and grassfed meat vendors.  At $6.99 a pound carcass weight, it seemed like an opportunity to get a higher quality product at an affordable price, including hard to find cuts like the shoulder and ribs.  Joseph Wrede of the restaurant Joseph’s Table in Taos revealed that Shepherd’s Lamb is one of his favorite local products in Food & Wine Magazine.

Shepherd’s Lamb, owned by Antonio and Molly Manzanares, is located in Tierra Amarilla, in northern New Mexico.  The Manzanares’ write on their website that their “flock grazes on lush native mountain grasses (wheat grass, grama and fescues) and their favorite shrubs, such as mountain mahogany and snowberry. Another favorite feed of the lambs is plumajillo (yarrow). While on summer pasture, the flock and the shepherd’s camp are moved to a new location weekly. This allows the ewes and lambs to have access to fresh feed at all times and ensures the long term good health of the range.”


Shepherd's Lamb flock enjoying the free range

Shepherd’s Lamb flock enjoying the free range

Best of all Shepherd’s Lamb is Certified Organic which means their lambs “are 100% free of genetically modified organisms, pesticides, medications, and growth hormones.”  You can read more about how they raise their sheep and why it is so good for you here.

The website said that a full lamb would be approximately 45 to 55 pounds in carcass weight. Inspired by what we had read, we filled out the order chart which allows you to custom order some of the cuts of lamb and faxed it in.

Approximately 2 ½ weeks after we ordered our lamb, it was available for pickup at the Manzanares’ booth at the Farmers Market in two medium sized cardboard boxes and packed fresh in plastic bags suitable for the freezer.

Our lamb had a carcass weight of 49.5 pounds and yielded the following cuts of meat at a total cost of $346:

–        2  pounds ground lamb (in 2 one pound packages)

–        2.68 pounds lamb loin chops (in a 1.28 pound package and a 1.40 pound package)

–        2 pounds stew meat (in 2 one pound packages)

–        .60 pounds lamb sirloin

–        1 pound lamb arm chops

–        6.3 pounds boneless lamb shoulder (in a 3.6 pound package and a 2.7 pound package)

–        4.2 pounds rack of lamb (in two 2.1 pound packages)

–        11.3 pounds leg of lamb (in a 4.7 pound package and a 6.6 pound bone in package)

–        3.3 pounds lamb shanks (in a 1.3 pound package and a 2 pound package)

–        1.3 pounds lamb neck

–        3.16 pounds lamb ribs (in a .72 pound package, a .84 pound package and a 1.6 pound package)

Santa Fe New Mexico Living – Homes for Sale in the Railyard neighborhood 

If you are interested in living in the Railyard neighborhood, contact me, Karen Meredith, Keller Williams Realty, by e-mail or call me at (505) 603-3036 to see a list of homes for sale in the Railyard neighborhood.  I would be happy to show you any of the homes in the Railyard neighborhood.  If you have a home for sale in the Railyard neighborhood and would like a free comparative market analysis to see how much it is worth, click here.

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The People’s House: 1 Mansion Drive

This article was syndicated from the The New Mexican, click here for the original article

By: Robin Jones | For The New Mexican
Posted: Saturday, July 26, 2008

What do Princess Grace of Monaco and Ted Nugent have in common? They both were guests at the New Mexico Governor’s Mansion, enjoying the magnificent view of the Ski Basin, the city lights and, over drinks and dinner, memorable Santa Fe sunsets.

They and other visitors, both local and international, have admired the house, artwork, and grounds — and so can everyone else. The Governor’s Mansion is a place of beauty and history to be shared by all.

1 Mansion Drive has been the home to the governors of New Mexico and their families since 1955. Docent Ed Benrock notes this is the third official residence, the first being the Palace of the Governors on the Plaza (the oldest public building in America) and the second being a residence downtown near the Capitol.

The Palace of the Governors was built in the early 1600s as a series of governmental buildings spanning the north side of the Plaza. It was inhabited by New Mexico’s various governments until the 1880s. By then, it was badly in need of repair. In his biography Lamy of Santa Fe, Paul Horgan notes a “progressive movement” sought to tear down the old adobe structure and erect a newer, more modern look. Archbishop Lamy added his voice to the many opposing such a move. In 1909, the historic building became a museum.

In the early 1900s, the governor was housed at 424 Galisteo St., near the capitol building. (A new capitol building had been erected in 1886 but burned down mysteriously in 1892. The Federal Court House was the temporary home for legislation until 1900, when the structure that became the Bataan Building was established as the capitol.)

This second governor’s mansion looked a bit like Tara, from Gone With The Wind, with big white columns fronting the main entrance. The grounds were filled with shrubs and flowers — of special note was the dahlia garden and the fish pond. The mansion — filled with beautiful furniture, pets, parties, dances, and, when the children were young and lively, escapades — provided a comfortable home for the governors and their families for more than 30 years.

But by the early 1940s, the house was becoming decrepit, the foundation was sagging, the wiring was unsafe, the plumbing lamentable. According to Eunice Kalloch and Ruth T. Hall’s The First Ladies of New Mexico, one of then-Gov. Edwin Mechem’s children announced, “The place stinks!” And, unfortunately, it did; the basement had flooded.

It wasn’t until 1950, however, that the Legislature allowed funds of $100,000 for the construction of a new residence. In the meantime, a house on Old Pecos Trail served as the executive residence. The land for the new mansion was donated by former Gov. John Dempsey (1943-1947) up on Bishops Lodge Road, and the house was finished in 1955. This was the age of the automobile and the governor no longer had to walk or ride a horse to work; it now was acceptable for the governor to live away from the Capitol.

Opened by Dee Johnson

The current governor’s mansion is a modified territorial style with wide windows, deep portals and brick cornices. Like most New Mexico houses, it expanded as more room was needed and like many New Mexico houses, it doesn’t have halls, just new rooms attached directly onto the standing structure. The first family to live there was that of John F. and Ruth Simms; in residence with the governor and first lady were their five children, a cat, several dogs, horses and a burro.

The current house is 12,000 square feet divided between the public area, the private living quarters, a guest area and security. It sits on 30 acres. The original donation was 10 acres, with the increase in land both donated or purchased. The grounds include a tennis court and stables, but no swimming pool — a good thing in a drought-conscious area such as Santa Fe.

The mansion is maintained by the New Mexico Governor’s Mansion Foundation, a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization “whose responsibility is for the design, furnishings and perpetual upkeep of the public areas of the Mansion.”

The house became more than a home when the mansion was opened to the public by Dee Johnson. Visitors range from those on a mission — to see every governor’s mansion in the country — to school children on assignment, to visitors who are so taken with the residence and its docent staff they come back to visit — sometimes with cookies.

The tour

1 Mansion Drive is New Mexico — full of culture, history, art and the personal touches of the families who have lived in it. As you walk into the foyer, you pass over the New Mexico seal — a Mexican eagle grasping a snake in its beak, shielded by the American eagle, which grips three arrows — on a rug ordered by Jerry and Clara Apodaca (1975-1979). Art on loan from individuals, galleries and museums is on all the walls. On a small table to the side sits a porcelain bowl, a present from then-President Bill Clinton to Bill Richardson.

To the left of the foyer is the mansion director’s office. Straight ahead is the living room decorated in tones of beige, cream and clay; it’s a long, broad area with a grand piano, couches, fireplace, and again, art everywhere.

First lady Barbara Richardson enjoys eclectic art and has furnished much of the residence with objects from the New Mexico Folk Art Museum. A marble table from the Belen marble quarry is situated in the middle of a cowhide rug, both representing New Mexico enterprises. Black clay burnished pots from Christine Naranjo and Mary Cain are at one end of the room; at the other end is a century-old Apache basket made of sumac.

The dining room is grand and its ceiling boasts painted vigas planned by E.D. Shaeffer, who saw the design on a castle in Madrid, Spain.

The dining room table is a host’s dream — locally made from pine, it can comfortably seat 22. The Richardsons have dinner here when they are both home, dining on Lennox china, Wallace flatware and Fostoria glassware, all provided by the Mansion Foundation.

Overhead, a tin chandelier by Gary Blank illuminates the table, while a Gregory Lomayesva sculpture stands on a nearby pedestal. Docent Nancy Flint points out the oldest piece in the house, a side table from South America.

The dining room was not originally part of the house; in the late 1950s an outside portal was enclosed as the residence was used more and more for state entertainment.

The kitchen is large, as befits a governor’s mansion and its entertaining. Former first lady Clara Apodaca remembers feeding her brood of five there. “One thing we always tried to do was have dinner in the large round table in the kitchen with the children; that was important to us,” she said. “We might go to an event afterward but we always tried to have that family time.”

The large table has been moved out of the room, replaced by a cozy kitchen table at which Barbara Richardson frequently lunches, chatting with cook Lupe Jackson and executive chef Marianne Deery. On the wall above the table hangs a gift from the Zuni High School graduating class of 2006, a blue clock that minds time for governor, family and staff.

Passing through the kitchen into the den, one is surrounded by New Mexico art and gifts. Large paisley velvet lounging chairs rest atop an abstract rug by Joan Wiseman from The University of New Mexico, so that one can comfortably view a painting by Cliff (Bill) Schenck, a one-time student of Andy Warhol’s.

Nearby, in startling contrast to these governor-sized chairs, is a small wooden chair, which Ed Benrock says would fit the normal-sized person of New Mexico 200 years or so ago. It looks like a child’s chair now, and Ed emphasizes the different health and age expectancy for today’s New Mexican citizens compared to those who used to sit in that chair.

On the wall is a sketch of horse figures by Luis Jiménez; on another wall is a bulto of Santa Librada by Jose Ortega. And in another corner — every child’s delight — is a large woolly lamb, made by Felipe Archuleta, to remind visitors that New Mexico is also sheep country, not just cattle country. Two needlepoint pillows, made by the Needle Point Society of New Mexico, are propped against a couch.

Private quarters

The private quarters for the governor and family which are exactly that — private — to supply some much-needed peace and quiet to the residents. The rooms go through renovations with every new occupant, as each new governor and spouse have different needs for family, offices, studios, pets or libraries.

Moving in is hardly peaceful and quiet, though.

“I had been to the Governor’s Mansion before but I had not been given an extended tour, so I was not really prepared when we moved into the mansion on December 31, 1974,” Clara Apodaca remembers. “We were all packed up and ready but the mansion wasn’t ready for us. The carpets were still wet from being cleaned. Now, it’s customary that the governor gets sworn in at the mansion at midnight. So our first day at the mansion meant that we began entertaining, probably over 500 people that first day. And the second day was all the people from out of town after the inauguration.”

Barbara Richardson recalls her moving-in experiences: “The Johnsons were very kind and gave both of us a tour of the mansion in mid-December of 2002. Dee gave me suggestions on how she personally dealt with issues relating to the mansion and its upkeep. It took a while to move in because the private area was totally unfurnished. It had been renovated during the Johnson term and they brought in their own furniture for the remainder of their time there.

“Bill and I bought furniture for the space,” she adds, “which we have given to the state for future occupants. We also mixed in our own furniture, books and things from the sale of our house which we’ll take with us when we move.”

The Richardsons are known for establishing an elegant and patriotic air to their home within the mansion. They especially enjoy using the backyard during the summer and fall. And they share personal touches throughout the public part of the house — photographs of a relaxed and smiling Bill and Barbara Richardson, arm in arm; art from their private collection; and Bill Richardson’s prize, a guitar signed by band members of the Eagles.

The mansion has hosted a wide variety of guests.

“We had parties for our own children, but also many functions of being Governor and First Lady,” Clara Apodaca says. “One of my favorite memories was when Princess Grace and Prince Rainier of Monaco came to town. They brought their three children, and our children were there, so the kids all got together and played in the backyard. We sat and had margaritas and dinner. We toasted, we exchanged gifts, and the princess and I had a wonderful time talking about the arts.”

Mansion made available

Mary Brophy has served as mansion director since the start of Gov. Richardson’s second term. She’s in charge of all activities involving the public aspect of the mansion, from buildings and grounds maintenance to contract work and event planning. With all that on her plate, she says, it’s pretty much “go, go, go!”

While all the work is satisfying, she enjoys the events the most, she says. “My favorite events are those which involve children. They get such a thrill out of being here.”

But even more satisfying, she says, is the staff and the governor and first lady. “We all work so well together, and governor and Mrs. Richardson are so gracious to us. They make it clear that we, the staff, are the stars of this place; we always feel appreciated.

From 1950 on, diplomats from North Korea to Britain, movie stars, business executives, artists, writers, newscasters and newsmakers have passed through the mansion doors and enjoyed its hospitality. “Everyone who comes here has a good time,” Brophy says, “whether they’re taking a tour or someone famous.”

Barbara Richardson noted that while the house is the residence of the governor, “it is also a public building, which people feel privileged to use for their special occasions or just to visit.” To this end, the mansion has been made available to community groups and local events, from the Lady Lobos to a Girl Scout Reception for Distinguished Women.

In a 2004 news release, Gov. Richardson declared that “the mansion was meant to be a place to showcase New Mexico, a place to promote our state and our people. It is the people’s house.”

Santa Fe Neighborhoods – Focus on Sunlit Hills

Sunlit Hills

Sunlit Hills

Located in the Old Las Vegas Highway Corridor (along Old Las Vegas Highway to Highway 285 south) and approximately 9 miles southeast of the Santa Fe Plaza, Sunlit Hills is a community of approximately 300 homes set in a rural location on primarily dirt roads.  Most lots in Sunlit Hills average 5 acres or more. Sunlit Hills has a rolling terrain of hills and ridges, many with excellent pinon and juniper tree cover.  Not surprisingly, most homes in Sunlit Hills either sit on a sun soaked hill top with wonderful vistas or in a shallow valley with beautiful light and color.

Sunlit Hills enjoys the services of the Sunlit Hills Water District (which also services Hondo Hills), eliminating the need for private wells in most cases.  It also benefits from having few street lights to interfere with our brilliant northern New Mexico night skies.

Tennis Court at El Gancho

Tennis Court at El Gancho

Sunlit Hills also benefits from its proximity to the El Gancho Fitness Swim & Racquet Club located at 104 Old Las Vegas Highway, which has the following features:

5,000 Square Foot Cardio and Strength Training Center
20 yd. Heated Indoor & Outdoor Pool (seasonal)
Hot Tubs
Gender specific Saunas and Steam Rooms
2 Racquetball/ Squash Courts
Cushioned Aerobafloor Group Exercise Studio
15 bike Cycling Studio
7 Outdoor Tennis Courts
2 Indoor Climate-controlled Tennis Courts
Poolside Deli at the Outdoor Pool (seasonal)

Steaksmith at El Gancho is located next door to the fitness, swim and racket club and features aged beef, seafood and ribs.  Steaksmith is known for its outstanding prime roast beef and margaritas.

Other local amenities include:

Harry’s Road House, another popular restaurant located at 96 B Old Las Vegas Highway, and

Sunrise Grocery, which also has a gas station located at 52 Old Las Vegas Highway.

Homes for Sale in Sunlit Hills

If you would like to know more about any of the homes for sale in the Sunlit Hills neighborhood or for a free market analysis of how much your home is worth, contact me, Karen Meredith, Keller Williams, by e-mail or at (505) 603-3036. 

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Santa Fe Bite (formerly Bobcat Bite) Green Chile Cheeseburgers and Slaw

Santa Fe Bite Green Chile Cheeseburger - Michael Stern

Santa Fe Bite Green Chile Cheeseburger – Michael Stern

Santa Fe Bite Green Chile Cheeseburgers (Santa Fe, New Mexico)

  • Ground beef shoulder for making the patties
  • Mild or hot green chiles,  sliced
  • Butter and a touch of oil, for frying
  • Cheese slice of your choice



Green chile cheeseburger with slaw - Helen Graves

Green chile cheeseburger with slaw – Helen Graves

Bobcat Bite Slaw (from Hamburger America)

  • 1 small head white cabbage, core removed and finely shredded
  • 1/2 large green bell pepper, grated
  • 3.5 ounces caster sugar
  • 8 ounce white vinegar
  • 2 ounces flavourless oil, such as groundnut
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon celery seeds
  • 1 tablespoon mustard

Mix it all together. Keep in the fridge and give it a good stir before serving.


Toast your buns. Gently fry your chiles in a healthy amount of butter (20g or so) and begin frying your burgers. Use a cast iron pan for this unless you have a proper hot plate. When you flip the burger, it’s time to put those chiles on followed by the cheese. Once the cheese has melted you are good to go. Put the burger in the bun and serve with the slaw.  Some folks put the slaw on the bottom of the burger.