Raspberry Fields Forever

A few weeks ago, because it was my birthday and because I love Agri-Tourism, I took a road trip to a wonderful place:  Salman Raspberry Ranch!

It was late September and the evenings were becoming cooler.  Also, the foliage was just beginning to change colors.  It was an absolutely perfect day in Mora Valley, New Mexico.

The U-Pick-It field was open for business so we picked raspberries for a while..

I must confess that I ate more raspberries that day than I probably have my whole life.  And they were positively delicious!

Randy & Angela, my traveling companions and berry pickers extraordinaire

Lunchtime at the Salman Ranch Cafe was spectacular!  I had “Fidel’s Frito Pie” made with spicy New Mexico red chile.  “Mmmmm” doesn’t begin to describe it.

Fidel’s Frito Pie

Then we visited the flower gardens at Salman Ranch.  They are planted in the flagstone ruins of what was once a tack and ferrier shop, back in the 1800’s.

The flower gardens were so wonderful, I thought they deserved their very own post.  You can find it here:  Salman Ranch Flower Gardens

The Salman Raspberry Ranch is located at the La Cueva Historical Site near Mora, New Mexico.  Its history is fascinating!  You can read about it here:  Salman Ranch History

Old Mill at La Cueva

I came home with 6 pounds of raspberries!  After the kids and I ate berries to our hearts’ content, I gave them a quick rinse and froze them in Tupperware Freezer Mates containers.  (The raspberries.. not my kids.)  My plan is to make a champagne jelly that uses raspberry juice as one of the ingredients.  I will be sure to let you know how it turns out!

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