Residents and visitors alike will be happy to learn that the Taos Farmer’s Market will reopen on May 15 in the Taos Plaza.
I’m only in Taos for a short time and have never attended the market, but it’s said to be the best way to visit the historic Taos Plaza, support local New Mexico farmers, and spend a Saturday in town.
I came to Taos from the high road starting in Sante Fe. The High Road is a picturesque, winding road through the Sangre de Cristo Mountains between Santa Fe and Taos. The entire road is 105 miles long, but just half of that will take you between the two cities.
If you’re wondering what makes it the “high road” it’s because the road sits at a high elevation as if you’re driving along the treetops. There is also a “Low Road” that runs through the valleys along the Rio Grande. If nothing else, it makes for a wonderful, scenic drive.
Along the high road, you’ll see historic Chimayó, the Iglesia de la Santa Cruz de la Cañada adobe church, a few wineries and the small towns of Embudo, Dixon, Pilar.
In the towns, there are a few small shops and sometimes a little restaurant. Near Chimayo, I stopped at a weaver shop nearby with many large looms on display and original textiles for sale. Here you can watch the weaving process, learn about the craft and purchase beautiful rugs, wraps, bags and more.
Most of the small towns between Santa Fe and Taos are so little you barely notice you’ve passed through them, so drive slowly, enjoy the view, and be prepared to stop. Most of the towns at least have a small gallery or local art shop.
As you begin to approach Taos, you immediately know that you’re entering a different part of the state. The air is thinner and the hills turn to mountains.
Taos is a city famous for its pueblo architecture, snow skiing, and hipster art scene. Indeed, the type of people in Taos seem a little less reserved, less touristy, artsier.
Many creatives have called the city home including Kit Carson, Georgia O'Keeffe, Julia Roberts, D.H. Lawrence, Dennis Hopper and many others. They come for the beauty, the solitude and, I believe, the feeling that surrounds you when art is cherished.
Much like Santa Fe, with its many shops, restaurants and galleries, Taos Plaza is the center of the Taos Historic District and the Heart of Taos.
The plaza serving as the town square and it’s where residents and visitors alike conduct their shopping and gathering, including the Saturday farmer’s markets.
I spent the afternoon strolling around, peeking inside the unique shops and sampling the various sweets from the many coffee shops and bakeries. I’m looking forward to seeing what the market holds starting May 15.
Find Taos Plaza at 400 Camino de la Placita Taos, NM 87571.