If you haven’t visited the new shops at the Santa Fe Farmers’ Market, this would be a good time. The remodeled retail space, which includes Café Fresh, the new espresso bar, has really hit its stride.

Café Fresh uses locally roasted, organic coffee beans from Aroma Coffee and organic dairy and dairy alternatives such as soy or almond milk. The café also offers local honey, organic Bhakti chai, spicy and organic hot ginger tea. Chimayó red chile powder is used to make Mexican Mochas. Organic flavorings are available for coffee drinks.

Particularly notable at Café Fresh is the delicious green drink. The café’s baristas shop at the farmers’ market for this healthy smoothie’s ingredients: kale, chard and sprouts, all from local farms. The addition of organic bananas, strawberries, chía seeds and honey create the sweet flavor.

Café Fresh is small but has many food offerings, including soups, bagel sandwiches and quesadillas. Whenever possible, the ingredients for soups and sandwiches come from the farmers’ market. Gluten-free cookies and decadent pastries are sourced from local bakeries. There is quiche from Crumpackers Bakery on Sundays, when the Railyard Artisan Market occupies the pavilion space.

The café also has handcrafted mugs for sale, crafted by local potters.

All the proceeds from Café Fresh and the other café, in the market hall, directly benefit the Santa Fe Farmers’ Market. The market is open year-round on Saturdays. Café Fresh and the other shops are open an hour later than the farmers’ market, until 2 p.m. every Saturday and on Sundays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. During the Tuesday market, which starts on May 5, the café opens at 8 a.m. and closes at 1 p.m. In June, the market will switch to its summer hours, opening at 7 and closing at 1.

 

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