Santa Fe shopping: places foodies won’t want to miss

Santa Fe is a food-loving city. Before deciding to move here 10 years ago, we carefully checked out the availability of fresh, organic food. Santa Fe easily met all our food criteria. There was  Whole Foods, Wild Oats (since bought by Whole Foods), Vitamin Cottage (who is working to rebrand as Natural Grocers), a food co-op and a thriving farmers market. It was made for us. A little less than a year after we arrived, Trader Joe’s came to town.

There were a few upscale specialty food stores when we arrived; more are coming all the time. Here are some place you might enjoy shopping, either in person or online, if you love food as much as we do.

Santa Fe shopping: upscale specialty food shops

Kaune's Market, photo/ Cheryl Pick Summer

Kaune’s Neighborhood  Market, photo/ Cheryl Pick Summer

Kaune’s Neighborhood Market
We’d heard about Kaune’s and their wonderful butcher for a few years before we even dared to go in. People always mentioned how expensive it was. Here’s the big secret, Kaune’s, who says their meats are hormone and anti-biotic free, has some really great prices if you know what to look for. While they offer aged USDA Prime meat, that’s not what we buy. They usually have the best price in town on hormone and antibiotic free fresh-ground hamburger meat (85 and 90%) in town. They grind lamb our lamb as we wait and they have a great price on center-cut pork chops and they know just how Steve likes them. Last spring they renovated and look like an upscale gourmet grocery. We sometimes miss the old, funkier Kaune’s, but the new one sure has more eye-appeal for the average shopper. Besides meat they offer produce, lots of gourmet packaged foods and a selection of mundane grocery items. They also have a large selection of wines, beer and spirits.

An array of olive oils and vinegars at Oleacae, photo/Steve Collins

An array of olive oils and vinegars at Oleacae, photo/Steve Collins

Oleacea
Oleaceae, located on Old Santa Fe Trail in La Fonda (and also accessible directly from the hotel) is a must for olive oil and vinegar fans. Their collection of plain and flavored EVVOs running from light lemon to an exquisite roasted butternut squash seed from New York State  is a foodie’s dream. Add a collection of over 30 balsamic vinegars, both white and dark that range from flavor infused options to a 25 year old traditional. They also have a large selection of sea and Himalayan salt that will delight salt lovers. They also carry a few other gourmet items. What we most love about the store is the knowledge and passion of those who work there and that you can taste just about everything.

Nicole, Ammerman one of the owners of Santa Fe School of Cooking, photo/Steve Collins

Nicole, Ammerman one of the owners of Santa Fe School of Cooking, photo/Steve Collins

Santa Fe School of Cooking
Besides giving cooking classes, the Santa Fe School of Cooking has a bright, airy shop that offers a variety of local foods along side USA and imported food, cookware, cooking and kitchen accessories, and cookbooks from local authors (including award-winning ones). If you’re looking for that hard to find ingredient, especially for cooking New Mexican or southwestern dishes, check them out.

Paella Ingredients at The Spanish Table Santa Fe, photo/Steve Collins

Paella Ingredients at The Spanish Table Santa Fe, photo/Steve Collins

The Spanish Table

The Spanish Table is part of a small chain with three stores in California besides their Santa Fe location. They are the source for imported Spanish foods and the vessels to cook and serve them in. Their paella pans run from ones that would serve two person pans to gargantuan ones that can accommodate 50 servings. Want a special paella burner? The Spanish Table sells them, too. They also carry the basic ingredients for this traditional dish including Spanish chorizo. In addition, shoppers will find clay pots, cataplanas (hinged, domed pans which clamp closed to seal in moisture), pottery dishes and an assortment of Moroccan tajine pots and as well as a selection of Spanish cookbooks and music.

REALLY specialty shops

Display case at CG Higgins' Lincoln Avenue shop, photo/Steve Collins

An array of chocolates at CG Higgins’ Lincoln Avenue shop, photo/Steve Collins

Chocolates
Clearly, Santa Feans love their chocolate. It arrived in northern New Mexico with the Spanish in the late 1500s. Archeologists have found evidence of chocolate dating back over 1,000 years in Chaco Canyon. Four local chocolatiers have branded themselves as the Santa Fe Chocolate Trail and there is a fifth one located on the south side of town. You can read about them all here.

Coffee and Tea

Artful Tea, photo Steve Collins

Artful Tea at the Santa Fe Farmers Market Shops, photo/Steve Collins

ArtfulTea at the Santa Fe Farmers Market Shops offers a large selection of teas, many hand-blended by shop owner Karen Gardiner. The shop stocks black, green, oolong, white  herbal and mates.
Ohouri’s Coffee is the place to go for locally roasted coffee. Enjoy a cup of joe or a fancy coffee drink or a cup of tea. You can take the beans home by the pound, either whole or ground at the store and and brew your own at home. They also offer coffee-related items.

The Spice Lady, Cordova Road, Santa Fe. photo/Steve Collins

The Spice Lady, Cordova Road, Santa Fe. photo/Steve Collins

Herbs and Spices
The Spice Lady, 509 West Cordova Road, is chock full of  herbs and spices from all over the world for serious cooks or people wanting to make their own herbal teas and infusions. She also has a selection of gifts.

Coming soon

The Real Butcher Shop, opening in Santa Fe in 2014 photo/Steve Collins

The Real Butcher Shop, opening in Santa Fe in 2014 photo/Steve Collins

Santa Fe foodies and Farmers Market regulars know Pollo Real, producers of organic chickens.. Owner, Tom Delehanty, has been planning and working to open The Real Butcher Shop in the Solana Shopping Center on West Alameda, for over a year. They thought they’d be open Thanksgiving 2012, but it never happened. Delehanty says he is shooting for an opening date in early 2013. He still has some loose ends that need tying up. Besides offering local sustainably-raised meat and poultry, there will be charcuterie, BBQ, a range of locally produced foods and a café. We’ll update this when the shop is open,

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One Response to “Santa Fe shopping: places foodies won’t want to miss”

  1. Agness
    December 10, 2019 at 5:49 pm #

    Great list! Are you both supporters of organic products? I’ve heard it’s so popular in America nowadays to buy fresh and organic products from local organic stores :). I love the idea!

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