Coffee from Old Town Farm. Photo courtesy of Old Town Farm.
One Albuquerque experience I highly recommend is the weekly Bike-In-Coffee event at Old Town Farm from 8am to 2pm on Saturdays and Sundays. I recommend starting The BikeSmith — a family-owned bicycle rental, retail and repair shop owned by Richard and Rose Noland — where you can rent a bike starting at $35 for the day depending on the style. From there, you can easily access the scenic Bosque Bike Trail, featuring 16 miles (16 kilometers) of paved multi-use trails with highlights along the way like public art along Tingley Beach, the Rio Grande Valley State Park, the Rio Grande Nature Center, the Albuquerque Biological Park and the National Hispanic Cultural Center.
Just off the trail you’ll come to Old Town Farm, a working farm catering to cyclists. Tour the farm to see their delicious crops and beautiful horses before enjoying farm-to-fork food fare and delicious coffee over conversation with new friends. After experiencing the event for myself, I can honestly say the food is out of this world, with farm owners Lanny and Linda along with the help of their talented staff serving up dishes like caprese salad, green chile quiche, borscht, raspberry tarts, fresh breads, home-made honey, fig lemon pecan jam and more. For a better idea of the experience, check out the photos below.
Rio Grande Nature Center State Park
Old Town Farm
Old Town Farm dining table
Fresh Caprese salad
Old Town Farm horse stables
Parked bikes at Old Town Farm
Borscht, mini quiches, Caprese salad and a fluffy roll.
The lunch spread at Old Town Farm
Old Town Farm
An enormous squash at Old Town Farm
Jessica Festa is the editor of the travel sites Jessie on a Journey (http://jessieonajourney.com) and Epicure & Culture (http://epicureandculture.com). Along with blogging at We Blog The World, her byline has appeared in publications like Huffington Post, Gadling, Fodor’s, Travel + Escape, Matador, Viator, The Culture-Ist and many others. After getting her BA/MA in Communication from the State University of New York at Albany, she realized she wasn’t really to stop backpacking and made travel her full time job. Some of her most memorable experiences include studying abroad in Sydney, teaching English in Thailand, doing orphanage work in Ghana, hiking her way through South America and traveling solo through Europe. She has a passion for backpacking, adventure, hiking, wine and getting off the beaten path.