Salman Raspberry Ranch
A visit to the Salman Ranch is a tradition in Northern New Mexico, and is not to be missed when vacationing in Taos or Santa Fe. Locals have been picking their own delicious raspberries, and giving Salman Ranch Gift Baskets for special events and special occasions for decades. Stroll through history in the magnificent gardens surrounded by the original 19th Century corral walls, or shop for Salman Ranch's famous raspberry products in the store, where the original counters, windows and shutters bring you back to a bygone time of the Old West. And if you can't visit the ranch yourself, you can shop for Salman Ranch products and gift baskets online!
Pick Your Own Lucious, Perfectly Ripened Raspberries!
If you come in August, dress casually, and come prepared to pick your own delicious raspberries in the well-tended fields watched over by the original Hacienda. Experience what locals have made into an annual event - gathering these ruby gems to enjoy on your porch or portal, with shortbread or ice cream.
The brilliant sun and cool nights, rich salt free valley soil, and afternoon rains combine to produce a berry that is sweet, firm, and bursting with flavor. Nestled in the eastern foothills of the beautiful Sangre de Cristo Mountain Range, the Salman Raspberry Ranch's six acres of raspberries are grown with attention to every detail. The field is hand weeded, watered from the snowy run-off of the mountains that frame this lovely valley, and fertilized as needed. No herbicides or pesticides are used on the crop, and customers often eat their berries straight from the vine.
Six different varieties of raspberries (carolinas, autumn brittens and autumn bliss, heritage, polentas, and polkas) are grown on the Ranch. Raspberries have been grown by the Salman Family since 1982, and the decades of experience with this crop is seen in the quality of the fruit produced. Year after year the same customers reappear at the Berry House, waiting in line for their picking containers and anxious to begin to gather the berries that, in many cases, having frozen them whole and without sugar, will last them until next year's crop is ready to be harvested.
The U Pick It Field is a perfect family outing. Children love the opportunity to actually harvest the food they eat. Dogs (on leashes) love to pick up the berries dropped on the ground.
Enjoy a Snack or a Meal at the Salman Ranch Cafe
After picking until your two, four, or ten pound containers are filled, a trip to the Cafe for a salad, sandwich or frito pie is clearly in order. Follow your meal with a sweet and cold treat ... a Salman Ranch Raspberry Sundae perhaps? The Salman Ranch Cafe menu has evolved from a couple of items to several delicious sandwiches, popular New Mexico dishes, a salad made from vegetables fresh from the Salman Ranch gardens, and their delicious soft serve ice cream drenched in homemade raspberry topping AND fresh raspberries.
Dining at the Cafe is VERY informal. After ordering, you may eat inside at one of the family style hand painted tables or outside at one of several picnic tables placed between colorful flower beds and the quiet tree lined acequia. Large willows growing on the banks of the acequia bend to provide shade as you enjoy your meal. Your well behaved, leashed dog is welcome to join you at the outdoor cafe seating.
Warning... some visitors have been known to skip the meal all together, instead opting for two desserts! You'll have a hard time selecting from the cafe's mouthwatering raspberry sundae, yummy raspberry pie, or their wonderful assortment of bundt cakes, biscochitos, and other specialties.
Take a Stroll Through the Salman Ranch Gardens
After your meal, enjoy a leisurely stroll through the Salman Ranch Gardens, ensconced snugly within the flagstone and adobe walls which housed the tack and ferrier shops and were a part of the Grist Mill and Mercantile Building Complex in the 1850s.
Flagstone walks meander through three large gardens, leading from one uniquely enclosed space to another. Nestled around the adobe and flagstone walls and hugging the flagstone walks are flower beds filled with vibrant annuals and perennials; hollyhocks, sunflowers, lavender, Russian sage, roses, columbines, daisies, peonies, petunias, and many other colorful plants which act as backdrops to picture taking and quiet conversations. Aspen trees, and one of the largest blue spruce trees you are likely to encounter grow amidst the grass and floral beds.
Bring Some Salman Ranch Goodness Home with You!
And then on your way home, shop for the delicious Salman Ranch raspberry jam (leaving you free to use your own berries for other delicacies), vinegar, marinades and topping, along with other tasty food items, hand picked for their quality and uniqueness.
The Salman Ranch Store offers an assortment of products, all hand picked for their quality and tastiness. At the top of the list are the award winning Salman Ranch Raspberry products: Jam, Topping, Vinegar and Chile Berry (a concoction of roasted New Mexico green chile and our sweet raspberries.) Salman Ranch grown raspberries are a part of the raspberry creme candy, raspberry fudge and raspberry & peanut butter fudge bars as well.
You will also find raspberry chipotle sauce, raspberry honey, raspberry fudge sauce, salsas, Chimayo red chile, a wide assortment of New Mexico spices, dried soup mixes, New Mexico pistachios, Senor Murphy candies, The Shed red chile sauce, roasted and jarred New Mexico green chile, Kentucky barbecue sauce, and a myriad of other mouth watering products. You can also purchase Salman Ranch Store products by phone or online through their website. Salman Ranch Products and Gift Baskets make unique and welcome gifts for family and friends, as well as wonderful gifts or promotional items for your next special event.
In addition, a large assortment of wild flower, perennial, and annual seeds are featured in the Salman Ranch Store year round for purchase and the Nursery has all the plant life you see in the gardens for sale.
Salman Raspberry Ranch
Buena Vista, NM 87712
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