The Kitchen Garden & Coop Tour, organized by Edible Santa Fe and Home Grown New Mexico, spotlights chicken coops, produce gardens, and other self-hewn food-raising solutions constructed by six green-thumbed area homeowners. Sondra Goodwin smashed through asphalt, concrete, and astroturf to free up a half-acre space for her garden of unusual varietals, including water spinach, japanese mugwort, and a dancer melon that looks like a greenish Rick Moranis. The hydrophilic Baker family uses water-conserving contraptions to irrigate their densely fertile lot, and the scrupulously maintained fruit trees and vegetable beds of Home Grown New Mexico board member Don Emery enmesh onlookers in an aesthetic maze of landscaping intricacy.
Dionne Christian opened The Teahouse in 2003, determined to supply tea lovers with exotic flavors culled from her travels in China, Malaysia, Indonesia, and South Africa. Between the shop's own matcha blends and wholesale concoctions, The Teahouse distributes more than 150 international teas. Patrons can pair teas, lattes, wines, or beers with items from The Teahouse's massive menu, whose pastries, sandwiches, and other treats are created with organically grown and locally produced ingredients and hints of tea. To share their love of herbal beverages, The Teahouse's specialists host 90-minute workshops that cover a variety of tea-related topics such as tea blending, hot spiced tea, and how to spot iceberg seeds in pitchers of iced tea.
Anna and Sancho Soeiro operate their Canyon Road café five days a week, serving organic fare largely sourced from local farmers’ markets. Dish n' Spoon Cafe's menu spans soups, salads, and sandwiches (made with chicken-curry salad, for example, or roast beef and horseradish), and caters to the noncarnivorous with veggie burgers and veggie lasagna. The café itself is housed in what was a one-room grocery store for 70 years; after moving in, the Soeiros decided to reflect the welcoming environment and community loyalty it represented in the repurposed space.
Cubbies of knickknacks, sculptures, and other gewgaws and gifts line the walls, creating an atmosphere of cozy, quaint chaos. The faces of frequent customers smile from a Star Wall of pictures, and kids chomp organic PB&J or grilled-cheese sandwiches before running off to play in the restaurant’s special kids’ corner. A Santa Fe Reporter write-up notes some of the café's Santa Fean charms—"quirkily mismatched" plates and silverware, and a patio where patrons can sprinkle sunshine and shredded clouds on their meals.
New Mexican correspondent Rob De Walt describes how, in 2009, Mayor David Coss declared August 14 Dish n’ Spoon Day in honor of the Soeiros’ consistent dedication to volunteer work and community service—they've been involved in historic preservation, the Buckaroo Ball, and a court-appointed advocate program for survivors of juvenile abuse or neglect. Every Monday, Dish n’ Spoon runs on a pay-what-you-can price structure, allowing patrons to live within their means or finally use that stash of leprechaun gold that banks refuse to convert to U.S. dollars.
Nambé has been a family owned company since 1951. The company uses its own unique metal alloy and a 15-step casting process to produce high-end tabletop, gift and home décor items. Nambé maintains the resultant metal designs have the beauty and luster of silver and the strength of iron, yet will not crack, peel or tarnish.
The spoke-tightening gurus at Santa Fe Mountain Sports guarantee safe travels by helping to maintain snow- and terrain-traversing gear with snowboard- and ski-waxing sessions and bicycle tune-ups. Riders can bring home a new snowboard from Atomic, a new two-wheeled steed from Kona or Intense Cycles, or rent outdoor equipment and camp out in the backyard while their home’s crocodile infestation is being taken care of. In addition to transportation devices, a large selection of mountain-scaling apparel and accessories from Roxy, Armada, and Eurosocks equips adventurers for alfresco treks.
Bead Fest Santa Fe unites do-it-yourselfers and arts-and-crafters during a four-day celebration of beads, jewelry—and for good measure—some more beads. More than 150 booths and tables set up shop for the event, each ready to restock repertoires with gems, stones, and a hodgepodge of other supplies.
In between exploring the sea of exhibitors, attendees learn about the latest techniques, tricks, and tools at nearly 100 all-inclusive workshops (not included with the price of admission). There, artists from around the country provide education on specific topics in classes such as Intro to Metalsmithing and Wire Weaving, where guests learn the craftiest way to escape prison. Free demonstrations, book signings, and other attractions round out the fest's collection of creative attractions.