Best Places to Live

Santa Fe, NM

Population: 84,888

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Santa Fe, NM, supplies a year-round offering of products straight off the farm – guaranteed. The Santa Fe Farmers Market is unique in its assurance that all products sold by its 100 plus vendors are locally grown by the people selling them. The market began in the 1960s as a small group selling food from their trucks, and the market saw a wide variety of settings before it found a permanent home in the Santa Fe Railyard. The market now operates all year, and every Sunday farm food is traded for fine arts and crafts when the market hosts the New Mexico Artisans Market. Other special events include the Cook With the Chef series and Farm Tour, where visitors are invited to tour the farms where their market food was made.

Learn about Santa Fe's chiles and spicy cuisine.