Update, 2/7/13: For updates about Bike-In Coffee, check our Facebook page. Additionally, we are currently working to extend the idea of bicycle based business through a new city zoning class called Bike In Zoning, or “BIZ”. Sign our petition to support BIZ.
Bike in for some coffee and bike out with a bundle of hardy greens, fresh apples and garlic. Albuquerque is all of the things you have heard– it is sprawling, and dry, and a little rough around the edges. But the land along the Rio Grande has been home to Burqueños, Spanish and Natives for a long time, and it is quickly evident why they settled here. Water-loving trees create a luminary texture, and shade, that is uncommon in the desert . Hardy greens and more delicate lettuce are still thriving in early November, and every afternoon in October climbs above 70º.
Bike-In Coffee is the idea of two local farmers whose produce is already distributed amongst friends and neighbors, and whose property abuts the bike path. The combination has led them to develop a new Sunday market that is open exclusively to bicyclists and pedestrians. Hot drinks and open-pit fires warm the body as the morning frost lifts, while fresh salads and small plates feed the noontime crowd enjoying a post-ride rest. Everything comes fresh from the garden, and is prepared on site. Featured items are: peach-thyme turnovers made with farm-fresh jam; bite-sized quiche with fresh spinach, chiles, and eggs; and seasonal smoothies packed with varietal greens and apples. The few items that do not come from Old Town Farm, such as coffee, are sourced locally.
Eat fresh food.
Harvest fresh food for your family.
Enjoy the day at a relaxed pace. The only turnover at this eatery is filled with homemade jam.
Fill your bags and your bellies. I’m an old pro at transporting odd-sized objects on a bike, but some cabbage and assorted greens are good practice. The event is a reminder that active transport if fun and empowering.
Only a stone’s throw from I-40, coming and going by bike allows you to forget the ills of the city. Coming and going by bike is always a good idea.
Lael and I met Linda and Lanny of Old Town Farm through the WWOOF website, and they had just begun the project. We offered to help, and are now a regular part of the crew serving coffee and quiche, allowing them more time to commune with others. Weather permitting, Bike-In Coffee will continue for several weeks, and will resume in the early spring.