Albuquerque New Mexico may not be top of mind when you think of 'healthy dining' or farm to table. I know our thoughts drift quickly to places like Boulder or San Fransisco...but you may be surprised at the budding 'wellness centered' and 'sustainable cuisine' that's beginning to emerge from the Land of Enchantment's biggest city. Enter, Campo.
Nestled on the farm and fields of lavender, this beautiful eatery belongs to a farm and historic in that grows their own lavender (obvy), peppers, honey, herbs, and figs that hey use on their menu. Aside from these fresh seasonal choices and serving their own produce and eggs, they focus on including organic and locally sourced fruits, vegetables, and meats. They knead and bake their own bread daily. Campo is a hot spot for those with food allergies, intolerances or just preferences as they cater to gluten-sensitive and celiac eaters, with some gluten-free dishes and baked goods, on the menu. As they are seasonal farm to table, expect their menu to change regularly.
The need to try a little of everything, I had the pleasure of receiving the daily chef amuse bouche after siting at the rustic wood table staring out into the harvest sunset. I chose to start out with their green chile ceviche, which was as delish as it looked. For the main course, I absolutely had to try the staple lavender chicken breast, accompany it with glazed turnips, and of course, finishing with their decadent brownie. And we may or may not have tried one of their specially house cocktails.
I had the absolute pleasure of hearing from Lauren Kemner, Marketing Manager at Los Poblanos, who graciously agreed to contribute to give you guys the inside scoop to Campo:
What was the original intention of Campo, and it's short term future goals (essentially what do you want to be known for in the area)?
"Located on an organic farm in the Rio Grande River Valley, our restaurant, Campo, is a casual fine-dining experience featuring the most purely crafted field-to-fork menu in the Southwest. Our Rio Grande Valley Cuisine is rooted in seasonal organic ingredients from our own farm harvest as well as provisions sourced from longstanding relationships with local farmers and herdsmen. Informed by the daily harvest, Los Poblanos cuisine is constantly evolving with the seasons and celebrates the foods indigenous to New Mexico's Rio Grande River Valley. The overall mission of the property is to preserve the historic Los Poblanos Ranch by cultivating a dynamic business dedicated to sustainable agriculture, hospitality, historic preservation and community. At Campo, this means sourcing the purest ingredients from our own fields and local food-shed, while providing an outstanding dining experience."
When were you founded?
The historic Los Poblanos Ranch was established in 1934. The Rembe family acquired the property in 1976, and turned it into a bed and breakfast in 1999. With our recent remodeling and expansion project, Campo opened in the historic Dairy Barn complex in late 2017.
How much of the cuisine is sourced externally, vs directly from the property?
"The percentage changes seasonally."
Do you have plans to involve the community in wellness offerings/education, etc?
"We offer several dining events throughout the year that highlight the spirit and artistry of the season. This series pays homage to our local ranchers, farmers, vintners, brewers and distillers who share in our culinary philosophy and understand that flavors and ingredients are as important as the environment and terroir they originate from. Often, the guest vendors that are highlighted attend the dinner and speak to guests, providing a unique look into a specific protein, vegetable or wine. Los Poblanos also offers wine tastings, art and architecture tours, farm tours, yoga classes and wellness retreats."
What, if any, organizations/groups etc are you involved in relating to farm to table cuisine?
"We partner with local farmers – for a shortlist of our partners, look here: https://lospoblanos.com/dining/local-farms For profiles of our own farm team, look here:https://lospoblanos.com/organic-lavender-farm/our-team "
One of the best things about the local health scene, is their want to share it with the community. As the nationwide wellness market grows bigger and bigger, yet obesity and chronic disease is still on the rise, it's up to not only us, but the community businesses to push local and sustainable healthy food, to keep us well and to support local distributors. Having community focused programs and initiatives was a major attraction point to the land of Campo. If you're a local, give them a shout!
Or if you're a tourist and you're ever in the area and looking for some healthy eats, I highly recommend this scenic experience. Great food, wonderful atmosphere, and great FOR you! Mention you heard it from me, and enjoy :)
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