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Old Town Farm: From Horses to Bike-In Coffee

By Jessica Metcalf

Since 1977, Old Town Farm has operated as a horse and produce farm. It now sells produce, offers Bike-In Coffee on weekends, and hosts events on its twelve acres of historical Albuquerque land.

Owners Lanny Tonning and Linda Thorne explain that they began by buying horse property next to their home and small pasture on Montoya. Before they knew it, they had 35 horses and a rapidly expanding vegetable garden. He says, "Mainly, we wanted to provide a great place for our daughter's childhood. Linda grew up in Albuquerque when it was a much smaller city. My childhood was in middle Illinois farm country. Getting out of the city was always important to us, the farm allowed us to do that a mile from downtown. Now, after decades of working on it and we get to share it with people who appreciate the same things we do. This provides us the opportunity to meet wonderful people on a continuing basis."

  • Tonning says there is a proliferation of reasons for the increased interest in eating local food, including health consciousness, media attention, and increased interest in gardening. He also credits the "explosion of farmers' markets as a social activity."

    Old Town Farm is also available for weddings and other events. With acres of gardens, horse pastures, and trees, it is a tranquil and inviting place to spend a special day.

    It's clear when speaking with Tonning that Old Town Farm is a true labor of love. Lanny and Linda enjoy cultivating the gardens, tending to the animals, and most of all, meeting the customers! Whether you walk, drive, or bike in, be sure to pick up some fresh produce and say hello.

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J.L. Metcalf has a Bachelor's degree in English from Rhode Island College. She has...

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