My green 2-mile circle

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Real Estate Agent with Century 21 Camco Realty

Ever visited friends or relatives in Europe? If so, maybe you've been impressed, as I was, with how much Europeans walk or bike for their various daily errands. Our friends and relative in Germany and Holland wouldn't think of wasting gas to go out and pick up groceries, for instance. They'd head out to a local market on foot, or on a bicycle equipped with a little carrier basket, instead, and reap the multiple advantages of better health, trimmer waistlines, lower fuel costs, and cleaner local air!

Now, part of the reason for that is that Europeans have eschewed ourr typical suburban sprawl, so that local markets, bakeries, butchers, etc., are all in pretty close proximity to our friends' homes. But I've started wondering whether I couldn't put some of that "walk-or-bike" mentality into practice here at home.

2 mile circle of my homeNow, if anybody lives in an area that's not conducive to this concept, I do! Bosque Farms, NM, is half an hour outside Albuquerque, and is so small that we don't even have a supermarket in town, and our post office is shared with, and located in, neighboring Peralta, New Mexico! Nonetheless, it seems to me that I could profit by taking the time to walk or bike whewnever possible, and a two-mile radius seemed to me to be a reasonable distance to consider. I can walk two miles in half an hour, or bike it in half that time, so I started to investigate what I could find within that distance of my home.

As you'll notice from the map at right, a two-mile radius frorm my home takes in a huge percentage of areas that are, shopping-wise, a good deal less than useful! I can, for instance,

  1. wade in the Rio Grande river
  2. wander onto the Isleta Indian reservation
  3. visit a whole lot of small farms, horse properties and rural homes

None of these are terribly helpful from a shopping perspective! (Although I can purchase some of the wonderful, completely local raw milk that I wrote about in a recent post, directly from one of my Bosque Farms neighbors, Sunshine Dairy.)

But really, the only direction in which I can reach anything remotely "shoppable" is to the east, on Bosque Loop and Highway 47. And there is still not a Walmart or superermarket to be found. But I did find a lot of wonderful small businesses, locally owned, featuring local products that I can patronize while getting some great exercise as well! Here are some of my great local options:

  • Hays Honey and Apple FarmI can get locally grown apples, (and fresh honey, too) from Hays Apple Farm.

  • One of my favorite places on days when I just can't find time to cook, is Teriyaki Express. Their terriyaki chicken bowls are my favorite, frershly prepared, and pretty healthy eating. Biking the two miles to pick it up doesn't take much longer than driving over, and is much healthier.

 

  • Bosque Farms Produce MarketFresh produce, that's really ripe, is always available at our local Garden Fresh produce market. Some of the produce is from local farms, and I've found it is always fresher and riper than what I can get by driving 15 minutes to the nearest supermarket.

 

  • We do have a number of other restaurants in Bosque Farms as well, some of them offering pretty healthy options, like the local Sopa's, Burritos Alinstante, and the Bosque Farms Subway. (Of course, we've got some less healthy options, too, like Blake's Lotaburger, McDonald's, and Sonic Drive-in. Can't push those as "green" in any fashion, but they're there in walking or biking distance, for those craving junk food!)

 

BAck to the basics organic food bosque farms

  • We've even got a little health food store, Back to the Basics, right on Highway 47, that offers organic foods, herbs, and vitamins.

 

 

  • paradise donuts bosque farmsFor the occasional non-healthy moods that strike most of us from time to time, we've got our own local donut place, too, called Paradise Donuts.

  • I find I can even walk or bike to a surprising number of recreational activities: There's a bowling alley, tennis courts, riding arena, community center, and library all within my 2-mile circle as well.

So, OK, here in Bosque Farms, where it's a 15-minute drive to the nearest supermarket, I still find I can walk or bike to get organic food, fresh produce, local milk, honey, and apples, restaurant meals, and half a dozen leisure activities. And it's a plus for my figure, my pocketbook, and my carbon-footprint! What's in your 2-mile circle?  

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Laura~

I have just finished reading this and ALL of your generous entries into the ECO-All-Stars August Challenge!You are a local expert, for sure...and as more and more folks find your posts, I am also sure that they will be appreciative as I am...

As we start the judging process fr the AUGUST ECO-All-Stars Challenge, I am delighted to find your posts here...love the sentiments. that you are getting into the community and what yours has to offer... and I notice that you have hit the main points of the Challenge...your posts are

1)LOCAL
2) spelling and grammar are splendid
3) unique...coming from your own experience

4) Comments from local folk?...none yet. It will be interesting to see how this unfolds in the future...
5) Overall...WELL DONE!!!....
6) Local pictures...yes

THX for participating and good luck

Sep 02, 2008 12:39 PM #1
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Mary McGraw
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Hi Laura - What a tremendous walking tour of your community you have just taken us on! I love this idea and think it is something we all should be doing to answer your challenge, "What's in your 2 Mile circle?"

This could make a great September challenge!

Thank you for all your contributions to the ECO All Stars! Your efforts do not go unnoticed!

Sep 03, 2008 12:25 AM #2
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Hi Laura,  this is amazing local information and letting people know what is so close on bike.  Love the idea around it!

Sep 03, 2008 12:32 AM #3
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Debra Kukulski, Broker Associate
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Great concept and post, Laura!

Sep 03, 2008 03:10 AM #4
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Laura Warden Nordin
Century 21 Camco Realty - Albuquerque, NM
30-year Top Producer in Greater ABQ Real Estate

Thanks, all! Now if I can just keep from getting too lazy and pressed for time to really get my legs a workout locally...

Sep 03, 2008 10:46 AM #5
Rainer
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There's actually quite a lot in little Bosque Farms... there's probably quite a lot in walking distance of most other locations, too...

Sep 03, 2008 11:18 AM #6
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Georgie Hunter R(S) 58089
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You're so lucky to be in an area where you can do that.  My 2 mile radius requires some serious uphill pedaling, and still there is only 1 fruit stand that I would come across.  Oh well, maybe one day....

Sep 04, 2008 02:34 PM #7
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Wow, Georgina, you must be in a reall rural (and hilly) location!

Sep 05, 2008 10:07 AM #8
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This is a great tour of what is available in your 2 mile radius.  There are not too many opportunties to walk to shopping areas in Nashua/Hollis/Amherst -- you are very lucky to live in a walkable and bikeable community.

Sep 06, 2008 04:16 AM #9
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Laura - yes, we're out in the country, without any services nearby.  Unfortunately that means having to get in the car to do any shopping - so we stock up and stay home a lot, which is fine by me.

Sep 06, 2008 11:26 AM #10
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Laura Warden Nordin
Century 21 Camco Realty - Albuquerque, NM
30-year Top Producer in Greater ABQ Real Estate

Thanks, Joan. I wouldn't call anything in Bosque Farms a "shopping area," but there are a few specific small businesses. Georgina, that "stock up and stay home a lot" really resonates with me. When I'm not out showing property, I hate to leave home myself!

 

Sep 06, 2008 12:37 PM #11
Rainer
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Thats great that you live in an area that you are able to ride a bike or walk. I am in Houston and that is not what you really want to do with the traffic and the weather. But more power to ya!

Sep 10, 2008 06:38 AM #12
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Thats great that you live in an area that you are able to ride a bike or walk. I am in Houston and that is not what you really want to do with the traffic and the weather. But more power to ya!

Sep 10, 2008 06:40 AM #13
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Laura Warden Nordin
Century 21 Camco Realty - Albuquerque, NM
30-year Top Producer in Greater ABQ Real Estate

I guess Houston isn't all that bike-friendly? I know it's really sprawling, and full of traffic. That's too bad that they're not focusing a bit on creating pedestrian- and bike-friendly areas, though.

Sep 12, 2008 08:40 AM #14
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