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The Silver City Food Co-Op, long a downtown destination for foods to prepare at home, now also offers "grab-and-go," ready to eat foods made in a new commercial kitchen. Chef Brenna Brown is whipping up an ever-changing selection of organic specialties including sandwiches, wraps, salads, pesto, hummus, soups and more. 520 N. Bullard St., 388-2343,

www.silvercityfoodcoop.com. Hours are Monday-Saturday 9 a.m.-7 p.m., Sunday 11 a.m.-5 p.m.

Javalina Coffee House has reopened in its new location at 117 Market St. in downtown Silver City. Owner Pauline Hassler-Cook says the coffeeshop's new home has the advantage of an outdoor patio, and that she plans to expand by offering a new menu of teas.

The "Country Toad" in Lake Roberts has a busy month planned, kicking off August 3 with "Summer Daze Music Frenzy." Then August 15-17 it's Caribbean Week, featuring Cuban and Puerto Rican cuisine. Finally, August 23-24 brings Farm Fest and the Wilderness Artisan Fair. Little Toad Creek Inn & Tavern, 1122 Hwy. 35, 536-9649.



River Ranch Market, which we raved about in May ("Ranch to Table, for Goodness' Sake"), is going back to its roots at Gila River Ranch. The downtown Silver City location is closing, and the business will continue online (beginning August 15) and with phone orders, with free delivery in town on Mondays, Wednesday and Fridays. You can also visit the Ranch Store in Gila (call for directions) and shop for all your favorites on Saturday mornings at the Silver City Farmers' Market. 535-2664, www.riverranchmarket.com.

This month's wine-tasting dinner at Shevek & Co. in downtown Silver City, August 15 at 6:30 p.m., will feature six courses of Turkish food matched with appropriate international wines. Reservations highly recommended. Cost is $80 per person ($45 food without wines). 602 N. Bullard St., 534-9168, silver-eats.com.

La Esperanza Vineyard and Winery in the Mimbres will celebrate its fifth anniversary on Saturday, August 2, from 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Music will be provided by Mariachi Diamantes from Deming, 12-1:30 p.m.; Brandon Perrault & Friends, 2-4 p.m.; and Melanie Zipin and Jeff LeBlanc, 4:30-6:30 p.m. In addition to wine, Acosta Farms will be serving green chili quesadillas. 100 DeLaO, Sherman, (505) 259-9523, laesperanzavineyardandwinery.com.


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