The Flea at La Tienda

flea sign 930-4821 edited copy


The Flea at La Tienda is a monthly event that runs from May through October.  It’s always on the 3rd Saturday from 8:00 am to 2:00 pm. The next Flea is Saturday, July 19.

  • Want to have a yard sale, but don’t want strangers at your house? The Flea is your solution. Only $15/space with advance registration
  • Want to sell your car? Car spaces are just $10.
  • Love shopping for that unique treasure? Come to The Flea!

The Flea is located at La Tienda at Eldorado, just fifteen minutes from downtown Santa Fe. La Tienda is a dynamic shopping and community center filled with interesting shops, a great restaurant, and the Santa Fe Brewing Company tasting room. It has full ammenities (as in you don’t have to use a port-a-potty  :) )

With ample parking, a convenient location just off I-25, and a great community vibe, The Flea is the flea market in Santa Fe.  Call Destiny at (505) 930-4821 for more information or visit for vendor information and registration forms.

Poets and Artists Collaborate on “Elements” Art Quilt Exhibit

Artwork by Ruth Anna Abigail

Artwork by Ruth Anna Abigail

“Elements,” an exhibit of contemporary mixed-media fiber art, will be at the La Tienda Exhibit Space. The show will feature two-dimensional and three-dimensional work on themes such as the elements of design, the elements of color, the elements of the Southwest, the elements of the Earth, and the element of surprise. The fiber artists pay homage to traditional forms of expression while taking the artwork to new levels through the use of unusual materials and techniques. All of the exhibiting artists belong to the Northern New Mexico Quilt Guild (NNMQG), a nonprofit organization with more than 150 members. 

A gala artists’ opening reception will be held on Friday, June 20, 2014, from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.Invited Santa Fe-area poets, including former Santa Fe poets laureate Joan Logghe and Valerie Martinez, will read from their work between 6:00 and 7:00 p.m. The poets were asked to create an ekphrastic poem about one of the art quilts. Ekphrastic poetry comments on another form of art and explores the intersection of language and visual art. 

The exhibit will close with a reception on Friday, July 18, 2014, from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., with additional poets presenting their ekphrastic poems from 6:00 to 7:00 p.m. 

The La Tienda Exhibit Space is open from Fridays from 12:00 noon to 7:00 p.m., Saturdays from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., and Sundays from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Admission is free. Some of the fiber art pieces are for sale, and the artists have created smaller, ancillary works that will be available at Utopia, The General Store for the Modern Age, near the Exhibit Space.

 For more information on the Northern New Mexico Quilt Guild, visit

Eldorado Farmers Market Opening Day

The Eldorado Farmers’ Market will open for the 2014 season, Friday, June 6th, 2014. Hours are from 4pm-7pm. Early bird shopping is available with vendors who are setup by 3:00pm.
Attention parents: The popular “Name That Goat” Contest will be on opening day. Baby goats will be at the market awaiting their new names!  Children up to the age of 17 may enter the contest.  The goats are courtesy of The Old Windmill Dairy, a founding member of our Farmers’ Market.
See you at the Market!

Eldorado Studio Tour Preview Gallery


New Mexico’s largest studio tour, in Eldorado at Santa Fe, showcases 90 professional artists and artisans. The exhibited work includes painting, ceramics and clay sculpture, drawing, glass, jewelry, photography, and printmaking. Also included are woodworking, digital images, fiber and wearable art, mixed media and recycled art.

Each participating artist donates a percentage of his or her sales from the tour to support selected programs in the community. The Eldorado Arts and Crafts Association (EACA) donates an average of $4500.00 each year to Eldorado community organizations.

In order to better plan your Studio Tour weekend, we invite you to visit the Preview Gallery in The Exhibit Space at La Tienda at Eldorado. You may view a sample of the creative works of our artists and artisans. The preview gallery will be open for two weeks prior to the tour, as well as an hour before the tour begins both days. Take a brochure. Mark your favorites. Plan your weekend.

This year, the Eldorado Studio Tour is May 17-18, from 10am-5pm.Please join us for our Artists’ Reception in the Preview Gallery on Friday 5/16 from 5pm-7pm.

Preview Gallery: May 3-16, 12pm-6pm, Monday through Saturday, and May 17-18, 9am-5pm

Artist Reception: Friday May 16, 5pm-7pm

Open Studios: May 17-18, 10am-5pm

La Tienda at Eldorado, Exhibit Space, Suite A-6
7 Caliente Road, Santa Fe, NM

Brochures are available at the Preview Gallery.

For information visit:

To view a list of the 2014 participants, click here.

To download a map of all the studios, click here.

Meet Gubernatorial Candidate, Howie Morales

Please join hosts Glenn Wikle & Bernie Logue as they welcome Senator Howie Morales FOR GOVERNOR For a conversation about the future of New Mexico families Investing in real results for Education, Economy, Environment, Seniors & Working Families

“The only Democrat running for governor who was able to cut though the rhetoric
and offer positive solutions to the mess Susana has created of our educational
system.” – Endorsed by Senator Bill Souls

Join Senator Howie Morales at a MEET & GREET CAMPAIGN FUNDRAISER at the La Tienda in Eldorado, New Mexico as he continues to restore New Mexican values to our state and move New Mexico Forward! La Tienda at Eldorado 7 Caliente Road Santa Fe, New Mexico 87508
Suggested Minimum Donation $25
Sunday, May 4, 2014
12:00 PM to 2:00 PM For more information, please contact Julio Salazar at

Upcoming Free Events and Workshops


At Utopia: 

Join us for a Bee Chama Honey Tasting on Friday, April 25 from 2 – 4 pm. If you’ve never tasted several different honeys side by side, this is an experience worth having. 

On Saturday, May 3rd at 3 pm, join us for a guitar (and stringed instrument) care workshop. The desert isn’t great for these kinds of instruments so David Yard and David Pearlmutter will be showing you how to keep them in good condition.

At Anna’s Home and Garden

On Saturday, April 26 at 10:00 am, Elaine Napp will share her trials and tribulations with the well loved fruit that she  started planting so many years ago.  A long time resident of Eldorado and avid gardner, Elaine worked for Santa Fe Greenhouses and is currently assisting us at the shop. Elaine urges everyone to bring stories and tips to share. We have tomato seeds, tomato starters, soil, supplements, cages and all kinds of other stuff to support a prosperous tomato growing season. We look forward to seeing you!

Looking ahead: May 3 at 10:00am, “Helping Our Honeybees” with Krystala Kalil.

At La Plancha:

Join Doug Frantz and David Yard on Sunday, May 11 for a Jazz Brunch from 11 am to 1 pm. $19.95/adults $17.95/seniors and children

Another Fox in the Hen House

We are deeply concerned about an issue recently brought to our attention. This issue affects most people in the Eldorado/285 corridor and, though it saddens us to create another controversy in our community, we felt it imperative to make you aware.

On March 31, the Eldorado Water and Sanitation District held a meeting at the ECIA. The purpose of the meeting was to inform water users of EAWSD’s plans to build its own building on the lot it owns off Vista Grande.  The EAWSD has applied for a Federal grant and hopes to begin building as early as this fall.

The EAWSD stated at this meeting that the reason it needs to spend 1.4 million dollars to put a commercial building in the middle of a residential neighborhood is that the landlord has refused them a long term lease. Here is a direct quote from the minutes of that meeting:

“The building that the District currently occupies, located at 1 Caliente Road, was sold in a foreclosure sale in October 2012, and the new owner is not amenable to extending a long term lease to the District. This puts the District’s operations at risk and increases the urgency to acquire a permanent facility.”

In discussion following the General Manager’s presentation, an attendee, “expressed concern that the District is operating from a facility that is leased on a month to month basis; it puts the whole community at risk. She stated that there are probably a lot of other projects that deserve equal attention, but in her opinion, this project is a priority.”

Another attendee inquired about purchasing the building the EAWSD already occupies and was told by the General Manager that, “It was considered, but turned out to be the most expensive alternative at a cost of approximately $2M.  The  current  building  also  does  not  adequately  meet  the  need  for  an  operations maintenance facility workshop and would incur additional cost to build one. The total cost of the proposed Combined Facility building is $1.4M based on a 20 year economic analysis.”

Unfortunately, it’s all a lie.

We are the landlords and we are blown away by the GM’s statements. Here is a direct quote from an email Steve sent to the GM on October 17, 2012:

“Moving forward I see three options for the EAWSD with regard to the building.

1.  The EAWSD may continue to occupy the building on a month to month basis at the existing rates.  This agreement would be in writing and would require a 30 day notice by the EAWSD to vacate.  It would also require a 30 day notice from La Tienda to terminate the EAWSD occupancy in the building.

This option does not require any commitment from the EAWSD but it also lacks any security for either La Tienda or the EAWSD.  Without a long term commitment from the EAWSD, I would begin actively looking for a new tenant willing to lease the building.

2.  The EAWSD may enter into a new lease agreement for the currently used space or more.

3.  La Tienda is exploring the option of turning the building into a condo.  We would split the building into two spaces.

The EAWSD may purchase the building, less the space occupied by Dr Richey.  In exchange for the sole use of the dirt lot, the EAWSD would provide and maintain the public restrooms in the building and allow continued used to dentist office staff and customers.

La Tienda is offering this at $1,220,000.”


Here is a link where you can view both documents and decide for yourself if the EAWSD is deliberately misleading it members for reasons unknown.

Our offer to the EAWSD is ongoing and has been reiterated regularly. We would much prefer for them to be on a lease or to purchase the building they occupy. We have repeatedly been told that they want to be on a month to month because they eventually want to own their own building.

Their statement regarding us, the landlord, is not only an outright lie. It is potentially fraud. We have asked for a copy of the Federal grant application. If it turns out that they used this same reason for needing Federal money for a building, then it may be criminal.

Regardless, the EAWSD is perpetuating a lie to convince water users of the absolute need for a building it will own and maintain in perpetuity. As landlords, we strongly object to being used in this manner.

As water users on four separate properties, we have to ask ourselves the following questions:

Why did the GM lie so blatantly?

Is the Board aware of the lie and endorsing it? If so, why?

If the Board is not aware, then why is the GM lying?

If the Board is not aware, then why did it fail so miserably in its due diligence to contact us regarding a lease or purchase option and vacate its responsibility as fiscal steward?

If the EAWSD has lied about this, what else have they lied about and how will this lie (or any other) affect our water rates for the foreseeable future?


We’re angry, both as landlords and users. We’re also worried. Still, our offer to the EAWSD stands. They may continue on a month to month, sign a long term lease, or purchase the building at a fair market rate. That allows the time this community needs to fully explore the feasibility of a new building without the EAWSD creating unnecessary fear around the issue.  We hope you read the documents in full, evaluate without fear, and address the issue responsibly.










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