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Grow Your Own in Albuquerque


Repurposed shipping containers will give Green Jeans Farmery a unique, modernist look. Rendering courtesy Green Jeans Farmery.

What was once an empty dirt lot will soon be a haven for gardeners, urban farmers and beer drinkers alike. Expected to open later this summer, Green Jeans Farmery will house shipping containers that have been converted into gardens—fruits, veggies, flowers and herbs will all be grown in the modified steel containers and sold on-site at a farmers market.

The Farmery is the brain child of Roy Solomon, entrepreneur, restauranteur and business man, who has big plans for the space.

“It’s never too late to turn your dreams into reality,” says Solomon. “My professional life has been dedicated to creating, building and operating businesses, yet none of them came from the place I’m in now, the belief that our collective standard of living is directly linked to our access to healthy, enjoyable, aesthetic, environmentally friendly spaces where we can work, shop and be happy.”

But greens and grass won’t be the only things for sale at the Farmery: Santa Fe Brewing Co.’s first Albuquerque taproom will be the anchor retailer, featuring a rooftop deck and plenty of beer on tap to help make gardening a little more fun.

“I had been waiting for the right opportunity to come along—and this is it,” says Brian Lock, president and owner of Santa Fe Brewing Co. “We had been searching for the right location in Albuquerque to open a tasting room and had held off until this opportunity presented itself.Green Jeans Farmery presented us with terrific visibility, vicinity to bike trails and great neighborhood access to hotels and businesses. It matches our vision for how we want to engage with our community. We are excited to be coming in at the ground level of this project.”

Because man can’t live off raw kale alone, also on board with the project are Amores Neapolitan Pizzeria, Bocadillos Slow Roasted Sandwich Shop and Epiphany Espresso, along with street tacos and burgers, according to KRQE news.

We’ll drink (a Santa Fe Brewing Co. beer) to that.

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