edible_logo_brown3We live in a special place, here in Baja Arizona: a mélange of Sonoran Desert, oak woodlands, towering sky islands and treasured riparian zones that is unlike anywhere in the world. We want to celebrate our regional identity as a rich mixture of Native American, Mexican and immigrant cultures that collide and cross-pollinate to create something truly special. And we consider our neighbors across the imposed international boundary in Sonora to be an integral part of what makes this region taste, smell and feel the way it does. We celebrate these connections, and go in search of the flavors of Baja Arizona, regardless of borders. (Baja, by the way, means “lower” in Spanish; our region is south of the Gila River.) Food is our most direct and enduring connection to the cultures, land, water and weather cycles of our bioregion. In our pages, we use regional foodways as a lens into the social and environmental issues, the rich cultural heritages, and the future options for living well in the desert despite our very real limitations.

Our mission is to:

Provide high quality reporting, writing, and photography that illuminate a wide range of food-related and food system topics specifically relevant to the Baja Arizona foodshed.

Promote people and organizations that are doing exemplary and passionate work in the areas of local food, sustainable agriculture and culinary heritages.

Connect consumers with producers and purveyors of locally-produced foods, beverages and comestibles of all kinds.

Empower area residents to participate in producing their own food through gardening, water harvesting and urban homesteading, and in ways that make sense in an arid land.

Advocate for the critical importance of rebuilding our foodshed, which means telling the story of why local food makes sense as both an economic development strategy and as an environmental sustainability imperative, especially given the inescapable consequences of climate change.

Simply celebrate the joys of eating and cooking locally, seasonally and in ways that connect us with diverse food heritages and culinary heirlooms in this unique region of deserts and woodlands.

 

 

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What Others Are Saying

Never before had I found a hotel, anywhere, that would rate an excellent in all categories. I am really too picky for that. But our stay at La Posada del Rio Sonora in Banámichi, Sonora, Mexico, was everything we hoped it would be … and so much more. Excellent on every count is a very fair rating for this wonderful place.
We had spent a quick night there about a year ago and decided to return this month for four days to celebrate our daughter’s 18th birthday. The staff and owners could not have been more helpful and accommodating. It was so relaxing, comfortable, and full of memories that we are already trying to decide when, not if, to return. Soon, I hope.
We all had a great time. Our daughter has so many wonderful memories of her Rio Sonora 18th birthday; we’re pleased we were able to send her off into her own adulthood with a grand celebration.
There were so many highlights of our trip it would be pointless to try to list them all, but a few will remain in our hearts for many years:
• The local staff was warm and nurturing. They treated us like they had invited us into their own homes and made sure we understood “mi casa es tu casa.” How gracious!
• The food at the restaurant was delicious. My favorite was the “caldo de queso,” a regional specialty, and the translucently thin tortillas melted in our mouths at each meal. In our daughter’s honor, they prepared her favorite dish, “sopa de albóndigas,” for the birthday dinner.
• As a birthday surprise the staff produced a beautiful and delicious cake for our celebration, complete with candles.
• Side trips to the nearby hot springs and other rural Rio Sonora villages to mingle and wander were exciting adventures, providing a very warm and secure feeling about the jewels along the river valley.
• The colors of the hotel were complemented by the amazing flora within its inner courtyard and throughout the village; the rooms were comfortably furnished, immaculate, quiet, and each unique with its own tile, accents, trim, and décor.
• Sipping a cool brew or shooting back a “caballito” of the local Bacanora on the terrace overlooking the plaza was a meditative way to end each day.
• Last but not least, the feeling of trust and respect that permeated La Posada – for and from the employees, for the guests, and for the community. Such an atmosphere is far too hard to find anywhere these days.
We are actively recruiting friends and family to join us for another visit to La Posada del Rio Sonora.

Stayed January 2014, traveled with family

Jim C., Glenwood, New Mexico
 
 
 
 

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