History Herald: Apples

by Laura Gonzales, Education & Volunteer Manager
photo credit: Vic Macias

Hello from the History Herald! Did you know that apples have been an integral part of New Mexico’s history for over 300 years? In the past, New Mexico orchards were ripe with an array of heirloom apples brought over from Spain as early as the 17th century. In fact, New Mexico is home to some of, if not THE first orchards in the United States.

Apples were planted in the Manzano (Spanish for “apple”) Mountains. Early settlers believed the region was the ideal place to plant apple trees because the climate, altitude, and soil were all reminiscent of some of the best apple-producing areas in Spain. Those trees flourished, and remnants of those original trees can still be found in the area today. In fact, a survey by the Manzano Forest Reserve in 1926 identified a tree that’s believed to have been planted before 1676, which would indeed make New Mexico home to the oldest apple orchard in the United States! Not sure if more recent studies have been done, but seems Johnny Apple Seed has got nothing on us!
During Prohibition many trees were cut down (as apples were used largely to make hard cider), and over the years development and drought has taken its toll on New Mexico’s orchards. However, thanks to local growers and craft brewers like our friends at New Mexico Hard Cider (New Mexico’s 1st cidery, 2014), apples and cider are making a comeback! Using apples they sourced from Las Golondrinas, they have a new El Rancho de las Golondrinas Cider available at their taproom! Part of the proceeds from every sale will help support the museum — visit our Facebook or Instagram pages for details.
Together we are keeping community traditions alive! Stay safe, be well, and drink local and responsibly!
Sources: Cider Craft Magazine, New Mexico Magazine, and Local Flavor Magazine.

Creative Ways You Can Support Las Golondrinas!

Here are some ways you can support Las Golondrinas that are a little unorthodox — see if one might appeal to you!


SAVE Your Spring Cleaning Items!

In August, we will be collecting for a SAVERS FUNDraiser — the more pounds we donate on September 2, the more funds we raise! We will collect gently-used clothing, linens, jewelry, shoes, accessories (such as belts and purses), and small household goods. Please designate a pile of your donations for Las Golondrinas,and we’ll let you know when to bring them to us — a big green garbage bag is recommended for your donation!

Volunteer Julia GomezRenew your Membership/Become a Las Golondrinas Member

Members get free admission to the museum every day that we are open, including festivals and special events! Membership fees help support our education and outreach programs and give you access to special members-only activities, lectures and more. CLICK HERE to join or renew your membership today!

Host a Facebook Fundraiser

Underneath your name on Facebook is a series of buttons — one is labeled SUPPORT A NONPROFIT. You can click that option and create a personal statement about why you support Las Golondrinas, and invite your friends to support as well. In 4–6 weeks, we will receive a check from Facebook for the full amount of funds raised! Many thanks to those of you who have heeded this call — so far, we have raised about $1,500 from Facebook fundraisers. If you need assistance in setting up a Facebook Fundraiser, email Jackie Camborde, our Director of Development.

churro sheepAdopt an Animal

Did you know that it costs approximately $300 a year to feed, house and care for just one of our churro sheep, burros or goats? If you want to have a direct impact on our most popular ranch residents,we hope you will ADOPT an ANIMAL today — look to your left for our latest addition, these adorable baby lambs! Your name will appear on signage near our churro sheep pen this summer,and we’ll send you a photo of some of our menagerie!

All gifts to our annual fund go to support all that we do at Las Golondrinas.

We are fortunate to have a private foundation that matches ALL GIFTS to our annual fund as well, so whatever you choose to give is automatically doubled!

If you have questions about any of the initiatives above, email Jackie Camborde, our Director of Development. She can help you figure out the best way for you to give.

You can also contribute to our Annual Fund on this website. Heartfelt thanks from all of us for your continued support.