Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Historic Mora County raspberry farm sold to Texas rancher

The historic Salman Raspberry Ranch in Mora County, a scenic outpost and tourist stop that has been owned and operated by a prominent northern New Mexico family for decades, has been sold to a Texas-based rancher whose firm is one of the biggest property owners in the United States. The property transfer of 2,229 acres, including the six-acre berry farm, to G. Hughes Abell of Austin was recorded July 21 at the Mora County Clerk’s Office. Abell, who about 16 years ago purchased an adjacent, 30,000-plus acres of the Salman family’s holdings, said he plans no changes to the store, cafe and raspberry patch located in the La Cueva community between Mora and Las Vegas, other than a few minor upgrades. Rumors that visitors will no longer be able to pick their own berries aren’t true, he said. “Just tell people to come pick raspberries, buy something at the store and eat at the cafĂ©,” he said in a phone interview. “We’ll try to make it the same experience it’s always been.”...more

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