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La Posta de Mesilla has been a proud member of the Mesilla Valley Community for almost 80 years. During that time, we have acquired and used tons of ingredients from local farmers and suppliers to make our delicious food. As we make our way into this harvest season, we wanted to take a moment to tell you about some of the local people we know who have been delivering the freshest and highest quality produce to us for years!

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As Independence Day approaches, we wanted to take a moment to recognize our servicemen and women who are protecting us every single day. At La Posta we do that in a unique way, by keeping the crew of the USS New Mexico (SSN 779) well fed with traditional New Mexico dishes in their own La Posta Ajabo de Mar (La Posta Under the Sea), the name given to the galley of the nuclear-powered Virginia class submarine built by Northrop Grumman in Newport News, Virginia.

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The property that now houses La Posta de Mesilla Restaurant and Cantina, dates back to the 1850s when it was a freight and passenger service station. It was located on the Pinos Altos stagecoach line (which served the Silver City area), and was owned and operated by the Bean Brothers. The Bean Brothers were a colorful duo who owned saloons and other enterprises throughout southern New Mexico. Eventually, Roy would be found in Val Verde County, Texas where he was appointed Justice of the Peace and earned the reputation, “The Law West of the Pecos.”

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In Mexico, it was known as Venta de La Mesilla (which translates to “The Sale of Mesilla”), but in the United States, it was called the Gadsden Purchase. This was a defining historic moment for Mesilla and the United States, however, few know why June is so special to our little town.

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Cinco de Mayo, May 5th, will soon be here!!  At La Posta de Mesilla Restaurant and Cantina, we’ll be celebrating with drink specials, decorations, music and give-aways. The occasion is always a colorful and festive one. This cultural event is celebrated throughout the southwest and parts of our country with Fiestas inspired by what happened in 1862 between a ill-equipped group of Mexicans and one of the most powerful armies in the world. 

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Easter is almost here again, and for those of us in Mesilla, it’s a particularly special time of year. It’s a time of renewal, when it’s springtime and the plants are green again and flowers are blooming. It represents resurgence, rebirth and victory over death.