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El Potrero Trading Post, Chimayo

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El Potrero Trading Post (aka The Vigil Store) is a family-owned business located in the beautiful valley of Chimayo, New Mexico, next to the world famous El Santuario de Chimayo. El Santuario is renowned for the mysterious healing powers of its sacred dirt and a crucifix of the Christ of Esquipulas.

El Potrero carries the highest quality of religious articles, green and red chile, and folk art from New Mexico. We also offer retablos (saints painted on wood), bultos (carved saints), tin crosses and mirrors, milagros, Mexican tin retablos, and other traditional art created by well-known Spanish Market artists. We also carry a large selection of Zuni fetishes as well as various containers for the sacred earth from El Santuario.

The store opened in 1921 by Alfonsa Vigil as a small grocery store servicing the local community of El Potrero. The store is now owned by her daughter, Elma Bal and run by her children, Raymond Bal and Vikki Tejada, who carry on the Vigil tradition of great customer service and hard work. Priscilla Martinez, the eldest daughter, and her children can be found helping during the summer months and Easter week.
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  • Love this place!! People were very friendly and they had a great variety of spices. Very knowledgeable and are happy to tell you all about the chili peppers they grow and sell. 
    Love this place!! People were very friendly and they had a great variety of spices. Very knowledgeable and are happy to tell you all about the chili peppers they grow and sell.  more »
  • Great little family owned store adjacent to the Santuario de Chimayo. This is the place to get local ground chile powders and crushed chiles. They've also got recipes for chile sauces. Great prices... 
    Great little family owned store adjacent to the Santuario de Chimayo. This is the place to get local ground chile powders and crushed chiles. They've also got recipes for chile sauces. Great prices...  more »
  • From jewelry to peppers, this place has it all. Very friendly staff and it's on the way to see the Church at Chimayo. Reasonable prices and huge selection of seasonings. Worth the stop. 
    From jewelry to peppers, this place has it all. Very friendly staff and it's on the way to see the Church at Chimayo. Reasonable prices and huge selection of seasonings. Worth the stop.  more »
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  • A marvelous place to buy good NM Chile and other items
  • Great Chile powder. Nice selection of milagro's!
  • I love their chimayo red chile powder and ristras
  • Best deals on local chili powder or flakes. Some local crafts as well at very good price points. Best souvenir shop on the plaza.
  • Really friendly, honest and knowledgeable staff. Plus the store is beautiful. Happy 100th Anniversary El Potrero Trading Post!

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