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Heart of the Desert/Eagle Ranch Pistachios Farm Tour

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Address: 7288 Highway 54 70, Alamogordo, NM 88310
Phone Number: +1 575-434-0035
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Sun 9:00 am - 6:00 pm
Mon - Sat 8:00 am - 6:00 pm
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Description: Know your farmer, know your food! Ever wonder what a super food is? Do you...
Know your farmer, know your food! Ever wonder what a super food is? Do you know the climate of Alamogordo is identical to Iran? Eagle Ranch is a self contained agribusiness which means that everything that is done to the crop, from start to finish, is done right here on the premises. Our most popular attraction, the FREE farm tour, offers visitors a behind the scenes look at harvesting and processing pistachios while providing unusual and little known facts about one of America's favorite snacks. The tour takes about forty-five minutes. You will visit the field, the processing plant, the salting and roasting facility, as well as our packaging and shipping departments. It's a walking tour with wheelchair accessibility. Don't forget to leave plenty of time to visit our gift shop. We offer FREE samples of our pistachio products and candies, as well as our award winning wines. Enjoy a glass of wine or pistachio ice cream on The Grove Patio overlooking the pistachio trees. The Grove Patio is even available for private events. Free Tours Daily June - August: Monday through Friday, twice a day at 10:00 AM and 1:30 PM September - May: Monday through Friday at 1:30 PM Groups: We are happy to accommodate groups of 10 or more by appointment. Buses Welcome!
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One bag and I was hooked!

I live in Oklahoma, but have kids stationed at Holloman AFB and I've been stopping by for a very long time. My son gave me my first bag of Pistachios from there. I was hooked... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 24, 2015
Bonnie M
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Boise City, Oklahoma
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Boise City, Oklahoma
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2015 NEW

I live in Oklahoma, but have kids stationed at Holloman AFB and I've been stopping by for a very long time. My son gave me my first bag of Pistachios from there. I was hooked! Through the years, the gift shop has grown and added a wonderful line of gift products along with the a great wine selection and tours.... More 

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Albuquerque, New Mexico
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

I drive down from ABQ for the wine and nuts. Worth every mile! The staff is friendly and welcoming. Sort of like visiting family.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 13, 2015

No artificial colors or preservatives in these pistachios, which didn't surprise me as they are a supplier to our local Whole Foods. Very clean and appealing store with friendly and attentive employees. Samples were offered generously in a sanitary way over the counter. We bought red chili pistachios, red chili peanut brittle and tortugas (turtles) - all delicious. Unfortunately, we... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 6, 2015

If you're in Alamagordo, NM you've got to stop at the Eagle ranch Pistachio Groves/Heart of the desert. It's a beautiful location . We took the one hour tour starting at 1:30pm. Toured the whole operation from Trees to processing and packaging and then sales! excellent tour. Lots of samples of both the Pistachios and also, the wine. Really informative!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2015

I'm usually not pro-NM wines, but these guys are awesome! Their gypsy heart or wandering gypsy or whatever the name was. (It involved gypsy in either English or Spanish.) It was a nice flavorful dry red. Their nuts are also tasty. My boyfriend and I really enjoyed the chile flavored pistachios. Their toffee was also very good. The only reason... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2015

OMG great awesome little shop and the service everywhere was amazing! Take the tour and say hi to Tyler for us!

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Big Spring, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 26, 2015

This is a great place to sample different flavors of pistachios. Besides the normal roasted and salted, they have red chili, green chili with onion, extra hot red chili, and several other kinds of pistachios. They let you sample each kind. The pistachio candies are delectable also. We bought trees from here last year and bought more from them this... More 

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Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 26, 2015

We were actually at the location on the plaza in Old Mesilla. The staff was super friendly and helpful. Lots of fun items in the gift shop. But its the wine that keeps 'em coming back. Great selection and knowledgeable presentation.

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Winchester, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 14, 2015

Heart of the Desert has a visitor's center, free wine tasting, nut farm, nuts for sale, and a small gift shop. It's a cool little place to visit. Clean, lots of character, friendly people. The wine is fantastic. Worth a visit.

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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2014

This place has surprisingly good wine, even though the sommelier knew nothing about wine and even confided in us, "I don't like wine." Besides that awkward moment, we appreciated the wine a great deal. We enjoyed the Merlot for its uncharacteristically sweet bouquet and the Corazon Gitano, a red blend.

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