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It is almost market season again…

September 18, 2014

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McClendon’s Select is coming back to the Town & Country Farmers’ Market on Wednesday, October 1st.  We will be returning to the indoor space on the north side of the shopping center, in the same location we had last spring.  Town & Country remains under construction with most of the parking lot on the south side torn up and heavily congested.  We advise that you enter the center from the north, off of Camelback Road, as there is much more parking available and easier access to our location on the north side.

Noble Bread will be joining us again at the market.  Do yourself a favor and get there early for a loaf of their Sprouted Grain and Legume bread.  Jason makes that bread just for our market and it has been a part of my new favorite meal that we have been enjoying this summer… Toasted Sprouted Grain and Legume bread, a handful of fresh arugula, smashed and salted avocado, a poached egg or two, some shaved parmesan and a drizzle of Queen Creek Mexican Lime Olive Oil.  Takes less than ten minutes to make and is so good.

We are looking forward to seeing everyone again.

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Town & Country Farmers’ Market
Wednesdays from 8:00am-2:00pm
Starting Weds., October 1st
Camelback Road and 20th Street

Old Town Scottsdale Farmers’ Market
Saturdays from 8:00am-1:00pm
Starting Sat., October 25th
On the Southwest corner of First Street and Brown, one block east of Scottsdale Road and two blocks south of Indian School Road.

Sweet corn is back…

June 24, 2014

Image_2 Tomorrow is our last market for the 2013-2014 season and we promise it will be a good one.  Sweet corn is back in harvest and we will have plenty.  We were sad to miss it last week, but will try to make up for it tomorrow!  We will also have a wonderful bounty of heirloom tomatoes that are so ripe and full of flavor and incredible organic seedless watermelon.

Thank you so much for your continued support of our family farm.  We love what we do and truly appreciate our wonderful customers who help us share that love.  McClendon’s Select will back at Town & Country Farmers’ Market on Wednesday, October 1st.

Until then, have a wonderful summer!

Two more markets…

June 17, 2014

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We only have two more markets this summer and then we will be done until the fall.  Sadly, we are having a break from the corn harvest this week.  That sometimes happens.  Trust me, we are missing it too.  However, there will be plenty of sweet corn next week at our last market.  This week you will simply have to make due with our wonderful heirloom tomatoes.  They are so flavorful that they have ruined me from eating any other tomato.  Yes, they come in all sorts of crazy colors and have equally nutty names, but their flavor is unparalleled.   You can dress them up, but really, why bother?  Enjoy them simply to truly see how incredible they are.

You can do what I did and make a panzanella with the Grain and Legume bread from Noble Breads.  Break up the bread and toast for 2-3 minutes.  Cut up a handful of tomatoes and add some shredded basil, a few splashes of a good olive oil, some sea salt and then let the flavors and juices all meld together for a few minutes until the bread has softened again.  You can even spice it up with a little red onion or add some proscuitto and mozzarella.  It is best of summer in one bowl.  And it may help tide you over until we have corn again next week.

Maybe.

Summer goodies…

June 10, 2014

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For the second week we will have sweet corn at the Wednesday Town and Country Farmers’ Market, but good news, there will be much, much more than last week.  We apologize to anyone who missed out on the sweet corn last week.  It sold out rather quickly, but we have been able to harvest much more of it this week.  The corn is at the peak of the season and has a wonderful sweet flavor.  Heirloom tomatoes are coming into their season and we will have those at the market as well.  There are so many beautiful varieties of heirloom tomato right now, with equally fun names like Zhezha, Amethyst Jewel, Blue Medley, Pink Boar, Nebraska Wedding, Cherokee Purple, and Mr. Stripey.

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Jason and Claudio from Noble Bread will also be with us at the market.  If you haven’t tried their Grain & Legume bread make sure you pick up a loaf.  This has become my new favorite from them and we have a loaf of it in our home every week.  It has a wonderful hearty toasted crust and is chewy and soft on the inside with bits of lentils.  As with all of their breads, the Grain & Lentil is made with organic and GMO-free flour and uses naturally fermented whole grains, such as organic spring wheat berries, organic hulled barley, organic hulled millet and organic lentil beans.   Can you imagine a panzanella salad with this bread and some heirloom tomatoes?  That just may be dinner tonight.

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We have three more Town & Country Farmer’s markets before we are done for the season.  Come visit us tomorrow!!

Sweet corn is here!!

June 3, 2014

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It is that time again!  The sweet corn is ripe and harvested and we have more of it than ever before.  Sean planted acres of the Sweetie 82, a non-GMO variety of yellow sweet corn, at the Hope Springs farm at the Cancer Treatment Centers of America.  This variety is one of the sweetest varieties while still maintaining a wonderful corn flavor, but you have to wait until the temperatures reach over 100 degrees for it to be ready for harvest.  We will have a good supply of it at our remaining Town and Country markets through the rest of June.  Come see us on Wednesday.

Our last market at Town and Country is Wednesday, June 25th, so you have three more weeks to enjoy this wonderful sweet corn.  Although get there early, because you know something this good will go quickly!

One more Saturday in Scottsdale… and a video…

May 19, 2014

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Next Saturday, May 24th, is the last Old Town Scottsdale Farmers’ Market for McClendon’s Select for the season. The market will continue to run thru June, please go and continue to support all of the vendors. We will return to the Scottsdale market in the fall, stay tuned to the blog for the date to be announced.  McClendon’s Select will continue to be at the Town & Country Farmers’ Market on Wednesdays from 8:00am – 2:00pm through June 25th, 2014.

We wanted to share with you a video piece produced by the Cancer Treatment Centers of America about our partnership with them on the Hope Springs Organic Farm.  It explains how the whole idea came together to have us farming on the hospital ground and how organic produce works in conjunction with their treatment of cancer.  Hope you enjoy!

Reminder – New Location at Town & Country Market…

April 1, 2014

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Just a reminder that McClendon’s Select has now moved to the north side of the Town & Country Shopping Center.  We are located inside a storefront next to Yogurtology.  Look for the McClendon’s Select banner hanging in front of the entrance. We suggest you use the parking lots on the north side of the shopping center off of Camelback Road, as those will be the easiest to find available parking spots and the closest to our new location. We recommend avoiding the south parking lot in front of Trader Joe’s, as it will be very crowded, due to the loss of parking spaces caused by the renovations.

We apologize for any inconvenience, we will continue to update our customers
. As always, we will bring a
 plentiful supply of fresh, organic produce straight from our farm to the market
 on Wednesdays and will be set up during our normal business hours from 
8:00am to 2:00pm.

P.S.  And… we will have morel mushrooms at this market!  The first mushrooms from Oregon have just arrived.  We also just finished harvesting the last of the season’s purple cauliflower and will have it with us tomorrow!

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