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More this Saturday…

October 24, 2013

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A big thank you to everyone who came out for our first market in Scottsdale last weekend!  It was an amazing turnout and a lovely welcome back!

And it was CRAZY!

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We have never had that kind of turnout before on an opening market for the season, but no worries, with two farms planted and ready for harvest, we have even more of everything coming this weekend!   There will be some new items too, including Crimson Gold apples, new organic apple juice (that is out of this world!), and red and green Salanova bib lettuces, to name a few.  There is also a new crop harvest of popcorn that will be coming with us, and Jason and Claudio from Noble Bread will back again as well.

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Trust me, there will be more of everything this coming Saturday.  More produce, more cashiers, still more produce…

See you Saturday!

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Town & Country Shopping Center
Wednesdays from 8:00am to 2:00pm
4881 North 20th Street
Phoenix, AZ  85016

Old Town Scottsdale Farmers’ Market
Saturdays from 8:00am to 1:00pm
Located on the Southwest corner of 1st Street and Brown in Scottsdale.
Brown is one block East of Scottsdale Road.  1st Street is two blocks South of Indian School Road.

This Saturday in Scottsdale…

October 17, 2013

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McClendon’s Select will be back at the Old Town Farmers’ Market in Scottsdale this weekend.  We will have a wonderful selection with us, including beautiful baby bok-choi, Forono red beet bunches, i’itoi onions and all sorts of vibrant root vegetables and fresh greens.  It will be great to be back in Scottsdale, we can’t wait to see you!

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And…. Noble Bread will be with us!   Jason Raducha from Noble Bread has a new member on his team, Claudio Urciuoli, who many of you may know.  Claudio comes from Italy and has graced many fine kitchens throughout the Valley.  Together they are creating some magic, using organic, GMO-free flour.  You can read more about Noble Bread here, but trust me, the best thing way to appreciate what they are doing is to pick up a loaf for yourself.

See you at the market!

Town & Country Shopping Center
Wednesdays from 8:00am to 2:00pm
4881 North 20th Street
Phoenix, AZ  85016

Old Town Scottsdale Farmers’ Market
Saturdays from 8:00am to 1:00pm
Located on the Southwest corner of 1st Street and Brown in Scottsdale.
Brown is one block East of Scottsdale Road.  1st Street is two blocks South of Indian School Road.

Organic S.E.E.D….

October 7, 2013

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The Madison Improvement Club is a fantastic health conscious cafe that is disguised as a workout club.   Actually the club itself offers both yoga flow classes or “Phenomenal Flow” as they are called and killer spin classes called “Party on a Bike” that will get your heart pumping, while their cafe S.E.E.D. offers a mouth-watering menu.   We have been supplying their cafe S.E.E.D. for quite some time and I had been hearing rave reviews about that they are doing.  The cafe may be tiny, but they are big on organic and have a huge menu of options that is worth the workout.  Deciding that I needed to work for my lunch, I tried the “Party on a Bike” class this past weekend.  I love yoga, but thought it would be fun to try something different and this was class was amazing.  New to spinning, I wasn’t sure what to expect, but the class was high intensity and a lot of fun.  And they were serious about the party, it was a crazy, rowdy good time complete with laser lights, energetic music and an instructor who kept you moving.  It was also a workout that I am still feeling.

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After working up a sweat, their cafe is the perfect place to cool down and refuel.  S.E.E.D. offers a case filled with pre-made salads to go that were freshly made with options like “The Calvin” filled with organic baby arugula, white beans, seedless grapes, walnuts and parmesan, which was wonderful.  They are happy to mix up the salad for you and serve it in a bowl, if you want to stay there to enjoy your lunch.  There is also a long selection of freshly pressed juices and smoothies to choose from.  The Will Power smoothie was a nice treat after working up a sweat that didn’t make me feel like I had just undone all of that hard work.  But the menu is more than salads and smoothies, there are a number of options including sandwiches, flatbreads, breakfast burritos and veggies dishes with many vegan, vegetarian and gluten-free options.  They serve breakfast thru dinner, with a beer, wine and cocktail menu available as well.

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While the class was a lot of fun, it is not mandatory to enjoy the cafe.  S.E.E.D. offers plenty of to go options, as well as on-line ordering and even delivery.  They are also available for catering.  A friend who is a regular told me that she often stops in to pick up her lunch for the day before heading into work.  I would too.

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So, if you haven’t been, I would definitely encourage you to go.  Both the workout and the food were wonderful, and with the first class offered for free you have nothing to lose!

S.E.E.D. Cafe
602.626.7307
www.seedcafephoenix.com

The Madison Improvement Club
3802 E. Indian School Road
Phoenix, AZ    85018
602.296.7118
www.themadisonphoenix.com

(A big thank you to Alexis, my favorite workout partner, for encouraging me to try new things.)

Returning to the markets…

September 26, 2013

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McClendon’s Select is coming back to the markets and we can’t wait to see you!  Sean has been busy the last several weeks planting away at both the farm in Peoria and the one in Goodyear and there will be all sorts of beautiful veggies coming out of the ground just in time for the farmers’ markets.  We will be back at Town & Country on Wednesdays starting Wednesday, October 2nd and back at the Old Town Farmers’ Market in Scottsdale on Saturdays starting October 19th.  See you there!

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Town & Country Shopping Center
Wednesdays starting October 2nd, 2013
From 8:00am to 2:00pm
4881 North 20th Street
Phoenix, AZ  85016

Old Town Scottsdale Farmers’ Market
Saturdays starting October 19th, 2013
From 8:00am to 1:00pm
Located on the Southwest corner of 1st Street and Brown in Scottsdale.
Brown is one block East of Scottsdale Road.  1st Street is two blocks South of Indian School Road.

We went to Tucson!

September 19, 2013

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McClendon’s Select has been working with restaurants in Flagstaff, Sedona and even Winslow for some time now, but we are happy to say that we are now working with restaurants in Tucson as well.   Some of our favorite restaurants from Flagstaff have opened new outposts in Tucson.  The owners of Brix and Criollo started a new concept called Proper on Congress Street, across from the Hotel Congress.  A few doors down, Diablo Burger also originally from Flagstaff, opened along with the Good Oak Bar.   Congress Street has become quite the hot spot in downtown Tucson.  This past weekend, Sean, Aidan and I had the chance to go down and see for ourselves.  It is quite the scene, especially on Second Saturday, when Congress Street comes alive with music on the streets with everything from mariachis to bagpipes, along with pop-up stores and food vendors and a whole array of performers.  Just people watching was entertaining.

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We had an amazing dinner at Proper, which was made all the more fun by running into an old friend.  As a vegetarian, she was thrilled when Proper opened and said that she eats there a few times a week. Everything we had was outstanding.  I would definitely be there a few times a week if it was possible.

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The Diablo Burger is on the same block and had that incredible aroma of their burgers and famous fries that fills the air, just like the one in Flagstaff.  This one is open to the sidewalk with a ton of indoor seating, and is definitely on our list to visit next trip.  They also opened the Good Oak Bar next door, which specializes in Arizona beer and wine and serves from the Diablo Burger menu.

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On Sunday morning we stopped by the St. Philip’s Plaza farmers’ market, which has an incredible selection of  locally grown produce, meats and artisan foods.   It is a wonderful market with a huge variety and number of vendors.

Also very exciting, Chris Bianco is opening a Pizzeria Bianco’s on Congress Street later this fall.  We can’t wait!  He has been a long-time friend and supporter of the farm and we are excited that Tucson will get to enjoy his genius now too!

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Guess we will have to make another trip!

(Special thanks to Bernd for being our host and Tucson tour guide!)

Proper
300 East Congress Street
Tucson, AZ  85701
520-396-3357
www.propertucson.com

Diablo Burger/Good Oak Bar
316 East Congress Street
Tucson, AZ  85701
520-882-2007
www.diabloburger.com

Salty!

September 5, 2013

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Marsha has been busy lately in the kitchen mixing up flavored salts.  These are incredibly easy to make, are wonderful on a number of dishes, and smell oh-so-good!

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Yuzus are a favorite of Nobuo Fukuda, from Nobuo’s at Teeter House.  He is the reason we planted yuzu trees and whenever I smell a freshly cut yuzu I immediately think of his Shiromi Carpaccio.  They have a distinct smell that is a mild mix of grapefruit and pine.   This time of year yuzus are green and perfect for zesting.  In another month they will turn yellow on the outside and be used for juicing.  The zest will still work for this recipe, but it won’t be as dark of a green.  This salt would be perfect on any type of fish or vegetable.

Yuzu Salt

3 Tablespoons of Yuzu zest (about seven golf ball size Yuzus)
1 cup coarse Kosher salt

Mix the zest and salt together by hand and then spread across a parchment paper covered cookie sheet. Allow to air dry for 8-10 hours then mix again.  Keep in a sealed jar.

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Basil salt is the other one she has been making.  I love the smell of fresh cut basil.  I keep a large bouquet of it in my kitchen at all times when it is in season, since I use it in almost everything.  This is a nice way of enjoying the flavor throughout the year.

Basil Salt

1 cup basil leaves
1 cup kosher salt

Mix the basil leaves and salt together in a food processor until the leaves are finely cut.  Spread across a parchment paper covered cookie sheet and bake in the oven at 225-degrees for half an hour.  Then mix again in the food processor until finely ground.  Keep in a sealed jar.

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We enjoyed it immediately…

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Planning ahead…

August 23, 2013
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Summer on the farm is when we catch up on projects, toy with new ideas, and prepare for the coming market season.  Sean has been busy on both the Peoria farm and Hope Springs farm at the Cancer Treatment Centers of America ripping, tilling, bed-forming and planting.  Or rather, making the ground go from this….

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to this…

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We have a number of fun things that are in the ground, getting ready for the fall markets.  Like rows of different types of squash, Yellow Crookneck, Jasper, Costata Romanesco, and Gold in rows in the south field…

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and baby arugula that is starting to pop up…

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and Marsha has about seventy large sunflowers drying that we will use for seed.  We hope to bring a number of these to the markets at the end of October to sell for seed so you can plant your own flowers or use in bird feeders or just hang up to decorate for the season…

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We have also been busy with some new ideas that we hope to bring to market later next year.  Bob recently visited an organic farm in California with these amazing heirloom tomatoes.  They are even more beautiful in person, and the flavors are incredible.  We are ordering seed so we can do the same and hope to be planting them next spring.

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We also have been experimenting with popcorn.  Not the kind you buy at store or from a movie theater, but popcorn that pops right from the cob.  We grew a few varieties of it this summer to see how it would work.  After it was picked, shucked and then dried for about 3-4 weeks, you can then pop it and serve.    Marsha gave the cobs a light coating of oil and then put them in a paper bag and microwaved it for about 30 seconds to a minute,  until they were done popping.  They went from this…

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to this…

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There would have been more popcorn, but Aidan was eating it so fast I could hardly get the photo.  We also hope to be able to offer this new popcorn at the market sometime next year.  With all that going on we are excited as all of you for the markets to begin again.

McClendon’s Select will be back at Town & Country Farmers’ Market on Wednesdays starting October 2nd and at the Old Town Farmers’ Market in Scottsdale on Saturdays starting October 26th.

See you then!

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