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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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New location at the Town and Country market…

March 25, 2014

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The northwest corner of the Town & Country Shopping Center is about to undergo major renovations that will last several months. During this time the McClendon’s Select farmers’ market and Noble Bread will be moved to a temporary location starting Wednesday, March 26th through the duration of the 2014 season.  Our last market at Town & Country will be on Wednesday, June 25th.

The new location for McClendon’s Select will now be INSIDE an empty store front on the north side of the Town & Country shopping center, 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.

Thank you for your continued support!!

Rain or shine…

March 1, 2014

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Hooray rain!!

Don’t let a little rain scare you, because we certainly don’t.   McClendon’s Select will be at the Old Town Farmers’ Market tomorrow morning rain or shine.   We will have all sorts of beautiful organic goodies for you, and Sean is on the tractor right now planting even more.  Spring showers are a happy gift around here!

See you tomorrow at the market!

 

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.

Honor for a hero…

January 23, 2014

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A few months ago there was a rather scary moment at the Town & Country market that many of you may remember.  One of our regular customers and a long-time friend of Bob’s, Bill Miller, had a heart attack as he was backing his car out of the parking lot.  Thanks to the quick thinking and actions from our cashier Chris Davia the moment was frightening but not tragic.  Chris had recently viewed a video on compression-only CPR that he learned about through the Boy Scouts of America.  After witnessing Bill in distress, Chris did not hesitate to take action and put what he learned to use.  Emergency responders at the scene and the doctors at the hospital all confirmed that it was because of Chris Davia’s actions and proper administration of CPR that Bill’s life was saved.

Last week, the Boy Scouts of America awarded Chris with the prestigious Medal of Merit at their National Court of Honor.  As a long-time volunteer in scouting and the father of two Eagle Scouts, it was a wonderful way to recognize and celebrate Chris and his actions that day.   Both the Peoria Times wrote about the award (link is here) and Channel 12 did a piece on their EVB Live broadcast (video link is here).  The best part of the evening was that Bill was there to stand next to Chris as he received the honor.

To view the video that Chris saw on compression-only CPR, you can see it at http://heart.arizona.edu/cpr-video. The video only takes six minutes to watch and the information is invaluable.

We add our congratulations to Chris who exemplified what it means to be a Boy Scout!  We are glad you are part of our team!

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