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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!

Open Haus…

January 21, 2014

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Tonight the newest member of the Haüs family opens – and I couldn’t be more excited!  The Taco Haüs is the brainchild of Chef Payton Curry and Dave Andrea, the duo who created the Brat Haüs.  Sean, Aidan and I got to have a preview dinner to sample the new menu last week and it will knock your socks off!  They brought the same wonderful vibe from the Brat Haüs but with a totally different direction in flavors.

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The three of us had a hard time keeping up with all of the dishes Payton sent out for us to try – and an even harder time sharing.  The tacos are amazing – or so I heard, Aidan ate them too quick for me to get a bite.  And then he ordered more and did it again.  I forgave him, mostly because I was hoping he would stay distracted while Sean and I dove into the ceviche.  We tried the Halibut, the Scallops and the Ahi versions and all were outstanding.  The Halibut came with a mix of kohlrabi, radish, green onions and corn over the top and hint of citrus.  The Scallops had a warm vinaigrette of serrano peppers, with grilled corn, shallots and garlic.  And the Ahi, oh the Ahi, had a mix of mango, apple, sprouts and celery. Unbelievable!

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As you would expect from Payton, the Taco Haüs serves only all-natural, hormone and antibiotic free meats and natural line caught fish, along with using our organic produce.  Even their tortillas are handmade on premise and are gluten free.  Eating tacos and ceviche this fresh feels like it should come with a sea breeze through the windows and the sound of waves crashing.

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And make sure to leave a little room at the end of the meal, because the desserts are not to be missed.  My favorite was the Tres Leches, made by the lovely Mrs. Shantal Curry who is a formidable talent in the kitchen.  They also offer a wonderful flan and a chocolate bar covered in pomegranate seeds, sea salt, pecans and citrus zest, that I may have squirreled away for later.

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I already have plans to go again… and again after that.  As does my son, who took his time filling out the comment card to lavish his own praise.

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In Aidan’s own words, “this may sound like a car commercial, but this is great food at low prices.”

Well, okay then.

Taco Haus
7318 E. Shea Blvd.
Scottsdale, AZ  85254
Haus: 480.991.3437
Tacout: 480.991.3122
www.TacoHausAZ.com

Happy New Years from the farm…

January 2, 2014

photoHappy 2014 from McClendon’s Select!  Everything is so beautiful on the farm right now.  We will be back in Scottsdale this coming Saturday and back to Town & Country next Wednesday through the rest of the season.  There is so much coming up for the new year, I had to share a few photos…

All sorts of baby greens…

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And some beautiful fully grown ones…

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There are rows coming to life everywhere…

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And the citrus trees are heavy with fruit…

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It is no wonder that we had a family of javelinas running around this morning.

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See you at the markets!

Holiday Market Schedule…

December 17, 2013

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McClendon’s Select would like to wish all of our customers a very Merry Christmas!

We wanted to let you know of our holiday schedule for the end of December.  The Town & Country Farmers’ Market will not be held on Christmas Day, Wednesday, December 25th nor on New Years’ Day, Wednesday, January 1st. We will return to the Town & Country market on Wednesday, January 8th.

McClendon’s Select will be at the Old Town Scottsdale Farmers’ Market on December 21st and 28th as normal.  We thank you all for your support of McClendon’s Select during 2013 and look forward to seeing you in the New Year!

Happy Holidays~

Bob, Marsha, Sean, Kate and Aidan McClendon

Happy Thanksgiving!

November 26, 2013

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We just want to express our sincere thanks to all of our customers for your continued support and good will over the years.  We truly love this farm and it is a joy to have it so well received at the markets and by the restaurants and chefs.  We are busy getting ready for tomorrow’s market at Town & Country.  The market right before Thanksgiving is a personal favorite of all of us.  Hearing everyone’s stories and plans for what they will be cooking and how they plan to spend the holiday feels like the pinnacle of what we do all year long.  Sharing good food and traditions with family and friends is at the very heart of this farm.  We wish you a wonderful holiday and will see you bright and early tomorrow at Town & Country!

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P.S.  As a reminder, we will not be at the Old Town Farmers’ Market on Saturday to give our employees time off to spend with their families.  We will be back in Scottsdale on Saturday, December 7th.

Thanksgiving planning…

November 21, 2013

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The forecast is calling for showers later today and tomorrow, but not to worry, we will be harvesting everything you need for Thanksgiving tomorrow to bring to the Old Town Farmers’ Market in Scottsdale this Saturday.  There will be plenty of potatoes, yams, greens, pecans, squash, cranberries and all of the other fixings to create a spectacular meal.  The rain should let up by early Saturday (trust us, no one checks the forecast more than Bob), but either way know that we will be ready for you this weekend.

For our Town & Country shoppers we will be ready for you too next Wednesday, November 27th.  The market before Thanksgiving is always one of our busiest, so make sure to come early.  (It is also always one of my favorites, I love hearing what everyone is planning to cook.) We are bringing extras of everything to help you prepare for your Thanksgiving dinner.

Marsha is also sending bundles of herbs to each market with fresh sprigs of rosemary, thyme, and sage.

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McClendon’s Select will not be at the Old Town Scottsdale Market the Saturday following Thanksgiving, November 30th.  There will still be many vendors at that market, so make sure to stop by and support them while you are out for your holiday shopping.  We will return to Scottsdale on Saturday, December 7th.

But do not worry about planning for your holiday meal, because rain or shine we will be at both Old Town on Saturday, Nov. 23rd and at Town and Country on Weds., Nov. 27th.

See you there!

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

Old Town Scottsdale Farmers’ Market
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.

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