McClendon’s Select will NOT be at the Old Town Farmers’ Market tomorrow, Saturday, February 14th. The annual Parada del Sol parade that takes place in Old Town Scottsdale has changed their parade route this year to surround the market location, traveling south along Scottsdale Road, then east on 2nd Street and finally north on Brown through the middle of Old Town, closing off these three streets around the market from 6:00am to noon. In previous years the parade has made parking and accessibility for the market difficult, however, after looking at the map for this year’s event it looks virtually impossible to get to the market from any direction.
We regret having to cancel this Saturday, but decided that it would be in everyone’s best interest, so as to not waste our customers time dealing with the congestion and parking problems. We apologize for the inconvenience and promise to return to the Old Town market on Saturday, February 21st.
Should you be headed to Scottsdale tomorrow, here is a link to the Parada del Sol route map.
Thank you for the wonderful turn out last week at our first Wednesday market at Uptown! We were so thrilled to see so many of our regulars make the move with us and to meet so many new faces from the neighborhood. With over fifty vendors, food trucks, live music and spectacular weather it was the perfect opening for this new market location. We could not be more thankful to our customers who have been so supportive through this whole transition. This market will continue to grow and we are thrilled to be a part of it.
Tomorrow FnB’s Chef Charleen Badman will be doing a cooking demonstration and giving out samples. You will not want to miss her. As well, we will have Noble Bread with us with my favorite Organic Sprouted Grain and Legume Bread. Here is also a glimpse from last week’s market…
For those who didn’t make it last week, the Uptown Wednesday Market is located at the North Phoenix Baptist Church off of Central Avenue and Bethany Home Road. We are open from 8:00am to 1:00pm. We hope to see you tomorrow!
Starting tomorrow February 4th McClendon’s Select will now be at the Uptown Wednesday farmers’ market at the North Phoenix Baptist Church off of Central Avenue and Bethany Home Road. We will be there every Wednesday from 8:00am to 1:00pm through the rest of the season, along with Noble Bread and 50 other vendors and food trucks.
There is so much wonderful produce growing on the farm right now and we are harvesting as much as we can today to bring with us tomorrow, including beautiful purple and green organic asparagus, six varieties of organic citrus, including Blood Oranges and Meyer Lemons, four colors of cauliflower, three colors of beautiful Swiss Chard, sugar snap peas, broccolini, three kinds of organic kale, Scarlet Queen turnips, Baby Bok-Choi and a beautiful selection of tomatoes, including organic mini-heirlooms. It is a market not to be missed!
We are so excited for this new location and can assure you that there will be plenty of parking and room to grow. Even the Arizona Republic is excited for this move, you can read about it here. Come join us tomorrow!
Uptown Wednesday Farmers Market
North Phoenix Baptist Church
Central Avenue and Bethany Home Road
Wednesdays from 8:00am to 1:00pm
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McClendon’s Select will be at the Old Town Scottsdale Farmers Market tomorrow with a huge selection rain or shine! Our forecasters say it will be mostly cloudy with a very slight chance of a sprinkle. Don’t let that scare you off, we will have all sorts of wonderful goodies from the farm to help you get ready for your big game celebration. Citrus is in full season and the blood oranges are so gorgeous and sweet right now. We will have our first harvest of our organic broccolini with us and it is wonderful!
Make sure you stop by tomorrow and stock up for your Sunday parties!
Rancho Pinot’s Chef Chrysa Robertson was kind enough to share the recipe she sampled at the Old Town Farmers’ market last week for Roasted Cauliflower with Toasted Bread Crumbs. It went fast at the market. Enjoy…
ROASTED CAULIFLOWER from RANCHO PINOT
Trim and cut into florets as many heads of McClendon’s colored cauliflower – orange, purple, green, romanesco, white – as you’d like to use. In large bowl, toss with olive oil and salt & pepper and spread on shallow sheet pan and roast in oven at about 400 degrees, checking every 10 minutes or so until nice and golden.
NOBLE BREAD CRUMBS
Decide how much crumbs you’d like to make…a whole Noble loaf makes a lot of crumbs. Any left overs are delicious in salads, on soups & pastas, or on other roasted veggies. Trim the crust from the portion of bread you will use…I find the crust is too difficult to grind, but is tasty toasted as a snack…and tear or cut the bread into smallish pieces. Grind in a food processor until coarse crumbs. Toss in a bowl with a little olive oil and spread on a sheet pan. Toast in 425 degree oven, checking and stirring often until deep golden brown.
Depending on amount of crumbs: drain & pat dry some capers. Heat some olive oil in a shallow skillet and fry the capers until crispy, drain on paper towels. Finely chop some green or regular garlic and zest some Meyer or regular lemon and chop some flat leaf parsley. Gently crumble the fried capers and combine with garlic, zest and parsley. Toss with the toasted crumbs, adding a little more olive oil if too dry. Serve the roasted cauliflower warm or room temperature, garnished with lots of crumbs and a little more good olive oil if you like. Some grated parmesan or other hard cheese is a nice addition, as is some chopped toasted nuts or pepitas.
Tomorrow is the last market at Town & Country for McClendon’s Select and Noble Bread. We are bringing some beautiful organic sugar snap peas freshly picked. They are so sweet and flavorful, they are like an early glimpse into spring.
Starting next week on Wednesday, February 4th McClendon’s Select and Noble Bread will be at the Uptown Wednesday Market at Central Avenue and Bethany Home Road on the grounds of the North Phoenix Baptist Church. We are excited for this new market and hope that you will all join us. The Uptown Wednesday market is going to have a nice selection of vendors and food trucks. We will be there every Wednesday from 8:00am – 1:00pm starting next week. See you there!
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McClendon’s Select is excited to welcome Rancho Pinot Chef Chrysa Robertson to our Saturday Old Town Farmers Market this week. She will be preparing and sampling a roasted multi-colored cauliflower with toasted Noble bread crumbs, crispy capers, Meyer lemon and green garlic. Make sure to stop and try a sample. She did a Marinated Grilled Butternut Squash at the Old Town market in October that earned rave review. You can find that recipe here. Make sure to get there early as the samples are likely to go fast.
We still have our normal schedule at the Old Town Scottsdale Market and Noble Bread will be with us as well. See you Saturday!
Old Town Scottsdale Farmers’ Market
Saturdays from 8:00am-1:00pm
On the Southwest corner of First Street and Brown, one block east of Scottsdale Road and two blocks south of Indian School Road.