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More strawberries…

March 24, 2017

strawberries

Good news – the spring training game tomorrow in Scottsdale doesn’t start until 3:00pm, which means it shouldn’t cause any parking problems tomorrow morning during the Old Town Scottsdale farmers market.

We will have plenty of beautiful Arizona grown organic strawberries with us again.  These have become our new after school snack with a little honey on top.  See you tomorrow at the market!

Tomorrow at the market…

March 17, 2017

strawberries

Good news – tomorrow parking at the Old Town Scottsdale Farmers Market will be much easier without a spring training game or the Arts Festival.  McClendon’s Select will be featuring these beautiful Arizona grown organic strawberries.  We will also have the last of the season organic Sugar Snap Peas.  If you haven’t tried them yet this season, don’t miss out.

We will also have plenty of freshly harvested organic celery.  This celery is the best we have ever grown, with a crisp, wonderful flavor and a beautiful color.  The photo below was just sent to me from the field while the celery is being harvested.  It doesn’t get fresher or more local that that.  See you tomorrow at the market!

celery

Double the Sugar Snap Peas…

March 10, 2017

Sugar Snaps

The Sugar Snap Peas are at the peak of their production right now and are so sweet and tender.  We apologize for running out so early last week.  They were quite popular.  We are bringing twice as many tomorrow to the Old Town Scottsdale market, but get there early.  See you tomorrow!

Split Pea Soup…

March 7, 2017

Split Peas

Tomorrow at the Uptown Wednesday market Mary will be sampling Split Pea Soup.  I just had a taste for myself and it is wonderful.  Stop by for a sample…

Split Pea Soup

1 pound dried green split peas, rinsed
2 medium carrots, peeled and medium dice
2 medium celery stalks, medium dice
1/2 medium yellow onion, medium dice
2 medium garlic cloves, minced
2 fresh Italian parsley sprigs
1 bay leaf
1 meaty smoked ham bone or 2 ham hocks (about 1 pound)
4 cups (1 quart) low-sodium chicken or vegetable broth
2 cups water
Kosher salt
Freshly ground black pepper

Arrange the split peas in the slow cooker in an even layer. Arrange the carrots, celery, onion, garlic, parsley, and bay leaf over the peas in one even layer. Place the ham bone or hocks on top of the vegetables.

Pour the chicken broth and water into the slow cooker and season with salt and pepper. Cover and cook until the peas are very soft and the meat is falling off the bone, on high for 5 to 6 hours or low for 8 to 10 hours.  You can cook it also at a low temperature on the stove top and stir occasionally for the same time, but it is a little harder to control the temperature.

Remove the ham bone or hocks to a cutting board. When cool enough to handle, remove the meat from the bones, place the meat back in the soup (discard the skin and bones), and stir to combine.

Taste and season with more salt and pepper as needed.

Sugar Snap Peas and Noble Bread…

March 3, 2017

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Good news – there will NOT be a spring training game tomorrow, March 4th, in Scottsdale so there should be no problem finding parking during the Old Town Scottsdale Farmers’ Market.  However, there will be an abundance of Sugar Snap Peas fresh from the front garden.  The Sugar Snap Peas are so crisp and sweet right now.  We have been enjoying them on salads, as a snack, or sautéed.

Noble Bread will also be with us tomorrow with a wonderful selection of their breads.  If you don’t know the story behind Noble Bread, I wrote about them awhile ago, you can read it here.  Since then, it has been a joy to see Noble Bread grow and become a beloved staple at the markets.  Their new eatery on 24th Street has been getting rave (& well deserved) reviews.  I recently met my mother there for lunch and we were both impressed.  (The Burrata toast is well worth a visit!)  Come pick up some Noble Bread at the markets and make the Noble Eatery a stop next time you are looking for a lunch place.

Noble Eatery
4525 N. 24th Street
Phoenix, AZ  85016
602-688-2424

 

McClendon’s Select Market Schedule

Uptown Wednesday Farmers’ Market
Wednesdays from 8:00am – 1:00pm
Located on the southeast corner of Central Avenue and Bethany Home Road. On the grounds of the North Phoenix Baptist Church.

Old Town Scottsdale Farmers’ Market
Saturdays 8:00am – 1:00pm
Located on the Southwest Corner of 1st Street & 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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Uptown Saturday Farmers’ Market
Year Round Every Saturday 9:00am – 12:00pm
Located on the southeast corner of Central Avenue and Bethany Home Road. On the grounds of the North Phoenix Baptist Church.

Strawberries and Lemonade…

February 21, 2017

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This week at the Uptown Wednesday Market Mary will be sampling Meyer Lemonade made with McClendon’s Select organic Meyer Lemons and Desert Blossom Honey. She will have recipes for the lemonade to hand out as well.

And at the markets we will be selling fresh local Arizona grown strawberries. Get there early – these are really good!!

Rain or shine…

February 17, 2017

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The forecast is calling for light rain tomorrow morning during the Old Town Scottsdale Market, but do not fear, McClendon’s Select will be there with a wonderful offering of organic fruits and vegetables.  The rains will pick up later in the afternoon, so you will be able to get your market shopping done before the weather picks up.  We are doing our first harvest of organic heirloom Bloomsdale Spinach and will have plenty with us tomorrow.  Get there early to buy some, since this variety is always a favorite.  See you tomorrow at the market!