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Organic Purple Cauliflower…

December 15, 2017


This gorgeous purple cauliflower will be at our Old Town Scottsdale Farmers’ Market this weekend.  It is so bright and beautiful.  My nephew was so enchanted by it this week he ate it raw right out of the field.

We will be at both the Uptown Saturday market and the Old Town Scottsdale Farmers’ Market this Saturday and next week on Dec. 23rd, so you will be able to get everything you need for your holiday table at both markets.  We will also have plenty going to the market this next Wednesday as well.

See you at the markets!

purple cauliflower

At Uptown this Saturday…

December 8, 2017


Noble Bread is moving from their previous location at the Uptown Saturday and will now be sold with McClendon’s Select.  Look for the two gold Noble Bread tents at the entrances.  Along side Noble’s wonderful organic breads, McClendon’s Select will have beautiful Little Gem Red and Green Lettuces, Meyer Lemons, Butterkin and Delicata squashes, Tuscan Kale, and both Cheddar and White Cauliflower, along with all of your other favorite organic fruits and vegetables from the farm.  We will have all of these at both the Uptown Saturday market and the Old Town Scottsdale farmers markets.  
See you tomorrow at the markets!

This Saturday…

December 1, 2017

orange cauliflower

McClendon’s Select will be bringing beautiful freshly harvested organic orange cauliflower tomorrow morning to the Scottsdale market.  As well, we still have plenty of organic sweet corn, broccolini and several varieties of green leafy vegetables, along with all of your usual seasonal favorites.

The Uptown Saturday market will be closed tomorrow, December 2nd, due to the APS Electric City Parade, so John’s Amish Country will not be at the Uptown market.  However, McClendon’s Select will still be at the Old Town Scottsdale Market tomorrow.  For the Uptown Saturday customers, we hope you can join us in Scottsdale!




November 28, 2017


McClendon’s Select is back to our normal market schedule this week.  We hope everyone had a wonderful holiday.  Thanks to the unseasonably warm weather we have had recently our Sungold tomatoes are in full production.  Sungolds are intensely flavorful even though they are small in size.  We add them to so many dishes.  Our last planting of sweet corn is now being harvested and we expect to have sweet corn available for another two weeks.  Also, don’t miss our beautiful Broccolini at the markets week.



Cranberry sauce recipe…

November 21, 2017


We will have everything on hand to help you prepare for Thanksgiving at tomorrow’s Uptown Wednesday market.  We did want to remind everyone that we will not be at the Old Town Scottsdale Market this Saturday, November 25th, in order to give our employees the holiday weekend.  We will resume our regular Saturday schedule next week.  John’s Amish will be at the Uptown Saturday market during his normal hours, should you need anything from the farm.

For our Uptown shoppers make sure to get there early tomorrow, because the Wednesday before Thanksgiving is always one of our busiest markets during the year.  We will open at 8:00am.  That said, it is also a personal favorite, because it is fun to hear what everyone is making for their meal and their plans and traditions for the holiday.

Here is a recipe for cranberry sauce that has become a tradition in my household.  I generally make this the night before, since I like to serve it a little chilled, but it is also easy and quick enough to make on Thanksgiving Day.  Should you not have all of the different types of citrus on hand, you can just use one and modify the portions.

Cranberry Sauce
1 lb organic cranberries
Zest two organic Navel oranges
Juice four organic Navel oranges
Zest half a Persian lime and Lisbon lemon
3/4 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup white sugar

Add all to a sauce pan and cook over medium to medium-high heat for 15 or 20 minutes.  You will hear the cranberries start to pop, which is normal.  Stir occasionally.  Remove from heat and allow to cool fully before serving or refrigerating.  It will thicken when refrigerated.

See you tomorrow at the market and have a great Thanksgiving holiday!

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.

Thanksgiving chef advice…

November 17, 2017


Tomorrow at the Old Town Scottsdale Farmers’ Market Chrysa Robertson, the owner/chef of Rancho Pinot Grill, will be at the market to answer your Thanksgiving cooking questions.  Chef Chrysa’s Rancho Pinot Grill is an Arizona classic, routinely lauded for being one of the best in the valley for its authentic locally inspired dishes and charming cowboy decor.  She will be circulating through the market with some of her favorite Thanksgiving recipes to hand out and will be taking your questions on meal prep, menu advice and helpful hints to help make your holiday dinner a success.

We will also have all of your Thanksgiving essentials on hand including yams, green beans, pecans, quince, persimmons, potatoes, salad greens, Medjool dates and Meyer Lemons.  And of course, there will be plenty of organic cranberries.  I will post my cranberry sauce recipe on Tuesday.  It is quick and easy, a hit every year.  There will also be plenty of herb bundles available at both markets, so you can have the freshest seasoning for your turkey.

Say hello to Chef Chrysa tomorrow if you see her, and stop by Rancho Pinot Grill as you celebrate the season.

See you tomorrow at the market!

Rancho Pinot Grill
6208 N. Scottsdale Road
Scottsdale, AZ  85253

Uptown closed tomorrow…

November 11, 2017


For all of our Saturday Uptown Farmers’ Market shoppers that visit John’s Amish Country, the market will be closed tomorrow in honor of the Veteran’s Day Parade on Central Avenue.  McClendon’s Select will still be at the Old Town Scottsdale farmers’ market during our normal business hours.  Noble Bread will also be with us in Scottsdale, along with several new varieties of their breads.  Uptown will return to the regular schedule next week.

Pictured above are our Organic soil grown Sun Gold tomatoes.  These are a personal favorite of mine which I serve with everything, but in all honesty, they are best just as they are.  These are so full of flavor, they don’t need anything else to be enjoyed.

We would also like to extend a our gratitude to all of the veterans from McClendon’s Select.  There are many veterans in our family and our farm community and we thank you all for your service.