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Broccolini…

February 16, 2018

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This gorgeous Broccolini will be at the Old Town Scottsdale Farmers’ market tomorrrow.  Broccolini is similar to broccoli, but with smaller florets and longer, thicker stalks.   It is quite rich in both flavor and nutrients such as Vitamins A and calcium, with one serving of broccolini also contains your daily value of Vitamin C.  It is quick to prepare, just give a small trim to the end of the stalks and then either a quick blanch in boiling salt water or you can roast or grill it along side other items you are preparing.  A little garlic or lemon zest adds to the flavor, but honestly it has enough flavor to be enjoyed on its own.

We are back to our normal Saturday schedule tomorrow and look forward to seeing everyone in Scottsdale and at the Uptown markets.

Sugar Snap Peas…

February 13, 2018

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We will have these beautiful organic Sugar Snap Peas at the Uptown Wednesday market tomorrow.  According to all of our weather monitoring, it will be perfect shopping weather during the market hours.  Light showers are expected to start early afternoon tomorrow and last through the evening, but the morning will be clear, so come early and stock up for your Valentine’s Day.

Noble Bread will also be with us at the market and will have the new Noble Imperial Blend bread available.  This new variety has been a hit, so make sure you grab one for yourself.

 

Come to the Uptown Saturday farmers market this weekend…

February 8, 2018

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Due to the Parada del Sol parade this coming Saturday, McClendon’s Select will not be at the Old Town Scottsdale farmers market this weekend.  The parade route surrounds three sides of the market, making parking and accessibility very difficult if not impossible for both our produce trucks and for market customers.  The streets surrounding the market will also be blocked off for the parade from 6:00am to 1:00pm.  Some vendors will be in Scottsdale to provide food for parade spectators, but for our shoppers who visit the market to stock up for the week, we suggest you visit the Uptown market this Saturday.  Bob will be at Uptown with a large inventory of our McClendon’s Select organic produce.  We will bring an abundance to Uptown to take care of our shoppers from both Saturday market locations.

The Uptown Saturday market is located at the North Phoenix Baptist Church on the southeast corner of Central Avenue and Bethany Home Road.  Bob will be at Uptown from 8:00am to noon.  We will return to our regular Scottsdale schedule on Saturday, February 17th.

Thank you – and see you at Uptown!

 

Tomorrow at Uptown…

February 7, 2018

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This month is the height of our citrus season.  The warming weather with cool evenings have made our citrus come to life.  Tomorrow at the Uptown Wednesday market we will have Meyer and Lisbon Lemons, Ruby and Rio Red Grapefruit, Honeybell Tangelos, as well as Mandarin and Navel Oranges (pictured) available.  And of course, beautiful bright red Blood Oranges to jazz up a special Valentine’s Day meal (or cocktail)!

 

Citrus season…

February 2, 2018

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McClendon’s Select citrus is at the height of its season right now.  We will have a huge offering at the Old Town Scottsdale and Uptown farmers’ markets tomorrow including: Tangelos, Cara Cara oranges, Navel oranges, Tangerines, Meyer and Lisbon lemons, Ruby and Rio Red grapefruit, and of course the star of the show, Blood oranges.   These are the best way to add a little vitamin C to your day.  I have been adding citrus to all of my cooking lately, but truthfully, nothing beats just enjoying freshly squeezed juice.

We will also have plenty of ingredients on hand to help your prep for watching the big game.  There will be everything you need to make guacamole, salsa or a colorful cruidite platter.

See you at the markets!

Asparagus season…

January 23, 2018

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It is that time of year… Asparagus season in the desert runs from the end of January until about Easter depending on the weather, and right now they are being harvested daily.

Asparagus is a multi-year crop that will last 20 to 30 years if it is taken care of properly.   We harvest them as tips that run 6 to 7 inches long.  They only need to be freshened up at the cut end by cutting 1/4 inch off just prior to washing.  This practice insures that they don’t get fibrous from letting them get too tall. They turn a dark green when steamed or sautéed and are tender right down to the cut end.

Stop by the markets this week to pick some up!

 

Blood oranges…

January 19, 2018

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Blood orange season is in full swing.  These beauties will be at both the Old Town Scottsdale and the Uptown Saturday farmers’ markets tomorrow.  Blood oranges have a berry undertone to their complex flavoring and are loaded with antioxidants.  Their bright red juice is wonderful on its own or as an accent in your cooking or cocktails.  We also love to toss some segments from blood oranges on salads.  Stop by either market tomorrow to pick some up, but come early, blood oranges are always popular!