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Hello Fall… I have missed you!

September 28, 2010

I apologize for the radio silence all summer on the blog. Oddly enough, it is because I officially joined the family business and finally came to work on the farm  While I had already spent most of my days here for some reason or another, learning what it takes to keep this place going has been quite an undertaking.  No worries though, we all agreed that it would be best if my contribution came from behind a computer rather than out in the gardens.  Best leave that to the experts!

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We have enjoyed a few cool mornings and taken advantage of this time to start planting. After the past month of prepping the fields, we are finally ready to start growing again for the fall.  August was spent trenching, tilling and laser leveling to get the fields in perfect form.  With fall and the markets finally returning, it is wonderful to see the fields producing all of the favorites I have missed.
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Here is a little peek of what we have growing at the moment…
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Oh… and squash blossoms are back!  They are around just for a little bit longer.  Squash blossoms make their appearance in the early summer months and again in early fall.  I will try to post a recipe later on about what to do with these edible beauties.  Until then, I hear that Charlene Badman at FnB is selling out with her squash blossom dish every night.  If you really want to see how its done, get over there quick and order them before they are gone again.
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We can’t wait to see everyone again at the Farmer’s Markets.  McClendon’s Select will return to the Town & Country farmer’s market on Wednesday, October 6th and the Old Town Scottsdale Market on Saturday, October 30th!
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See you there!
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P.S. To my friend who was wondering how you go about growing carrots in the desert, here it is in a nutshell from Bob.  Plant them very shallow (only about an inch into the soil), cover with burlap, and keep them really wet for fourteen days. Seriously… water, water, water.   You can take the burlap off when they start to sprout, but keep watering.  They take awhile to germinate, so don’t give up.  They will come just give them a little time.
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Here are some carrots that recently sprouted in the back garden…
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You may need to cover them with some sort of wire screen after they have come up to keep the bunnies away (or in our case Aidan). They both know a good thing when they see it.  Or come visit us at one of the markets, we will have plenty!
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FnB
7133 E. Stetson Drive
Scottsdale, AZ  85252
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Town & Country Shopping Center
October 6th, 2010 – June 22nd, 2011
Wednesdays from 8:30am to 2:00pm
4881 North 20th StreetPhoenix, AZ 85016
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Old Town Scottsdale Farmers’ Market
October 30th, 2010 – May 21st, 2011
Saturdays from 8:30am 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.
3 Comments leave one →
  1. Brenda Morrow permalink
    October 4, 2010 3:59 pm

    We have missed Fall, and McClendon’s Select! Your quality and variety are unmatched at the farmers markets. So, I’m really looking forward to Wednesday morning! 🙂

  2. Jen permalink
    March 3, 2011 4:52 pm

    When do you expect the squash blossoms to come in for the early summer months? I have a Bobby Flay recipe I’d really like to try that uses them.

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