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This is why we live here…

March 28, 2013


Right now the farm smells like orange blossoms, or roses, or basil, or even garlic depending on where you stand.  The birds are in constant chorus hidden in various trees.  The sounds of spring training baseball from the stadium just beyond our fields have been roaring and applauding for the past month. Marsha’s Lady Banks’ roses look like a waterfall of flowers from her back windows.  Their perfume follows you around.  I can smell it the minute I pull up to the farm every morning.  In every field there is something new going in the ground and something else making one last appearance for the season.  Today we just spotted the first purple iris open right in time for Easter weekend.  Even with an early Easter, somehow they knew.  I love everything about spring in Arizona.  Sean and I sat on our back patio last night and watched the sky change colors and were grateful for the moment.

This is why we live here.

In that spirit, I ditched my desk this morning and wandered around the farm with my camera instead. Wouldn’t you?

IMG_2049Little yellow flowers coming off of the kale

IMG_2057Baby tomato plants popping up in the big shade house


IMG_2094Rows of basil in the shade houses

IMG_2068Italian flat leaf parsley

IMG_2073The plant I am most excited to see grow every year.  Sun Gold Tomatoes!

IMG_2078Fava beans



IMG_2088The green house and all of the seedlings that are about to go in the ground…

IMG_2098Marsha’s Lady Banks’ Roses

ImageTo give you an idea of how big they are – there is a full-size basketball hoop hidden in there.

And finally…


The first one of the season.

Happy Spring!

P.S.  Come early to the market this Saturday!  We will have plenty for your Easter brunch… but this market tends to be a busy one every year!

3 Comments leave one →
  1. Paulla Reres permalink
    March 28, 2013 7:48 pm

    Great pics and I keep telling myself I want to come and work for Bob again…. this time instead of drugs I would learn about organic farming! Such a great farm! Thanks for all you do! Happy Resurrection Day! Paulla Garcia-Reres

    Date: Thu, 28 Mar 2013 19:29:13 +0000 To:

  2. Bob McClendon permalink
    March 29, 2013 2:41 am

    Good post Kate! Thank you.

  3. Mary Pat Branch permalink
    April 1, 2013 4:12 pm

    Thanks for the photo tour of up and coming crops, I always enjoy your Blog!
    Mp Branch

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