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Organic Arugula

January 29, 2019
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The quality of our organic Arugula is excellent.  It has large leaves and a wonderfully spicy arugula flavor. This is one of the best harvests we have seen. It is much less stemmy than wild Arugula and has a better flavor and shelf life.  I throw Arugula into almost every dish I make, from pastas to stews and using a bed of it when serving proteins.  I also use half Arugula and half of our salad mix of baby lettuce greens together every night for our salad.  It adds such a nice burst of flavor and color to everything.

Pick some up tomorrow at the Uptown Wednesday market along with some Noble Bread (our Arugula is pretty great on sandwiches too)!

Broccolini…

January 18, 2019

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This organic Broccolini was just harvested for our markets tomorrow at the Old Town Scottsdale Farmers’ market and the Uptown Saturday market.  Broccolini is similar to broccoli, but with smaller florets and longer, thicker stalks.

It is quick to prepare.  Give it a small trim to the end of the stalks.  Then you can give it a quick blanch in boiling salt water, steam it, or it can be roasted or grilled along side other items you are preparing.  A little garlic or lemon zest adds to it nicely, but honestly it has enough flavor to be enjoyed on its own.

See you tomorrow at the markets!

Tomorrow at the Uptown market…

January 15, 2019
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Our Goodyear farm is alive with color right now.  All of the transplanting we did during December is growing and coming up beautifully.  The rains from the previous weeks, along with the warmer temperatures this past week, have really helped our plants thrive.

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We will have our organic Broccoli that was just harvested at the Uptown market tomorrow.  Noble Bread will be joining us as well.  The weather promises to be nice and clear and perfect weather for shopping.

See you tomorrow at the market!

Uptown Farmers’ Market
Wednesdays and Saturdays 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.

 

Romanesco…

January 11, 2019

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Tomorrow we will have our organic Romanesco Cauliflower at the Old Town Scottsdale Farmers’ Market.  This is one of the most interesting things we grow.  The interesting appearance of repeating pyramids is because it is a naturally occuring fractal.  It is also delicious.  Romanesco only needs a little olive oil and seasonings when roasted to really bring out the flavors.  I always like a little squeeze of lemon on it.  You can cook it as you would any other cauliflower variety.

 

Tomorrow at Uptown…

January 8, 2019

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McClendon’s Select will be at the Uptown Wednesday farmers market tomorrow along with Noble Bread.  After two weeks off for the holidays, we will have a full supply to get your new year off to a good start.  I, for one, am making a Tuscan Kale and Cannellini Bean soup tonight.  (Also good with a little Noble Bread on the side.)

See you tomorrow at Uptown!

Blood Oranges…

January 4, 2019

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Blood orange season is back!  Our organic Blood Oranges have a deep, rich red coloring and a wonderful sweet flavor.  The recent low nighttime temperatures may not have been good for a lot of flowers and ground vegetation, but the Blood Oranges love the cold and their color and flavoring both benefit from colder temperatures.  The anthocyanin pigment is what causes the deep red color and gives Blood Oranges that extra antioxidant boost.  Exposure to the cold helps develop the anthocyanin in Blood Oranges, which is why unlike other citrus, Blood Oranges can only properly develop in a few climates.  Luckily, Arizona offers the perfect climate to allow the trees to develop and fruit, and then have a few chilly nights to allow the Blood Oranges to truly flourish.

The segments and juice from our Blood Oranges add a dramatic splash to cocktails, salad or dressings.  And the juice freezes nicely for use throughout the year.  Pick some up tomorrow at the Scottsdale market, but come early, our Blood Oranges always sell out quickly.

 

This Saturday…

December 28, 2018

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McClendon’s Select will be at the Scottsdale Farmers’ market tomorrow during our normal business hours.

However, the Saturday Uptown Market has been canceled due to the Fiesta Bowl parade.  The Uptown markets will return to their normal schedule next Saturday, January 5th.

Until then, we invite our Uptown customers to come to Scottsdale tomorrow.

Old Town Scottsdale Farmers’ Market
Open this Saturday 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.