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Asparagus season…

January 23, 2018

asparagus

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

blood oranges

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!

Citrus in season…

January 12, 2018

bloodoranges

Blood oranges have just come into season.  These beauties have their own unique flavor,  more sweet than regular orange juice, and a brilliant red pulp that is the result of anthocyanin, an antioxidant that starts at the peel and then streaks color into the flesh of the orange segments.  This process deepens as the fruit ripens with warmer days followed by cooler nights.  Blood oranges have always been a favorite.

We will have these beautiful organic blood oranges tomorrow at the Old Town Scottsdale market, along with Honeybell Tangelos, Navel Oranges, Tangerines, Lisbon Lemons and my favorites, Meyer Lemons.

See you tomorrow at the market!

 

Watermelon radishes…

December 29, 2017

radishes

These beautiful organic Watermelon radishes will be with us tomorrow at the Old Town Scottsdale Farmers Market.  With the new year around the corner get a jump on your resolutions at the market.  We will have a bounty of organic fruits and vegetables to start 2018 off on the right foot.
The Uptown Saturday market in Phoenix will be closed tomorrow due to the Fiesta Bowl parade, but we promise to bring extra to Scottsdale so come stop by!

No Uptown tomorrow…

December 26, 2017

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Just a reminder – the Uptown Wednesday farmers’ market will be closed tomorrow, Wednesday, December 27th.

You will still be able to find McClendon’s Select at the Old Town Scottsdale market this coming Saturday, Dec. 30th.  We hope you had a wonderful holiday!

At the markets tomorrow…

December 22, 2017

broccolini

McClendon’s Select will be at both the Old Town Scottsdale Farmers’ Market and the Uptown Saturday Farmers’ Market tomorrow morning.  We are harvesting right now to bring you everything you will need for all of your holiday cooking, like this beautiful organic Broccolini.

The McClendon family wishes all of you a very Merry Christmas and a healthy and Happy New Year!  We thank you all for your continued support of our farm.  We are so very grateful to all of our customers, restaurants and this community.

See you tomorrow bright and early!

 

Old Town Scottsdale Farmers’ Market
Saturdays 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.

Uptown Saturday Farmers’ Market
Saturdays 9:00am – 12:00pm
Located on the southeast corner of Central Avenue and Bethany Home Road. On the grounds of the North Phoenix Baptist Church.

Organic Purple Cauliflower…

December 15, 2017

Cauliflower

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