Growing vegetables free of pesticides, herbicides, chemical fertilizers, and GMOs in Skull Valley, Arizona.


FIND US AT LOCAL FARMERS MARKETS:

Prescott Farmers Market -- Yavapai College parking lot -- Saturdays 7:30 AM - 12 Noon -- May 10th - October 25th

www.prescottfarmersmarket.org

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Flagstaff Community Market -- city hall parking lot, unde the solar panels --Sundays 8:00 AM - 12 Noon -- May 25th - October 12th

www.flagstaffmarket.com

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Want to stop by and pick up veggies from the farm? Please give us a call before you come!

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Contact Us: Reach us by email at rabbitrunfarmAZ@gmail.com or by phone at (928) 235-2044 or find us on Facebook

Friday, October 31, 2014

In the heart of autumn

Shorter days and cooler nights bring a welcome relief to farm life, a resting time that makes completion of small tasks very satisfying.  It is time for introspection, reflection, and creativity.  There is still work to be done: cleaning up summer fields, building compost piles, organizing irrigation pieces, sanding and repairing tools.

Matt takes down the heirloom tomato trellis in the high tunnel:

Beautiful poblano pepper crop this year! It's still going since we haven't yet had a hard frost:

 Matt harvesting beets for last weekend's market:

 It's spider season!  We welcome all kinds here, including this argiope spider:

Monday, September 22, 2014

Late Summer Rains

A lot has been happening around the farm these days.  With the end of the main market season in sight, we are taking note of successes and failures from this year. Our main summer tomato crop suffered from a number of ills, and we are keeping fingers crossed that the two late fall batches that Matt planted make it to maturity in time.  The onions and garlic did fabulous this spring, and we still are catching up on cleaning them for market.

August gave us 8" of rain, and September gave us a few too. This deluge has completely changed the nature of the farm - weeds have grown as well as native grasses, hornworms are loping around all over our solanacae plants, and the soil is holding so much moisture that our watering has become much less frequent.   The Armenian cucumbers also went through a revival:

The sweet potatoes have flooded the aisles, happily soaking up the rain, humidity, and temperatures in the high 80s.  We will begin harvesting them mid October, before the greens freeze hard. Matt up to his knees in sweet potatoes:

The heirloom tomatoes from our high tunnel are still pumping out beautiful fruit.  We will pull plants soon to prepare the beds for a winter crop of greens.

On another note, I had to share this photo of irrigated agriculture I took while flying over Colorado last month. What an incredible impact humans have on the landscape!

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

This week's veggie pick up

Large:

Carrots
Tomatoes
Mixed cherry tomatoes & yellow romas
Sweet yellow onions
Suyo long Japanese cucumbers (2)
Persian cucumbers
Curly kale
Red potatoes
Italian flat leaf parsley
Basil
Garlic

Small:

Tomatoes
Persian cucumbers
Suyo Long Japanese cucumber
Sweet yellow onions
Garlic
Italian flat leaf parsley


We'll be taking at least two weeks off from doing the veggie pick up.  Lots of fall planting to do!

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

This week's veggie pick up + onion harvesting

Greetings!  This week has brought cloudy skies, some rain, and a wonderful respite from the heat.  Most of the veggies are having a good time in this weather.  Many of the spring greens are petering out, but we will be planting another batch of them soon.  We are busy cleaning up the fields from the spring planting, in preparation to put in some cover crops and the fall/winter crops. 

This week's veggies, small:
Carrots
German Johnson heirloom tomato
Gold beets
Sweet yellow onions
Garlic
Armenian Cucumber


Large (no photo this week :( )
Carrots - double amount
German Johnson heirloom tomato
Gold beets
Sweet yellow onions
Garlic
Armenian Cucumber + sugar crunch Persian cucumber
Yukon Gold potatoes
Curly Kale
Sungold cherry tomatoes
Salad turnips
French Sorrel

We've also been harvesting our onions.  This year we put in considerably more, as in three times more plants, than any previous year.  Our onions have sold out usually by late September in past years, but this year we intend to do the winter market, so we hope this harvest will be enough!  Now we're realizing that we are tight on space to cure all the onions!  We have been pulling them in batches as their tops fall in the field, so we will have enough space to rotate them all in.
This photo is maybe a 5th of the onion crop so far.  The tables on the right are also double stacked!



 

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

This week's veggie pick up

You may have missed the last two weeks worth of pictures of the shares, my apologies.  I am back on track now, and have fresh photos of this week's harvest!  We are moving into the summer crops, slowly but surely. Tomatoes are ripening one by one, hinting at the coming onslaught.  Matt dug a few potatoes for the large share, part of his experimental plot.  We still are harvesting tasty summer lettuce, though after this week we'll have none for a bit.  Basil is loving the new humidity, and has been enjoying it's spot in the high tunnel, under diffused light. 

Large:
Red Summer Crisp lettuce
Yellow & Red spring onions
Carrots - some orange, some purple!
Curly kale
Red potatoes
German Johnson heirloom tomatoes (red ones)
Sungold cherry tomatoes
Kohlrabi
Basil
Forono beets
Garlic
Radishes


Small:
Red Summer Crisp lettuce
Yellow & Red spring onions
Carrots - some orange, some purple!
Radishes
Basil
Garlic

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

This week's veggie pick up

We have been busy planting our summer crops, including watermelons, cantaloupes, okra, cucumbers, and successions of root crops. One of the challenging aspects of small scale farming is getting our successions in on time, so that we have a continual harvest all year long. From our first year farming, we have improved in this area dramatically! Every year, however, we keep up well on certain crops, and let others slide. This year we've kept up on our brassica crops (broccoli & cabbage), as well as radishes, turnips, and spinach. Our eggplant is waiting patently to be planted, late for us this year, as well as a new batch of lettuce and some healthy looking pepper plants. 

Large:
Red Cabbage
Rainbow Carrots
Orange Carrots
Broccoli
Parsley
Garlic - early California white
Sugar snap peas - eat the whole pod raw or cooked.
Curly Kale
Kohlrabi - a sweet crunchy bulb, similar in taste to jicama. Peel and use shredded in salads or finely chopped for dipping.
Bok Choy
Italian Basil
brown tepary beans (not pictured)


Small:
Broccoli
Orange Carrots
Sugar snap peas - eat the whole pod raw or cooked.
Curly Kale
Garlic - early California white
brown tepary beans (not pictured)

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

This week's veggie pick up

Skull Valley produce pick-up shares for this week!  Large and small:

If you're interested in a share for next week, please contact me!  Skull Valley pick up, Tuesdays 4-6pm.