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

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.

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

This week's veggie pick up

This season we're trying something new!  A local Skull Valley veggie pick up! 

A huge thank you to Brig, our enthusiastic neighbor, for helping organize the first week pick up.

If you are interested in getting a box of freshly harvested, locally grown, and chemical/pesticide free produce, please contact me.  Pickup time is Tuesdays 4-6pm in Skull Valley.  This week, since we're still small, pick up is at the farm on Cottonwood Lane, under the huge cottonwood by the gate.  Large size: $30.00; small: $15.00.

What's in the box:

Large:
Broccolini - sprouting broccoli, eat the stems and all!
Lacinato Kale
Radishes
Gold Beets - the greens are great to cook on the beets as well!
Forono Beets, Italian heirloom
Green Butter Lettuce
Cherokee Red Lettuce
Spinach
Broccoli
Bok Choy
Italian flat leaf parsley
Sage


Small:
Curly Kale
Spinach
Chioggia beets - Italian heirloom, candy striped insides
Italian flat-leaf parsley
Broccoli
Green Butter Lettuce

Saturday, April 26, 2014

Spring around the farm

This year we planted our regular soft neck garlic, and some hard necks too.  The fourth bed from the right is the hard neck varieties with darker green, less blue leaves.  All of the garlic is doing fabulous.



Because Matt has been doing a lot of this:

Sarah weeding carrots while Henry listens to the evening coyote calls:

Lettuce in cells before planting this week:

Before we were able to cover the newly planted kohlrabi, lettuce, and cabbage, we got some sleet this morning!  Hopefully this will be the last cold snap for spring:

Goodnight to the high tunnel tomatoes under cover:

All for now!

Sunday, March 30, 2014

We have been busy on the farm!  So busy I forget to sit down and share it here. This warm spring has been on-going, and we are planting accordingly.  The barberry is blooming, the cottonwoods started their snowy seed shower last week.  We have even heard frogs at night around the 1st of March!  There may come a night when we are rushing to the farm with frost blankets in hand, but we will hope it holds off.

The onions are in the ground!  We are trying something new with them this year: planting on plastic mulch.  Onions are notoriously hard to keep weeded - even in their maturity they provide no canopy to shade out new weeds. We had lots of help getting these 13,000 onions in the ground (thanks everyone!) - it's the usually the first and most tedious transplanting of the season.  It's been two weeks since this picture was taken, and the onions are now standing at attention and are growing happily.


In fact, the mulch-layer is our newest labor saving device on the farm, so it will be making an appearance all season.  Farming in a very rural location + being a small business with limited cash flow + living off the farm = a challenge for us to find much needed reliable, able labor on the farm.  We are hoping the mulch layer will provide a relief from labor spent weeding, so when we do have extra help, it can be dedicated to planting, harvesting, and other projects.

Kale in the greenhouse that was planted in the field last week:

Lettuce that we planted out this morning:

Parsley surrounded by cottonwood seeds.  We have already seen some of these seeds sprout in the wet spots of our beds!

With seven weeks until the first market, we will be planting non-stop!