FIND US AT LOCAL FARMERS MARKETS:
Prescott Farmers Market -- Yavapai College parking lot -- Saturdays 7:30 AM - 12 Noon -- May 10th - October 25th
Flagstaff Community Market -- city hall parking lot, undere the solar panels --Sundays 8:00 AM - 12 Noon -- May - October
Want to stop by and pick up veggies from the farm? Please give us a call before you come!
Stay tuned for details about a NEW local Skull Valley rural veggie pick up this coming season!
Contact Us: Reach us by email at rabbitrunfarmAZ@gmail.com or by phone at (928) 235-2044 or find us on Facebook
Sunday, January 26, 2014
So yesterday, while poking around on the blogger website, I completely messed up our old format, and only noticed the "backup" option after I wrecked it. So I spent some hours fixing things, and this is where it stands now! There may be more changes afoot as I keep learning about the new format options.
Suggestions welcome too!
What do we do in the winter? After the markets end, we spend time cleaning up the fields, pulling up drip tape, and cleaning and putting all of the tools to rest. Tools all sanded, oiled, and soaking up the last warm fall sun:
Lots of time goes to planning, seed and supply ordering, reviewing the past year, and figuring out how to make things better and easier this next year. Seed catalogs seem to be coming out of the woodwork, there are more every year!
I also work off-farm at an accountant's office, full time Dec-April. This makes for a crunch-time in April, but it reliably pays the bills in the off season, and also gives me more experience in office managing and lets me learn more about taxes, accounting, and the business side of things.
Matt has been busy prepping fields, fixing broken things, and getting ready for the busy season. He's been making soil mix, filling trays, and itching to start seeding them. The whole blue barrel is full of soil mix that he's made. The black trays will hold the first brassica seedlings.
Since it's been unseasonably warm in Arizona for January, we've both been getting antsy about starting seeds. We have to refer to our crop book to remind us that January may be a bit early for starting some seeds. I write down all our seed starting dates and amounts which helps us review what worked and what didn't each year.
While most crops will grow and do just fine to start this early, we won't be selling crops on a large scale until the farmers markets start in May, and our weekends up until the market will most likely be spent feverishly planting, rather than at the new winter market. Hopefully next year this will be different, and we'll be able to attend the winter market before the May markets! Stay tuned for updates as spring arrives, as we may have produce available in April for sale!
Lastly, winter is a time for rest and maybe some travel. When we started farming, the "off-season" sounded like a great time for vacation! We realize now that this is harder to do than it sounds, because on a farm even when the crops are slowing down, there is still work to be done! However, as we get our farm systems in place, and have trustworthy friends to watch over things, each year gets a little easier for us to take off more time in the winter and leave town.
I went to Austin, TX to visit my girlfriends from college, and got to check out the town's veggie scene as well. There is a lot of vegetable love in Austin:
Check back for more as spring arrives!
Monday, September 16, 2013
Lily picking green beans, with tepary beans (smaller leaved plants) and blue corn in the background:
Behind Lily in the picture are six beds (twelve rows) of tepary beans. Tepary beans are a dry bean that is native to southern Arizona, traditionally grown by the Tohono O'odham. Fortunately they do quite well in Skull Valley too! The beans are relatively small, compared with your standard pinto or black bean, but the flavor is earthy and rich, unlike any other bean I've tasted. When cooking, I usually just add some salt and at most garlic, but their flavor stands out when prepared simply. More than flavor, tepary beans, especially homegrown, have a grounding energy from their human and botanical stories, giving you a hearty full-belly feeling.
We have watered them very little all summer, thanks to the generous monsoon this year combined with the tepary's outstanding drought resistance. They can produce a crop with little water, a major bonus in Arizona and other dry places. The Prescott College Agroecology program has been doing deficit irrigation experiments with tepary beans for the past few years at the farm. They have applied measured amounts of irrigation to different rows of beans, and look for the highest yield with the least amount of water. Many other universities and non profits across the country are looking at tepary beans as an emerging crop for its ability to produce food under dry conditions as well as it's other special attributes.
With the dry weather predicted this next week, they will hopefully dry up a little more, and be ready for harvest before or around the first hard frost.
The green tepary beans on the vine plumping up!
Mixed variety tepary beans from last year's agroecology class harvest:
Read more about tepary beans here: http://newscenter.nmsu.edu/9098/tepary,-the-uncommon-bean:-ready-prime-time-southwest
All for now, happy bean season!
Monday, July 29, 2013
Tuesday, January 15, 2013
We were lucky to have two of our farmer friends visiting from Wisconsin. Ken & Judith Keppers who own Keppers Pottery & Produce, brought their experience, calm nerves, and surprised us with another friend from town, Loring! The winds brought us a new volunteer, Nicole, who jumped right in like an old farm hand. Brian, Breanna, and Fehin made it a family affair, and brought their senses of humor and handy skills.
All pictures below are courtesy of Judith Keppers. You can see pictures of their lovely farm and poly tunnels at www.Kepperspottery.com
Friday, November 9, 2012
Thursday, September 6, 2012
Tuesday, September 4, 2012
Despite this desert flash flood, the crops survived and are growing well! The weeds loved that one too.
More pictures to come!