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


FIND US AT LOCAL FARMERS MARKETS:

Winter Prescott Farmers Market -- Walgreen's parking lot at the corner of Gail Gardener & Willow Creek Road -- Saturdays 10 AM - 2 PM -- November -April. Our farm will be here again starting in February 2015.


Summer 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

Thursday, June 23, 2011

What's Fresh this week:

Red & Gold Beets

Carrots

Cauliflower

Broccoli

Italian Flat Leaf Parsley

Curly & Lacinato Kale

Baby Chard

Swiss Chard

Cabbage

Summer Squash


You may notice that I am including two new sections in the weekly email/posting: "From the Field" and "From the Kitchen." This organization was not my brilliant idea, but borrowed from Keppers Pottery & Produce blog, a small farm in Wisconsin that is run by the daughter & son-in-law of two of our regular customers in Prescott. Their website is great to surf around and see what other small farmers are doing around the country: Keppers Pottery & Produce.

If any of you come across other great small farmer's websites please share them with us, as we love to see what other farmers are doing!


From the Field: A warm week it has been! We planted our peppers and some eggplant out this week, and they couldn't be happier in the heat. We are growing four varieties of sweet bell peppers and three varieties of spicy chilies.

We have harvested all of the garlic, and it is curing in racks inside. "Curing" is the drying process where all the green leaves help dry up the papers between the bulbs. Proper curing helps garlic keep longer, peel better, and avoid molding.

This morning we harvested the first few of the TONS of dry onions in the field. These too need curing before clipping the dried tops and roots for the market.

I have been continually hilling the leeks with straw, and we should have some within a few weeks. Hilling blanches the shaft, creating the sweet, desirable white part.

We have also been hilling the potatoes, which have begun flowering! Potato flowers are beautiful and fleeting. They signal that the plant has begun to form tubers underground.

From the Kitchen:

We've been enjoying fresh goat cheese this week, from Settler Valley Ranch (available through the Prescott College CSA or a herdshare agreement with Tanya). We've been putting it on everything, but here's a little recipe that I like to make.

Balsamic Beets, Chard, & Red Onion, topped with Goat Cheese:

1 bunch red beets

1/2 bunch Swiss Chard (or you can use the beet greens instead)

1 Red Onion, thinly sliced into rings then halved

3+ cloves minced garlic

Balsamic Vinegar

1/2 cup Goat Cheese

Salt & Pepper to taste

Put whole or half beets in a steam basket until skins slip off, or peel before hand. Steam until just tender.

While they beets are steaming, cut the chard into bite-size pieces, slice the onions, and mince the garlic.

Place a little butter or olive oil in a sauce pan and simmer onions until they are light pink and sweet. Add garlic & enough balsamic vinegar to make it saucy.

When the beets are tender and cooled enough to handle, quarter them and add to the pan.

Beets should be soft enough to poke with a fork, then add the Swiss chard.

Cover the pan with a lid to steam the chard just until it turns bright green, then remove from heat.

Add salt & pepper to taste.

Before serving, add a few dollops of goat cheese on top, so the heat melts it ever so slightly.

YUM!

Friday, June 17, 2011

What's Fresh this week:

Red & Gold Beets

Carrots

Green & Red Head Lettuce

Green & Red Butter Lettuce

Salad Greens

Italian Flat Leaf Parsley

Curly & Lacinato Kale

Baby Chard

Swiss Chard

Cabbage

Spinach

Summer Squash


Thursday, June 9, 2011

Pictures!

I could say a lot about what we have been up to lately, but I'd rather just share some recent pictures!
Lacinato Kale
Domer the chicken debates the virtues of arugula

Bunching Beets
Fresh harvested garlic
More to Come!

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Congratulations Kimi!

Last month, Matt and I were hurriedly leaving the house and realized that Kimi was GONE. Kimi is the only farm animal who has been bestowed a name, so she has moved up a rung in the beloved animal rank. Her disappearance was disconcerting.
We looked around the yard and in the trees, but there was no sign of her. We thought maybe she had mistakenly wandered off, which was unlike her, and sadly gotten munched. Coyote? Bobcat? However, we found no tell tale trail of feathers. Raven?! No, she is at least 12 pounds, that would be a desperate and beefy raven. She seemed to have pulled a Houdini disappearing act, so we resigned ourselves to feeling like bad turkey parents.
The next morning, Matt heard a small purring noise, the sound Kimi makes when she's happy and content, coming from the horehound patch right behind the house. Kimi had cozied up, right under our noses, to hatch her eggs.

We are happy to announce our first Farm Born babies! Kimi the Royal Palm Turkey is the content mama of four and counting baby chicks. Let's hope they make it though the first few weeks, when turkeys are the most prone to dying. Once they get a little bigger, turkeys are pretty hardy and don't drop dead easily.

Just sleeping with their mom.