June 29, 2016

It looks like the monsoons might finally arrive this week and not a moment too soon. In order to plant successive crops (so we have things like lettuce again in the fall), our growers have to plant throughout the season. And those late season cool weather crops need a little less heat to get started. Farming is like a dance. Everything has to be timed perfectly and the smallest stumble can throw the timing completely off. It really is a marvel that farmers have such skill, dedication, forethought, and flexibility to make any of it work. It would be impossible to live without them. So three cheers for farmers!

After last year’s incredible fruit harvest, we are struggling to find fruit this year. A lot of fruit crops haven’t produced at all or the fruit is smaller and less plentiful. We are working to make new connections and hope to have more fruit in your baskets as the season progresses. As we look for these elusive fruits, we are finding some hidden gems throughout the Verde Valley. It is such a treat to visit farms and ranches that some of us never even knew were there. In retrospect though, there is a tie that binds them. They are almost always strung along the irrigation ditches that snake through the Verde Valley. And so then, it all comes back to water.

For those of you paying in two installments, your second payment will be due on July 20th. We will be sending out payment reminders this week to let you know your balance. If you would like to make your second half payment online, you can do so here.

Let’s hope for a wet week!

What’s in your basket – June 29th
Beets – Willowbrook Farm
Kale – Willowbrook Farm
Leeks – Whipstone Farm
Parsley – Whipstone Farm
Peas – Whipstone Farm
Red Onions – Willowbrook Farm
Summer Squash Willowbrook Farm
Potatoes – Sanders Farm

The first of the tomatoes are ripe at Whipstone Farm!

Bagging last week’s lettuce. Handpicked with love!

Harvesting fennel.

The best farmers.

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