August 21, 2019

Peppers, eggplant, and cucumbers are here at last! They haven’t had an easy path to get here, but they’re here! The dry, hot, rainless summer beats on and the produce is still in a combination of playing catchup from the cold, wet Spring and suffering from the lack of rain. Every farmer we know agrees that this is a strange year, but so it goes!

One of my favorite events of the year, the Verde Valley School Farm to Table Feast, is coming up on September 21st. The VVS Farm is a hidden gem filled with an impressive selection of fruits, vegetables, herbs, and flowers and they do incredible good in the community, working with local nonprofits to provide fresh food for hungry children. Proceeds from the event benefit their programs to combat hunger. I won’t be able to make it this year because it’s the same day as my daughter’s birthday party, so please go and have an amazing time in my absence!

And Shanti from Whipstone Farm is looking forward to presenting at the Arizona Good Food Expo on August 26th. She will be part of a panel discussion on local food sourcing, alongside chefs from around the state, talking about “cultivating and strengthening partnerships across the food industry.” If this is up your alley you should check it out!

We know that the CSA might not meet all of your needs for produce each week, so we hope you keep in mind that the CSA is not your only source of local produce. I like to supplement each week’s share with more of Whipstone Farm’s produce available at Interdependence Natural Foods and from the Sedona Community Farmers’ Market at Tlaquepaque each Friday from 8-11:30. This beautiful valley we call home is so abundant and I’m very grateful to live here, even when it’s 100 degrees. 🙂

Have a lovely week!
Meghan

What’s in your basket – August 21st

Arugula – Whipstone Farm
Cabbage – Whipstone Farm
Cocktail tomatoes – Willowbrook Farm
Cucumbers – Willowbrook Farm
Eggplant – Willowbrook Farm
Pluots– Willowbrook Farm
Radishes – Whipstone Farm
Shishito peppers – Whipstone Farm

Eggplant at last!

New crop of arugula at Whipstone.

Shishito season is here!

Butternut squash coming along nicely.

 

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