• Planning ahead on the farm

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    Summer on the farm is when we catch up on projects, toy with new ideas, and prepare for the coming market season.  Sean has been busy on both the Peoria farm and Hope Springs farm at the Cancer Treatment Centers of America ripping, tilling, bed-forming and planting.  Or rather, making the ground go from this….

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    to this…

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    We have a number of fun things that are in the ground, getting ready for the fall markets.  Like rows of different types of squash, Yellow Crookneck, Jasper, Costata Romanesco, and Gold in rows in the south field…

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    and baby arugula that is starting to pop up…

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    and Marsha has about seventy large sunflowers drying that we will use for seed.  We hope to bring a number of these to the markets at the end of October to sell for seed so you can plant your own flowers or use in bird feeders or just hang up to decorate for the season…

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    We have also been busy with some new ideas that we hope to bring to market later next year.  Bob recently visited an organic farm in California with these amazing heirloom tomatoes.  They are even more beautiful in person, and the flavors are incredible.  We are ordering seed so we can do the same and hope to be planting them next spring.

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    We also have been experimenting with popcorn.  Not the kind you buy at store or from a movie theater, but popcorn that pops right from the cob.  We grew a few varieties of it this summer to see how it would work.  After it was picked, shucked and then dried for about 3-4 weeks, you can then pop it and serve.    Marsha gave the cobs a light coating of oil and then put them in a paper bag and microwaved it for about 30 seconds to a minute,  until they were done popping.  They went from this…

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    to this…

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    There would have been more popcorn, but Aidan was eating it so fast I could hardly get the photo.  We also hope to be able to offer this new popcorn at the market sometime next year.  With all that going on we are excited as all of you for the markets to begin again.

    McClendon’s Select will be back at Town & Country Farmers’ Market on Wednesdays starting October 2nd and at the Old Town Farmers’ Market in Scottsdale on Saturdays starting October 26th.

    See you then!



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    Bio: Kate McClendon is vice president of McClendon's Select and daughter-in-law of Bob McClendon, founder of the organic farm in Peoria that supplies many local restaurants and farmers markets. Her blog keeps foodies and diners informed about what’s going on at the farm, answers questions asked at regional farmers markets and shares recipes. She also writes about restaurants that the farm works with and what different Phoenix-area chefs are doing with its organic produce.


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