Last Market of the Year ~ CSA Christmas Drawing ~ Farm Fund Raiser Dinner ~ Veggie List 12/20/14

Spinach at Tonopah Rob's Vegetable Farm in Tonopah, Arizona

Isn’t this a stunning picture of Tonopah Rob’s Desert Spinach Mix?  Can you see the Lady Bug eating her dinner of aphid?  She and thousands more keep the mix clean of bugs.  Come and fill your bags at the farm stand this weekend.

Once again it’s time for Christmas and this is the last weekend to get veggie with it for the year.  The farm stand will be open from 8 to noon on Saturday.  Bring your shopping bags, return your egg cartons and by all means shop til’ you drop.  More greens are coming in and will don the tables this Saturday.  Turnip greens, Tonopah Salad Mix, Swiss Chard, Kale and my Desert Spinach Mix will all be available at the farm stand.  Do you know it took me about 7 years to come up with this perfect desert spinach mix.  Two growing season per year, 14 different times I mixed different varieties together to get this delicious recipe.  Spinach is my number one best seller at the farm. Come on out and fill up your bag for $4.00 a bag.  You can put as much as you want into the bag for four bucks.  Some folks really like to cram it in and others leave some for other folks….it’s up to you!

This is also the last weekend to purchase your tickets for the CSA drawing.  The drawing will be held on December 22, 2014.  Tickets are 5.00 each or 4 tickets for 20.00 dollars.  If you want you chance to win a 250.00 CSA (farm stand only) share now is the time to buy.  Come on now.  The money will go towards the purchase of more fruit trees for the farm.  If you don’t want to purchase a ticket for a CSA share but want to donate for the fruit tree fund that’s ok too just drop your bucks into the large plastic bottle at the farm stand.

Broccoli from Tonopah Rob's Vegetable Farm

Something to look forward to in the coming weeks, Tonopah Rob’s nature grown broccoli.

I will be hosting a Dinner under the Stars.  Chef Chris Wolf and his team will prepare a meal from the farm.  I can’t wait to taste the different dishes. Tickets are not cheap. 150.00 dollars per plate and 200.00 per plate to sit at the head table.  All proceeds will go towards the farm fruit tree fund and the Aquaponic System that is now being installed.  The plan is to grow and raise tilapia, catfish and maybe bass.  The whole system will be self sustainable. I will be raising the bugs and worms for the fish to eat as well as feeding them the vegetation from the farm.  At the same time, in the off-season plans are to raise tomatoes, cucumbers, lettuce and several other crops.  Then when the fish are big enough they will be processed on the farm and ready to sell.  Also, the goal is to purchase 200 trees for the farm. Peach, apple, plum and more citrus are on the shopping list to further beautify the farm and bring more fruit to the tables.

The time for the dinner is 3:45 p.m. There will be a guided tour of the Aquaponic Greenhouse and continuing throughout the farm returning to the farm stand for a delicious meal. Pierre’s Prime Beef Ranch is donating the beef. Page Springs Winery is donating the wine.  Tonopah Rob will be donating the fresh well water. After the main course has been served, dessert will be offered along with an old-time gospel/country band concert.  Wear your good duds and come hungry.  A vegetarian and brisket dinner will be served.

Now, if you have any old but in good conditioned dinner ware and would like to donate it to the farm for many more dinners to come please bring it the farm stand.  We need enough glassware, dinnerware and silverware for 100 people.  The more diverse the eating ware is the better.  Come on and make this a successful dinner for the farm.  It’s going to be a real hoot and holler.

The deadline for the dinner tickets is January 31, 2015.  Many tickets have been sold so there is a limited number left so don’t wait too long.

Update on Jerry.  Jerry is the older gentleman who for the past several years has been collecting the money, running the credit card machines and filling out the CSA receipts.  Jerry along with his full time care giver Lori ( who happens to be a super-duper CSA member) has made it to Madison, Wisconsin and it staying at one of the designated hoptels in hopes to receive a bilateral lung transplant.  He has had a rough time adjusting.  A day after their arrival, Jerry was hospitalized due to respiratory problems and has been there for the last 7/8 days.  If any of you would like to send him a Christmas card here is his address and I know he would not like but love to hear from you.  Jerry Roberts/Lori Slater  c/o Staybridge Suites Room 237,  7790 Elmwood Avenue, Middleton, WI 53562. Jerry has been my best friend for over twenty years and has been a huge part of my farm.  Say your prayers, send your blessings in a card for him.  Thank you all for your concern and support, it is humongously appreciated.

Veggie List:

  • Before the veggie list is posted Tonopah Rob will not be selling at the Stock Shop location this weekend. He’s helping out another market at the Peoria Highschool on 83rd Avenue. The address is 11200 N. 83rd Ave.  Peoria, AZ 85345 The market is open on Saturday from 9 to 2 p.m. Come over to the school and get veggie with it!!  After this weekend the Stock Shop location will be permanently closed, the Peoria Highschool location will be the new selling location for Tonopah Rob.
  • Fresh Eggs
  • Lemons
  • Pomegranates
  • Spinach
  • Swiss Chard
  • Kale
  • Tonopah Salad Mix
  • Turnip Greens
  • Beets
  • Onions
  • Salad Sweeties
  • Radishes
  • Daikon Radish
  • Watermelon Radish
  • Assorted Peppers
  • Turmeric
  • Ginger
  • Cilantro
  • Sage
  • Red Stem Turnips
  • Pie Pumpkins
  • Romaine Salad Mix
  • Butternut Squash
  • maybe Broccoli but in limited  quantities
  • a surprise or two.
  • Conrad Farm will be at the farm stand selling different citrus varieties and dates. 


Previous Articles

Spread a little holiday cheer for the farm / No Stock Shop market this week….helping out another market / Veggie List 12~13~2014

Farm Stand Closed This Week

Farm Update / Veggie List 12/6/14

Closed Thanksgiving Weekend

Are You an Environmentalist? ~ Veggie List 11/22/14 ~ Happy Thanksgiving

About Tonopah Rob’s Eggs / Veggie List 11/15/14

Farm Fund Raiser Dinner is planned for March 2015 / Veggie List 11/8/15

Tonopah Rob’s 8th Season Fall Opening / Veggie and Vendor List for 11/1/14

Labeling: Farms @ Farmers’ Markets / November 1st

Farm Stand opens for its 8th Season

September One Day Sale / Great Egg Sale / CSA Sale

Market News! / Breakfast at the Farm / Veggie List 8/23/14: August One Day Sale

Know your farmer, know your market

End of the season….but there will be monthly markets / order eggs

Welcome to Tonopah Rob's Vegetable Farm

Thank you for taking the time to visit my blog! Take a second to peek around and check out some of my previous posts. Of course, I would love to find out what you think as well, so make sure to comment. Send me an email to: . Phone: 623 386 3033. Farm Address: 35838 W. Buckeye Rd. Tonopah, AZ 85354. Fall/Winter hours begin November 1, 2014 8 to noon every Saturday except for holidays. Summer hours begin May 24, 2014 Saturdays 7-11 a.m. See you around!


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