Veggie Update- Veggie & Vendor List May 14/15, 2011

Over the past few weeks I have been blogging about why it’s important to eat seasonally and all naturally.  This week I thought I would give you an update on the seasonal produce that is just about ready for market.  The farm is rapidly moving into the summer season.  As new varieties appear on the tables others will soon be gone. 

Strawberries are still in season and will be for the next several weeks.  Apricots are beginning to ripen.  Expect to see them on the tables in two weeks or sooner.  The Desert Gold peaches have started their blushing.  Dark red streaks are blending into their green skin. By the first of June peaches will be ready. If Mother Nature decides to be nice apples and nectarines will be ready for harvest next month as well.

Cucumber vines are loaded with baby cucs of all sizes and should be ready on the fortnight.  Just wait until you taste the all natural difference.  Did you know that green cucumbers are not ripe?  When the skin turns a deep golden yellow that indicates their ripeness.  They have more seeds but the flavor is so much better. I’d rather eat a yellow cuc than a green one any day of the week.  Growing up my Italian grandmother always made a cold summer salad in a wooden bowl mixing  yellow cucumbers, red onions, tomatoes and olives soaked in sweet balsamic vinegar, olive oil and rock salt.  Her choice of garnish was Italian sweet basil.   She always peppered the salad just before it was to be set on the table.  She would make it early in the morning usually after breakfast and let it marinade in the ice box until supper. 

Presently the farm is producing sweet new red creamer potatoes and sugar snap peas.  Although the peas are on their way out, the potatoes will be around at least another month. If you haven’t had fresh new red potatoes, you should.  They have a very sweet flavor.  When you come to my farm/market ask me to demonstrate the fresh potato test.

Beans……..Dragon Tongue, Green String and Yellow Bush will be ready in three weeks. I like to combine them in the steamer mixing the different flavors. Bean season will last about two months.

Tomatoes, everyone is asking about tomatoes.  The farm got a late start getting the most popular vegetable/fruit into the ground.  Tomatoes should be on the tables by the end of May or the first of June.  Also, by month’s end peppers, eggplant, tomatillos and larger onions will don the tables.

Summer squash season has begun.  The past two weeks the farm stand has offered baby summer squash.  My favorite is the yellow crookneck.  You should see all the different varieties of baby squash.  Squash season will continue throughout the summer. 

By the first of June a second pull of honey will be harvested.  Squash blossoms, melons and strawberries as well as all kind of flowers will make up this next batch of raw honey.  Sounds delicious!   Below is the veggie and vendor list.

Other news:  Don’s Knife Sharpening and Honey Man were called to service by FEMA.  They will be gone at least 30 days.  They’re helping the disaster victims. 

Tonopah Rob offers free farm tours on Saturday’s while the farm stand is open.  It’s recommended to call or email ahead of time to set up a specific time with Rob whether it’s a personal or group tour.  Usually the first and third Saturday of each month Rob is selling away from the farm.  Phone # 623 386 3033.

Tonopah Rob’s Vegetable Farm Stand is open from 8 to noon on Saturday.

  • Strawberries
  • Apricots
  • Summer Squash
  • New Red Creamer Potatoes
  • Sugar Snap Peas
  • Fresh Herbs
  • Carrots
  • Beets
  • Onions
  • Fresh Eggs
  • Raw Honey
  • Fennel
  • Garlic
  • maybe a surprise or two

The vendor list:

  • Arizona Tamale Factory-ss,gy
  • Great Harvest Bread Co.-ss
  • Salsa Ildi-ss
  • Arizona Buffalo Co.-ss
  • Tonopah Rob’s Vegetable Farm-gy,ss
  • Our Little Farm-gy
  • maybe one or two others, TBA

ss-stock shop market, gy-goodyear market at Walgreen’s