Farm Stand Opens for its 5th Season/November 17&18, 2012.

Look at all the jalapeno peppers dangling like ornaments.  This is one plant of many and these spicy peppers will be ready for market this upcoming weekend.

The farm stand in Tonopah will open next weekend for its 5th season.  These past few days with temps in the 90’s have given the greens, the beans and everything in between something to grow about.  Thinking the farm stand would not open for another two weeks and possibly not even until December was beginning to become a reality.  For some reason, the cool nights and hot days have been enough to help everything grow.   Keep in mind the farm stand will be open both Saturday and Sunday from 8 to noon.

My only pink lemon tree on the farm.  Jack Frost froze the other trees and they died last winter.

There isn’t enough produce to venture out into any market location but give the farm another two weeks, I’m sure I will be ready to travel to Glendale to open the Stock Shop market and possibly Linden Tree Market since that market only runs twice a month.  By the first weekend in December, I should be ready to sell at the Wigwam Farmers Market and Momma’s Organic Market in Peoria.  For a complete list of markets click onto the above link Directions to the Markets and scroll down and find a location nearest you.

The new veggie washing station was completed a few weeks ago.  Cool eh?

This is Dini Girl.  Tonopah Rob rescued her from a no kill shelter nearly two years ago.  She spent the longest time at the shelter than any other sweet spirit, over four years in a cage.  She follows TR around the whole farm always keeping one eye on him and one on the farm.  It took her nearly a year to finally understand the farm is home and no more cages, ever!

I have had more inquiries about my CSA program and there are no more farmers market CSA memberships available.  However, there are farm stand only shares, but you must only shop at the farm. If you are interested you can sign up at the farm stand this upcoming Saturday or Sunday and still receive a 100.00 bonus.  For more information on the CSA program click onto the above link CSA Information and CSA Contract.

Purple Lilac Bell peppers turning from a beautiful purple to orange to red.  These are TR’s most favorite bells to eat.  Best eaten fresh, cooking them destroys the amazing flavor. 

Come on out Saturday or Sunday and sign up for a share, take a farm tour and pick out some of the most amazing vegetables this side of the Mississippi!  And you don’t need a CSA membership to come out to the farm and shop, just show and help yourself.  Without further ado, below is the veggie list.

  • Jalapeno Peppers
  • Cilantro
  • Assorted Bell Peppers
  • A few Bull Horn, Hungarian Sweet, Anaheim’s and Corno Del Toro Peppers
  • Eggplant both Japanese and Black Beauty
  • Some Okra
  • Cucumbers
  • Green and Yellow String Beans
  • Tonopah Salad Mix-wonderful spicy greens
  • A little All Salad Mix
  • Some Spinach
  • Swiss Chard
  • A few Lemons
  • Assorted Radishes
  • Sweet Potatoes
  • Fresh Eggs-both turkey and chicken
  • Dates
  • A few jars of Tonopah Rob’s Honey Candy-this is the most potent and highly concentrated mix.  Great for allergies.
  • Tonopah Rob’s Raw Honey-Desert Mix
  • Basil
  • A few bouquets of flowers
  • and maybe the first ever crop of ginger and it will be a small harvest if it’s ready
  • and maybe a surprise or two
  • Fresh frozen Holiday Turkey is available too.  For those that paid a deposit on a turkey, come to the farm and pick them up, they are ready! The family ate one of the turkeys…….you will crave the flavor, it was superb!
  • Keep in mind this list can change but I hope not.

I have invited Grace Pignatello of Grace’s Herbals to come to the farm stand and sell her amazing herbal products. Stop by her tables and say hello.  Also, Michael Wheat owner of Pure Life Greens will be bringing fresh organic sprouts, seven different flavors stop by and say hi to him too.