Thank you for your support! / Veggie List 6.20.13

Red amaranth and god knows what kind of purple flowers at Tonopah Rob's Farm of Booty Shaking Goodness

Pictured here are two of the many beneficial flowers used to attract beneficial insects. Red Amaranth and Purple Alyssum.

Once again I was overwhelmed by the love and support I have received from so many wonderful people. Many a year ago, the farm has taught me to trust in its bounty and the same goes for my wonderful customers. Trust happens in a multitude of ways.  I trust I will see Andy on a weekly basis. He supports my weekly farm stand each Saturday and if he isn’t there it’s because he’s on vacation.  I trust Jim and Caroline will send me the latest articles about the food industry which feeds fuel to my fire and makes what I do even more important. It takes thousands of people to support my farm whether it’s through my awesome CSA program or from my wonderful weekly customers. Every person counts, it doesn’t matter if one is a CSA member or not. Support is support and it is welcomed any way one wants to contribute.

Praying Mantis emerging from their egg case

This picture shows a Praying Mantis hatch from one of five hundred egg cases placed around the farm. The hatch usually begins in March.

The farm needs much support and one way to support is by joining my CSA program.  As you have read from last week’s blog, CSA support gives me the farmer an instant chunk of money to begin large improvements such as buying fencing for my newly acquired land now named the West 40 or to get a well drilled and buy trees, lots of trees, fruit trees!

Peruvian Daffodil in bloom at Tonopah Rob's Vegetable Farm in Tonopah, Arizona

Isn’t she a beauty? Peruvian Daffodil.

This past weekend, it was amazing. 45 families and individuals joined the CSA program.  It’s very edifying to know there are so many people who care about how I farm. I was brought to tears from the overwhelming support.  I don’t think anyone can imagine the emotions I felt, the goose bumps that covered my arms and the answered prayers from thousands of prayers prayed to God. It was a very humbling experience.  This farm does matter to many a person and from my heart to all of you, THANK YOU, thank you so much for everything.

Veggie List:

  • Big Beautiful Tomatoes
  • Cherry Tomatoes
  • Yukon Gold Potatoes
  • All Blue Potatoes
  • Red Pontiac Potatoes
  • Assorted Peppers
  • Jalapeno Peppers
  • Red and Green Cabbage
  • Eggplant
  • Beets
  • Parsnips
  • Fresh Eggs
  • Carrots
  • Onions-farm stand only
  • Summer Squash
  • Maybe grapes-farm stand only
  • Maybe strawberries
  • The honey pull was nearly next to nothing. The bees have used up their surplus. The high heat and strong winds have stopped them from foraging. I couldn’t believe how empty some of the hives have been.  There is nothing I can do about the honey but wait until October to pull again. I hope by that time the weather will be better and they will have made a large surplus.