Farm Update July 8, 2017

We are still looking for farm workers and for volunteers on harvest and other days. Please contact me at or 520-909-4903 if you are interested or if you know anyone who would like to intern or volunteer.

We had a great start to the monsoon on July 3rd with about 3/4in of rain and a trace on the 4th. We are hoping to receive more rain soon!

The tomatoes, cucumbers and bush bean plants are loaded with fruit that aren’t quite ready to pick yet. The summer squash is another matter as we have been harvesting about 40 pounds of patty pan and zucchini every day lately. Also, I checked the potato plants a couple days ago and they should be ready to harvest in two weeks or so.

We will see you at the market!

Arizona flag sunset
tomato vines after second trellising

Farm Update May 7, 2016

We are still planting our summer crops; it is a bit late on some and quite late on others, but we are chugging along. The tomato plants are finally in the ground – went in last week. They survived the high winds of the last few days and look like they will be fine. The variety is Verona, a delicious plum tomato type that we have planted for a few years. They do well in the heat and are prolific producers.

This week we plan to get all the chiles and peppers into the ground, which will free up a lot of space in the hoophouse. The year we will double our planting of corno di toro Italian sweet peppers as well as the small lunchbox peppers. We also have jalapeños, and will be trying two New Mexico chile varieties – Jarales and Sinahuisa. Our poblano seeds germinated very poorly and I haven’t had time to replant, but will do so this week. So the poblanos won’t be ready until late in the season, but they will be ready in time for the chiles en nogada for Mexican Independence Day on September 16.

For two more weeks, we will be continuing the sign-up for the late spring/summer CSA share program. If you are not a CSA shareholder, please consider it. The program will consist of 16 weeks of deliveries to the markets starting the third week of May and continuing into September. The cost will be $250. We will have the signup forms at our farm stands and available online. Please let us know if you’d like to reserve a spot or if you have any friends/coworkers/neighbors who are interested. Thank you for your consideration.

White sage blooming
White sage blooming
Rainbow Swiss chard
Rainbow Swiss chard