Playing in the garden, Laughing in the kitchen, Life is good at Tre Soli because we stop to smell the roses! Always interested in new ways, new seeds, new varieties, new recipes, new tools. You know something we don't, so tell us all about it.
We appreciate you fruit lovers who have been stopping by the honor market
buying and enjoying our peaches and nectarines!
They are about done but never fear
APPLES ARE HERE!
We are done picking for today. You can find them in the coolers in the alcove by the front door.
For those who stopped by yesterday during the cooler failure thank you for your patience
please let us know how we make it up to you.
We spent hours of time and many dollars of money correcting the problem and all is chill so,
so to speak.
The apples are the Anna and Golden Dorsett variety.
Last year we had an apple disease that we had to treat by putting the apple trees into what we call "suspended animation" for the season. It saved their lives.
Pollinators certainly did their jobs this year.
Consequently the trees are more prolific that ever even if a season behind fertilization!
The usual sweet tart flavor of our apples is not as off the charts sweetly addictive this year but they are still crisp, juicy and tart.
Taste is in the mouth of the taster, none-the-less we suggest applesauce with lemon and cinnamon added as an excellent way to enjoy this years harvest. Sugar free!
It is sooo easy. Wash the apples well. No need to peel the skins that hold so much of an apples nutrition. And they cook down to where you don't even know the skins are there. Use a corer/slicer tool and toss the the apple slices into a pot, squirt a bit of fresh lemon onto the slices to prevent oxidation, browning. Sprinkle with high quality cinnamon, or grind your own from cinnamon bark sticks or just toss in some cinnamon bark sticks.
We like the Saigon & Ceylon Cinnamons. Fresh high quality cinnamon is important for maximum favor. Continue to core & slice, squirt lemon and sprinkle cinnamon until you have covered the bottom of the pot. Then turn the stove on medium as you continue to prep the apples and add as many apples to the pot as you'd like. Stir frequently to prevent apples from burning on the bottom of pan.
Once the apples are bubbling you can turn it down to low. Cook apples down to the consistency you prefer. We once used a slow cooker and kept it going for days until it was of spreadable consistency…
Apple Butter on biscuits! Mmmmm mmm good.
Consult Maricopa County Extension publications for canning and storing fresh produce.
Time for us to take a break
we'll be out there at dawn tomorrow picking
you can enjoy the fruits of our labor.
A heartfelt thank you to everyone who endured the heat and visited us at Singh Meadows yesterday.
We met some delightful new friends and welcomed some return rose admirers. And amazing those of you who traveled from the Valley of the Sun hinterlands.
We hope you come again soon and were not disappointed.
An extra thank you to those who happily brought their Bottles for Blooms!
We still have Blooms and we bet you have bottles. So bring it on.
Singh Meadows has so much watermelon and corn that there was not room for us today. We know what abundant harvest means because we hardly have room here for our own bounty. We hope to return there soon. When in doubt just send us an email and we'll let you know.
Lavender & Fragrant
Because of the heat FRONT DOOR HONOR MARKET will be by preorder until we can purchase a glass front refrigerator or two. Anyone with a lead on available fridges please let us know.
We're hoping to find one or two that are "gently used" in order to minimize our costs and potential repairs.
We generally check email 2-3 times per day and try to reply within 24 hours.
We are often busy in the garden and can't get the gloves off fast enough to answer the phones so please leave a message. We are eager to return your call.
We are posting some photos here so you can have an idea WHAT'S IN SEASON. We cannot guarantee the exact ones you want until you pre order. "First Come, First Served." You can identify them by what number and color it is that you see that you want. Sometimes it looks as though we only have one bloom. That is because it was too awkward to get a better photo of the rest. If we only have one were not likely to tease you with it.
Why the bottles you asked, and glad that you did?
With the 100*+ heat we want your flowers to arrive as lovely as when they left the farm. Water is a big component of that. Taking your blooms in your bottles gives them plenty of water for the ride to their destination.
It is a form of recycling. Some bottles make for beautiful vessels.
It decreases our costs when we are not using paper, rubber bands, ribbon and jute. It decreases your costs when we don't have to charge you for these components. You needn't spend extravagant amounts of money to have a grand bouquet.
We are delighted to use all of these compostable wrappings whenever you request, for example when you are taking the flowers directly to a lucky recipient.
We recommend ordering one day ahead &/or picking up in the cool of the morning. Why?
Because cut flowers prefer 45*-65* weather with more humidity than we have at 12%.
When we cut your order we bring your blooms inside, plunge their heads into the cool filtered water to release "animalitas" that may be hitchhiking & and take the heat down.
Then we give the flowers a big drink of water and finally let them rest in our "cooling room" in the dark until they go home with you. It is amazing how that plumps them up! We can pick the morning you pick up. Give them the same treatment we do when you get home and their life will be extended.
Today we are harvesting the last of the peaches, some nectarines and starting
YES! Apples in the Desert! Did you know that they are in the same family as roses? These are low chill, desert adapted apples, better than what you can purchase in the stores and earlier than the high elevation apples that will come on in a few months.
Don't let anyone tell you apples from the desert are any not good. We suspect they've never eaten ours.
If you find you have brought home apples that you can chop into salad, bake, roast, grill etc. We recommend Apple sauce and apple butter. Easy Peasy. Our washed Apples cored with lemon and cinnamon added, with a pot to cook it in, is all it takes. Recipes all over the web. We let ours cool then bag them in zip lock type bags. The it is into the freezer they go. When we remove them from the freezer we thaw in the fridge. When we remove some apple sauce from the bags roll the bag to squeeze all of the air out before sealing the bag. This prevents that watery breakdown from occurring.
We will probably have another day or two to pick from this tree
we'll carefully wait & watch for the other trees to ripen.
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The apricots in the photo are precious few or we'd share.
When we went to pick at midday today the orchards smelled like roses and peaches!
That was a first in our memories.
We never pick midday due to the heat but the coolers were empty and fruity duty called.
What the chalkboard says...we see, smell it, live it every day.
We are tickled to share our slice of heaven with you, be it fruit or flowers.
Please care for each other and our Earth as tenderly as you do those sweet peaches.
Now for reminders and clarifications on visiting our Front Door Honor Market.
It is an "honor market" and as such these are recommendations
but it is helpful for you and us in planning.
On days that you read or receive notice
Sunrise to Sunset in the warm months
It's in the the little holder for bottle caps.
We put coins in one and bills (sorry only $1 bills) in the other.
Try to plan ahead, as change for one bag of fruit from a $20 bill probably won't be there.
Some of you are owed $.50- $2. Please let us know if you couldn't find the change holders and we'll make sure you get it next time you swing by.
Just let us know ahead that you're coming so that we have it ready for you.
If the coolers are empty
there is not enough fruit for what you wanted,
you have three options
1) Ring the bell. We''ll answer if we can. We'll pick more if we can
2) Call us. We may not have heard the bell. We have almost 2 acres back there soo…
3) Leave us a note for the next time.
These are not your commercial peaches & nectarines. They are picked at a later maturity because they don't have to board planes and trains, just your automobile s and bikes. Their skins slide off easily, peeling is a breeze. Handle Gently. Notice they are in the bag with the stem side down so that they bruise less and last longer. This is also how you should keep tomatoes.
They have NOT been washed. Do it just before you prepare or eat. As you know we use no chemicals at Tre Soli But birds gotta pee and sometimes it lands on our fruit.
We always enjoy hearing what happened after our fruit and flowers leave our TLC.
We love to know how you liked our fruit and flowers. Photos of your peach crisp are great too. The baby with a face plant into their bowl of peaches, share please. Recipes you used our fruit and flowers in…yes please! We won't post anything without your permission. If you were dissatisfied for any reason please let us know so we have the chance to make it right for you.
Sorry people but we can't always read your writing and printing. Runs in this family too, so no shame. Just know that like with speaking you'll need to do it clearly or we may not understand and therefor may not respond appropriately.
In the Valley of the Sun we have already hit 100*! As a matter of fact it was some of the visitors to the Arcadia Edible Tour who were asking about what to do to encourage their roses to make the best of the summer heat. So if you haven't already it is time to think about Summerizing your roses and others non native plants. If you want them to make it through the summer and be ready to be vibrant this Autumn. The Magical Science of Compost is a major component in your bag of tricks so it will also be a major component of this class.
And who knows Jill from Sweet Life Garden may have goat and chicken made soil amendments for show and tell!
Light seasonal refreshments will be served. Peaches may be for sale. The $25 class fee is payable when you arrive for the class. Directions to the class at The Gardens at Tre Soli will be sent by email after receiving your reservation. Reservations due by 6 p.m. tomorrow, Tuesday May 16.
For the most current photos go to our Instagram account. For a historical look at what we grow take a look at our blog.
Hope to see you Wednesday morning when the temperature will be a gorgeous 65*-75*. Whoo Hoo!!!