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Wednesday, June 14, 2017


Cock-a-doodle-doo

Apples & roses for you!




And You 


And you too!




And tomorrow a few more peaches & nectarines

Check our Instagram@azgardenfresh

for more photos and text.


We've got to get back out there to pick for you.


Hope you stop by soon.

Sunday, June 11, 2017

When Was The Last Time ...


…you loved you some Apple sauce?!
For some of us it was about one year ago.



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 
and 
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
but
we'll be out there at dawn tomorrow picking
and feeding
and pruning
so that
you can enjoy the fruits of our labor.
Mew


Wednesday, June 7, 2017


FRONT DOOR HONOR MARKET OPEN NOW

SUNRISE TO SUNSET

FRUIT & FLOWERS FOR YOU!

BYOBottles, Buckets, Bags & Bushels 

For the past two days 
five of us have been working hard gathering back in 
the Orchards and Gardens.  

And now you can enjoy the fruits of our labors.



Fruits 
$3/bag




Flowers  
$3/stem



Shop flowers from the photos on our blog
http://azgardenfresh.blogspot.com
 and 
Instagram@azgardenfresh

Give us a call or email if you want ROSES. 
We have every color.  Tell us your quantity, color and arrival time.
We will have them ready when you arrive.
And be sure to let us know if you'd like some jasmine or sweet lemon verbena with your bouquet, 
no extra charge for those.


Our APPLES are crisp, tart and the sweet is beginning to build.
They are cold and juicy in an alcove cooler.



The WHITE NECTARINES in our bags are today and tomorrows...
some are ready to eat today, others are firmer to eat another day.  



We love fruit hot off of the tree but for you they are 
Are all cold, juicy and sweet in an alcove cooler.

Change, if you need it, is in the pop bottle cap holders on the front of the coolers
Instructions are hanging there in the alcove by the front door.

If you do not see what you want, 
RING OUR BELL.
If we're there we're happy to come up front to assist you.  
It can take 2-3 minutes for us to come up front so patience please.
If we do not answer CALL 480-483-0060

There's plenty more of everything back there 
so let us know if you are baking a lot of pies for 4th of July
or 
making applesauce 
or 
having an event and it own't be complete without our rose girls.

We can gather more so let us know.


The Gardens at TRE SOLI FARM 
is located in a residential neighborhood 
in Scottsdale, Paradise Valley Farms
8103 N 75th St
PLEASE DRIVE SLOWLY

We have many walkers, runners, children, bicyclers, 
dogs, cats, horses, roosters, goats, & burrows 
who call our neighborhood home.
Do not put any of them at risk because you are in a hurry 
cannot wait to slurp your juicy fruit and face plant in our roses.  
Fruit and flowers are never an emergency.

Sunday, June 4, 2017

BYOB, B, B, B CONTINUES

BRING YOUR OWN BOTTLES, BAGS, BUCKETS & BUSHELS

Full & Fragrant

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.
EMAIL azgardenfresh@gmail.com
We generally check email 2-3 times per day and try to reply within 24 hours.
CALL 480-483-0060
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 
APPLES! 

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.

Saturday, June 3, 2017

BOTTLES & BLOOMS - SATURDAY, JUNE 3


How serene our pink roses. 



TODAY 

@singhmeadows 

@savaleflowersantiques 

"Bottles & Blooms" BYOB  Bring Your Own Bottles for us to fill with our Blooms.  



Whether it's your antique cobalt bottle 
Gorgeous with our white roses.  Or golden yellow. Or pink.  
For that matter any color. 
Or 
Bring your wide mouth mayonnaise jar when you want a large bunch.  


With your vessel & our flowers we know you'll go home with something you'll love. 



Pick up some food for your heart & soul 
while shopping for food to nourish your body @singhmeadows.  


Don't have a bottle, vessel or jar?  
Lisa @savaleflowersantiques is an artist and so creative with her many vessels 
at putting just the right flowers into them.   
We've seen her darling arrangements even in high ball glasses.  Who knows yo may even find the perfect bottle @savalefowersantiques


Either place you shop today you win.
Instagram@azgardenfresh
480-483-0060




Wednesday, May 31, 2017

BYOB, B & B for ROSAPALOOZA…THURSDAY, JUNE 1


We have just come in from picking by flashlight, 
but you are probably reading this in the morning.  
If not... Go To Bed!... so you can get up and come by early!


GOOD MORNING SUNSHINE!


SECOND FLUSH IS IN!

We have Roses, Roses, Roses and Peaches and Nectarines!


FRONT DOOR HONOR MARKET WILL BE OPEN 

THURSDAY, JUNE 1
8 - SUNDOWN for fruit
8 - 10 for roses

SO! 

BYOB,  B & B
Bring Your Own Bottles, Buckets & Bags

We'll provide the water, flowers & fruits

While you're here try a sample of our Refreshing Hibiscus Iced Tea. 
We'll also have herbs (rosemary, lemon verbena, lemon balm) available so bring a bottle or bag for those. 
Feeling creative?  We'll have artichoke leaves that make lovely wraps for the roses.
We'll try to pick some kale, chard & tomatoes as well.

Every bush is blooming so we have almost every variety of rose available.
The photo above was taken before sunset as we were just beginning to harvest 
It only shows our fair colored roses.  
We have multi-petalled, single petaled, long stemmed and short, deep colored, vibrant and soft.

With our flowers you can create simply elegant arrangements for your bedside, powder room or desk 
as well as 
go over the top for your dining table, entry or a special occasion.  
Say thank you to your mentor, mother, study buddy, nurse or neighbor, employee or even your employer.
Thank yourself even and let the flowers nourish your heart and soul.

Don't forget that our fruits & flowers have never been touched by chemicals! 
They can be used to decorate cupcakes, cakes, salads, drinks and other foods.  
Ever try a pink rose petal in an ice cube in your drink?!  
Try it!  We think you'll like it!

So get on over here before they are gone.


Good Night!



Wednesday, May 24, 2017



WOW!  
Peach Eaters!  
You're wiping us out.  
&! 
We love it.  
We are starting to get smaller peaches 
but 
that means there will be more in your bags.  
We will probably have another day or two to pick from this tree 
then 
we'll carefully wait & watch for the other trees to ripen.  
to stay up to the minute on availability
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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.

Open:  
On days that you read or receive notice
Sunrise to Sunset in the warm months

Change:
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.

Running Low:
If the coolers are empty 
or 
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.

Storage:
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.

Eating:
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.

Comments:
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.

Finally:
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.

MORE PEACHES + NECTARINES = JUICY SWEETNESS


FRONT DOOR HONOR MARKET IS OPEN 
Do we have some  Peaches & Nectarines for you!  



And side effects may include juice dribbled down your front!  


 Proper eating etiquette involves a bib and leaning forward from the waist.





Thank you to all who purchased peaches yesterday!  
We could barely keep up to restock.  
Don't forget to make your change.  
If you like our peaches tell your friends.  If not please tell us.


  Look for this flag by the street to know you're at the right farm.  


This is a residential neighborhood with walkers, children, pets, horses and bicyclers.  


 Flags to watch for to guide you to the front door 






Notes you'll find at the stand about making your purchase.  




When we are running low on stock, please let us know by emailing azgardenfresh@gmail.com
We'll pick more and restock


If anyone knows where we could purchase more of the two  flags 
in the photos please let us know.

We're on Instagram@azgardenfresh
You'll find we update it frequently.

Monday, May 22, 2017

YIPPEE!!! FRONT DOOR FRUIT HONOR MARKET TOMORROW

Red, red, red everywhere!  

And most of it juicy sweet Peaches, 

Nectarines & white Nectarines with red skins!  

Tonight we'll continue picking so that tomorrow 

we'll have an honor market.  


These are ripe for eating right now so we'll  bag them 


put them in the coolers. 

Sorry we cannot hold these juicy  beauties.  

Take as much as you can eat, cook or preserve soon 

but 

only take what you can use as they won't last long.  

We'll be picking every day until there are no more 

so come back for more when you want.  

Directions 

8103 N 75th St

Scottsdale

85258

Neaerest Cross Streets 

Scottsdale Rd  & McCormick Prkwy 

& times 

SUNRISE TO SUNDOWN

( 🌅 to 🌅 )

LIFE IS PEACHIE!
YES?

Monday, May 15, 2017

IT'S HERE!  
Well almost...Summer that is.
Join us 
Wednesday, May 17
7-9 a.m.
POP UP CLASS
Summer Roses and Compost, A Match Made in Heaven





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!!!