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Tuesday, April 4, 2017

WHAT'S UP AND WHAT'S IN SEASON


Dear Food & Flower Lovers and Friends,




Hold on to your wig hats because this email is chock full.  We're making up for lost time. It has been a while since you've received an email from us.  We have been busy behind the scenes making improvements to Tre Soli as well as to our business.  
We are so honored to have had you along for this ride.  Years before there were Slow, Local, and Organic  movements some of you were buying our foods and flowers.  For some of you it was a matter of consciousness, for others you just liked the scent or flavor or even the fact that you couldn't buy it anywhere else.  Some of you are Master Gardeners who like to support other Master Gardener's endeavors.  
What ever your reasons for coming to us for food, flowers or learning we are deeply grateful.  


So this is an update on what we've been up to and are planning.  
First we'll tell you about events where The Girls & Rose Ranglers will be this weekend.

The season is off to a running start.  Every day brings more roses blooming.  
Our first seasonal pop up market will be at 

BERRIDGE ART IN THE GARDEN
SATURDAY, APRIL 8 
9 a.m. to 3 p.m.





In addition to the art there will be a farmers market, food truck and garden demonstrations.  Check it out!
This is our third year at this market and The Girls always enjoy meeting new rose lovers 
and seeing their long time fans.
Roses prefer 45* to 65* to look their best and have a long vase life so try to visit us earlier rather than later  because The Girls want to look their best for you, so do the Rose Ranglers.  



The morning after The Girls and the Rose Ranglers will be heading to a new venue

SINGH MEADOWS
SUNDAY, APRIL 9 
9 a.m. to 2 p.m.





The Rose Ranglers have enjoyed shopping at the Singh Farm since it opened and now we are loving the fresh green Meadows.  We know some of you haven't made it to the new location but please don't let the change scare you off.  You won't believe the cool green view once you get there.  They have thoughtfully set out lawn games making it family friendly for all of the generations. The food is soo good that sometimes we forget to get the produce.  I've never had an onion focacia as addictive as theirs.  Even if you don't take home a few of The Girls you've got to come for breakfast or brunch at Singh Meadows.  
Check them out on Facebook.





We've teamed up with Jill Green from Sweet Life Backyard Farm & Orchard to teach occasionally from her place and at our place, Tre Soli.  Jill and I figured if we have questions and insecurities about gardening and farming there must be others.  These classes are intended to give hands on seasonal instruction on popular gardening activities.  We have had some really knowledgable dedicated growers join us so it has been great for us to learn from them.  We want to keep these small enough that you can maximize learning.  
Some of you have already joined us and we thank you for the great feedback.  

Jill and I are also available to come to you for personal and private consultations about your very specific growing needs.  We can both be contacted by email. 


Jill is your go to person for the Arcadia Edible GardenTour.  Tre Soli will not be on the tour this year.   We know that is where some of you first met us.  If you've never taken this tour I highly recommend that you do.  
Seeing all of the creative ways to grown on your own little piece of heaven in the desert is a treasure.  
Jill will have her delicious peaches for sale and we will be selling our flowers at the market at Sweet Life. 

ARCADIA EDIBLE GARDEN TOUR
SATURDAY, MAY 13
8 a.m. to 1 p.m.




We have a long list of additional garden activities planned for the future, 
including making the Fruit Tree Allee available for small gatherings of eight or fewer.  You may bring a picnic breakfast, lunch or dinner or we can provide a light offering.  
You can request an educational component or not.


We get so many requests for tours behind the garden gate.  We appreciate your understanding that it takes away from the work that needs to be done but we do enjoy showing you around.  So we will have 
"Walk Abouts" and "Behind the Garden Gate" tours.  These will be 1 hour once or twice a month and you get to ask whatever you want.  Except in the "Winter" these will always be early in the morning to minimize time in the heat.





We want to let you know that we know that the blog has been a bit abandoned but we've been exploring a way to stay in touch and ride the social network while still having time to be growing our fruits and flowers.  INSTAGRAM is proving to be a quick and easy way to let you know "What's Up In & What's In Season".  We are  posting almost daily and sometimes more often.  After years of resistance we feel this is a fast easy way for you and for us to tell you what is available so please check us out on INSTAGRAM, really it is easy.





In the garden we have changed some of our emphasis.  There are so many wonderful growers of good clean food these days in our Valley of the Sun, even we have signed up for CSAs recently.  We have begun to turn some of our food growing beds into flower beds.  We will still have peaches and apples, plums, we'll never trade our fruit trees for anything else.  
Of course that includes the figs, herbs and too many tomatoes.  
But very few farmers are still growing flowers here so we are expanding that aspect of our growing.  

  For a better appreciation of flowers with a conscious, please click the links to articles about the 
SLOW FLOWERS and AMERICAN GROWN flower movements 
that are gathering steam around the country.  
For those of you who remember the flower growers down on Southern and Baseline you will learn what happened to all of those wonderful flower farms we loved to go to.












We are members of both Slow Flowers and American Grown but the Chief Rose Rangler is still trying to learn how to add the thingamajig and the whooziwhatsit icons so that you can quickly connect to them and Instagram. Not a Ludite, not a neophyte but growing is more in the Chief Rose Rangler's wheelhouse. 






WHEW!  You made it all the way to here.   We hope in bits and pieces so as to save your eye sight.  
We look forward to seeing you soon!