FARMERS MARKET UPDATE:

Huning St. Farmers Market, Wednesday May 26th
At Sunshine Herbs 9 am until 1:00
1020 E.Huning St., Show Low
MOONRISE FARMS: 4” Vegetable  and Herb Plants  We’ve got a wide selection of Certified Naturally Grown heirloom and open pollinated tomatoes, peppers, chiles, and more! Seeds: Heirloom and open pollinated bean seeds.

Pinetop-Lakeside Farmers Market, Wednesday May 26th
From 2:30 until 6:30 (CSA pick-up until 5:30)
At Mountain Meadow Recreation Complex
1101 Woodland Road, Lakeside
MOONRISE FARMS: Veggies: New! Mustard Greens, Broccoli Raab, Also: Lettuce Mix, Red Romaine lettuce, Bok Choi, Baby Bok Choi, Turnips, Garlic Scallions, Fresh Cut Herbs: New! Dill and Lemon Balm, Also: French Tarragon, Greek Oregano, Chives, and Garlic Chives. 4” Vegetable  and Herb Plants  We’ve got a wide selection of Certified Naturally Grown heirloom and open pollinated tomatoes, peppers, chiles, and more! Seeds: Plant your own garden! We have a variety of heirloom and open pollinated bean seeds.  Also: Moonrise Farms eggs

Concho Farmers Market, Saturday May 29th
8:00 am until Noon
at the corner of highway 61 and 180A in Old Concho
Look for updates on what we’re bringing on Friday!

Flagstaff Community Market, Sunday Aug. 30th
OPENING DAY!
8:00 am until Noon
City Hall West parking lot (right off route 66)
Look for updates on what we’re bringing on Friday!

***SPECIAL*** We’ve got Started Pullets for Sale! These are Barred Rock hens (brown egg layers) which are eight weeks old. They are now old enough that they don’t need any heat lamps or special chick care. They will be ready to lay in about 10 weeks. Young birds lay the best– and they will keep laying well for a few years. $12 each. Contact us if you’re interested.

NEWS FROM THE FARM….. Late in the evening as the sky darkened the clouds rolled in like a thin smoke, dimming the bright stars and protecting us from the frosts that could have been. We had planted tomatoes and peppers the day before, starting the day in our sweatshirts against the morning chill. We covered them over with typar row covers, just in case. At the end of the day, I covered the small plants in the greenhouses and turned the heat on– for the last time? We pick the lettuce early this morning, and barely beat the heat of the day threatening to wilt it unless we rush. This afternoon, it’s hot, unequivocally hot. The season turns slowly, grudgingly, as we approach June. ~Lorraine

MARKET NEWS…. We’re looking forward to returning to Pinetop this week, and appreciate all of you who were there on opening day. We will be bringing more help along this week, and hopefully we’ll be able to better handle the rush!
Also we are very much looking forward to Opening Day in Flagstaff this coming Sunday.

CSA NEWS…. Spring Sharers– Reminder, this is the last week of Spring Shares! There are lots of choices this week! You can choose Mild Mix or Mesclun, and then you have a choice of Arugula, Japanese Mustard Greens, or  Broccoli Raab. Lastly, you may choose between radishes or garlic scallions. If you’re sending a friend to pick up your veggies let them know what you want! Remember next week we begin our Full-Season Shares.

RECIPES OF THE WEEK: Got a favorite recipe??? Share it with us, and we’ll pass it on!

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FARMERS MARKET UPDATE:
Concho Farmers Market, Saturday May 22nd
8:00 am until Noon
at the corner of highway 61 and 180A

MOONRISE FARMS: Veggies: Moonrise Mild Lettuce Mix, Red Romaine lettuce, Radishes, Bok Choi, Garlic Scallions, Fresh Cut Herbs: French Tarragon, Greek Oregano, Chives, and Garlic Chives. 4” Vegetable and Herb Plants We’ve got a wide selection of Certified Naturally Grown heirloom and open pollinated tomatoes, peppers, chiles, and more! Seeds: Plant your own garden! We have a variety of heirloom and open pollinated bean seeds. Also: Moonrise Farms eggs

Huning St. Farmers Market, Wednesday May 26th
At Sunshine Herbs 9 am until 1:00
1020 E.Huning St., Show Low
Look for updates on what we’re bringing in the Newsletter on Tuesday!

Pinetop-Lakeside Farmers Market, Wednesday May 26th
From 2:30 until 6:30 (CSA pick-up until 5:30)
At Mountain Meadow Recreation Complex
1101 Woodland Road, Lakeside
Look for updates on what we’re bringing in the Newsletter on Tuesday!

***SPECIAL*** We’ve got Started Pullets for Sale! These are Barred Rock hens (brown egg layers) which are eight weeks old. They are now old enough that they don’t need any heat lamps or special chick care. They will be ready to lay in about 10 weeks. Young birds lay the best– and they will keep laying well for a few years. $12 each. Contact us if you’re interested.

NEWS FROM THE FARM….. To be a farmer, you must love dirt. Love it thoroughly: relish the feel of it in your hands, feel satisfaction and the look of fresh turned earth. The smell of sweet soil should make you hunger. You must love it enough to enjoy the sweating over it: tilling, raking, hoeing. You should love it enough to take care of it, and see to it’s needs. A good soil worked at the right time, with the right amount of organic matter, aerated, clean and smooth and even is joy. In it live good insects, and microbes unseen, keeping it alive, working and active. In your mind’s eye, you feel the depths to which roots may freely spread below the surface, unhindered, in the welcome embrace of the rich softened earth. Neglected fields, with residues of salts, empty of all but weeds, tilled in clods, unprotected topsoil blowing away in the wind– these things pain you, are sadness to a farmer’s eyes. I hope this week the wind stop blowing long enough for you to prepare with love your own patch of good earth. ~Lorraine

MARKET NEWS…. Wow! What a day we had at the Pinetop-Lakeside Farmers Market this week! It was a super start to the Market, and it was just great to see so many people there– I apologize that we weren’t quite ready for the first rush, and we’ll be bringing more help this week to serve you all better. Thanks everyone who came out to support the new market– It’s gonna be a great year in Pinetop!
I am hoping that this is the last real cold storm blowing through this weekend, and we’ll have the all-clear to plant summer crops without protection this coming week. If you haven’t gotten all your starts yet, we’ve still got a great selection of well-started tomatoes of all kinds, and a better selection of sweet and hot peppers than last year. Come check it out!

FARMERS MARKET UPDATE:
Concho Farmers Market, Saturday May 15th
8:00 am until Noon
at the corner of highway 61 and 180A

MOONRISE FARMS: Veggies: Moonrise Mild Lettuce Mix, Romaine head lettuce, Red Bok Choi, Garlic Scallions, Fresh Cut Herbs: French Tarragon, Greek Oregano, Chives, and Garlic Chives. 4” Vegetable and Herb Plants: (wide selection of Certified Naturally Grown heirloom and open pollinated tomatoes, peppers, chiles, and more!) Seeds: Plant your own garden! We have a variety of heirloom and open pollinated bean seeds. Also: Moonrise Farms eggs, sundried tomatoes, and dry beans.

Snowflake-Taylor Farmers Market, Saturday May 15th
8:00 am until 1:00
At Heritage Square
Main St., Snowflake
MOONRISE FARMS: 4” Vegetable and Herb Plants (wide selection of Certified Naturally Grown heirloom and open pollinated tomatoes, peppers, chiles, and more!), also Moonrise Farms eggs.

Huning St. Farmers Market, Wednesday May 19th
At Sunshine Herbs 9 am until 1:00
1020 E.Huning St., Show Low
MOONRISE FARMS: 4” Vegetable and Herb Plants (wide selection of Certified Naturally Grown heirloom and open pollinated tomatoes, peppers, chiles, and more!), also Moonrise Farms eggs.

Pinetop-Lakeside Farmers Market, Wednesday May 19th
At Mountain Meadow Recreation Complex
1101 Woodland Road, Lakeside
MOONRISE FARMS: Veggies: Moonrise Mild Lettuce Mix, Gourmet Mix with Arugula, Red Bok Choi, Baby Choi, head lettuce, Garlic Scallions, Turnips, Radishes and more, Fresh Cut Herbs: French Tarragon, Greek Oregano, Chives, and Garlic Chives. 4” Vegetable and Herb Plants (wide selection of Certified Naturally Grown heirloom and open pollinated tomatoes, peppers, chiles, and more!) Seeds: Plant your own garden! We have a variety of heirloom and open pollinated bean seeds. Also: Moonrise Farms eggs, sundried tomatoes, and dry beans.

We’re proud to be Certified Naturally Grown– following the National Organic Standards for our produce, plants, and seeds.

NEWS FROM THE FARM….. There is nothing lovely about the wind. It roars across the land, ripping loose shingles, tearing apart screens and greenhouse plastic, throwing tin roofing across the yard, shredding row covers and blowing sand. The goats put their heads down and shield their eyes with their long ears, and chickens find cover in the lee of shrubs. Work goes on, though we only wish hunker down until the blowing is over. The day ends, and we are weary and covered in grit. The wind passes and a chill follows. Frost overnight, so there are covers, heaters, worry. Some days are days of endurance, and hope of tomorrow. We keep planting. Summer is a promise we believe. ~ Lorraine

MARKET NEWS…. We’re so excited for Opening Day of the Pinetop-Lakeside Farmers Market this Wednesday, and we hope to see many of you there. We will have a good selection of spring vegetables and plants to bring, and expect several other vendors there with us. I hope you will come support this new venture and help us build another great community market in the White Mountains!
Also– Roy is bringing plants to the Snowflake-Taylor Famers Market this Saturday. We’re excited to vend there for the first time and hope to see some of you who live in Snowflake, Taylor and the surrounding areas. We are very pleased to be able to participate in this market, which supports local producers.

CSA NEWS….. PICK-UP BEGINS IN PINETOP-LAKESIDE THIS WEDNESDAY! Spring Sharers– we’re starting pick up at the new Pinetop-Lakeside Farmers Market this week! We’ll see you there between 2:30 and 5:30~ remember, unclaimed produce will be sold to the public in the last hour. We want to thank you all again for helping make the Pinetop-Lakeside Market a reality this summer, and for your loyal support through our CSA transition to pick-up. Reminder to everyone who is getting a summer egg share– if you haven’t paid yet, please bring a check when you pick up veggies. Thank you!

VEGETABLE TIPS….. Garlic Scallions, or “Green Garlic” is simply garlic which is very young. We plant garlic for bulbs in the fall. Garlic Scallions are small garlic cloves spring planted. The whole plant can be used, just like you use onion scallions– trim off the root end and any tough or yellow leaves. They have a distinct fresh garlic flavor, with some “heat”. They can be used raw or cooked. Try them instead of onions, garlic, leeks, or chives for an extra zing. Try them snipped fine in salad or blended into a creamy salad dressing. Store in a bag in the crisper.

½ c. oil
¼ c. rice vinegar
2 Tbsp sugar
3 Tbsp. soy sauce
2 Tbsp. toasted sesame seeds

½ head romaine lettuce
1 medium head bok choi
1 carrot, cut into matchsticks
2 green onions, sliced
¼ c. sliced toasted almonds

Wisk together dressing ingredients and set aside. Shred lettuce and bok choi and add carrots. Toss with dressing and top with almonds. Serves 4.

Egg rolls are an easy way to cook a lot of veggies simply. We fill them with just about any veggie and meat we have on hand year round. I cooked this basic version up for the crew earlier this week and it was a hit. ~Theresa

In large bowl combine:
1 large bok choy finely chopped or equivalent of baby choy
4 carrots grated
3 whole garlic scallions finely chopped
1 small bunch cilantro
3 eggs
Fill egg roll wrappers with the mixture. You can find egg roll wrappers in the produce section near the tofu. Fry in your choice of oil (I like coconut oil). Keep the rolls warm in the oven at 350 as you cook the remaining rolls. Serve with sweet and sour sauce and/or hot sauce. Hint: Egg roll wrappers freeze just fine if you have left-overs.

Combine in a large Sauce pan:
¾ cup white sugar
1/3 cup white vinegar
2/3 cup water
¼ cup soy sauce
1 Tbsp Ketchup
2 Tbsp cornstarch
Bring the mixture to a boil and stir continuously until it has thickened.

(Nice when served with Bok Choi Egg Rolls)

1 large bunch broccoli raab, trimmed
1 clove garlic, crushed
8-10 sundried tomatoes
2 Tbsp. olive oil
1 Tsp. Balsamic vinegar
Salt and pepper to taste
¼ cup toasted pine nuts

Trim broccoli raab, and remove the largest stems. Chop coarsely. Place the sundried tomatoes in a small bowl and just cover with water. Microwave for 30 to 40 seconds and then let sit until tomatoes are soft. Remove from water (reserve) and chop into small pieces. In a sautée pan add oil, garlic, and then broccoli raab, sautée until beginning to wilt. Add sundried tomatoes, 2 Tbsp. reserved water from tomatoes, balsamic vinegar, salt and pepper. Continue sautéing over medium heat until greens are cooked. Serve sprinkled with pine nuts.

Ingredients:
pork roast or your choice of meat
1 bunch bok choy
1 bunch garlic chives
2 tbls canola oil
1 tsp toasted sesame oil

Before work put pork roast or your choice of meat in the crock pot. Salt and Pepper to taste. When you get home start you favorite rice. While rice is cooking chop 1 bok choy and 1 bunch garlic chives. Take the meat out of the crock pot. It should be falling apart. Just pull it in to small pieces. Stir fry the veggies in 2 tbls canola oil and 1 tsp toasted sesame oil. When veggies are crisp done stir in meat. Serve over rice. ~Theresa

We had a lot of cilantro this week, and this came from the excess…

1 large bunch cilantro
2-3 garlic scallions (green garlic), ends trimmed
4 green chiles, roasted and skins & seeds removed
1 Tbsp. lime juice
Pinch salt

Process all in a blender until it’s a bright green paste.
I used it as a spread on black bean burgers for dinner, which was great. Also, I added a couple tablespoons to eggs scrambled with queso blanco and used it to fill soft tacos for breakfast.

HAPPENINGS at MOONRISE
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May 4th, 2010
Extra Early Spring Edition
Welcome! This newsletter is published by Moonrise Farms weekly in season– usually on Fridays, but we wanted to let you know about the Huning St. Market starting tomorrow!

FARMERS MARKET UPDATE:
Huning St. Farmers Market, began Wednesday May 5th
At Sunshine Herbs 9 am until 1:00
1020 E.Huning St., Show Low

MOONRISE FARMS: 4” Vegetable Plants: tomatoes (a wide variety of cherries, heirlooms, early fruiting Siberian tomatoes, and more), sweet peppers and chiles, and eggplant. Herb Plants: flat parsley, chives, garlic chives, and lemon balm. Seeds: Plant your own garden! We have a variety of heirloom and open pollinated bean seeds. Fresh Cut Herbs: cilantro, chives, garlic chives, and French tarragon Also: Moonrise Farms eggs and dry beans.

Concho Farmers Market, Saturday May 8th
TODAY (May 8th) IS OPENING DAY!
8:00 am until Noon
at the corner of highway 61 and 180A
MOONRISE FARMS: 4” Vegetable Plants: tomatoes (a wide variety of cherries, heirlooms, early fruiting Siberian tomatoes, and more), sweet peppers and chiles, and eggplant. Herb Plants: flat parsley, chives, garlic chives, and lemon balm. Seeds: Plant your own garden! We have a variety of heirloom and open pollinated bean seeds. Fresh Cut Herbs: cilantro, chives, garlic chives, and French tarragon Also: Moonrise Farms eggs and dry beans.
We’re proud to be Certified Naturally Grown– following the National Organic Standards for our produce, plants, and seeds.

NEWS FROM THE FARM….. It’s spring!! The weather has been up to it’s spring antics, wildly swinging between winter and summertime. They call it “unsettled”, but I’d call it unsettling! We’ve gotten the spring greens transplanted and growing under covers on the sunny days, and they look great but are growing slowly. Lettuces of all colors and shapes line up along the rows in tunnels begining to head. Beets and Turnips are well started, and Swiss chard is coming along. Cabbage looks pretty good, despite no covers, but the kohlrabi and the cauliflower are looking bedraggled after the high winds and cold. The last spring snowstorm had us covering the tomato plants (which have flowers) inside the greenhouses with plastic and turning on heaters during the daytime! Meanwhile the garlic looks great and shrugs off the snow, wind and hail. See ya’ll soon ~ Lorraine

MARKET NEWS…. Welcome back to the new market season! I can‘t believe it‘s here already. We’re looking forward to being in Show Low all month on Wednesdays, and back in Concho every Saturday. Come check out the started vegetable plants, we have a good selection of tomatoes and peppers ready.

2010 Farmers Market Schedule

Saturday 8:00AM to 12:00PM: Concho Farmers Market

Saturday 8:00 to 1:00PM: Snowflake-Taylor Farmers Market

Sunday 8:00AM to 12:00PM: Flagstaff Community Market (starts May 30th)

Wednesday 9:00AM to 1:00PM: Show Low's Huning Street Market

Wednesday 2:30PM to 6:30PM: Pinetop-Lakeside Farmers Market

For more information on market locations, please click on the Farmers Market Information Page!

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~ William Shakespeare

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