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Monday, February 24, 2020

WHAT'S IN SEASON ALMOST SPRING CITRUS EDITION


CITRUS!  CITRUS!  CITRUS!

 This is just a little mixed basket the we shared with our friend Jill from @sweetlifegarden.


The tiny round yellow green balls are our key limes.  Famous for it's sweeter lime flavor with less of the tart flavor of other limes.  Our tree is young and very healthy so we are looking forward to an overload of these in coming years.  Limes an be frost sensitive so it is planted in an area with lots of protection so that we don't have to run out to cover with frost cloth.


MUGS UP MONDAY

“WALK UNTIL THE DARKNESS IS JUST A MEMORY
AND
YOU BECOME 
THE SUN 
ON THE NEXT TRAVELERS HORIZON”

Kobe Bryant


An important thing to know about citrus is that while it is loaded with Vitamin C, that vitamin is water soluble and fragile once it is harvested from the protection of the tree.  What this means to you is that if the nutrients are important to you then you must keep these fruits cool, out of the heat and light.  Also, like eggs, citrus has a "bloom" that can be wiped off when washing.  The bloom protects the citrus from air and light getting inside and degrading the Vitamin C.  This is why when you receive citrus from us it has not been washed.  Our fruits are harvested in the cool of the morning to be as fresh as can be when you receive them, so there is no need to wax them to retain freshness and nutrition.  
Please wash it before peeling or cutting,  just to be safe.  
Then Zest, Eat, & Juice to your heart & body's content.




The deep orange with the knob top on the outer edges are Minneola Tangelo.  These peel so easily and are one of the sweetest citrus with a touch of tart.  They have few seeds.  They can be juiced but peeling is so easy we usually do not juice.






The deeply yellow ovals in the center are the Improved Meyer Lemons.  This lemon is so deeply colored because they have orange in their parentage.  The more mature they are, the closer they color to an orange.  Interestingly the color, like so many fruits, is a clue to how it will taste.  As they mature and deepen in color they begin to taste less tart and lemony and more like an orange, though never really like an orange.  Very few seeds.  Be sure to use the zest to get the most out of these lemons.





The round orange fruit in the bottom corner of Jill's basket and others like it in the basket are blood oranges.  We are growing the Cara Cara and Torroco varieties.  We chose these two after years of volunteering at the annual Maricopa County Citrus Clinics.  They have a tasting table of more citrus than you will ever have the opportunity to see in one place.  



The Cara Cara has naval orange in it's parentage and you can tell on one end how it looks like a naval.   The meat sections inside are a lovely peach color.  The flavor is sweet, not tart  and we think has a touch of cinnamon flavor to it.  The meat sections inside is firm so we love biting into them.  Few to no seeds, not the easiest or worst peeling.  They make fine juice but we prefer to et them.  
Have you tasted a Cara Cara?  How would you describe the flavor?  We love it!!!






Our other blood orange, Torroco, is the more typical deep pink to red color, from which blood oranges get their name.  Think red beet color.  Actually we have found most blood oranges varieties to remind us of beet flavor, a bit earthy.  Have you eaten blood oranges?  Do you know which varieties?  How did they taste to you?  The Torroco has not had an earthy flavor to our taste.  It's actually a similar flavor to the Cara Cara.  Our tree is young and we notice that the meat sections inside have an ombre color going on.  At one end of the orange they are an orange color deepening to the other end into a dark pink/red.  When young the have a red blush to the skin as well. Virtually seedless.  No the easiest to peel.  Fine to juice but they have such  nice firm meatiness , we prefer to peel and eat.





The large yellow balls are our Oro Blanco grapefruit.  Don't be fooled that it is not pink, which are pretty.  Oro Blanco grapefruit are so sweet they do not need sugar yet leave sticky wherever their juice has fallen.  They can be peeled and eaten as you would an orange.  We struggle to get the watering just right on these so our may have a thick pith.  No problem except the the actual fruit is smaller than what one may think due to the thick pith. 




Unseen are the tangerines, of which we have plenty!!  They are so easy to peel, make the best juice and have the most intense and sweet flavor of all of our citrus.  We have three of these trees and the flavor is similar among them.  Sometimes you get 6 seeds other times there are none.  Tangerines make addictively sweet and tangy juice.  The zest is thin but worth the effort, just be sure to be gentle.




Pictured above are the citrus we currently have available for your enjoyment.  Starting in the upper right corner are tangerine, Improved Meyer Lemon, Cara Cara blood orange, Oro Blanco grapefruit, Minneola Tangelo, Torroco blood orange


Has our description of our citrus sparked your interest in eating or planting citrus?  We hope so!  Let us know how we can help you.  If you would like to place an order for a custom harvest please contact us by email or DM on Instagram @anne_es_garden_fresh.  Sorry we are all out of Key Limes.  As the season continues and more of our fruit ripens we'll post more about our juicing oranges and pink lemons.  




Thursday, February 6, 2020

WHAT'S IN SEASON WINTER 2020 EDITION

 To put you in the mood here's a brief video of what's going on at Tre Soli




This is one of our white nectarines that give us some of the most supreme fruit we grow.  One of our interns after tasting al of our fruits all season in order to learn how to detect ripeness said, "Now This IS The Best I've Tasted!"  Unfortunately they are very sensitive to the warm days of winter and so have been known to loose early blooms and therefor later fruit.  Makes them more precious?  We'll keep you posted on their progress.

Most of our stone fruit pruning is done.  We still have some fine pruning to do.  
If you are an experienced fruit tree pruner and have some spare time we could use some extra hand power to boost ours.  Send an email or DM our Instagram.






This is what we have started to harvest now.  OMG citrus!!!  No filters and on my computer screen, the color is accurate.  If you've never had fresh from the tree
oranges, tangerines, grapefruit, lemons, limes or tangelos then you haven't really had citrus.  Like a home grown tomato compared to a winter hot house tomato there is no comparison.  And of course has been grown for almost 30 years with only organic inputs.

Our citrus has flavor, sweetness and just a slight tang that is addictive.  Our grapefruit is not sour and doesn't taste like aspirin.  You never need to put sugar on it to enjoy.

Did you know that Vitamin C is fragile?  The rind is a semi permeable membrane that allows heat and light and air to enter once it leaves the tree.  Consequently once picked, citrus to retain it's nutritional value, should always be kept out of sunlight, and heat.  A bag of citrus in the sun by a road side makes me cringe.  More importantly it will not have as much flavor or nutrition as when it left it's tree.

We are doing custom harvests per your request.  Harvest will be on the chilly morning that you choose to pick up to ensure the freshest, tastiest, most nutritious citrus.  
If you'd like to order drop us and email or DM on our Instagram.  



Above is Koko Loko.  
Not a new one but a young rose that takes a while to establish.  We only sold a few last year.  It was prolific but still small with short stems.  Her fragrance is so soft but sweet and a bit cinnamon to my nose.  Stay tuned because she may take off this year & if she does we'll put them in your hands. 




We are still fine tuning the pruning of our roses and though we keep saying we won't add more we did.  Just a few.  An old favorite that has been off the market for years is "Betty White"  Nobody doesn't like Betty White!  This rose is a lovely blush with a sweet fruity fragrance and just saying it's namesake brings smile sand laughs to everyone who meets her.  We can't wait to have more of these available this year.




We are continuing to create smalll batches of botanical infused items.  Last fall we used our fresh cut lavender.  This spring our items will be rose centric.  Rose hydrosol is a favorite of mine in the warm seasons.  It is made purely of our rose petals grown with only organic inputs and H2O.  
Let us know if you are interested in knowing when it becomes available.



This is a favorite Cornishware mug.  I chose a group of striped mugs for a Christmas set and had them personalized with all sorts of words.  At the time I was thinking about the Spirit of Christmas but I find I steep my tea in it when I want to believe in many things...
that the world is full of good people,
that a friend's health will return,
that my seeds will germinate,
that Spring is on it's way
In what do you want to, need to BELIEVE 

These mugs are made in the UK by a couple who is repatriating this classic pottery.  It's a great "local" story that I have adopted.  Delightful Instagram posts if you are interested...@cornishware

Please let me say a few words about when I post about a business.  I am never paid, never have been.  Often they never even know that I have posted about them.  It isn't to get a 'bump".  I just like to support other people who I respect and who create things that I enjoy and use.  

OK!  Hope to hear from you or see you soon.  Please let us know what you'd like to know about or have us grow for you.  We are here to serve and please lovers of good clean things from the earth.



Monday, November 11, 2019

WHAT'S IN SEASON: NOVEMBER EDITION

So Much!  So So Much!


Hey Stranger!  We're so glad to be back!  
And Just as glad to see you here!

KOKO LOCO ROSE

Out in the East 40 the roses are recovering from their Summer siesta, grapes have frosted revealing their beautiful vines and the "pumpkin/squash/gourds" have been harvested.

If you enjoy crafting your own wreathes, we have supple grapevines for you.  If lots of tans and greens are your decor things we have dried roses and these "pumpkin/squash/gourds".  They were volunteers so we do not know their heritage.  They may be edible.  They may be dryable.  We're not sure yet.  They are carvable and paintable.    You could also plant them with succulents and/or cut flowers.  A large glass vessel, twinkie sized lights and some of these may be your thing.  Or a simple line of these down the middle of your table with garland snaking in and around.



What we do know is that we are offering them "free to good homes".  Stop by our Little Free Library to pick some up.  We replenish them daily and over half have gone to new kitchens and homes already so don't wait too long.  Like Cinderella's chariot they will go poof & be gone before you know it.



We've invited some local makers of beautiful, practical and nourishing things.  First off this coming Thursday, November 14, from 9 to 11, Kristin of Vim and Vigor Candle Co will be here to guide you through creating your own custom scent to add to a candle or two.  Her line of pre made soy candles will also be available for purchase.  I met Kristin at just such an event and was amazed at how much work and complexity is involved.  It's not just fragrant flowers the capture me but candles as well.  The copper vessels that will hold your custom scented candle will go on to a new life after you finish burning it.  Add cut flowers, plant succulents, hide treasure, herbs or teas in your lidded coper vessel.  The choice is yours just as the scent is.  This is a great opportunity  to make a very special gift for someone and yourself.  Maybe bring them with yo so you can ask if they like the scents yo are creating?
Registration is required, which you can do at Kristin's website. 

https://vimandvigorcandleco.com/products/candle-making-workshop?_pos=1&_sid=5b959357d&_ss=r




Also on that morning we hope to have sample flowers for holiday pre orders.  We are especially loving the deep gold and dusky pink colors of some of the roses pictured on this post.



If you have been to visit us at Uptown Farmers Market the last couple of years, you no doubt met Emily of Bene Vivendo, a fellow Maricopa County Master Gardener who excels at edible flowers and wreathes for all seasons.  She is also a very knowledgeable teacher with a wry sense of humor about many things gardening in our desert.  Emily will be here the same morning as Kristin with wreathes of fresh and dried flowers for purchase and order.  She grows most of her wreathe ingredients using organic inputs.  Uniquely her arrangements includes edible flowers, fruits, vegetables, grains, and herbs.


Don't you love the deep colors of this dried arrangement grown & created by Emily!  This particular dry bouquet includes Blue Wheat and Dill Weed!  Bet you can't get that anywhere in town! 


This wreathe!  It even has artichokes, millet & oats! 




If we ask really nicely she may even bring some of her delicious dried Hibiscus sabdariffa aka Roselle.  This has become my favorite hot infusion.  Come to think of it we drink it cold with sliced oranges in the summer.  We add a stick of Ceylon Cinnamon and honey from local friends to get what tastes like hot or cold  cherry juice!
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Next Maker on our calendar, is  Terry Parvan of Winnifred Street  with her Art in the Garden workshop.  Terry uses mixed media combined with words to create beautiful inspiration and affirmations.  You can find her at Junk in the Trunk twice a year and monthly at Sweet Salvage in addition to workshops around town.  She will guide you to create two different canvases.  Tears may be shed, by me anyway.  Samples of previous canvases are shown below.


This workshop also requires pre registration & seating is very limited.  Last day to register for her workshop is November 25.  You can go to Terry's Etsy shop to register, this link should get you there.  This is a great workshop to invite a friend or loved one to attend with you and maybe surprise them with a canvas you made.  We are thrilled to have Terry come do her first outside workshop during our beautiful Autumn under our olive trees.

https://www.etsy.com/listing/743944803/art-in-the-garden-workshop-at-the?ref=shop_home_active_7&frs=1

***For both workshops fees are non refundable.  All of the makers plan, grow, harvest and create for weeks before they come to the garden for these events.  We understand that life happens so if you have a last minute reason & you're unable to attend, you may substitute by giving your registration to a friend as long as you let us know who we will be welcoming instead of you.***  

***If you have not been to Tre Soli before, home of Anne E's Garden Fresh farm, address will be disclosed 48 hours before your workshop.  Nearest cross streets are Scottsdale Road & McCormick Parkway.***

***The workshops are being held in a residential neighborhood so PLEASE drive with great caution.  Put your phone in your back seat.  This time of year many people are out walking and biking with dogs and children.  Sometimes roosters & hens are also out for a stroll.  So please do not be distracted.***


Just after Terry's workshop is ...


...back by popular demand.  This is always a sell out so don't wait too long to get your tickets.  Our friends Becca of Farm Yard and Jill of Sweet Life Garden are again collaborating on this event.   There are some wonderful new gardens on the tour this year including a beautiful school garden of eatin' & learnin'.  Also new this year is a very creative family of builders and bakers & their unique back yard garden made for entertaining.   For detailed information & tickets you can go to 

 https://myfarmyard.com

Jill is posting peeks and previews on her Instagram @sweetlifegarden


So!  Didn't I say there's a lot ''in season''.  We can't wait to see you at some of these events in the gardens during this 
most beautiful time of year!


Still Koko Loco

Tuesday, April 16, 2019

WHAT'S IN SEASON APRIL EDITION

"The Future Looks Rosey"  Kinda

"Everything's Coming Up Roses" Sorta


"Take Time to Stop and Smell the Roses" Definitely





For those of you who follow us on Instagram, Thank You!  For those of you who do not follow us on Instagram, that's ok.  We still try to make some time for our orphan blog but we'd love to have you over at Instagram too.  We want to be growing our best for you and that does not leave enough time for all of the social media available today.




With Rosapalooza about to begin we are working hard to get 
as many roses into your hands as are blooming on our bushes.



In the mean time this is a special Spring holiday weekend with both Easter and Passover.  
We hope you spend it enjoying those who mean the most to you.  
You are important to us and we'd honored to help you celebrate 
by adding some of our flowers for your celebration.  


HOLIDAY
FRONT DOOR HONOR MARKET
THURSDAY & FRIDAY
8 -11a.m.
&
PRE ORDER TODAY
$20 minimum


We are teaming up with Jill of @sweetlifegarden and Shanti of @whipstone to add their flowers to our roses and green chorus.  
This will be some kinda wonderful.  
Check our Instagram account @anne_es_garden_fresh for the last time we teamed up with these two flower farmers and see what one very capable @chefinthegarden did with our flowers 
for a Slow Food dinner with Alice Waters.


Sweet Peas & Roses from Jill's @sweetlifegarden

What can you expect?

 BEAUTIFUL, CLEAN BLOOMS EXCLUSIVELY GROWN 
BY ARIZONA FLOWER FARMERS!  
While we can guarantee they will be chemical free 
we cannot guarantee you won't find a lady bug among your petals.  
Not to worry there is no charge for them.  
When they are finished dining they just fly away to their next meal.  
This guest never over stays her welcome, she's a lady after-all.

We will be making mixed bouquets that you may

PICK UP AT THE FARM THURSDAY & FRIDAY 
8 -11 a.m. 
email your order to azgardenfresh@gmail.com
or 
DM our Instagram @anne_es_garden_fresh

You may also arrange for delivery Friday afternoon for an extra fee. 
We will NOT be at the farmers market this Saturday.

Pre-order is strongly encouraged because when they are gone they are gone.  
We have been selling out all Spring at the farmers market.

Here is a bit of the parade of what may be in your bouquet.  

Roses of course


Along with Anemones  

And More Roses





Plus Daffodils/Narcisuss




A Few More Roses



Some Ranunculus


And Some Tulips


More Roses, of Course



More Tulips, yippee


And Yes more roses


With Some More Tulips


And Finally More Roses





Friday, March 15, 2019

WHAT'S IN SEASON ST PATRICK'S DAY EDITION



Spiring Has Sprung 
in 
The Sonoran Desert

Nizhoni 



And 
at

The Gardens of Tre Soli 




Please visit us Tomorrow 
at 
The Uptown Market 




Bethany Home & Central




8a.m. til 1 p.m.





We'll be 
at 
the Community Exchange Table
with 
Bouquets made from these bits and more!





Last week we sold out so don't snooze to late 
or 
the luck of the Irish may not be able to help you.






Sunday, January 13, 2019

UP NEXT: WEST VALLEY CITRUS CLINIC JANUARY 19, 2019



Isn't Nature marvelous!  

Just as the deciduous fruit trees loose their leaves 
And 
the rose bushes are pruned 

 mouthwatering sweet, tart, juicy citrus begins to ripen.  

Variegated "Pink" Lemon

What you don't have a citrus tree?!  
No problem!  
They can be grown in pots or soil.
Think you don't have enough room for all the many fruits you love?  
No problem you can plant a citrus cocktail tree!

SOOO

If you want sweet Juicy Tangerines to pack in the kid's lunch box
OR 
Tangy Lemons to bake into your lemon shortbread cookies
OR
Sweet Grapefruit is what you need to make your breakfast sunny
OR
The Perfect Lime to make you new cocktail,

 then we have an event for You!

MARICOPA COUNTY MASTER GARDENERS CITRUS CLINIC 
(our favorite event!)


Valencia (Rose not Orange, just couldn't resist)


To better manage the flavor, size, and health of your citrus and even some deciduous tree fruit, join the Maricopa County Master Gardeners at their annual citrus clinics offered in West valley.


The clinics, now in their 16th year, feature the foremost state citrus experts, 
including 
The University of Arizona faculty and noted local professionals. 
The experts will present eight learning stations on topics such as 
how to select and plant fruit trees appropriate for our climate,
 citrus fertilization, 
irrigation, 
pruning, 
and 
how to solve fruit tree problems 
through 
pest identification and management. 

Minneola Tangelo
(our favorite citrus!)

Not sure which trees to plant?
While you are there, 
do not miss the display 
of 
more than 100 citrus varieties 
and 
sample many of the varieties made available that day.


Variegated "Pink" Lemon


 Online credit card purchases may be made at  https://www.regonline.com/westvalleycitrusclinic2019 for the West Valley Citrus Clinic.
Or
Tickets may be purchased by cash or check at the gate the day of the events 
Or
in advance 
at The U of A, Maricopa County Cooperative Extension office 
located at 4341 E Broadway Rd, Phoenix, AZ 
during the normal 8am-5pm, M-F, business hours.  


For maps, directions, and other event details visit us at https://extension.arizona.edu/maricopamg.

RECAP
Maricopa County Master Gardener Citrus Clinic- West Valley
Saturday, January 19, 2019
9:00am to 12:00pm
Gates Open at 8:30am and presentations begin promptly at 9:00am
Justice Brothers U-Pick
18800 W Greenway Rd, Surprise, AZ 85388
$10 ticket $5 citrus Guide (optional) 
Outdoor event-Rain or Shine- No Pets
Please wear appropriate clothing and bring a lawn chair.
Please visit www.extension.arizona.edu/maricopamg for ticketing information.

Directions
From Loop 303:  
Exit 115 W. GreenwayRd
Greenway will become a dirt road
Go Over the canal until Perryville (dirt road)
Turn Left
Follow the Citrus Clinic signs