7 CSAs (Community Supported Agriculture) in Metro Phoenix

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Zaida Dedolph
Fresh local veggies are just a click away.

'Tis the season for Community Supported Agriculture! If you love great produce and supporting local farmers (and who doesn't?!), then this list is for you.

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5 Delicious Things To Do With a Surplus of Arizona Citrus

Zaida Dedolph
Keep citrus season fresh by taking some inspiration from our favorite local chefs and bartenders.
Every year when the citrus comes in, we think we'll never be able to get enough of the sweet, tart fruit. Oranges fresh off the tree. Meyer lemon everything. Bruleed grapefruit. But then citrus season keeps on keepin' on, and suddenly we're out of ideas. Folks with fruit trees begin to give away garbage bags full of lemons and oranges, and "free citrus" signs pop up all over the city.

If you're sick of making lemons into lemonade, take some fresh ideas from some of our favorite local restaurants.

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Trending Veggie Alert: Romanesco Broccoli

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Zaida Dedolph
Gorgeous Romanesco heads from TJ Farms in Waddell, AZ. Find them at the Uptown Farmers Market.
Don't be surprised if Romanesco starts popping up on metro Phoenix menus. This crazy-looking vegetable is quickly becoming a farmers market favorite, and plenty of local growers would love to put it on your table. Here's a brief introduction to what it is and how to use it in your home kitchen.

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Maya's Farm Now Selling Plant Starts for 11 Organic Heirloom Tomato Varieties

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Zaida Dedolph
Just a few of the tomato seedling samplings at the Downtown Phoenix Public Market.

Maya's Farm doesn't just sell fantastic organic produce; for a limited time, they'll also be selling plant starters for a ton of different heirloom tomatoes.


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Want to Start a Garden? Now You Can Get Free Seeds at the Phoenix Public Library

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U.S. Department of Agriculture/Flickr
Starting a garden can be a daunting endeavor. What can you plant? How and where? And, of course, you're going to need seeds.

When it comes to at least some of these questions and needs, the Phoenix Public Library is now here to help. This weekend, the library will launch a seed library at the Harmon Library. The seed program will allow library patrons to "check out" more than 100 varieties of fruit, vegetable, and perennial seeds (don't worry, you don't have to return them).


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5 Tips from Chef Mel Mecinas on Growing Restaurant-Quality Produce

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Mel Mecinas
Maya's Farm: Plenty of shade fo leafy greens

If you hear "pumpkin spice" and think "harvest," chances are you've been growing some veggies for at least a season or two. If you're looking to take your harvest to the next level, you're in the right place. We talked to Chef Mel Mecinas of Talavera at Scottsdale's Four Seasons about how to improve your starter garden and harvest restaurant quality produce, like he does.


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Gretchen Gol of The Simple Farm in Scottsdale Makes Cheese

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Gretchen Gol
Make cheese like this, at home.

You might think making cheese is a dirty job but it's surprisingly easy and with just a trip to your local beer-making store you'll have everything you need to make your own gouda, chèvre or gruyère. The artisanal craft of making cheese is a handy skill to have because, who doesn't love wine and cheese. (If you don't, stop reading now.)

Gol notes that making cheese is a bit of a commitment. It takes about two to three hours and you can't really set it and forget it. She recently returned from a trip to the Netherlands where she visited the Cheese Museum and has been making cheese for over a year. This is all when she's not busy with her family, volunteering at The Simple Farm or working. The woman has patience and skill. If you'd like to take a class before trying this at home, click here for details on an "Udder to Table" cheese making class.

See also: Boho Farm's Caroline Van Slyke Makes Rose Petal Jelly with Chow Bella

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Tempe Golf Course Becoming a Garden, and Other Metro Phoenix "Now Growing" News

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Screen shot, USDA.
New to farming? The government has resources to help!

Even though it's summertime, there's agricultural news right in our backyard. Here are 5 local good-news stories you might have missed, so we've rounded them up. Read up on the new ideas growing here in the Valley, and maybe gain some inspiration.

See also: Show Off Your Chicken Coop on the 2014 Tour de Coops


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Show Off Your Chicken Coop on the 2014 Tour de Coops

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Kate Crowley
Show off your ladies at the 2014 Tour de Coops. Sign up now to have your coop featured on the tour.

Known as the Valley's "most unique home tour," Tour de Coops is entering its sixth year and will be held on November 8. Presented by the Valley Permaculture Alliance, this self-guided tour and sustainability festival is fun to attend and even more fun to participate in. (Full disclosure: Kate Crowley has been a participant in the past.) Read on to find out how to get your coop on the tour.

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5 Ways for a Foodcentric Phoenician to Stay Busy in the Summer

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Courtesy of Open Road Films.
Maybe catch a food-centric flick?
It's awfully hot to garden. In fact, it's awfully hot to go out to go out to eat. So we thought we'd share a list of "must dos" for food-grower to enjoy indoors, before it's time for fall planting. From books and films to TV shows and classes, there's a lot to do that will help you get excited about the next growing (and eating) season...and keep you cool indoors.

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