Sleeping Frog Farms

Real Fruits and Vegetables – Cascabel, Arizona

Fall Colors

October 5th, 2013
Hi friends,

 

First, some notes:

 

1) It’s the season when our Tucson farmers markets switch to their winter hours. You can find us at the St Phillips Farmers Market tomorrow morning from 9am – 1pm. On Thursdays, we’ll be at the Santa Cruz Farmers Market from 3-6pm. And on Saturdays, we’re at the Oro Valley market (which moved to its new Steam Pump location as of today) from 9am – 1pm.

 
 

2) The FDA has proposed new rules as part of the Food Safety Modernization Act — rules that will significantly impact how farmers grow, harvest, and process their crops, as well as the cost and availability to consumers of sustainably-produced food. 

Please join us at the Food Conspiracy Coop on Tuesday, October 15th from 6-8pm for a FSMA Education & Action event. Meet fellow farmers and eaters, get up-to-date information on important issues, and submit comments to the FDA about what’s important to you!

Want to learn more? Check out the following link for our FSMA facebook event page, and the following links to read more about the proposed rules. Also check out the info about upcoming educational FSMA webinars, hosted by the National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition (NCAT) and the National Young Farmers Coalition (NYFC) (happening on October 6th and 8th).
 

In other news…

 

Summer is slowly and surely coming to an end. I feel it in the 45-degree mornings, in the amaranth rising in prickly golden spears, in the grass turning brown, in the tomatoes slowing down, in the breeding-season-stink of male goat, in the sweatshirts left in the fields, in truck-loads of pumpkins being hauled to storage, in my own sudden desire for leggings and a hearty soup. The fields are turning the many shades of Fall green: winterbore kale, napa cabbage, lacinato kale, cauliflower, broccoli. A few miles down Cascabel Rd, we glimpsed the first of the cottonwoods beginning to yellow.

 

We’ve been super-duper busy lately, and there have been lots of comings and goings within our crew. We said goodbye to Ben last week after six terrific months, and wish him the very best of luck on his new adventures. The same week, we welcomed Kaylee (from Tucson) and Maya (from NYC), who will both be working with us for the next few months. And Clay M (from Tucson) arrived a few days ago. Here’s a picture of the crew shucking popcorn in the barn and watching the VHS version of Twister.

And here are a few photos of the farm dressed up in her Fall colors. Enjoy!!

 

 

Have a wonderful week, and enjoy this beautiful weather!

 

Love,

The Sleeping Frogs