Sleeping Frog Farms

Real Fruits and Vegetables – Cascabel, Arizona

Market is moving tomorrow! And dangit, it’s freezing again.

October 19th, 2013

Hi friends,


First, an important note. The entire St Phillips Farmers Market is moving tomorrow FOR ONE DAY ONLY, in order to make way for the annual arts festival. You can find us tomorrow at Plaza Palomino (Swan and Ft Lowell) from 9 am – 1 pm. Next week, the market will be back in its normal St Phillips location.


It’s like a more somber reading of Goodnight Moon around here. Goodbye tomatoes. Goodbye Jimmy Nardellos. Goodbye sweet potato greens and pumpkin vines and beautiful green stands of corn.


Hello frosty mornings. Hello long underwear. Hello tea and coffee and anything else that will warm numbed hands. Hello morning projects in the Arizona room and greens too frozen to harvest. Hello big full white moon. Hello toddlers in footie pajamas.


I am usually ready for the fruits of summer to die with our typical Fall frost, but this year, I am already pining for tomatoes. And you know what? I didn’t make eggplant parmesan a single time this summer. I have culinary regret blooming in me like the dahlias in the front yard.


The frost is making its way up the fields. Our first frost was two Sundays ago, October 6th, the earliest we’ve ever experienced. It started in the lower terraces, with the sweet potato greens, and has since made its way through the peppers and tomatoes, and even up to our top fields, where it threatened to freeze the piles of winter squash waiting to be moved to storage. Yesterday morning, I watched out the window as the crew sped back and forth in the truck shuttling pumpkins, spaghetti squash, and butternut squash to our barn storage. Despite our best efforts, some of it froze before our eyes. Believe me when I tell you that there aren’t words for the stress a farmer feels in moments like these.


And so, for the next few weeks, we’ll be making the transition to winter growing. We’ve already hacked down our flowers and dried them, figuring they’d be the next victims of the frost. Next week, we’ll roll out our row covers and take note of how many are left intact from last winter. We’ll barricade our winter squash from the roving bands of hungry javalina. We’ll have our chimneys cleaned and begin collecting firewood.




We hope you have a wonderful week. Asking everyone to send some warmth to our valley…



The Sleeping Frogs