July 19, 2023

Hopefully you have all kept cool through this incredibly hot weekend. It has really been something, but amazingly we will have both head lettuce and salad mix again this week! Our growers are able to keep lettuce and other crops just a little cooler by covering them with shade cloth. This cloth is perforated to let in plenty of light without allowing the full punishing heat of the sun to stress the plants. Thank goodness for modern marvels like this that help extend the growing season for numerous crops throughout the year.

In fruit news this week, we have some delicious white nectarines from Gratitude Orchard. Gratitude is an orchard in one of the few irrigated neighborhoods in Sedona. These trees grow along the banks of Oak Creek, along with a wide range of other orchard tree varieties. Apple and peach orchards were what Sedona was originally known for when the area was first homesteaded by early settlers. It is wonderful to see this history alive and well in the area today.

For those of you paying in two installments this season, your second half payments are due next Wednesday. Please check your inbox for the invoices I sent out earlier this month and make your payment as soon as possible. If you can’t find your invoice or have any payment questions, please contact me as soon as possible. I will be in the backcountry from the 21st-25th and unavailable to help during that time. Thank you!

Have a lovely week!

What’s in your basket – July 19th

Beets – Whipstone Farm
Carrots – Whipstone Farm
Cucumbers – Willowbrook Farm
Head lettuce – Willowbrook Farm
Nectarines – Gratitude Orchard
Salad mix – Willowbrook Farm
Summer squash – Willowbrook Farm

White nectarines from Gratitude Orchard.

Cucumbers have some beetle damage but are still delicious!

The incredible head lettuce just keeps on coming.

Shade cloth helps make it possible to grown delicate crops like lettuce and cucumbers.