News and Notes
Meat Milk and Rodeo
16 February, 2018
What do these words have in common? Selective breeding to enhance favorable traits has created 800 recognized breeds of cattle. I am focused on producing the best eating experience from an animal born and raised on a diverse high plains native grassland, plucked at the peak of maturity with a calm and gentle hand. Mainstream grocery stores have jumped on the grass-fed bandwagon because of a growing interest, while average beef consumption in America has been falling for years. Big retailers must turn to the dairy industry to supply enough grass-fed ground beef from retired milk cows and their male offspring. Dairy breeds, like holstein, are designed for large volumes of milk and are usually lean and docile on a monoculture diet in a questionable setting. Rodeo cattle are bred for intelligence, speed and endurance. Ultra lean tough meat with a strong flavor is typical from those traits after a long career of roping and running from cowboys on horses. This product goes into canned soup, tv dinners and dog food for a discount class of food for the masses. The genetics in my private herd are of mostly Black Angus and Red Devon with a touch of Murray Grey. Born without horns (poled), my cattle are not for roping. We like a four score frame for easy finishing around 1200 pounds with average daily gains of 3.14 pounds per day. Good mothering instinct keeps a herd together without any worry from coyotes on the open prairie, while a thick winter coat will protect them. Intramuscular fattening for the marbling effect of a juicy steak tops the list. Elbow room is essential to be a happy cow at 10 acres per animal. Clean windmill water and over 100 prairie grasses and flowers contribute to the terroir of a high plains pasture where the buffalo used to roam. This is the best beef in the world--to me. Temple Grandin would be proud of how gently my cattle are treated from the first day to the last. The order of importance: 1)Cattle breed 2)Cattle feed 3)Kill method 4)Meat fabrication 5)Meat storage temperature For the best experience: 1)What you eat 2)Where you eat it 3)Who you eat it with...will decide if it helps or hurts you. Buy grass-fed from any grocery chain and a pound of mine, and cook it the same day same way. Taste the difference and judge with your mouth what's best for you and your family.
Catclaw Acacia-Honey of the Week
9 February, 2018
Once in awhile, the stars align and it rains on the desert as the Arizona native Catclaw Acacia blooms full of nectar for bees and butterflies to gorge on. The soft delicate texture and buttery flavor stand out among other local honeys as the best for wedding gifts and romance. The word "honeymoon" refers to sharing the best honey produced with a young couple to base the union on something sweet and nourishing. Honey fermented into fantastic meade is believed to be an aphrodisiac. Our bees have made an abundance of varietal honey throughout this spring, but we celebrate the small batch of Catclaw Acacia that magically appears in a hive or two every 7 years. Buy a case and hide it in the back of the pantry where no one looks. Watch how it ages and develops like a fine wine into perfection with beauty, texture, and nuanced flavors unavailable until Mother Nature decides to gift us again. For more details, schedule a private session or party to learn and taste more.
Fresh Olive Oil
8 February, 2018
We just received a shipment of fresh fall 2017 harvest from Bariani Olive Oil Be sure to pick up a bottle at the farmers market.
Our Farmers Market Anniversary
1 February, 2018
Our first market was in old town Scottsdale on Saturday, February 9, 2002. Excited to start our 17th season!
Wild Salmon 3 Ways!
25 January, 2018
Call today to schedule your cooking class-dinner party! We're presenting keta salmon 3 ways! 602-286-9233
Monday Open House!
11 January, 2018
Please join us on Monday, January 15, 2018 from 2pm-???? at our home (2031 N 47th St, Phoenix 85008) for our fist open house of the year! Children and families are always welcome. Bring a friend and bring a cooler. Delicious samples will be available.
Happy New Year
1 January, 2018
Best wishes for 2018! We hope to see you at our favorite Phoenix area farmers markets now through the end of April.
10 December, 2017
Merry Christmas & Happy Holidays! We're enjoying our annual winter vacation celebrating the holiday season with our families. We look forward to seeing you Phoenix in January 2018!
Los Ranchos Winter Market!
5 December, 2017
Hey New Mexico! We're looking forward to seeing you next Saturday, December 9 at the Los Ranchos Growers Market! We're still accepting orders by phone 505.865.4097 or email
One Week Phoenix!
27 November, 2017
Hello Phoenix FishHuggers, we'll be at the Roadrunner Park and Ahwatukee Farmers markets one more weekend (December 2/3) for 2017. We're headed to New Mexico for our winter vacation to spend the holiday season with our families. Come see us at the market this weekend. We are also taking daily appointments through next Monday, December 4. Please call to schedule 602.286.9233
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