Having just moved here from Illinois in the last couple years, I am still amazed and delighted by the number and the quality of farms here in the valley and the incredible variety of produce that these farmers are able to coax from what looks to my mid-western eye to be scorch earth. In my short time here, I have been incredibly fortunate to meet and work with several of these amazing people; here is a brief overview of just a few of them.
(Full disclosure: I am currently employed and loving life at Blue Sky Organic Farms)
Blue Sky Organic Farms: A family farm dedicated to hard work and growing the best quality produce possible. Located in Litchfield Park, Arizona since 1995 this 35-acre farm is certified organic, which means the fields and growing practices meet strict federal standards and those standards are upheld through rigorous inspections by third-party inspectors and conducted under the strict purview of the Arizona Department of Agriculture.
Blue Sky Farms specializes in growing a wide variety of vegetables and melons for local restaurants, Arizona Whole Foods Markets, The Old Town Scottsdale Farmers’ Market, and their own farm stand and test kitchen.
Owner David Vose’s chef background further compliments his ability to grow specific items, specific sizes and unparalleled quality and shelf life for both chefs and retailers alike.
4762 N 189th Avenue
Litchfield Park, AZ. 85340
Boho Farm and Home: This little half-acre urban farm the likes of which I had never experienced until we (urban table) were asked to be vendors at an annual Farmer’s/Flea market she hosted. Caroline Van Slyke an interior designer turned sustainable farmer does a little bit of everything on this diminutive parcel of land, that in my humble opinion is an urban oasis.
Caroline is growing some incredible vegetables and flowers along with raising chickens and ducks and still finds time to produce some of the tastiest jams and marmalades in town, whip up fabulous cheese and if that wasn’t enough she is willing to share all her knowledge with you during one of the many classes she offers.
MAYA’S FARM: I first met Maya Dailey, owner and farmer of this small operation that is big on results, before I moved to Arizona, at the Slow Food International Salone del Gusto and Terra Madre in Turin, Italy. What I learned immediately from meeting Maya is that she is passionate about what she does and because of her; Maya’s farm produces very high-quality vegetables, herbs, flowers and eggs.
Maya has never used pesticides, herbicides, or commercial fertilizers and just recently became one of only 3 Certified Organic Farms in the valley. Maya’s farm is nestled up to South Mountain Park in Phoenix, Arizona, a beautiful location where visitors are welcome and like Caroline, Maya likes to share her knowledge and offers many classes throughout the year.
6106 S. 32nd Street
Phoenix, AZ 85042
(32nd Street & Southern)
Singh Farms: Singh Farms is located on the Northeast corner of Loop 101 and E. Thomas Rd on the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Reservation. Yes, really, there is a farm there, I was surprised too but a farm it is and a gorgeous one at that!
Owners Lee and Ken Singh have created another urban oasis with and an incredible selection of seasonal vegetables surrounded by mesquite trees and a wonderful farmer’s market Saturday from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. (noon in the summer)
We carry some of Singh farms products in the larder and they were our farmer at the Miller Market on 1st. this year and we have had nothing but rave reviews on their produce and all their quality products this season.
8900 E. Thomas Road
Scottsdale, AZ 85251
The Simple Farm: Lylah and Michael own another of our urban farms, this one is sandwiched between gated communities in the middle of Scottsdale and this one has goats, to be more specific, a herd of purebred Nubian goats. Twice a day this heard is milked and that milk is transformed into amazing caramels and cheeses.
On Thursdays the farm is open to the public from 8:30 until noon with a French styled market offering eggs, cheese, vegetables, flowers, fruit and herbs they grow along with other local produce they bring in. More importantly the caramel, you have to try the caramel! We cant keep the stuff in stock at the larder, salted goat milk caramels… how can that be bad?
9080 E. Cactus Rd Scottsdale, AZ.
1/4 of a mile east of the 101.