Today: Feb 19 , 2020

Whipstone Farms: Change in Weather

14 July 2018   Shanti Rade

So much goes on in a week.  Does everybody feel this way or is it just the craziness around here?

First off, we have had a lot of weather this week including several hard downpours of rain (but nothing too damaging) accompanied by power outages, lots of cloudy days and temperatures in the 80's.  It really is incredible how a change in weather can turn everything around.  Personally I feel like a whole different person.  We all are enjoying the rain and mud, humidity and fog - and trying not to think too hard about the onslaught of weeds in our near future. We have hardly had to turn on the irrigation this week, which is incredibly rare around here, and some of the flowers we are drying for winter actually got moldy (I forgot mold was even a thing!).  

Though the weather has been good to us, we stay humble with the knowledge that anything can happen, whether that be the destructive power of mother nature or the fragility of life.  We take the season one day at a time, just doing our best with all the successes and failures that come our way. 

Despite the clouds, the tomatoes are ripening like crazy.  We picked more than twice the tomatoes this week as we did last week.  After the veggie crew picked all the tomatoes, sweet Laura spent the entire rest of the day sorting and wiping them - I'm sure she will be seeing round orbs in her dreams tonight!  Needless to say, we will be bringing lots of beautiful, delicious tomatoes to the farmers market this weekend. The cucumbers are coming on and the peas have made a miraculous comeback as well. We have a beautiful new pick of broccoli and lots of sweet cabbage and we will have specials on both of those along with the same bulk beet deal as last week.

The lisianthus are blooming like crazy and some of the new varieties we trialed this year are just incredible.  These flowers may look delicate but they are actually quite sturdy and have a very long vase life, they are truly one of my favorites.  We grew gladiolas this year (for the first time in a number of years) and those started blooming this week along with our first batch of sunflowers.  It's going to be a great weekend at the market, hope to see all you local folks out there.  

love the foggy mornings that are so rare around here

somebody is happy about the broccoli

more edible flowers

the dill is flowering - perfect for bouquets, pickling and bee forage

our visiting cat is back - he's such a lover

Gibson organized a fabulous group of gleaners to come out to the farm (mud did not deter them)
and harvest crops to go to various food banks, shelters, senior meal programs and schools.  
Some of these organizations are the ones we already donate our leftovers
to on a regular basis, but this was the first time these organizers and 
volunteers got to come out and experience the farm first hand. Community collaborations
like this really are awesome to witness. 

The lisianthus are amazing this year - just sayin'

and these oriental lilies are truly the best we have ever grown 

Tim from the Farm at Agritopia was out for the week - kind of a farmer to farmer exchange -
he got to spend a little time in each different area of the farm from veggie crew,
to wash room, to flowers - seems like he had a good time, doesn't it?  

You can't quite see it in this photo, but the first of the sunflowers are here!! In mixed bouquets and straight bunches at the market this week.

At the market this week: 


spring salad mix (limited)
arugula (limited)
kale - lacinato and green curly
swiss chard
bok choy
collard greens
red fingerling potatoes
peas - sugar snap and snow
carrots (bunched and topped)
summer squash
cherry tomatoes
spring onions - red and yellow (sweet)
garlic chives
edible flowers 


Mixed bouquets
mason jar bouquets
dianthus (sweet william)
black eyed susans

Other stuff
dried chiles
hot sauce
pickled things
chickens are on strike for summer - so no eggs for a while

where and when to find us:

  • Self serve farm stand, at the farm, open every day, daylight hours
  • Prescott Farmers Market SUMMER - Yavapai College - 1100 E Sheldon St. Prescott,  Saturdays 7:30- Noon through October
  • Flagstaff Community Market - City Hall Parking Lot - Aspen Ave., Sundays 8-Noon