The Festival Report
Last Saturday marked the 2nd Annual Desert Harvest Festival, sponsored by The Crazy Chile Farm, Transfiguration Episcopal Church, and the Maricopa County Community Garden Association. Heartfelt thanks to the many, many, people who pitched in to make the event a success! Celebrities in attendance included Mesa Mayor John Giles, Phoenix Opera star Johnny Huerta, folk and rock star Chris Rutledge (recently returned from his European tour), professional chef and chile cook-off winner Gordon Noyes, Laura Ward from House of Clydesdales, Troy Haviland from Haviland Shires, and Verde Valley based Leslie Fox from the Arizona Department of Agriculture Advisory Board for Food and Agriculture.
The Farmer's Market portion of the Festival was noticeably larger than last year with more fresh produce, two egg producers, and a CSA (Community Shared Agriculture) Garden. Our exhibitors consisted of Tenth Generation Farms (eggs and horses), Haviland Shires, True Garden Mesa (hydroponic produce/CSA), The Crazy Chile Farm, St. Andrew's Sedona (chile powders, jams, jellies, and salsas), Mesa Urban Gardens, Mesa HEART Studio (vegetable art), Local First Arizona, The Garden Gal, Vermiculturist, BG&P Fresh Roasted Green Chile, Transfiguration Prayer Shawls with Linda Jo, CAAFA (Community Alliance Against, Family Abuse, Harvest of Hope Community Garden, and The Maricopa County Master Gardener Program.
An increased number of activities for children (and an increased number of children attendees!) received lots of favorable comments--Art projects from Jaime Glasser, a free-throw contest, and curry-combing of the two Clydesdales. Thanks again folks.
Subject: The Farm Report B
The Crazy Chile Farm ,officially, now has two growing fields and has more than doubled in size! Field 2, the new field that Bob DeSpeilgeleare plowed with the John Deere last week, with be the new home of the 2018 Campo Dorado chile crop. Field 1, the original field, will support a crop of Native American blue corn from Feb to June, and a pumpkin crop from June to the end of Oct. Field 1 and Field 2? Too prosaic? Actually I think it sounds quite Dr. Seussy--like something out of The Cat in The Hat.
By Bill Robinson
The ECW annual Rummage Sale will be held on Friday November 11th and Saturday November 12th. The times for Friday are 8-4 and Saturday 8-1. This is a major fund raiser so please support us. The pricing on items is free will.