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.