Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Arcadia Garden Tour and The Simple Farm

If you've been pondering the possibilities of growing some of your own food or just interested in seeing how others are doing it - then save this date: Saturday, May 12th from 9 am until 1 pm because you're being invited to see and experience some incredibly beautiful Edible Gardens at another Arcadia Edible Garden Tour.

As it says here - the tour will feature urban (and suburban) orchards of stone-fruit trees, espaliered apple trees, nut trees, vegetable and herb gardens that use traditional and raised bed techniques, berry hedges, pollinator gardens of mixed beds of flowers and edibles, composting systems in a variety of sizes, grey water ponds and everyone's favorite - the backyard chicken coops.  This year - backyard goats have been added to the tour.

Buy your tickets today - because you don't want to miss out on visiting the nine different gardens - ours at The Simple Farm included.

There will be a Neighborhood Garden Market and Light Lunch at Jill's Sweet Life Garden and our French Market will be opened as well giving you time to shop for Mother's Day with a jar of our famous caramel sauce or one of our new jellies - Red Wine, Lavender Sage, Lemon Verbena or Mint Apple Jelly.

The French Market is open in the rain!

We work - in spite of rain, heat, clouds and any other act of God that surrounds The Simple Farm. Today, we're harvesting some delicious gourmet veggees just for our Thursday market.

Our Phoenix valley has an 80% chance of rain tomorrow (Thursday) and just so you know - our little French Market will be open. We're making some shifts under the patio so you can still come, enjoy a morning moment over our farm breakfast breads and our farm blend 50 cent cup of coffee.

Local honey is back - Citrus is on the shelf. Local bread - fresher than you can believe will be on the shelf. Crows Dairy goat cheese is in the market frig and we'll harvest some zuchinni's for farm baskets too.

See you Thursday - just bring your umbrella and have fun with we...."sing'n in the rain....we'll be sign' the rain....."

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Educational Talk and Tour

The excited giggles of about twenty adorable girl scouts walking past our farm gate toward the chicken coop caused the biggest lump in my throat. When it was time to introduce ourselves and welcome them and their pack leaders to our farm, it was more than difficult to get my name out.  Every time, no matter what, I just get so choked up. The fact that there is such an interest in farm life gives another reason as to why we do what we do. Not only is this farm our means of financial provision, but more so it has become a place where real kids get to experience the sights and sounds of a small working farm. 

Super cool. 

Generally, tours take about an hour and half and it includes a basic education:
Compost Learning Center
Chicken Learning Center, 
Garden Learning Center 
(where children plant a seed in a small plastic seed pot to take home) and 
Goat Learning Center 
(depending on the time of the tour - we teach the tour group how to milk a goat). 

Our education tour packages range between $5 -10 per child.

For more information on our tours and private party events and rental space - email Lylah at

Since this tour, we have changed out farm bio-security measures and only farm staff enter our livestock pens. 

Monday, April 23, 2012

Did You Know?

There's a simple and sweet uniqueness to The Simple Farm and I'm not sure if you knew that we actually schedule tours and private events.  See here for more information.

Have a fabulous Monday.