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Thursday, August 6, 2015

A Plum, Some Pears, and 2,000 Pounds of Garlic

 Tortuga Thursday 
In 2012, on the plains of Northern Arizona, two families joined forces and began the trials and tribulations of building a small family farm with nothing in the bank but love
One lone plum
Tortuga Thursday snuck up on me this week. Last week, I missed it altogether. Just a little busy! I've got multiple writing projects going and farmer Lance has been off the farm which means I fill in as best I can. The orchard surprised me this week. We actually have some fruit this year. All but one of the apple trees has fruit...some only a couple but that's something. The pear tree is producing. And the big story is the plum tree with ONE
plum. LOL But it's a pretty thing.

Garlic before cleaning
We've also started the process of trimming, cleaning and boxing the garlic for market. Right now we have two wholesalers looking at our offerings. Hopefully, in about ten days we will be 2,000 pounds lighter of garlic.
Cleaned and boxed


Weeding the zucchini


  1. I enjoy reading about Tortuga Flats..

  2. Congrats on your fruit and best wishes for a garlic sale! i'm trying to picture a ton of garlic. Yikes!

  3. Brenda, here in CA, we are without plums, apricots and pears. We think a strong wind blew off the blossoms (or something). A puzzle. Irony? It's my first summer here because we sold the boat...ta da! NO FRUIT! Okay, I did get lots of juicy oranges and lots of apples...but mother nature let me know who's in charge :-) Glad the garlic is ready for boxing!

    1. It's been hit or miss here with fruit. Not sure why the prior owner planted peaches and apricots. They bloom so early and we can freeze at night until June. And talk about wind. We are hardly a day without it. So if the freeze doesn't get them the wind does. Apples and pears seem to be the hardiest. We've had both most years...but not always.

  4. Yay! The fruit trees produced and maybe next year they'll deliver more for you. We love to roast a garlic bulb and spread it on warm bread. Good luck on your sales!

    1. One of our gourmet garlic is great for roasting. I like to do that too. Thanks, Jody.

  5. Oh my, that's a lot of garlic. Love these stories, Brenda.