Thursday, April 10, 2014

Ice to Sun in Seven

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.

What a difference a week makes. Last Thursday, our yard looked like
the picture to the left. Our fields looked like the picture to the right.

A sprinkle-drink for Sadi
A week later, today, - Lance spread compost on the field getting ready for planting while Sadi played with her sprinkler ball.

The real sign that spring is upon us? Tumble weeds. Also weeds that
Tumbleweeds to burn and others to spray.
don't tumble. Time to get the vinegar sprayer out.

But it's only the middle of April. As tempted as we are to think spring will stay warm, we do live on a prairie and within a micro-climate. It's touch and go on planting some veggies before May 15. Some will get planted before the end of April. In the next couple of weeks Lance will be tilling and some planting will begin.

I think it's about time to make a visit to the Granite Creek Vineyards in Chino Valley. It's a lovely vineyard, and while we sip wine, Sadi can toddle after the peacocks. The vineyard is on the grounds of the first farm in Arizona to be certified as organic. Granite Creek is one of a handful of wineries in the United States that makes 100% organic wine.

We're waiting to hear if we'll be able to get a spot at the Prescott Farmers' Market beginning in May. Application is in to the market and our special events permit has been submitted to the city. If we're accepted, then there will be more legalities to complete. Lots of hoops to jump through. Keep your fingers crossed.


  1. Wishing you all the luck getting into the market! The vineyard sounds beautiful from the brief description. I'm going to check into buying the wine.

    1. The wine is pricy, Jody. But if you're into organic all the way then probably worth it.

  2. Who knew it was so much work to sell at the farmers market!
    Good luck through it all and the trip to the vineyard sounds fabulous (even though I don't drink wine!)

    We enjoyed some nice days in the 60's this past week, but alas we've dropped back to the 40's. Assuming it's not snowing tomorrow however, I will be heading out to pick up free compost from the city. It'll be a tough day - shoveling the compost onto a tarp in the back of my van, then hauling it out all on my own with only one bucket! LOL

    1. Yep, farmers markets are not what they started out to be years ago. And I don't envy you the compost task. That is one thing I do not have to mess with. We do our own compost and I'm more than willing to save and dump on the pile but that where I end it. How great your city has free compost!