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 News and Notes

Thank You Phoenix!

1 May, 2018
Thanks Phoenix FishHuggers for an incredible season! We'll be back in Arizona for a quick trip in mid-July to re-supply those who order. We'll kick off the Phoenix farmers market season with the fresh harvest again in late October 2018. We appreciate you all, thanks for considering us when feeding your families.

Fresh Catch! Halibut Cheeks & Black Cod!

30 March, 2018
Hi Phoenix FishHuggers! We now have Black Cod & Halibut Cheeks back in stock! We'll have a nice supply at Roadrunner Park Farmers Market tomorrow and over the next few weeks. Advance orders are gladly accepted.

Black Cod, also known as Sablefish, is a deep water, oily, delicious, buttery whitefish. It actually has more omega-3 oil than all salmon species except for sockeye. Many compare its rich flavor to sea bass. This is our favorite meal for special occasions such as our anniversary & birthdays. Packages average 8-12oz each. Portions are skin-on, shoulder/collar portions are bone-in and tail portions are naturally boneless.

Halibut Cheeks are the actual facial muscle of the halibut and considered a delicacy by many. I like to cook them like sea scallops. On the stovetop over medium high heat, I sauté the cheeks in olive oil & butter (either or is fine, coconut oil, or your favorite cooking oil). We typically dress with lemon juice, capers and olive oil and serve the Halibut Cheeks with a huge side of garden salad or on top of rice or pasta. Packaged portions average 8-15oz.

Crystallized Honey

28 March, 2018
Farmers Market honey shoppers have a myriad of questions about crystallized honey. Compared to liquid honey, crystallized honey is noticeably different in color and consistency. This brings about inquires like: What is it? Why does it look thicker? How is it different? Why does it crystallize? Is it still good?

Crystallization occurs when honey turns from a liquid state to a solid state. Almost all honey will eventually crystallize. If you want to try one of the few that won't, ask for a taste of our Florida Tupelo. Crystallization occurs faster in RAW honey and crystallized honey is highly sought after by many as proof of its raw-ness. Also, honeys with a lower moisture content (think desert honeys) typically tend to crystallize a bit more quickly.

We understand that honey, by its very nature, is different each and every season/year due to the different floral sources, the particular amounts of fructose, glucose, and other -oses, and different aromatic compounds that give the various and sometimes distinct flavors and aromas of honey. Climate, rainfall and terroir are also factors.

So what actually causes crystallization? Well, it takes nucleation sites (there are more in raw honey) and cooler temperature (around 55 degrees F), because really crystallization relates to the organization of molecules in the honey. Lower temperatures help to slow the movement of the molecules and get them lined up, but if you go even lower in temperature they don't move at all. Because of the different sugars contained in honey, some organize more rapidly (glucose), some more slowly (fructose). Each variety of honey will crystallize at a different rate and this can also vary season to season.

While some enjoy their honey thick and cloudy, others prefer a more liquid honey and a few assume that once honey "sugars up" (crystallizes) it has gone bad. As we know, honey is virtually immortal and crystallized honey is safe for consumption and actually quite delicious.

To keep your honey liquid longer, store around 75 degrees F. This can even be in a sunny windowsill or near the stove. To re-liquify crystallized honey, I recommend a hot water bath. Boil a pot of water, turn off the stovetop and put the jar into the warm water for 15-20 minutes or so. Please do not microwave your honey, it will break down some of the beneficial minerals.

What about creamed honey? Creamed or whipped honey is a form of crystallized honey that is processed using temperature controlled methods to create a smooth, uniform creamy texture. Creamed honey is made by blending one part finely granulated honey with nine parts liquid honey. The mixture is stored at about 57 degrees until it becomes thick and creamy. Sometimes we like to refer to our crystallized honey as "naturally creamed".

More questions? Call us, send an email, come see us at the market or make an appointment for a honey class!

Meat Milk and Rodeo

16 February, 2018
What do these words have in common?

Selective breeding to enhance favorable traits has created 800 recognized breeds of cattle. I am focused on producing the best eating experience from an animal born and raised on a diverse high plains native grassland, plucked at the peak of maturity with a calm and gentle hand.

Mainstream grocery stores have jumped on the grass-fed bandwagon because of a growing interest, while average beef consumption in America has been falling for years. Big retailers must turn to the dairy industry to supply enough grass-fed ground beef from retired milk cows and their male offspring.

Dairy breeds, like holstein, are designed for large volumes of milk and are usually lean and docile on a monoculture diet in a questionable setting.

Rodeo cattle are bred for intelligence, speed and endurance. Ultra lean tough meat with a strong flavor is typical from those traits after a long career of roping and running from cowboys on horses. This product goes into canned soup, tv dinners and dog food for a discount class of food for the masses.

The genetics in my private herd are of mostly Black Angus and Red Devon with a touch of Murray Grey. Born without horns (poled), my cattle are not for roping. We like a four score frame for easy finishing around 1200 pounds with average daily gains of 3.14 pounds per day. Good mothering instinct keeps a herd together without any worry from coyotes on the open prairie, while a thick winter coat will protect them. Intramuscular fattening for the marbling effect of a juicy steak tops the list.

Elbow room is essential to be a happy cow at 10 acres per animal. Clean windmill water and over 100 prairie grasses and flowers contribute to the terroir of a high plains pasture where the buffalo used to roam. This is the best beef in the world--to me.

Temple Grandin would be proud of how gently my cattle are treated from the first day to the last.

The order of importance: 1)Cattle breed 2)Cattle feed 3)Kill method 4)Meat fabrication 5)Meat storage temperature

For the best experience: 1)What you eat 2)Where you eat it 3)Who you eat it with...will decide if it helps or hurts you.

Buy grass-fed from any grocery chain and a pound of mine, and cook it the same day same way. Taste the difference and judge with your mouth what's best for you and your family.

Catclaw Acacia-Honey of the Week

9 February, 2018
Once in awhile, the stars align and it rains on the desert as the Arizona native Catclaw Acacia blooms full of nectar for bees and butterflies to gorge on.

The soft delicate texture and buttery flavor stand out among other local honeys as the best for wedding gifts and romance.

The word "honeymoon" refers to sharing the best honey produced with a young couple to base the union on something sweet and nourishing. Honey fermented into fantastic meade is believed to be an aphrodisiac.

Our bees have made an abundance of varietal honey throughout this spring, but we celebrate the small batch of Catclaw Acacia that magically appears in a hive or two every 7 years.

Buy a case and hide it in the back of the pantry where no one looks. Watch how it ages and develops like a fine wine into perfection with beauty, texture, and nuanced flavors unavailable until Mother Nature decides to gift us again.

For more details, schedule a private session or party to learn and taste more.

Fresh Olive Oil

8 February, 2018
We just received a shipment of fresh fall 2017 harvest from Bariani Olive Oil

Be sure to pick up a bottle at the farmers market.

Our Farmers Market Anniversary

1 February, 2018
Our first market was in old town Scottsdale on Saturday, February 9, 2002. Excited to start our 17th season!

Wild Salmon 3 Ways!

25 January, 2018
Call today to schedule your cooking class-dinner party! We're presenting keta salmon 3 ways!

602-286-9233

Monday Open House!

11 January, 2018
Please join us on Monday, January 15, 2018 from 2pm-???? at our home (2031 N 47th St, Phoenix 85008) for our fist open house of the year! Children and families are always welcome. Bring a friend and bring a cooler. Delicious samples will be available.

Happy New Year

1 January, 2018
Best wishes for 2018! We hope to see you at our favorite Phoenix area farmers markets now through the end of April.


 
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