Friday, October 23, 2009

Sleeping Frog Farms

Posted By on Fri, Oct 23, 2009 at 9:31 AM

A sample of produce from Sleeping Frog Farms.
  • A sample of produce from Sleeping Frog Farm.

The Yum! section comes out next week and in it there'll be all sorts of food stories, including one on Sleeping Frog Farms, a small organic operation not far from the Foothills Mall.

You'll find the whole story in Yum!, but what I'm here to rant about is the produce I recently bought from the farm. The picture above, which shows Sleeping Frog produce harvested earlier this year, is not of the bag of goodness I took home. The picture does, however, give you some idea of what caliber of color, taste and absolute freshness ended up in my frying pan on a recent night. A stirfry of purple peppers and basil mixed with multicolored eggplant was created and devoured. Taste buds danced in delight.

No vegetables I've tried in recent memory can hold a candle to what Sleeping Frog produces. Maybe that's why Janos Wilder and a number of local cooks are gaga over the veggies. Maybe that's why someone was heard telling the owners "Your parsley makes me want to sing!" on a recent morning.

Or maybe it's because Adam Valdivia and C.J. Marks are two knowledgeable, dedicated farmers with a wealth of gardening experience between them, and they absolutely love what they do. Marks and Valdivia are also two of the most hardworking, courteous and friendly folks I've run into in years, and I've got a feeling we'll be hearing more about them as their operation continues to grow.

The produce is available on Thursdays at the Santa Cruz River Farmers Market (corner of Speedway and Riverview boulevards) or Sundays at the market at St. Philip's Plaza (corner of East River Road and North Campbell Avenue). You can also check in with them at their Web site.

And don't forget to check out the story next week in the Weekly's Yum! section.

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