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Absolutely Delicious! We picked up a little plant the other day and we can’t wait to see the flowers and fruit to come!

Maya's Farm Certified Organic CSA Blog

Organic Heirloom Tomatoes at Maya's FarmWe are proud to announce that Maya’s Farm is working with a Local Nursery to bring you exquisitely delicious organic, heirloom tomato starts this season!Each seed was hand-choosen by the Maya’s Farm Team, and selected for its, flavor, rarity and history of successful growing in the southwest region.  11 Tomato Start Varieties are available this season:

Tomato starts are available in the beginning of February to end February.  The tomato starts should begin going into the ground by February 15th this year. Bring home the most delicious tomato collection this year.Nothing is fresher than a tomato right off the vine!Available Exclusively at Maya’s Farm Stand Open Wednesday to Sunday 9am to 2pm on the north side on the Farm at South Mountain Property.  Come on by!Maya's Farm Stand Now Open

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The Wisdom of Children – Words & Lessons to Live By

Wisdom Nectar Tea Seeds from African Daisy

“Wait! Don’t Throw Out That Seed!

We Can Plant It,

Then It Will Grow &

We Will Have Trees!

Climbing and Tree Wisdom Nectar Tea

We Can Eat the Fruit & Grow Strong”

The Causation Principle – Words of Wisdom from a 5 Year Old

(those seeds will actually grow into flowers)

African Daisies in the Neighborhood Wisdom Nectar Tea

Still Beautiful & Lovely 

Thank you for Reading & Sharing this Morsel of Wisdom of a Child

for more inspirations & teatime activities go to www.wisdomnectartea.com

A Big & Beautiful Radish Baby

We found an enormous radish at the Local Public Market 

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I tried to get a picture to show the radish was almost the size of a 5 year olds head!

Maya at Maya’s Farm, where we found the radish, suggested she flip the root around and hold it like a baby – Genius!

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It became the cutest little baby…
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A lovable bundle of joy…

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Until we took it home….

It became a Delicious sautéed side!

RECIPE: “Home Fry” Local Radish & Greens:

Wash & chop the radish & leaves

& place them in separate piles.

Then heat the pan, add oil & salt.

When the pan is hot, place the chopped radish pieces in.

Sauté the pieces like home fries,

until they were getting golden or crispy.

Remove the radish pieces & sauté the radish greens with a little bit of salt & water.  

When the greens are soft & tender, but not over cooked, place them on a dish with the “home fry” radishes on top – Ready to Eat – Delicious!

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Check out www.mayasfarm.com for more information about great local, organic produce – Be fearless to try new things with cooking – keep it simple – keep it fun!

Happy Cooking!

The dish was enjoyed with Nourishing Tea from www.wisdomnectartea.com – a perfect pairing option.

Farm to Table with Maya’s Farm

Photo By: Monica Michelle

Photo By: Monica Michelle

Breakfast on the Farm with Maya Dailey

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The Freshest, Local, Organic Produce is Easier than Ever to Prepare!

Saute chopped Scallions in Oil in a pan

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Chop Radishes,

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Baby Carrots,

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Add Heat & Stir

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Add Chard,

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Garlic & a little bit of coarse Sea Salt

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Add some Farm Fresh Eggs

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Serve with Fresh Toast, Salsa & Butter

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The Perfect Farm to Table Breakfast

Share & Prepare with Your Friends and Family!

Maya’s CSA is a Great to Start Having Fun Cooking & Creating Unique Locally Inspired Food Dishes!

Enjoy!

We were thrilled to be a part of Maya’s Sunday Market & Events (come by Maya’s Farm to see the bounty of Phoenix in Winter), she even made us a farm to table breakfast!  It was so fun, inspiring & delicious we had to share it – we look forward to posting more seasonal local recipes & pairings with tea!

Sign Up for a Maya’s Farm CSA Share at www.mayasfarm.com we are so glad we did – it is changing or food habits, health and lifestyle for the better!

Many Blessings to Everyone!

An Arizona Sunset – Through the Eyes and Words of a Child

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“Beautiful yellow light that looks like a heart without the curl on it.

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Beside a Fiery Orange, Red & Yellow Matched Sculpture.

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Purple Clouds Start to Close It Up Like a Big Box Gathering A Rainbow.”

Seen at the Desert Botanical Garden Las Noches de Las Luminarias 

Precious Moments are meant to be Shared

(& Enjoyed with Tea)

Confessions of a Tech Detox Gone Awry

Tech Addict

A Summary of Excuses, Exceptions and Humility…

Below is the summary of days and reflections inspired by the Wisdom of a Tech Detox 2013. 

Day 1: The Most Successful and Focused Day – Bright Eyed and Ideal with the Goal – I Happily let my morning phone “time check” impulse come and go without caving to the beckoning of my phone – my first important success!  

Throughout the day, I deliberately left my phone at home while running errands – yet the hourly impulses to check my tech remained (I didn’t even know they were there, or so strong until now…) – each moment of waiting or empty transition sparked the impulses to resurface like a haunting cough in the night.

Day 2: The Slippery Slope Begins – I confess, I used my phone as an alarm clock, my first digression.  And I used it to process credit transactions – but the really slippery slope began with an innocent temptation.

I saw a little boy slyly slip on a pair of fluorescent star-shaped pink sun glasses then his father did the same, like the Blues Brothers of downtown Phoenix.  “Awesome!” I said, “Could I take your picture?!”  The little boy with assertiveness and confidence replied, “Sure!”  I knew I was breaking my Tech Detox for this moment.  And I joyfully, unregrettably made this exception –

It was the beginning of the end of my discipline.  Moment upon priceless moment came rushing in….what could be an exception?  should I allow exceptions?  The slope kept getting steeper….

Day 3:  Excuses, Excuses…. I secretly purchased Leonie Dawson‘s 2014 Creating Your Amazing Year Workbook on Amazon.com (because… I needed it before the New Year!)… and did a rebel viewing of Key and Peele‘s Substitute Teacher (because… It was too funny not to share!)…. Then I found an amazing online offer from Vistaprint that I had received in the mail (and…. It expires tomorrow)….

Life without my tech, proved more challenging than I imagined…I found myself doing simple math on scratch paper, because… I could not use my cell phone calculator.  Friends commented that it appeared as though I was attempting to prove the theory of relativity on an 8.5×11 sheet…Furthermore, I became distraught when I could not remember the name of a dinosaur stuffed animal, and could not look it up! – wow – has my life really become this intertwined with tech?

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Day 4: The Ultimate Digression.  I convinced myself  that it was my last day of the Tech Detox….and somehow…..I found myself on Facebook…Then I received a message from a friend, teasing me about a “like” they saw I made in the timeframe I was supposed to be detoxing….I was so busted….

Then, a 4 year old made a delicious desert creation and asks me to photograph it and post it on the blog! I confess, I caved – I photographed it and will post her awesome creation in a later post.

Day 5: The Last Chance for Redemption: The day I come to terms with it all.

I do not see my digressions, exceptions and excuses as failures, but rather as striking evidence to a modern phenomenon of the relationship of humans and their technology.  In past years, I had denied myself a Facebook account, did not buy a cell phone and did various other things to limit and protect myself from what I saw as a new form of slavery. 

In recent years, I have allowed these technologies into my life.  It wasn’t really until unlimited texting and web-browsing became and option on a mobile device that my habits took a turn for the worst.  Even still, I do not believe that these habits are inherently evil, nor do I wish to chastise myself or others for their choices or rationalizations.   My feelings are that technology is a great tool, and a powerful one when used with deliberation and clear intent.  

I am grateful that I brought a Tech Detox into my life, if not only to free myself for a bit, but more to see how often I use or think about using technology for my daily tasks.  And most importantly, to consider the erroneous and non-erroneous activities I use it for.

Wishing you many happy and healthy tech and non-tech days and the mental freedom to be clear about the tempting and erroneous uses of tech so often overlooked or denied.

I have no direct plan yet on how to improve my discipline or productivity with tech, I simply plan to be more aware of my intentions and uses of it for now.  And of course to always enjoy the little “unplugged” things with the people around me!

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Happy New Year!

The Wisdom of a Tech De-Tox

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Because until now…. Only my Dog & a Fondue Pot have saved me from myself and my tech addiction….

The Information Age has come like a tidal wave of information, tools, gadgets & innovations.

The habits the Information Age has inspired in people are much more subtle;  and the behavioral changes are more far reaching than anyone first anticipated.  This is like the Boiling a Frog Analogy: when cooking a frog in water, slowly heat it up…the frog does not know the water changes temperature until it is too late to jump!  Or in the human-tech sense, the behaviors become so common gradually that overtime we do not realize them as once not being typical.

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Photo Credit: DonkeyHotey

I love technology and the internet.  I love the interconnectedness and community we are developing.  I love being able to share and hear others share.  I love being linked to places and people around the world and learning from and helping each other at the speed of light. 

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Photo Credit: thehomespun

But with all this tech excitement, I must remember that the web and tech are not everything and so much is still there and happening in the “unplugged.”  In fact, that very link to the “unplugged” may be one of the greatest connections we can develop in our lives.

And after the “fondued phone” incident…  of December 25th,

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I am taking a Tech De-Tox Pledge for 5 days.  

These are the guidelines for which I have set for myself.  I plan to observe and recognize the moments of each of these days, recalling the things similar and different to my life with and without my techs.  

I hope this pledge encourages others to experiment, even if only for a few days, with life without their techs and to rediscover the beauty of the “unplugged” in a deeper, more profound manner.  

When we remember our lives and world are beautiful, precious, we can remember  and experience our interconnectedness as so much deeper than any code or platform can express.

Lets fly a kite

The Wisdom De-Tox Guidelines:

1. No Wearing the Cell Phone on the Body

2. No Internet Surfing or Checking Email

3. Walk on the Dirt (without shoes and socks, weather permitting)

4. Sit Outside – Just Sit There for 1 to 2 minutes 

5. Walk Barefoot Inside (take off these outside shoes and walk around inside! feel the floor at your feet, stretch your toes and let them breathe!)

6.  Enjoy a Hot Cup of Organic Loose Leaf Herbal Tea – this one is one of my favorites – 

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I begin my Tech De-Tox December 27th.  

Wishing you Joy & Love into the New Year!

Share Tea, Be Happy!

Foodie Fondued Phone – An Important Tech Lesson

I have long been warned about my addictive love of my phone…

My days and nights attached to it, checking it, scrolling on it, documenting the little moments and the delicious food I see…

Christmas day this year, brought I surprise I never expected.

In the excitement of my latest food photo journey, a great lesson was about to unfold.

It all started with the Wei of Chocolate Fondue…

a friend was gifted a beautiful mini fondue set, and a bag of Wei Beautiful – a True Culinary Dream Team.  

Wei of Chocolate Fondue

We excitedly unwrapped and placed the decadent chocolatey pieces into the fondue, lit the flame and waited – the anticipation of capturing these chocolatey morsels as the melted into a sea of divinity suspended in my mind like a puppy waiting for the return of their master.

As the heat rose, the pieces slowly became to melt – delicious, smooth, chocolatey bliss was appearing before my eyes – 

Then the unthinkable happened…

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Yes, I fondued my phone…

I now had an official “chocolate phone

The humor of this situation was unsurpassed – many people helped to document this timeless and timely moment – and I realized it really was the perfect time to begin my tech de-tox. 

Apple should be happy to know that mud and coffee may be no match for an iPhone, but melted chocolate leaves the phone sweet and deliciously aromatic…

Have you had any phone photo op fails, or foodie phone fails?

Thanks for reading, and remember to enjoy the humor of the little things!

Squash Blossom Phoenix, AZ

Squash Blossom AZ – Known for its Delicious Breakfast & Lunch Menu & Award Winning Sunday Brunch, Squash Blossom  is a lot more then just a quaint, family-friendly place to eat.

I had a chance to sit down with Carrie, one of the Restaurant owners to ask her a few questions about the creation of this Downtown Phoenix Culinary Jewel.

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What inspired you to open Squash Blossom?

We always wanted to have our own restaurant  – we love being in the food industry & a part of the community.

What have been your greatest joys since opening Squash Blossom?

We love the artist connections & proximity to the farmers’ market.  We have had the opportunity to host vendors, charity events & bridal showers.  We hope to do more events like this.

What makes you a top destination for hungry folks?

Good, fresh food & friendly service.

What is your specialty?

Banana french toast & pumpkin pie pancakes – new people always try them!  They are a real favorite.

You seem to have a lot of returning customers – what is your secret to get people to keep coming back?

Enthusiasm & listening carefully to the customers needs & requests; meeting & greeting our guests, creating a family-friendly environment.

 If you could share one thing with the world what would it be?

My children’s laughter & for people to be nice to each other.  Give everyone a chance – everyone has a story.

Any visions for the future of Squash Blossom?

Full service restaurant, open everyday with special events, themed parties.

What can we do as a community to help?

Come by, enjoy the events, the artists, the food!  Be involved & offer suggestions, we are very interested in an open conversation with our customers.

Squash Blossom AZCome by & Experience Squash Blossom AZ – Breakfast, Lunch & Sunday Brunch!

Take a Tour with Taste It Tour for a Downtown Phoenix Food Experience!  Book your Taste It Food Tour Here!

Share Food, Be Happy!

Squash Blossom Proudly Serves Wisdom Nectar Tea – Enjoy Delicious Organic Herbal Tea with Your Meal!

Enjoy Hot Sipping Cacao – You Deserve It!Divine Organic Hot Cacao Powder

We are Happy to Introduce:

Chile and Chai Spiced 

Hot Cacao Mix

Available at http://www.wisdomnectartea.com

More information coming soon!

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