Friday, March 27, 2015

Yep...It's for sale!

It has been such a process to put our sweet BOHO Farm house on the market.

This is our current BOHO Farm
We've LOVE it here--our neighbors, the mature trees and homes, the Arcadia community and all the great local businesses.  We've especially love the walkability of our little neighborhood:
LGO, Postinos, Chelsea Kitchen,Vincent's, North...
The list goes on!
There is just so much awesomeness, it would be SO much easier to leave if it wasn't. :)
the front entrance

This is our front porch where we've watched many a sunsets and drank wine
But to everything there is a season and the best way to say it is that we are being called downtown.

We will keep doing everything we are doing here in Arcadia 
but now we will do it in the middle of the city and see how we are lead from there!
To be living in our garden of Eden (aka...eating) raising our kids, in the midst of skyscrapers and urban density. The artist in me loves the juxtaposition of the two--farming and urban density.
We think the diversity will be good for our kids and downtown Phoenix is a food desert...which is another thing that is near and dear to my heart. Plus my husband can walk to work!

But to do that, we must let go of this life, which we have loved. 
Owning both properties--as much as I want to-- would not simplify things for us
and the on going theme of our lives the past decade is simple and sustainability.

So we have put our beloved BOHO Farm + Home on the market!
The coop
the potager

This roof deck was put on by the original owner in the 1950's
Camelback mountain views from the back patio
Lot's of room for hospitality
We are praying for the perfect family to come. Who will love it as much as we have
all these years and to care for it and make it there own.

When you're a farmer and cultivator you belong to the land.  We are leaving a
part of us here but we are so excited for the next family who will leave their mark on
this beautiful property and make it their own!

We are so grateful for the past 18 years of living and lovingly stewarding this farm and home.
It is such a wonderful place to raise a family!

Are you the one to love our farm? Do you know someone who'd love it well?
 You can call Michele Wolff at 602-329-2199
click here for more information.

This is a special place and I know there is a special family out there to love it too!


I'll posting some interior photos this week and I'll be sharing more about downtown. :)

Tuesday, March 24, 2015


If I had to pick a word for 2015,

Lots of upcoming changes are on the horizon for our little farm and family!

As you know that our eldest daughter is graduating from high school this spring
 and is going far off to college in the fall. ..sniff.
The reality that our family is no longer a growing family has been a hard corner for me to turn.
But there is a season for everything...I as a farmer know this intrinsically...
Still some changes are easier than others.
But some day it will grow again and there will be a husband and
grand kids, Lord willing. :)

But this reality has lead to many conversations with David as to what does the next phase of life look like for us. Simplifying has been the theme of these conversations. Smaller house? What would we want to be doing in five years if we had the freedom--maybe teach?  What do we feel called to do? What ways can we help our city flourish? How can we live simpler lives to love and serve others in our community? So all this has lead us to:

We are moving our farm and family downtown!
And we mean DOWNTOWN...between the 7's and  south of Mc Dowell.
We are probably the last single family home on the way to the city center.
This is our view!

There is a lot in the works and I can't share all the details now,
but I just wanted to let you know that yes, we are moving.

A door has been opened for us and we are trusting
and walking through it.

We will do the same things we have done in Arcadia and more.

I'll be sharing this journey we are on, right here on this blog.

We are excited for this oppurtunity!

The best IS yet to come!

PS. Yes, we will be selling our farm in Arcadia but I just know some nice family will love it as much as we have all these years and it will bring them as much joy and happiness as it's brought us! :)
I'll be post more detail about the sale of the farm.

Monday, December 15, 2014

Carrot Ginger Soup

A number of attendees of our Dinner at the Coop Fall 2014
have asked for the recipe of our dairy-free carrot ginger soup that we served.
Here it is... 
I borrowed the picture from Diana Elizabeth Photography blog 
because I am the worst at taking pictures when we are busy feeding people. :)

Carrot Ginger Soup

1 tablespoon organic unrefined coconut oil
1 medium sweet onion-finely chopped
1 teaspoon sea salt
1 tablespoon, fresh grated ginger root
1 1/2 lbs of fresh locally grown carrots
2 cups chicken stock
1/2 cup apple juice
1 tablespoon unrefined sugar or honey
1/2 teaspoon dried ginger
1/2 cup premium coconut cream
1 additional cup of stock to help blend

creme fraiche
chives for garnish

Warm oil in a saucepan over medium heat and add onions.
When the onions are translucent, add salt then cook onions till lightly caramelized.
Add fresh ginger, carrots, stock, apple juice, sugar and dried ginger. 
Bring to a low boil, then reduce heat and simmer until carrots are tender.
About 30 to 40 minutes

In a blender, food processor or with an inversion mixer blend soup and 
add coconut milk a little bit at a time.  If the soup needs to be thinned, use the
additional cup of chicken stock, adding gradually.

Ladle into bowls and garnish with creme fraiche and chopped chives.

Serves 6

Bon Appetite!

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Dinners at the Coop fall 2014

Come join us...
 BOHO Farm Dinner at the Coop 

Our spring dinner sold out so quickly,
many of our friends couldn't attend
so we've decided to have two nights this fall.
These will be the only dinner dates of the 2014/2015 season.
Since our daughter is graduating in the May, our spring is
going to be very busy celebrating and getting her ready for college,
so we will have a very limited BOHO schedule in the spring.

Here are some of our past Dinners at the Coop!

May 2013
Fall 2013
Fall 2012

Sign up here to join us!

Elan Photographie photo credit

Sunday, July 13, 2014

Hello and Vive La France!

It was a busy spring season on the farm this year and even though our 
trees are still filled with peaches, plums and figs, our little farm is closed till late October.

Our "off season" is a time of relaxing, feasting, spending time with our family and reading lots of books.
You'll hear more from me in the summer...I actually have time to think!

Having been greatly influenced by France, 
we love joining in on the celebration of Bastille Day

We like to have cocktails with a simple snack then later in the evening, go to a 
local French restaurants for a multi-course dinner full of classic dishes...
think frog legs, foie gras, onion soup, escargot, coq au vin, tarte tatin, profiteroles.
Good thing it's only once a year. ;)

For our La Fete Nationale happy hour we make kir royales, 
which is just champagne with the addition of a simple syrup.
 I typically use our Boho rose or lavender syrup 
but this year because we have tons of cherries, 
I made a simple black cherry syrup...c'est magnifique!

I love a simple cheese plate with just fresh picked fruit, some yummy local bread,
cured meat, local raw honey and of course, some Boho jam.

Because Bastille Day falls on a Monday this year (July 14),
most of our local French restaurants are closed,
 but Christopher Gross's--Christopher's Crush is open.
They are actually having Bastille Week with a prix fixe menu till Saturday!
Ooh la la...

Vive La France!

Thank you to our good friend and fellow Francophile,
for taking these beautiful images!

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Sweet Salvage and Our Spring Events

We are thrilled to be back at Sweet Salvage this weekend
teaming up with our friends from Urban Table!

We'll be demonstrating how to make Moroccan preserved lemons, 
(the key to our kale and quinoa salad) plus lots of samples and recipes.
 We will have a time at the end of each workshop for Q&A . 
So bring all your gardening and food related questions!

There will be plenty of seasonal jams, jellies, curds, marmalades, saurkraut, 
syrups for your favorite cocktails,
eggs, produce and more on Saturday.
Come join us for the fun!

BOHO Farm + Home 2014 Spring Event Calendar

March 29-- Brunch At The Coop-- 9:30-11:30 Sign-up 

April 5 -- BOHO Pop up Farmers Market at JAM

and Waffle Luv
 Old Town Scottsdale-- 11am-1pm

May 4 -- Dinner at the Coop-- 6pm  SOLD OUT 

May 10--Edible Arcadia Tour

May 17--Peach Jam Class--10am-noon Sign-up

 Between blog posts you can keep up
with me on Instagram or FB . 

Saturday, March 8, 2014

When life gives you lemons...

Everyone has these seasons...the ones where it seems like everything is falling apart .  
For us it has been mechanical device break down: The dishwasher, the washing machine,
our bathroom sink, both cars in the shop and it
 makes me want to scream..."everything is breaking down!"

And that is the truth, everything IS breaking down! 
It's the second law of thermal dynamics...increased entropy.
Then add in a little planned obsolescent and its a recipe for
a contestant struggle for permanence of my stuff.

I have to keep remembering it is only stuff...queue the George Carlin
stuff video.

But, bodies, relationships, and nature are breaking down too...and that
reality is harder to accept. :) 

So desiring to adjust my perspective to cultivate the reality that all thing
will be renewed and restored,
the old adage "When life gives you lemons, make lemonade"
is my mission because the kiddos are home for
spring break and I want to have fun with them and not be burdened
by the breaking of stuff.

So this morning we started off with pancakes.
Pancakes make everything better!


Have a wonderful weekend! 
Hope all your "stuff" is lasting longer than ours! :)

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