Thursday, April 6, 2017

Fall Tapas y Paella Night Photos + Announcing Spring dinner on May 6th

We had such a wonderful 8 course Tapas y Paella night in November, 
even with the wind and pouring rain!
We are so thankful for our community coming around us and helping us to not only purchase a pizza oven but to have our mason make it a true work of art. We will post more pictures about
our new oven and the christening party we had to break it in. We are also going to 
have another pizza night before the weather gets too warm, so if you missed the first
one another one is coming.

We want to share some pictures and gratitude for our amazing farm friends.
Thank you from the bottom of our heart!


wine and cheese around the fire

melon, manchego and jamon Serrano with a balsamic reduction

It was cold but the heaters made it cozy 
  Such a beautiful group of people
We didn't want the night to end...

Did you miss it? No worries.

We are excited to announce a date for our next farm to table dinner....

May 6 at 6:30pm

La Cocina de mi Mama

David has wanted to do a multi-course meal that reflects the
flavors of his mother's home state of Oaxaca, for a really long time.
We finally are ready to share something that is near and dear to our hearts-
flavors of his mother's kitchen.

Get tickets here

Monday, November 7, 2016

Our Annual Fall Dinner at the Coop--Tapas y Paella night

We are happy to announce our first Fall Dinner at the Coop 
at our newly renovated 1903 downtown Phoenix homestead!  
We have missed having these events where we get to see our friends 
and share our love of simple ingredients, locally grown, and made with love.

You are cordially invited to our fall dinner event...

Tapas y Paella Night--
with wine pairing

November 20, 2016
$125 per person
(this donation includes two events-the Tapas Night 
and our Pizza Oven Christening Party at the end January 
as a thank you to all our farm friend)

Limited Tickets available

This year is a little different than in years past.  
We have made a gofundme page for this event and all money raised 
will be going to a wood fired oven
 and because it's a fundraising event, a wine pairing is included. 

Now this doesn't stop you from BYOW, 
the wine pairing will just be in addition to our usual of bring your own bottle.:)

We can't wait to share all that we've been doing for the past year!
You will have plenty of time to explore our new urban farm this night, 
along with our Downtown Dollhouse Airbnb, and enjoy great city views, 
along with good food, wine and friends.

We'd love for you to join us!


Saturday, September 10, 2016

Finding Home Again...

Two years ago this month, we started this journey to move downtown,
partnering with a local developer in restoring this long abandoned 1903 beauty,
and making it our home. 
We had no idea of the upheaval of this process!
Yes, I have helped numerous clients through the years make a new house a home, 
but with my own house it was a different story!
 I wasn't aware of how much my home and farm grounded and gave me life.
It was my safe place in a scary world,
an "introvert bubble" of the Shire for my inner hobbit.

Having deep roots in one neighborhood brings such comfort to a family
because you are embedded 
and through that there is much security and community.

But we knew we were suppose to move and with that we had to trust--
ourselves, the process, what we are being led to do.
So we had to keep looking back and remembering
how this had all come about, so we could keep moving forward
when doubt would seep in.

The love it takes to resurrect something dead back to life and flourishing is all encompassing.
We have been in the thick of it for the past few years and weren't able to share--
we were just surviving, struggling to hold on.

But now the dust has finally settled, our construction days are done,
we've gotten through the worst of it and we are thrilled to be downtown,
exploring our neighborhood, walking to everything and 
we are finally able to grow things again. Woot woot!!

This transition has been hard but good.
Changes like these seem to disturb your soil and expose you,
showing you your weaknesses,what's important and what's not,
 and if you're honest with yourself, 
this brokenness can become beauty and your fear becomes courage. 
This is where we are in our journey, our story is still unfolding, 
but we are thankful.

Here's a little peek to what we've done on the outside.
don't worry there'll more updates, including the inside and the gardens,
plus upcoming events and classes.

We are looking forward to doing what we love again!

October 2014

March 2015

May 2015

September 2016

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

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Elan Photographie photo credit
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