Plumb Jam, Smoked Salmon and Fig Preserves

Label Full SW Bread Butter PicklesCarol has been busy all summer. Between the garden and her mangled knee, there’s lots to do.

First, the knee. She was stepping over a tangle of vines in the garden and her knee “just wasn’t there,” as she puts it. Fortunately she was able to stop herself from crashing into the pool wall.

We got her to E.R. right away. Fortunately, it’s ‘just’ a really bad tear of a lot of different things. As active as Carol has been all her life, she’s lucky her injury is only ‘this bad.’

Unfortunately, it means she’s needing help to manage the summer harvest, doctors and physical therapy, while gimping around in a brace. If not for the help of wonderful neighbors (Thank you Tim and Sheila!) some of Carol’s garden might not have made it.

Sheila has been stopping by in the morning to help with watering and harvesting everything she can. She’s learned cucumbers and green beans can grow six inches over night. Her husband Tim has maintained vigilance over the fig tree, making sure to collect every fig at its perfect moment before picking. The tree has produced a fantastic crop and what we weren’t able to eat (which we did every day and almost at every meal and then some), Carol has preserved.Stella Goat

What’s Available Now

Bread and Butter Pickles
Smoked Salmon
Pickled Okra
Fig Preserves
Plumb Jam
Tomato Jam (Excellent for BLT’s!)
Tangerine Jam
Grapefruit Jam

Carol still has natural soap and her organic potting soil for your vegetable and flower gardens.

Our online store continues to evolve as we work through the learning curve. Your feedback is important, it helps us figure this out!

And while it’s hot outside, we’ve been working on our product labels with the help of the most talented, Sue Wenger. Sue is the artist behind the beautiful water-color paintings she’s created of all the products Carol grows and makes. These paintings are so pretty we’re considering turning them into note cards and other items.

She’s not made a batch of cheese, the goats have been on summer break. As soon as it cools down, Carol is first in line for goat milk from Mad Goats Dairy in Surprise, Arizona.

Thank you for your support. We look forward to seeing everyone when the Troon North Farmers Market reopens in fall 2016.

The Figs Are Here

FigsThe cover over the China Yellow Fig tree is working and we’re getting figs by the dozen(s) almost every day.

They ripen quick – so we’ll be sending out alerts to let you know when they’re available. You’ll want to pick them up and use them ASAP. And if you can’t use them right away, put them into a zip lock bag and put them in the freezer. They’ll still be great for yogurt, just a little mushy for slicing.

What we don’t sell becomes one of our customer favorites: Fig Preserves! But really, you must try a fresh, raw fig, right out of the garden.

At $8.00 a pound, these are a sweeter fig than what you’ll find at valley markets for around the same price.

Be sure to subscribe to our Farm to Table Alerts. We’re sending out short messages when the bounty basket is full of morning picked produce ready for your table tonight.

And, please share this email with your Rio Verde Foothills neighbors and to anyone else you know who would love to have locally grown fresh produce and willing to pick it up at our satellite location one mile north of Dynamite off 136th Street. Thank you!


Rio Verde Naturals flyer for local UPS Store

RVN Flyer 3Here’s the current Draft of the flyer we’ll be posting at the UPS Store, located at Alma School and Dynamite, Scottsdale. The owner Lori and her team of people are the ones who have worked hard to bring the Troon North Farmers Market to life. We had a great time during this first season of the market, January to May. And we’re looking forward to the market starting back up in September. Subscribe to the Rio Verde Naturals Newsletter and we’ll let you know when the market starts back up.

In the meantime, the garden doesn’t quit growing and Carol doesn’t stop making her yummy preserves and raw goat milk cheeses. So we’ve been working on creating an online ordering and payment system so our wonderful shoppers can keep getting their goodies over the summer at our new pick up location one mile north of Dynamite off 136th street.

Please share the news of our online store and satellite pick up location! Before we lose Carol beneath a pile of Armenian Cucumbers, Purple Hull Peas and Yellow Crook Neck Squash!

Rio Verde Naturals Online Storefront and Satellite Pickup Location

Satellite Pickup Location for Local Summer Residents

Summer Sunset in the Rio Verde Foothills and the view from Carol's garden.
Summer Sunset in the Rio Verde Foothills and the view from Carol’s garden.

Just because the farmers markets are closed, doesn’t mean the garden and goats are on vacation.

Summertime is when Carol’s garden is in its glory, all her hard work during the springtime paying off. And the goats are in the top of their season, so Carol is also busy making the cheese her customers love so much.

With so much going on, we felt a Summer Satellite Pickup Location would do two things: Offer local summer residents the ability to keep getting their favorite goat milk cheese or preserve while the Troon North Farmers Market is closed for the summer, AND, give Carol all the time she needs to keep the garden in top condition through the hot summer and making cheese which requires her full attention without interruption.

Rio Verde Naturals Online Store

Visit the Rio Verde Naturals online store to order your favorite raw goat milk cheese, preserves, smoked meats and fresh garden produce. We’ll send you and invoice after weighing items for your order that is payable online or when you pick up your items at the Satellite Location.

We’re testing out the order, pay and pick up process

Trying to figure out how to make the online ordering and payment process work for customers and bookkeeping systems is a bit challenging. We’ll keep working to make it as simple as possible and appreciate any feedback customers have! Just let us know by using this form.

Subscribe to Rio Verde Blog and Farm to Table Alerts and we’ll let you know what’s available from Carol’s garden today and ready for your table tonight. Order and pay online, pick up your packaged order and go!


Pork Breakfast Sausage

Pork Breakfast Sausage

(Approximately) One pound packages of bulk sausage – Pork shoulder, fresh herbs and garlic from the garden and salt and pepper.

Bulk Pork Breakfast Sausage, Frozen – $8.00

Due to summer production of produce and product we’re opening a satellite pickup location! What we’re working on will allow customers to order and pay online then swing by and pick up – without even having to get out of the car! We’ll let you know when this service is ready!

Raw Goat Milk Cheese

Cheese overheadCarol’s Raw Goat Milk Cheeses continue to be the biggest hit.

Raw Goat Milk Cheeses are available through the summer. These are done in small batches and they go fast!



Stella – plain and rolled in African blue basil


Greek Yogurt

Verde Rocks

Cheese Curds

Cheese is sold by weight.

Customers are always welcome to request items! Let us know if you’re wanting something specific, like a large wheel of Luna or a big order of greek yogurt. Send us an email or use the form on our website!

Smoked Meats

Smoked Pork Belly (Bacon)
Smoked Pork Belly (Bacon)


Over Memorial Day weekend, Donny fired up the smoker and we now have available:

Mesquite smoked –


Pork Belly

Bone in Pork Shoulder

All have been cut down to smaller packaging and sealed. They are currently in refrigeration, but will need to be put into the freezer soon if not eaten.

Meats are $9.99 per pound, and are close to one pound in weight.

First Edition of Rio Verde Naturals News

Rio verde Naturals GardenGreeting from the Garden Scribe

Because Carol spends most of time with her hands in the dirt or the makings of something yummy, she has me, her personal scribe, document the days bounty to share with all of you.

“The heat is going to make everything grow faster.” 

Eyeing several already long Armenian Cucumbers, Carol explains the upcoming hot days will give the ‘cuts’ the fuel they need to grow. The vines are covered in varying stages of growth, ensuring a good crop for fresh and pickling use.

Armenian Cucumbers $2.50 each

Long Beans sprouting up too.

These beans can grow to be 2’ long, making them an excellent product to can. Cutting them into perfect lengths to fit the jars means no wasted space.

They are excellent fresh in salads or as a snack and work well as a steamed side.

The height of their season is late summer.

Long Beans $ TBD at market date

Yellow Crook Neck SquashNew bed of Yellow Crook Neck planted

A summer favorite, the Yellow Crook Neck squash has one bed beginning to produce. This plant “poops out” after a short production run, so a new bed has been plated, timed to begin producing as the current plant dies off. Since these are not a high number producing plant, you’ll want to get these while in supply. Once they’re gone, they are gone!

Yellow Crook Neck squash are an excellent, dense meat squash. The seeds are in the “belly” of the squash and the neck consists of all flesh. This squash holds together nicely for stir fry and steaming. It is also perfect as a chopped vegetable in salads.

The Okra is coming!

Every year the Okra grows in popularity. This mis-understood vegetable is slowly showing its better side to picky eaters who have sworn off the supposedly slimy green.

Before the crop comes in, we’ll share some ‘de-sliming’ techniques that will have you and your family rethinking your thoughts about Okra.

Carol wants to know if you like Chard. The current bed is going strong and she’ll plant another one for the summer if there is enough interest. So let us know using the form on the contact page if you’d like to have fresh Chard through the summer!


China Yellow FigIf you haven’t heard about the China Yellow Fig Tree, well that’s a story for another time. The headline here is that the tree is loaded with figs. As they ripen we’ll let you know, but we’re thinking we’ll need to form a waiting list and a offer a limited number at a time. It’s our only way to make sure we offer as many people the opportunity to try these amazing figs. We’ll keep you posted!

Year Round in the Garden

There are a few things that grow year round in the garden. They may be in various stages of production or dormancy, but most can still be used fresh.



Chocolate Mint

African Blue Basil

Lemon Basil

Wild Arugula

Lemon Jam

Lemon Jam

Lemons, lemon juice, water, sugar or honey.

The darker Lemon Jam is made with honey.

Return your jars for $1.00 credit towards next purchase of any Rio Verde product.