Troon Farmers Market Around The Corner

The Troon North Farmers Market returns October 1st.

And we’ll be ready at 9am with all kinds of new goodies and the crowd favorites. Stop by and see our new products with their snazzy new labels.

Prickly Pear Sauce
Bread & Butter Pickles
Peach Jam
Goji Berry Jam
Fig Preserves
Pickled Green Beans

And so much more – stop by our booth and find out what else we’ve got on the shelves!


Carol has been busy making cheese. A new recipe has been “doing its thing” for a few weeks now and should be just about perfect come market time. Here’s what it looks like right now:

There is also a large selection of Luna and Stella available and the Rio Verde Rocks should be perfect for the first market.

If you can’t wait until October 2nd to get your goodies, visit the Rio Verde Naturals online store today.

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!


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

Rio Verde Naturals at Troon North Farmers Market May 7

2016-01-15 07.22.34Hopefully the rain will wait until the evening and the heat will wait until June. This is the second to what we feel will be the last of the markets until after the weather cools in late September, early October.

We have heard rumors that the  hard-working people who run the market are searching for indoor alternatives for the market to continue through the hot Arizona summer months. We’ll keep you posted.

Rio Verde Naturals products on May 7th

There is still plenty of:

Bread & Butter Pickles
Goji Berry Jam
Indian Spice Citrus Pickles
Concord Grape Syrup

Raw Goat Milk Cheese

Carol has been able to secure fresh, raw, and certified organic goat milk from Mad Goats in Surprise, AZ.


Still available in limited supply:

Desert Bloom
Shepherds Cheese

Announcing New Products!

Dirty Business!

Potting Soil and Soap

The perfect potting mix for people who like plants in pots.

Natural, aromatherapy soaps to scrub the dirt out.

We’ll have a few bags of soil on hand at the market. If you’d like more than one bag – or more than 15 pounds – let us know. Carol had over 10,000 pounds formulated specifically for organic potting needs.

We look forward to seeing you there! Remember to return your jars for a $1.00 credit – per jar – on your next purchase of any Rio Verde Naturals product.