Monday, June 25, 2012

An Oasis in the Desert - Singh Farm


Want to escape the valley's ever-expanding heat island without even leaving the valley?  Head over to Singh Farm, right at Thomas and the 101 freeway!  Its a magical oasis in the desert created by Ken and Lee Singh.  With enchanting paths that let you meander through their shady organic farm, you will feel like you just stepped into a fairy kingdom.  The first thing you'll hear is the chatter of Peach-faced Lovebirds, followed by the joyful chirping of Lesser Goldfinches as they happily munch away on the huge stands of sunflowers.  Everywhere you look there are enchanting views, unexpected wonders, and magical surprises.

Singh Farm is only open to the public two days a week when they set up their farmer's market, from 9 to 1 on Fridays, and 8 to 1 on Saturdays.  The farm closes the entire month of August and re-opens in September, and the hours change with the seasons, so be sure to check their Facebook page for up-to-date information.

The farm's outdoor adobe oven gets fired up each Saturday, when one of several chefs in the valley come out and create delectable dishes using fresh produce from the farm.  Last Saturday's fare featured cold watermelon soup, hand-made tortillas layered with caramelized green and new onions and squash, topped with fresh baby greens, and a side of baba ganoush.  Simple, yet decadently delicious!  They also had fresh-grilled ears of sweet corn, and fresh-squeezed lemonade.


The Singh's farmer's market sells organic produce grown from heirloom seeds, honey, tea, oven-fresh breads, mesquite flour, farm-made jellies (I bought lemon-verbena) candied ginger, home-made granola, apple butter, and fresh-picked herbs.  You can even buy their magical mulch to use in your own garden.  If you're lucky, the big tall Irish tree guy will be there selling Shamus O'Leary's Tropical Exotic plants such as Sapote, Starfruit, Jasmines, Neem, and Cherimoya!   (I bought a fig tree, and plumeria!).




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2 comments:

  1. Great looking place, will have to check it out! Thanks for the write-up Peggy.

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    1. You'll have to let me know what birds you manage to see! I've just seen the golfinches, love-birds, verdin, black phoebes, cowbirds, and possibly a bullock's oriole. I'm sure there is more to be seen with all the mesquite trees, palms, sunflowers, and crops of all sorts!

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