What to do with Guarijio? Simple Recipes for an Heirloom and Heritage Favorite

Guarijio Squash – an heirloom beauty from the Sonoran Desert

Guarijio Segualca Squash

Guarijio Segualca Squash

Native to the Sonoran Desert, enjoy Guarijio heritage squash as you would pumpkin or any of  your favorite squash recipes.

Here are some of our favorites:

Roasted Pumpkin Bisque (Substitute Pumpkin for Guarijio Squash)


Pumpkin Jam (Substitute Pumpkin for Guarijio Squash)

Pumpkin Jam

Pumpkin Stew (Substitute Pumpkin for Guarijio Squash)



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Produce Profile: Serrano Peppers

Serrano Peppers:

Photo Credit: Unknown

Photo Credit: Unknown

The serrano pepper got its name from the mountains or sierras of its region.  This type of chile pepper is said to have originated from the Mexican states of Puebla and Hidalgo.
It looks a lot like a slender jalapeño. And turns from green to red to yellow as it matures.  The flavor is rich and potentially blistering (though also sometimes fairly mild).  Serrano are included in any dish to add a little kick of flavor such as salsas, marinades, sauces and chilis. The mature serrano chile is usually about 1 ½” long with thin walls.  The smaller they are, the more heat they have.The size and shape of the serrano make it difficult to core and seed, so the best way to temper the hear is to use less of it.

Here are some great recipe suggestions for serrano peppers (other peppers may be substituted, or a mixture of peppers may be used too):


Serrano Chile-Rubbed Roast Chicken

Photo Credit: foodnetwork

Photo Credit: foodnetwork


Roasted Serrano Salsa

Photo Credit: theslowraosteditalian

Photo Credit: theslowraosteditalian

The Perfect Bloody Mary Homemade Pepper Vodka

(This recipe uses serrano peppers, jalapeño peppers and anaheim peppers. You may also use the habanero peppers)

Photo Credit: onmanblog

Photo Credit: onmanblog

Jalapeno Poppers with Serrano Sour Cream

(May use serrano or anaheim for the poppers and habanero for the sour cream, or any combination you see fit)

Photo Credit: FoodRenegade

Photo Credit: FoodRenegade

Enjoy the recipes and happy cooking!

Let us know what you do and how you spice up the food in your kitchen!



Maya’s Farm Organic CSA Week 4 Special Add-Ons

Hello Maya’s Farm CSA Members!

We are thrilled to be able to offer you two special add-ons this week:

Hayden Flour Mills Farro Berries

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Photo Credit: penandfork

Whitsun Foods Biodynamic Raisins

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Photo Credit: unknown

Here are some great Recipes:

Farro Ricotta Salad with Grapes or Raisins

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Photo Credit: pen and fork

Tangy Miso & Avocado Farro Salad

Photo Credit: Hayden Flour Mills

Photo Credit: Hayden Flour Mills

And More to Come!

Thanks for your continued support and we love to share these great finds with you!

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Maya’s Farm Seasonal Pickles by Anna

Delicious Seasonal Pickles with Maya’s Farm  Produce

Pickling is a time tested way to keep, and enjoy produce for months after harvest.  Nutritious and a wide variety of recipes and uses pickles add a kick to any snack, meal or side!

Here’s one right from Maya’s Farm hand Anna –

Anna’s Pickled Peppers

Anna's Pickles

Anna’s Pickles

The Recipe:

“For the pickled peppers…I stir together a one to one ratio of water to vinegar (I usually use white distilled so its clear, but apple cider is good too).

Throw in a tablespoon of salt, some garlic or onion slices and any herbs or spices if I’ve got them, and throw in whatever peppers I’ve got on hand – either sliced or whole (if you leave them whole, cut a few slits to let the brine penetrate).

Hot peppers are good thrown in whole to flavor. I stick it in the back of the fridge and leave it days, weeks, months.

I started these pickle jars at the beginning of the summer and just throw in whatever leftover peppers I have around (other veggies work too) and top up on brine if needed. Good on burgers, sandwiches, tacos, chile – or out of the jar!

… I’ve pickled or fermented pretty much everything we grow at some point…” – Anna

For the Love of Okra – and Slime Free Recipe Secrets

OKRA – Ladies Fingers

a beautiful plant, flower and very interesting fruit!


Okra is loaded with nutrients and minerals! Including: Vitamin C, Vitamin A, Vitamin K, Vitamin B6, Fiber, Magnesium, Beta Carotene and more!

In this Aug. 7, 2012 photo, Charles Winford shows some of the okra he has picked at the Harambee Farms community garden in Savannah, Ga. They also grow tomatoes, squash, cantaloupe and watermelon. The garden has helped supply the neighborhood with fresh vegetables and fruits. (AP Photo/Savannah Morning News, Steve Bisson) THE EXAMINER.COM OUT; SFEXAMINER.COM OUT; WASHINGTONEXAMINER.COM OUT

(AP Photo/Savannah Morning News, Steve Bisson)

Okra is also well-known for a variety of health benefits: preventing diabetes, promoting colon health, boosting digestive health, weight management, maintaining healthy skin, protecting against free radical damage, relief from respiratory issues like asthma, coat, promotes eye health, booting mood and constipation.

SO…. how do we eat it?!

There are many ways to prepare prepare okra.

First, you want to eat it as fresh as possible, no brown marks for the freshest okra.  Also, the okra should be small and tender.  The larger  okra is has tougher fibers and harder seeds – better fro planting than for eating!

Once you have your okra try out these great dishes and feel free to experiment with what you’ve got and change it up a bit!

Here are some NO SLIME Okra Recipes

Fried Okra

Garlic Okra 

Grilled Okra

Okra with Tomatoes

Roasted Okra

Sautéed Okra

Enjoy the Okra!

Fall is HERE and Maya’s Farm Organic CSA Starts Today!

Maya’s Farm Organic CSA Season Starts Today!

Oct 7th, 2015Maya's Farm CSA Pickup at Urban Beans

Welcome the Fall Seasonal Produce Bounty of Phoenix

with Maya’s Farm Organic CSA

We are Thrilled to Offer Seven Pick-Up Locations Including:

24 Carrots

Urban Beans

Hillside Spot

Phoenix Public Market

Cafe Allegro at the Music Instrument Museum (MIM)

Tarbell’s Wine Store and Restaurant 

Maya’s Farm at the Farm at South Mountain

Look Out for the Maya’s Farm Specialty Burlap Bag – A Signature Maya’s Farm CSA Member Accessory!

Happy Maya's Farm CSA Member Picking Up Bag

Also Available at the Maya’s Farm Stand at the Markets

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