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Posts from April 2014

Tuesday, April 22, 2014 8:21 AM

"Udderly" Delighted in Mesa, Arizona

As a child, rooted in some of the finest green hardwoods in the nation, I grew up surrounded by beautiful nature, fresh black Illinois soil and animals galore. Fortunately, seven acres of fresh green grass and endless amounts of land surrounded me, allowing me to roam freely. While growing up, video games, fancy iPhones, or cable TV did not interest me so I was either at my neighbor's house helping milk cows or riding horses in the pasture. Speaking of milking cows, I recently moved to the Grand Canyon state, Arizona, figuring my days on the farm would be over, envisioning nothing but

Last month, I had the pleasure of sitting down in the middle of a fragrant peach orchard and experiencing what will be one of the most memorable dining experiences of my life. Called Dinner Down the Orchard and hosted by Schnepf Farms, this community gathering event is hosted only a handful of times a year and brings together visitors and locals from across the country. The evening started just before sunset in the garden of the Schnepf family homestead, and we were greeted by local farmer Mark Schnepf who shared with us his efforts to preserve the heritage of family farming in Queen Creek,