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Holiday Hours

So we can enjoy a little holiday time with our family this year, we are scheduling three days downtime for pickups and deliveries.

Our normal schedule for deliveries / pickups on the Courthouse Square in Canyon, TX is Tuesday and Thursday evenings from 4 p.m. - 6 p.m. and Saturday mornings from 9 a.m. - 11 a.m.

Deliveries and pickups, however, will not be available on the following three dates.

Thursday December 24 (Christmas Eve)Saturday December 26 (Day after Christmas)Thursday December 31 (New Year's Eve)
Your order can be picked up on the next available schedule date.

Cutoff for orders to pickup on Saturday January 2 is close-of-business Wednesday December 30.

Orders will not process on Christmas Day or New Year's Day but will the following day.


As always, if you have a special request please contact us and we'll work something out for you.

Please "like" and keep up with our Facebook page for daily updates and information.

Joyeux Noel, y'all.



Keeping and Storing: Herbs and Spices

We put up a new page covering proper storage of spices, herbs, and blends. It's here: http://www.smilingcoyotefarm.com/p/spice-storage.html

Enjoy!


Chores

What's up today at the Farm?

Well, in addition to the usual chores--garden maintenance and the like--we continue preparations today for the Flea to Fab Market and Craft Show this Saturday.

It's a lot of work getting these insanely good teas and herb/spice combinations blended, ground, and packaged but, when you have a passion for it as we do, it's a labor of love. We hope you think so, too.

We're finishing a little work left over from yesterday--packaging teas--and starting on the spice blends this morning. The house really smells wonderful and it will only get better when we start packaging the spices.

We completed "spiffing" and polishing on the booth. We were set up outside a lot of the year so, we're not being picky here, it was in need of some attention.

While we were at it, we got a couple of new tablecloths and a few items to make it more "holiday." Put some big red bows on the coyote posters... Holiday cheer, eh.

If you're planning …

At the Farm

What's it like out here at Smiling Coyote Farm this time of year?

We have a great view overlooking Palo Duro and Sunday Canyon. Just walking out the door is morning is inspiring... Some days more so than others.

Today was one of those.

It's worth sharing.

This is what it's like in the morning...



It's nice. Very nice out here.



Delivery: Really?

We deliver. Oh, yes, we do.And you can order safely and securely from your computer or mobile device for local pickup / delivery.

In Canyon, TX: We'll deliver to your business (work) location during business hours on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

That's right: 

Get your order to us by noon Monday for Tuesday delivery and we'll get it to you by 5:00 pm. Get your order to us by noon Wednesday for Thursday delivery and we'll get it to you by 5:00 pm Thursday.
And another thing... Orders can be picked up on the courthouse square in Canyon: Every Saturday morning between 9:00 am and 11:00 am, you can pick up orders on the south side of the courthouse square. Yep, we'll be there but please get your orders to us by midnight Thursday for Saturday pickup.
How to Order
Order for pickup here on our website: Order. Or, click the "Product" tab just under the cover photo at the top of our Facebook page. Either way it all goes to the same secure system. Your choice.

Be sure to let u…

Sampler Packs: Gottum

Did someone say, "sampler packs?"

Yes, yes, I believe they did and the answer is, "Yes," we gottum.

"What are 'sampler packs,'" you ask? Wellllllllllllll...


Our herb/spice blend samplers are are perfect for small households, adventurous exploration, or just getting acquainted with our products. Each individual packet contains about one tablespoon--ample for one or two recipes, depending on size.

There's an Americas Sampler (3 packets), an Asia/India Sampler (4 packets), a Mediterranean sampler (3 packets), a Holiday Sampler (3 packets), and a Mix-or-Match Sampler (as many as you want) where you get to pick your own selection (minimum 3).

Nice, huh. You bet!

We have a sampler with all four of our tea blends as well.

Can you believe it? I know... I know!

We'll have plenty at the Flea to Fab Market and Craft Show on December 12. Read about it right here and on Facebook.

If you can't wait, order right here for local delivery / pickup.

Yes, w…

Gift Boxes: Gottum

"Do you have gift boxes?"

Apparently, the masses want to know.

"Well, yes we gottum! Of course, we gottum!" Is the reply.

And they're nice, too. Really nice.

High quality, white, padded gift box with a lid. Holds three of our 2 fl. oz. glass jars or two of our 3 fl. oz. glass jars very nicely. It's your choice which herb/spice blend selection goes in the box and we can help with some recommendations if you get stuck.

Try a set from the Americas: Sizzling Southwest, House Creole, and Old #18 Chili Powder, for example. You get the idea.

Our teas (20 individual tea bags) already come in a nice white, high quality box so... there ya go. They're ready to go already.


We'll have plenty at the Flea to Fab Market and Craft Show on December 12 and you can read all about it right here

But, if you just can't wait, order now for local pickup/delivery.

Yes, we do that!



Event:Flea to Fab Market and Craft Show

Save the Date: December 12, 2015 at the Cole Community Center in Canyon, TX from 10:00 am - 3:00 pm.
Smiling Coyote Farm along with many (40 or more) local producers and vendors are bringing you our best local products and a lot more December 12th at the Cole Community Center in Canyon, TX for Flea to Fab Market and Craft Show. Smiling Coyote will have our full selection of herb/spice blends and spice teas as well as gift boxes for the spices.

You can pre-order for pickup at this event in our online store. If you pre-order, there's no worry that the "sold-out" demon might run off with your favorite spice blend or tea. Just a hint, eh.

Yes, we have gift boxes for our herb/spice blends. Select any of our blends, your choice. High quality white, padded box with lid holds three 2 fl. oz glass jars (pictured) or two 3 fl. oz. glass jars.


This is the fourth year for this event and we expect it to be outstanding in the quality of vendors and selection of products. It's a &…

Holiday Markets!

Holiday Market Time: We're ready, are you?

Smiling Coyote Farm is bringing it to the Canyon Farmers Market's holiday market this coming Saturday (November 14 from 9 am - 4 pm) at the Cole Community Center in Canyon, TX. Then we'll do it again the following Saturday (November 21, same time, same station).

What's new, you ask?
Well, before we go there, and just to refresh your memory, here are the Smiling Coyote herb/spice blends you've seen (and loved) at previous markets in four categories:

The Americas Collection: Sizzling Southwest, House Creole, and Old #18 Chili Powder.Mediterranean Blends: Belle Erba (Italian), Proven├žal (French), and Nostimo! (Greek).From Asia and India: The Five Elements (China) and Garam Masala (India).Our Seasonal Blends: Pumpkin Pie Spice, Holiday Blend 2015, and Bird Rub Read their descriptions see the ingredient list.
Introducing: New Spices! We're expanding that selection to include Panch Phoron (Bengali Five Spice): A whole spice ble…

Update: New Location & Market Dates

Smiling Coyote Farm offers the best in fresh produce, artisan spices, and custom tea blends at the Canyon Farmers Market each Saturday morning from 8:00 am until Noon through October 10th. Now, in addition to the farmers market, select Smiling Coyote spice blends are available in Maxwell's Market at Maxwell's Pumpkin Farm.

Maxwell's opens tomorrow, Saturday, September 26th, and continues through Sunday, November 1st.

Hours are:

Fridays: 5 pm - 9 pm
Saturdays: 10 am - 9 pm
Sundays: 1 pm – 9 pm

Come on out, bring the kids, and have some fun!

Greek Week

Greek food has always held a great fascination for us. In one sense, it's the genesis of "Western" cuisine. In another, Greek food represents a complex fusion of Mediterranean, Mid-Eastern, and Central European cooking. Rustic and simple, unpretentious, Greek cuisine is "real food." We like that.

So... It's "Greek Week" around here. Reading about it, writing about it, eating it, thinking and talking about it.

One, quite enjoyable, activity undertaken: Delving back into The Glorious Foods of Greece by Diane Kochilas. Diane is quite active on television, as a teacher and culinary tour guide, as well as on facebook. Re-reading this seminal work was an immense pleasure.

The Glorious Foods of Greece is a wonderful read for one thing, as are all her books, and Diane's talent as an author is no less obvious than her passion for the subject of Greek food. She tells the story of traditional Greek fare--the kind enjoyed for hundreds, if not thousands, of…

The look

Ready for the Farmers Market: A recent photo.
Canyon, Texas is a small university town near Amarillo, Texas and Palo Duro Canyon State Park in the Texas Panhandle. Its renovated 1909 courthouse is the backdrop for the farmers market and our booth.
The courthouse square is alive; an active place. And, especially so early Saturday morning when Smiling Coyote, along with our other vendors, is setting it up for market.
Look for the Smiling Coyote!

Update: No Tuesday Evening Markets

Quick update: Change in Market Dates.

Due to a multiplicity of conflicts after the start of the school year for both vendors and customers, the Canyon Farmers Market will not be open on first / third Tuesdays for the remainder of the season.

We've enjoyed the evening markets but the conflicts for those with school age children are understandable and unavoidable. We look forward to being back on the square in the evenings in 2016.

There is no change in the Saturday morning markets. Those dates continued as scheduled through October 10th from 8 am to Noon. We're looking forward to seeing you there!



Market Dates

We expect to be busy this weekend and next week with three Canyon Farmers Market days coming up in quick succession. Markets are held every Saturday morning and in the evening on the first and third Tuesday. Smiling Coyote Farm, along with many other local providers of produce, canned and baked goods, and hand crafted items, is there to share our passion for freshness and flavor.

Markets are held on the square in Canyon, TX just south of the 1909 courthouse along 5th avenue between 15th and 16th streets. It's lovely location--classic small town America. If you're familiar with the area, it's held along 5th avenue between Sayakomarn's Restaurant and Palace Coffee Company.

We highly recommend both of the locally owned businesses mentioned above. Sayokomarn's, in our opinion, serves the best plate of food in town. Our favorite is the Spicy Panang--usually tofu but sometimes chicken. Palace Coffee is the best coffee house in the US. Yes, really. Just go there. You'l…

Holiday Spice Talk: Pear Preserves, Apple Butter and Coffee Creamer

"Yes, we do," we replied.

The question put to us was from a fellow vendor at the Canyon Farmer's Market a week or so ago, "Do you take special requests?"

Pear Preserves and Apple Butter Custom herb / spice blends are a pleasure to create. Whether we process to your specifications, use a classic formula, or a create a unique blend together, we are passionate about our spices and providing you with the freshest, best quality blends imaginable.

And, we provide "bulk" amounts of our bottled blends, on request, as well. Our Holiday Blend for canning and baking is especially popular this time of year.

One of the fringe benefits of creating custom blends is getting to taste the results. Old Fashioned Pear Preserves from Sheri's Country Cupboard, and Apple Butter from Conant's Country Kitchen are two recent examples.

These are just delicious. The blends are used with great care creating subtlety and enhancing, rather than overpowering, the flavors of …

No Refrigeration Needed

Most of us who keep and cook with fresh herbs have, at one time or another, pulled a damp, slimy, grayish black mass of something that was once basil from the refrigerator. With one simple trick, that will never happen again.

We discussed how to store and keep fresh herbs fresh previously in "Keeping it Fresh." This post is specifically about one of our very favorite fresh herbs (basil) and how to keep it absolutely vibrant in your kitchen.
The basil in the photo above looks as fresh as if it were picked today. It wasn't; not at all. It was picked over a week ago and it should last another week if we let it. But we probably won't. We'll use it before then and enjoy it tremendously.

When we sell basil at the Canyon Farmers Market, we cut the stems, wrap the stem ends in paper toweling, and keep the stems damp in just an inch or so of water. The reason we do that is so, when customers get home with their basil, it's easy to keep it fresh. Very easy.

That's …

Tradition: A Good One

It's a tradition around our house each year to make a special "holiday blend" of warm, comfortable spices. Each year it's a little different although the major elements remain pretty familiar. This year the focus is on cinnamon and ginger... It just doesn't get more "holiday" than that now does it?


Sweet spices are the soul of Holiday Blend 2015: Two kinds of cinnamon (Saigon and Ceylon) are highlighted against a festive background of gingery freshness. The sensual fragrance of nutmeg, cardamom, and clove rounds out the experience in a comforting way.

Ingredient list for Holiday Blend 2015 in alphabetical order:

Cardamom, GreenCinnamon, Ceylon Cinnamon, Vietnamese SaigonClovesGingerNutmeg
Looks simple; tastes rich, spicy, and complex. We're using fresh, whole spices to make this, and all our blends, so you get the complexity. Whole green cardamon, whole sticks of cinnamon, whole cloves, whole nutmeg... You get the picture. Yeah, it matters. 
Our ble…

Keeping It Fresh

Herbs, greens, and similar items are sometimes a challenge to keep fresh at home. Here's a technique that works with most and keeps food fresh in the refrigerator for many days and even weeks. Really: This works.

We're illustrating this technique using fresh herbs but keep in mind that the technique works just as well using greens, lettuce, celery, green onion, radish, broccoli, cauliflower, carrots and just about any vegetable. Fear not, this is simple!

Black and soggyMany people throw their vegetables in  a plastic bag or leave it in the plastic bag-thing that came from the store. Maybe washed, maybe not, it goes in the fridge wrapped in plastic. 
This results in a very disgusting scenario very quickly... A biological experiment gone awry. Black soggy spots, gray spongy mold. We've all seen that (shudder).
Well we haven't seen it here at our place in years, now. Why? Because we treat our vegetables like the living plant they are. It's a simple concept and here'…