The Simple Farm 37

Authenticity and a Promise of Quality, Plain and Simple

The Simple Farm in Scottsdale proves it’s easy to get quality produce and skin care products in an urban environment and prides itself on being an integral part of the community. It even became a center for agricultural awareness after some widespread press.

“We were featured in The Washington Post last spring as a point of interest to see our adorable goats and stock up on some wonderful local produce, and that was an honor,” owner Lylah Ledner says. “We like to think of ourselves as a place of serenity where our guests can escape the corporate world and sit, have some coffee and enjoy a pastry or our award-winning goat’s milk caramels over good conversation.”

The Simple Farm has many facets that make it a place worth visiting. Primarily, Lylah says they are a CSA partner—a Community Supported Agriculture model is a system that allows consumers to subscribe to the harvest of a certain farm.

“We grow organic produce for a small group of CSA farm members, and are also open to the public one morning a week—Thursdays from 9-11:30,” Lylah says.

The Simple Farm grows an abundant selection of seasonal produce. They like to keep it simple, as their name suggests, and don’t grow in quantity but instead, keep with a promise of high quality.

“Our broccoli, for example, is phenomenal, but when it is gone, it’s gone,” she says. “We don’t overseed. Instead, we grow mainly for our CSA members and our Thursday Morning Market will house what is left for the general public to purchase and enjoy.”

The Simple Farm has a strong desire to educate people when they come to enjoy the fruits of the farm’s labor. The property provides garden spaces to sit together with strangers so it can truly be a place of connecting and gathering—not just with people, but one can also visit with the goats and chickens—a rare taste of modern farm life.

“At various times we schedule farm-to-table suppers prepared by local chefs,” Lylah says. “Menus vary according to what is in season, and some of the vegetables and herbs are gathered from the farm itself, so there is a visual connection for diners.”

The chefs at the dinners interact frequently with the guests by showing them raised herb or vegetable beds, and saying that while they wait, he is preparing this exact food. It’s a unique experience to see the source of the food that they will be eating.

Lylah herself goes straight to the source when she is cooking as well. “I pick and eat food as I walk around my farm each day. It’s life-giving.”

For those anxious to get their hands dirty, volunteers are appreciated at The Simple Farm. There are volunteer schedules available online, and Lylah adds, “We’re a working farm, and would love for you to come visit us on Thursday mornings—come taste, feel and be inspired to take our ideals and products back to your neighborhood! My husband, Michael, and I hope The Simple Farm can be your ‘Oasis in the Desert.’”