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Sweet Serendipity

April 4, 2011

What a crazy, amazing, and wonderful week I’ve had! First off, I got to meet the lovely Jill of the Sweet Life Garden, and tour her gorgeous property. She and her family are blessed with great greens, chickens, and a ton of fruit trees. Look for ice pops made with her peaches, apricots, and other delicious homegrown goodies later this Spring!

In the course of talking with Jill, I learned about Caroline and her fabulous garden (Boho Farm & Home) nearby. Not on that, Caroline would be hosting a farmers and flea market, and it would be a perfect venue to introduce my pops to the people of Phoenix.

As soon as I got home, I contacted Caroline to get the scoop. She told me that yes, there was room for me, and yes, I should come. Fantastic! Problem was, the market was less than a week away, and I had no pops in the freezer.

Since I had such a short timeframe, I had to work with what I had on hand. Lucky for me, I had GREAT stuff on hand. There were hand-picked prickly pears in the freezer:

And Jill gave me a big bag of valencia oranges, from one of her trees:

I kicked butt all week long, and managed to crank out three batches of pops: prickly pear, orange-yogurt, and kulfi (yogurt, saffron, honey, cardamom, pistachios, and golden raisins), and I found about a half dozen red plum pops in the freezer.

The prickly pear ones gave me no end of trouble. They ended up quite sticky, and difficult to package. A thin dusting of lime zested sugar cured that!

Friday night, I was unmolding and wrapping the last batch of pops, and baking mesquite chocolate chips cookies to bring as well:

Bright and early the next morning, I ran to get dry ice, loaded up the old rig with popsicles and all the goods for my booth, careened across town, and rolled up just at the start of the event. I got a really sweet spot on the porch:

After a cool morning, it ended up being a really hot day. My ice cold pops were appreciated by all, as they shopped all the unique crafts and homegrown produce.

It turned out to be a marvelous day. Not only did everyone enjoy the popsicles (I sold out!), I got to meet so many wonderful people. I had some great conversations with all who stopped by, and look forward to seeing everyone next time!

3 Comments leave one →
  1. April 4, 2011 9:43 pm

    Thanks Corina, my valencia oranges never tasted so good! We loved having you join all of us, we know you and your pops will go far!

  2. April 13, 2011 3:58 am

    Those look amazing! Great job!

  3. frufrupops permalink*
    April 14, 2011 6:44 pm

    Thanks, ladies!

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