Tonopah Rob’s Vegetable Farm grows a wide variety of fruits and vegetables. The farm's growing season begins in late September and ends in mid to late July. Visitors to the farm will find more than 60 species of fruits and vegetables with more than 200 varieties under cultivation. Naturally, the harvest of those plantings varies on a weekly basis but on any given Saturday visitors will find a large bounty of fresh produce. During the winter months Rob is well stocked with spinach, turnips, lots of lettuce, radishes, citrus, broccoli, carrots, and cabbage. Over late spring into early summer you will find tomatoes, peppers, strawberries, eggplant, cucumbers, potatoes, beans, squash and a lot more. An example of the abundance you can find here at Tonopah Rob’s Vegetable Farm stand, for the weekend of June 14th, 2008 he had more than 400 pounds of tomatoes for sale. He also had 81 pounds of beans, 249 pounds of squash, 190 pounds of onions, 39 pounds of eggplant, 51 pounds of cucumbers, 3 pounds of basil in addition to carrots, beets, bell peppers, peaches, strawberries, garlic, chard, and potatoes.
Most visitors to the farm, even after touring the premises, cannot believe that the farm has peach, apple, fig, orange, lemon, date palm, pomegranate, blood orange, tangerine, nectarine, and almond trees dotted across the farm. Vegetables include: artichokes, arugula, asparagus, Asian greens, basil, beans, beets, broccoli, brussel sprouts, cabbage, cauliflower, carrots, chard, cilantro, collard greens, cucumbers, dill, eggplant, fennel, garlic, kale, kohlrabi, lettuce, melons, mustard, okra, onions, parsley, peas, peppers, potatoes, radish, rosemary, rutabagas, spinach, squash, sweet potatoes, tomatoes, turnips, and watermelon.
But he's not content to grow just any old plain Jane varieties of produce. You will find red iceberg lettuce, purple, red, and white carrots, lilac and orange bell peppers, white eggplant, orange and purple cauliflower, golden and candy-striped beets, and dozens of varieties of summer and winter squash. Nowhere else in Arizona will you find dragon tongue, cranberry, burgundy queen, and green Italian flat pod beans all at the same market.
Some of my vegetable seeds come from around the world such as the sweet melon-like flavored turnips from England, golden yellow radishes from France, the Chinese mantanghong radish, beets from Italy, white carrots from Germany, Italian garlic, and tomato seeds from Mexico and Europe. Other seeds he uses are grown right here on his farm where he harvests beet, radish, onion, and carrot seed. The seed he doesn't harvest often is redistributed across the farm and plants itself, which nearly always catches the eye of visitors who wonder out loud why lettuce is growing in the middle of the pepper plot, or why carrots are intermingled with cabbage and are springing up in the peach orchard. The wind, insects, and probably those of us working the farm help spread these seeds so plants take hold where the seeds fall.