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The Simple Farm, a Scottsdale couple starts a farmers market

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When the recession hit a valley couple decided to grow their own food, moving onto the land owned by the church the husband is a pastor for. What's grown from that idea in the past few years is more than a thriving business, it's become a community.
In the midst of the hustle and bustle that is life nestled among Scottsdale Suburbia sits The Simple Farm. "The Simple Farm is a place where the community comes and experiences a taste of life differently," said Lylah Ledner.
Lylah Ledner and her husband Michael run the farm, a 3 acre utopia they started out of necessity four years ago when Michael, a pastor at the time, lost his paycheck.
"The church owned this land, when we were going smaller I thought ok I probably have to do something to earn a living," said Michael.
Lettuce, fresh fruits, herbs, whatever is in season is sold inside the french market creating along with a fragrant atmosphere a true sense of community. Every Thursday from 8:30 am to Noon it's open to valley residents who use the honor system.
"Everything is so big and fresh it looks really good," said Carolyn Hunnicutt, a customer.
"We were starting at our own house doing our own garden and we're all into fruits and vegetables to come here and see how it goes and learn why not," said customer Bridget Aguilar.
When they started the Ledners sold their produce at a local farmers market. They opened The Simple Market at the farm three years ago. While sales of fresh fruits and vegetables continue to grow customers always come back for the goats milk Carmel's.
"I was in France six years ago and I had gone to a shop and tasted their salted caramels, I remembered that food, I thought if I could make them out of goats milk," said Lylah"

Lylah's five goats provide the milk for her daro caramels delicious confectionary
But more than sales, the Ledners want people to know the important of The Simple Farm.

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