Crooked Sky Farms, located in Phoenix, is owned by Frank Martin. Farmer Frank had always dreamed of becoming a farmer after working closely with his father in the sixties in the fields. Back then, chemicals were prized in farming as a miracle 'cure-all' to pests, and not known to be harmful to humans as they are today. Watching his father's health rapidly decline after years of exposure in the fields, he died a young man. This instilled a passion in young Frank to return farming to the natural ways before the days of toxic pollutants, genetic modifications, and chemicals.
After ending his career in trucking to pursue his dream, in 1994, Frank became a farmer and Crooked Sky Farms was born. Excited to spread the Local Food Movement enthusiasm, he coordinated the largest CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) program in Arizona in 1999. This inspired communities to pull together to support local farming to grow honest and healthy produce.
Embracing the teachings of his dad, a Native American migrant farm worker, Frank continues the Native American traditions of using: Heirloom seeds, natural care for the soil, crop rotation, and other sustainable farming practices. He believes in the "Stewardship of the Land," where first priority always remains taking good care of the land, plants, animals, and people.
Today, Crooked Sky Farms spans across approximately 420 acres. Parcels that comprise the farm located in Phoenix, Glendale, and Duncan, Arizona. Duncan provides a cooler 3500-foot elevation higher than Phoenix which allows Farmer Frank to provide produce year-round to our customers.
The list of his specialty produce is endless and changes every year to include something new and intriguing. Did you know the beloved I'itois onion, prized by chefs and restaurants today, became popular after Farmer Frank began growing it locally and teaching other farmers and garden enthusiasts to do so, too? Other tasty seasonal favorites include: Purple Majesty Potatoes, Lemon Cucumbers, Yellow Doll, Snow Leopard, and the mighty Black Diamond melons, prized Heirloom Tomatoes, I'itois Onions, Big Jim Chiles, Shishito Peppers, kale, mustard greens, chard, pumpkins, Native Cushaw Squash, bell peppers, and a mix of salad greens.
Our Waddell location is home to our beloved birds such as: chickens, ducks, geese, and emus who provide free-range, farm-fresh eggs and are fed no corn or soy. Just recently, we welcomed a family of goats to our farm and we plan on adding pigs and rabbits soon! Tours are a favorite of the community as they are fun for both parents and kids learning together about the magic of natural farming.
Today, Crooked Sky Farms provides produce to farmer markets, CSA members, customers, and restaurants in Arizona. Come visit, be inspired, and support the Local Food Movement with us!