We believe the future health and vibrancy of our community is dependent on the sustainability of our local farms, the ones tucked away in our landscape protecting our environment and feeding our families. Desert Spoon is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit food hub serving a crucial, but often invisible, part of the local food system. We ensure all entities along the supply chain, from farmers and farmworkers to consumers, benefit from our food systems model.

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A Desert Spoon COVID-19 response program helping at time when too many farmers are uncertain of their future and too many families are uncertain of where their next meal will come from. The Food Project is deeply rooted in both sides of our food system, helping small farmers sustain their livelihoods and making access to fresh fruits and vegetables attainable for all. Donations from community members like you will help provide fresh fruits and vegetables to those in need, while supporting small family farms during these uncertain times.

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Helping Our Friends at Mesilla Valley Apples

It’s hard to imagine a lush, green orchard growing and thriving in the desert, but straight down I-10 west in Las Cruces, New Mexico, sits U-Pick Mesilla Valley Apples – a family-owned and operated orchard. More than 400 apple trees were planted in the mid-1970s by Las Cruces native, Francis M. Burke. He was inspired by his great-great-uncle, Thomas Casad, who had an orchard in Mesilla, New Mexico, in the 1800s. During that time, apples were the main agricultural product of the then territory of New Mexico, and apples from Casad’s farm placed second at the 1899 World’s Fair in Paris. Today, U-Pick Mesilla Valley Apples is owned and operated by LuAnne Burke, Francis M. Burke’s daughter. She inherited the orchard in 2014 and she vowed to continue the family business – turning the once-commercial apple farm into a “U-Pick Farm” for families to harvest their own apples.

Due to the current New Mexico state restrictions on out-of-state travelers, Mesilla Valley Apples will have to restrict u-pick operations from Texas residents. To aid our great friends and ensure they have a successful season, we are offering a pre-ordering option for half peck bags (5 lbs), peck bags (10 lbs) and full cases (20 lbs) open to everyone!

OPEN TO EVERYONE, does not require a farm box subscription to purchase.  After you pre-order you will receive a text notification to let you when your apple order will be ready. Please note there might be a delay depending on the volume of orders and the amount harvested by the Burke Family. We can never make promises when working with nature, thank you for your patience.