In 2010, two Scottsdale residents turned their 3-acre weed-choked property near Loop 101 into a garden oasis. With intentional ideas about food and family, Michael and Lylah Ledner nurtured the desert ground by building garden beds and planting fruit trees. They populated their suburban farm with chickens and Nubian dairy goats and invited family, friends, and the public to experience the sanctuary they lovingly built, The Simple Farm.
Lylah turned her small goat dairy production into an award-winning, gourmet, sea salt goat milk caramel business. The confections quickly found their way into resorts, boutique shops, and other sophisticated retail establishments. In 2014, she placed in the top 5% of 1,400 small food producers to win the Good Food Award for her goat milk caramels.
Lylah’s passion for sharing the bounty of her farm turned toward botanicals. In 2017, she stepped into the newly blooming “Farm-to-Face” skincare movement. She grows between 12-15 botanical ingredients for the beauty products she formulates in the farm’s apothecary kitchen. She creates 100% natural, plant-based skincare products and invites women (on a seasonal basis) to the gardens at her farm for a morning Beauty Soiree.
Michael and Lylah are passionate about gathering family and friends around the table for a meal. The farm’s Gathering Garden is where they host their seasonal Farm Dinners. Under the canopy of an 80-foot covered arbor is a long farm table with seating for 50 people. Guests gather with local chefs for farm-style cocktails and five-course dinners from the two wood fire ovens. This beautiful culinary experience under the stars brings the farm-to-table flavors to life, giving guests a unique experience in suburbia.
The Simple Farm is Scottsdale’s only farm. It is where magic happens when you bite into a creamy caramel, when you freshen your skin with a nourishing serum, and when you gather with others for a culinary experience under a starlit sky.
For information, visit TheSimpleFarm.net.