The Farm on Oak Creek
  • The Books

    Season of the Raven
    Book 1 of the Servant of the Crown series
    Season of the Fox
    Book 2 of the Servant of the Crown series
    Lost Innocents
    Book 3 of the Servant of the Crown series
    The Final Toll
    Book 4 of the Servant of the Crown series
    Caught Red-Handed
    Book 5 of my mystery series
    Winter's Heat
    My award-winning first novel
    Summer's Storm
    Book 2 of the Graistan series
    Spring's Fury
    Book 3 of the Graistan series
    Autumn's Flame Cover
    Book 4 of the Graistan series
    A Love for All Seasons
    Book 5 of the Graistan series

    Book 1 of the Lady series
    Lady in White
    Book 2 of the Lady series
    The Warrior's Wife
    Book 1 of the Warriors series
    The Warrior's Maiden
    Book 2 of the Warriors series
    The Warrior's Game
    Book 3 of the Warriors series
    Almost Perfect
    My only Regency Novel

    A Children of Graistan Novel
    Perfect Poison
    A Children of Graistan Novella
    An Impetuous Season, a Western novella
    An Impetuous Season, a Western novella

OMG! It’s going to be a working kitchen!

Today I spent an hour in the kitchen with Robert Mumper, a Yavapai County health/restaurant inspector.  My kitchen is provisionally certified to make jams and jellies (and as of today Peach and Raspberry vinegar along with Cranberry Chutney).  I can hardly believe it.  He came, he watched me make a batch of plain old jalapeno jelly.  He said…HE LIKED WHAT HE SAW as far as how I work.

And then he said he thought I would be as busy as I wanted to be because I not only have unusual products but GREAT products!

the glorious commercial kitchen

Look how pretty it looks even dirty!

Shortly after I got a call Sybil Smith from ADEQ (Arizona Department of Environmental Quality).  For me to rent out the kitchen, my water has to become a “public water source” and has to meet Arizona standards.  I’d sent her the water test results and we went over what filtration is in the pump house.  Her remark was “You’ll have to pay the certification fees and hire an Engineer to do the inspection, but from this report I don’t see any reason for you not to be certified.”

Four years of struggling, arguing, pleading, conniving, straining to be patient and plain hard work.  I think, just maybe, the corner if finally being turned.  It’s now officially a working kitchen and soon it’ll be a kitchen for hire, I just know it!   All I need to do now is get Yavapai County Planning and Zoning on board with it…  Fingers crossed!

© Denise Domning, 2023