For a small city, Tucson has an exceptional number of farmers markets for residents to choose from. Between the CSA, Heirloom Farmers Markets, Market on the Move and Food in Root, it is not difficult to find fresh, local produce nearly every day of the week. It is one of those luxuries that we often take for granted living in Tucson, like the 24/7 availability of excellent Mexican food, or those eight months of perfect weather.
Show your appreciation for our local growers and the organizations that bring them to our neighborhoods with National Farmers Market Week, August 2-9.
Heirloom Farmers Markets is celebrating with a Chef at the Market demo featuring Executive Chef Danny Perez from JW Marriott Starr Pass. Beginning at 9am, join the recently crowned Iron Chef Tucson for a cooking demonstration at the Rillito Park Farmers Market Pavilion on Sunday, August 9. True to his personal cooking style, Perez will be featuring seasonal market ingredients from the local farmers on hand that day.
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“Farmers markets play a vital role in forming healthy, local food systems,” says Jen Cheek, Executive Director of the Farmers Market Coalition. “By providing the opportunity for farmers to connect directly with consumers, markets serve as education centers. Vendors are teaching customers about agriculture, sharing recipes, and exposing them to new foods. Markets are making people and communities stronger and healthier.”
For more information, visit www.heirloomfm.org.