It’s that time of year again. Winter visitors have left in search of cooler temperatures, college students are off to their summer jobs and Tucson becomes just a little bit quieter. If you’re local and lucky enough to be here for the next few months, the produce coming up is fresh and delicious.
Community Food Bank Farmers Markets
Santa Cruz River and Community Food Bank Farm Stands
The Community Food Bank markets work to provide healthy, affordable fruits and vegetables to everyone and to fill the gaps in our city where food deserts exists. All three locations are open to the public and accept cash, credit, EBT, WIC vouchers and Arizona Farmers’ Market Nutrition Program (AZFMNP) coupons.
Santa Cruz River Farmers Market at Mercado San Agustin – Thursday 4:00 – 7:00 p.m.
- Dreamflower Garden has a variety of edible and decorative plants and flowers. Specializing in potted herbs, they have over 40 varieties available. Every purchase comes with growing advice to help you keep your garden thriving.
- Sleeping Frog Farm is fully stocked with lemons, broccoli, sweet potatoes and garlic.
Community Food Bank Markets
El Pueblo Mobile Market, El Rio Parking lot, Irvington Road and 6th Avenue – Monday 3:00 – 5:00 p.m
Community Food Bank Farm Stand, 3003 S. Country Club Road – Tuesday 8:00 a.m – 12:00 p.m
- The small, local farmers participating this week in the Abundant Harvest Cooperative will have bell peppers, pecans, radishes, apples and arugula.
For more information, visit communityfoodbank.org.
Maynard’s Twilight Market and St. Philip’s Plaza
FoodInRoot markets feature a variety of musical acts to entertain while you shop this week. Andrew Cates will be at the Friday market at Banner UMC and at St. Philip’s on Sunday. Also at St. Philip’s this weekend, look for Jon Monfore, Ivan Mendez, Liv Conlon and Mark Garris. With so much music, you will be dancing from stand to stand.
Maynard’s Twilight Market, 400 N. Toole Avenue, – Mondays 5:00 – 8:00 p.m.
- Americano • Mexicano, a fruit and agua bar serves fruit cup treats and aguas frescas. Some of the most popular flavors include tamarind, hibiscus and agua de horchata.
- Hot Bamboo will be serving Asian specialties like teriyaki chicken and fan choy rice bowls.
St. Philip’s Plaza Classic Farmers Market, 4280 N. Campbell Avenue – Sunday from 8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
- Gourmet Lips Sauces have returned from traveling and ready to elevate your next meal. Look out for the Saucy Lips Tangy Mango Sauce. Made with fresh mangos, it’s low calorie, has no sugar added and made with fresh mangos.
- Cindy Gardens booth will be loaded with summertime fruits, including peaches, nectarines, melons, citrus and cherries.
For more information, visit foodinroot.com.
Heirloom Farmers Market
Rillito Park, Oro Valley, Trail Dust Town
Heirloom Farmers Market spreads its mission to unite and educate our community in order to create a society that supports local food producers and proprietors. With over 80 vendors to serve its nearly 2,000 attendees every week, these three markets fill a great spot in Tucson. Visit one of the three markets to see all of its tasty offerings.
Rillito Park Farmers Market, 4502 N. 1st Avenue – Sunday from 8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
- Better Juicery provides high quality juice made from local and naturally grown produce. Experience the benefits of juicing and enjoy one of the many fresh options available.
Oro Valley, 10901 N. Oracle Road – Saturday 8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
- Café Francais brings its French homemade quiches, baguettes and fruit tarts to the market. Nicole, one of the owners, has been making pastries since she was a child in her family’s bakery in France and is now sharing her talents with the Tucson community.
Trail Dust Town, 6541 E. Tanque Verde Road – Friday from 8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
- Lasagna & More by Chef Scotty brings his award meals and gourmet products for you to take home and enjoy. There are typically four lasagna dishes and two manicotti dishes to choose from. Each item is made with high quality, natural ingredients.
For more information, visit heirloomfm.org.