Big sporting events are happening in both basketball and soccer (or futbol depending on your preference) this weekend. Spending hours in front of the television watching a physical competition calls for good food. The obvious choices can be found at the grocery store, but take our challenge to elevate what is on that snack table. Find all the small bites and quality, locally made food you can imagine at the farmers market. Look for dips, salsa, chips, vegetables, cupcakes, jerky, nuts, ceviche, and more. The possibilities are endless and all delicious.
Community Food Bank Farmers Markets
Baking classes are officially in session for the summer. At the Santa Cruz River Farmers Market, visit Time Market’s Mikaela who will be on site sharing tips for baking with mesquite flour. There will also be a variety of wild harvested desert mesquite treats available for sale.
Santa Cruz River Farmers Market (100 S. Avenida del Convento)- Thursday 4:00 – 7:00 p.m.
- Tumerico brings tamales made with local ingredients that include vegan, vegetarian and gluten free varieties.
- The Roasted Chile has roasted chilies on a stick, fat-free and gluten-free Chile Rellenos and its famous Green Chile Corn Bread. Also don’t miss the seasonings made with home-grown Chilitepins.
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
- Fresh Valencia oranges, cherry tomatoes, summer squash and assorted chilies will all be available from the small, local farmers participating this week in the Abundant Harvest Cooperative
For more information visit communityfoodbank.org.
FoodInRoot will soon be launching a new app called Farm Fan. The app sends text messages with all of the latest information regarding what's happening at the market that day. The app also allows you to check in to earn loyalty rewards and other discounts. It hasn’t officially started up yet, but you can sign up now.
Northwest Farmers Market (6200 N. La Cholla Blvd.) Tuesday from 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
- Global Fusion can satisfy that sweet tooth with its home baked goods. Pick up a peach cobbler or chocolate peanut butter brownie. Check out the vegan and gluten free options too.
- Incredible Snacks offers a wide variety of sweet and savory options. Pick up a bag of the pecan crackers, chili lime peanuts, Jordan almonds, and Samurai mix. Your future self will thank you when the afternoon munchies hit.
St. Philip’s Plaza Classic Farmers Market (4280 N. Campbell Ave) Sunday from 8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
- Crazy Ed’s Beef Jerky takes top quality, grass fed beef and makes some of the best jerky in town. With flavors like Pineapple Chipotle, Smoked Maple, and Chile de Arbol, this vendor sells out quickly. Get the market early to ensure this snack makes it home with you.
- The Flying Bakery has tasty favorites for the adorable canine in your life. Grab an organic PUPcicle and be ready to be your dog’s favorite human. All the treats are corn, wheat, and soy free.
For more information visit foodinroot.com.
Heirloom Farmers Market
Heirloom Farmers Markets has an opportunity for volunteers to get an insider view of the market. Consider helping on Sundays at the Rillito Park Market, either as an individual or as a part of a group. The activities vary from helping to open the market by setting up tents and chair, to working at the customer information booth. You can help by taking photos for the social media accounts and even running activities to keep the younger market goers entertained. Look here for more information.
Rillito Park (4502 N. 1st Avenue) – Sunday from 8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
- English Family Fruit Farms harvested delicious white peaches and will have them ready for you to enjoy this week. The farm is a family run operation based in Wilcox with over 75 years of experience running an orchard. Visit this stand to see, taste, and learn from this market staple.
Oro Valley (10901 N. Oracle Road) – Saturday 8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
- Durazo’s Poco Loco Specialty Salsa has whipped up her summer specialty – watermelon and jicama salad. It tastes fresh, delicious and is exactly what you will crave after a hot summer day.
Trail Dust Town (6541 E. Tanque Verde Road) – Friday from 8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
- Welcome Mo Coffee Roastery to the market! Cool off and energize with a sample of cold brew and pick up a bag of the small batch artisan roasted coffee beans to get you through the week.
For more information visit heirloomfm.org.