This Week at the Market: Summer Squash, Pasta & Bacon Mushrooms

August 18, 2016
By Jenny Rothschild
By Jenny Rothschild

School’s back in session and the lazy days of summer have come to an end. It’s time to get back in the swing of the things and the best place to set the reset button is at the farmers market. Make it a weekly routine to pick up produce, meat, snacks, pasta and more to get through the hustle and bustle of the fall.

Community Food Bank Farmers Markets

Now that students are back in school, the After School Snacks and Meals program, run by the Community Food Bank is available. Partnering with five Tucson Parks and Recreation sites, healthy, after-school snacks are provided to children ages 5-14. The snacks are available five days a week.  Meals are also given out at select locations to ensure everyone has a solid meal to end the day with.

Santa Cruz River Farmers Market

100 S. Avenida del Convento – Thursday 4:00 – 7:00 p.m.

  • High Energy Agriculture is bringing a variety of summer squash including zucchini, magda, cocozelle, yellow crookneck, white yellow & green patty pan. Also stop by for beets, onions, and several varieties of probiotic fermented veggies.
  • Peppermint Jim’s will be bringing his essential oils, misters, lip balm and more. Look for fresh cut mint sprigs, as well.
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

  • Abundant Harvest Cooperative bounty this week includes grapes,fresh cut herbs, nopales, onions, , chard,sprouts, sweet potatoes, organic eggs, bell peppers, chiles and jalapeños.

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Mark these dates. FoodInRoot has announced when the UA Mall Market will be happening for the fall semester. The dates are as follows: 8/31, 9/21, 9/28, 10/19, 11/2, 11/9, 11/30, 12/7. Located directly on the UA Mall, this market has a great energy, lively spirit, and vendors who all truly love the people who stop by their booths.

Maynard’s Twilight Market

400 N. Toole Avenue, Monday from 5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

  • Mission Coffee Imports will be bringing its small batch, artisan coffee. This vendor specializes in fresh roasted and at peak coffee.
  • American • Mexicano is whipping up Mexican Fruit Cups. Enjoy the sweet treat of mixed fresh fruits, drizzled with lime juice and sprinkled with ground chile powder and salt.
St. Philip’s Plaza Farmers Market

4280 N. Campbell Road, Sunday from 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

  • Sonoran Mushroom Company has bacon mushrooms. Yes, this is a real thing. These mushrooms have a meaty, smokey flavor when cooked. They are grown naturally with no herbicides, pesticides or coloring added.
  • In The Beginning Farm has an abundance of tomatoes. So many varieties to choose from. Don’t limit yourself, go crazy and try one of everything.

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Heirloom Farmers Markets

Save the date for the 13th Annual Chile Festival. The event will run from Friday September 23rd at Trail Dust Town, Saturday September 24th at the Oro Valley Farmers Market and Sunday September 25th at Rillito Park Farmers Market. Vendors will have chile-themed foods like roasted green chiles, tamales, spices and more. You won’t want to miss this weekend!

Rillito Park (4502 N. 1st Avenue) – Sunday from 8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
  • E & R Pork produces and supplies 100% locally raised, grain-fed, hormone-free and antibiotic-free pork products and various cuts of meat.
Oro Valley (10901 N. Oracle Road) – Saturday 8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
  • Maya Tea Company is known as serious tea, for not so serious people. This beloved vendor blends the finest teas from around the globe to create delicious, unique blends of teas to take home. Also, don’t miss mother’s recipe of Maya Chai, sold in a concentrate form.
Trail Dust Town (6541 E. Tanque Verde Road) – Friday from 8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
  • Pappardelle’s Pasta brings a different selection of homemade, small-batch pastas every weekend. Look for the recipe card given with every purchase and shop the market for the remaining ingredients.

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