4 October, 2022, 17:44

This Week at The Market: Chile Festival, Prickly Pear Tuna & Tortillas

Today marks the first official day of fall. Our temperatures haven’t completely cooled down, but the promises of shorter days, wearing jackets and enjoying all of the tastes associated with the changing season are here. Visit a market this weekend to pick up all of the ingredients to make the perfect autumn dish.

Community Food Bank Farmers Markets

The Community Food Bank is seeking volunteers for the Santa Cruz River Farmers Market. If you enjoy the busy, bustling, fun loving environment and  looking for a way to help the community, consider signing up! The application is here. Contact the volunteer department at (520) 882-3292 with any questions.

Santa Cruz River Farmers Market

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

  • Tortilleria Arevalo is new to the market! Stop by for handcrafted, local ingredients used in mesquite flour mixes, prickly pear cookies, gluten-free tortillas and much more.
  • Scraps on Scraps partnered with the Community Food Bank and Compost Cats to turn food waste into compost! Sign up at the market and they will send you home with a bucket. You can return every other week to swap it out for clean one.
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 has collected some delicious produce to share this week. Look for apples, garlic, bell peppers, green chilis, eggplant, squash, fresh herbs, chard, prickly pears tunas, white pomegranates, and cantaloupes.

For more information visit communityfoodbank.org.


FoodInRoot has a lot of exciting things to report this week. On Friday, head to Food Fest and Twilight Farmers Market at Desert Diamond Casino from 4:30-8:00 p.m. Also happening is  the Arizona Avenue Marketplace at the Tucson Mall with local vendors seven days a week. Experience a farmers market inside the mall, located near the food court. Finally, next Wednesday go to the newly formed St. Philip’s Twilight Market from 5:00-8:00 p.m. in conjunction with Meet Me Wednesdays.

UA Main Campus Farmers Market

1303 E. University, Wednesday from 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

  •  POPPED Artisan Popcorn has the perfect snack to grab between classes. Stop by for a bag of Herb, Churro or Caramel. Don’t go too late, this vendor tends to run out early of some of the most beloved flavors.
  • P.H.Ö.D. (pronounced “food”) creates delicious products that are healthy an full of simple, all natural ingredients. Each bite includes protein, omega-3, and fiber. Look for baked donuts, muffins, energy bars and bites to fuel the week.
St. Philip’s Plaza Farmers Market

4280 N. Campbell Road, Sunday from 8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

  • Toggenburg Goats had a busy summer breeding goats for the upcoming season. Sample fresh goat cheese and goat cheese fudge, along with trying goat milk soaps and lotions.
  • Plant of the Crepes is a popular vendor that usually has a hungry crowd. Did you know that you can text your order and skip the wait time? Just text (520) 271-6083 between 8:00 a.m -12:00 p.m.

For more information visit foodinroot.com

Heirloom Farmers Markets

The exciting Chile Festival is this weekend! All three markets will be celebrating by offering chile-themed food like roasted green chile, chile spices, tamales and salsas. On Sunday, 2-time Tucson Iron Chef, Danny Perez, will be doing a Chef demonstration using market ingredients. Also listen to live music from master Spanish guitarist, Gabriel Francisco.

Rillito Park (4502 N. 1st Avenue) – Sunday from 8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
  • Fiame Pizza Napoletana will be making Green Chile Pizza out of its custom pizza ovens. Known for their theatrics and Neapolitan style pizza, you won’t want to miss this special pizza flavor this week.
Oro Valley (10901 N. Oracle Road) – Saturday 8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
  • Durazo’s Poco Loco Specialty Salsas is making a special roasted chile cheese corn bread for $12 a loaf. Pick up a loaf along with a few varieties of her mouth watering salsa.
Trail Dust Town (6541 E. Tanque Verde Road) – Friday from 8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
  • Red’s Roasters takes his chiles seriously! Fresh hatch green chiles and other roasted vegetables are his specialty. Stop by and watch the roasting magic happen.

For more information visit heirloomfm.org.

Jennifer Rothschild is an aspiring freelance food writer by night.