This Week at the Market: Oyster Mushrooms, Kimchi, Squash & Green Beans

Last week’s annual Tucson Meet Yourself festival featured a celebration of the great food Tucson has to offer. On a smaller, slightly different scale, the weekly farmers markets around town offer a similar experience. From locally grown food to several vendors that span various cultures, keep the celebration alive by visiting a market this week.

Community Food Bank Farmers Markets

Are you looking for an activity to keep you and your kids busy during Fall Break? The Community Food Bank is hosting a Family Volunteer Day this Friday from 1:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. The day includes a tour, an educational activity and a warehouse experience. You must pre-register, so visit communityfoodbank.org for more information and how to sign up.

Santa Cruz River Farmers Market

100 S. Avenida del Convento – Thursday 3:00 – 6:00 p.m.

  • Bajo Tierra is a new vendor this week! Stop by and try her delicious kimchi. She also makes a mouthwatering spicy ginger punch that you can’t miss out on.
  • Caridad Community Kitchen will be on sight for an exciting cooking demonstration and also selling a variety of products made from Asian pears grown at Sleeping Frog Farms.
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 includes green chiles, eggplant, squash, chard, dried bay leaves, carob powder and eggs.

For more information visit communityfoodbank.org.

FoodInRoot

Family Weekend is coming to the University of Arizona and FoodInRoot will be having a special farmers market on Friday to celebrate. Head to campus and enjoy several local favorites. The market will be back to its normal day the following week, Wednesday October 19th.

University of Arizona Main Campus Farmers Market

1303 E. University Boulevard, Friday (this week only!) from 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

  • Don Pedro Peruvian Bistro brings true Peruvian cuisine to the Tucson community. Enjoy the rich and flavorful cuisine full of fresh flavors.
  • POPPED Artisan Popcorn will be on hand with its popular Churro and Lemon Poppyseed flavors. Grab a bag to eat while you walk through the market and a second one to snack on later. 
St. Philip’s Plaza Farmers Market

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

  • Garden Goddess comes to the market each week to talk to market goers about installing a vegetable garden at home. Learn about what you can do to help your garden blossom and pick up a few of her fresh herbs as well.
  • Bakehouse Bread Company has all of the artisan bread you may need or want. Pumpkin, banana, zucchini and more.
  • Sonoran Mushroom Company specializes in oyster mushrooms grown and harvested daily in Tucson for unrivaled freshness that chefs drool over.

For more information visit foodinroot.com

Heirloom Farmers Markets

Heirloom Farmers Markets is preparing to celebrate its second year at Rillito Park. In order to celebrate, a party is scheduled for November 6th from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. The event is meant to acknowledge the support of the market vendors and the thousands of weekly customers who have made the market a part of their life. There will be plenty to see and enjoy. Make sure to save the date!

Rillito Park (4502 N. 1st Avenue) – Sunday from 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
  • Aravaipa Creekside Growers grows gourmet oyster mushrooms as well as squash, basil, green beans, and flowers. Even better, all of the produce is grown ecologically without pesticides or fertilizers. 
Oro Valley (10901 N. Oracle Road) – Saturday 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
  • Maya Tea Company blends tea from all over the globe to create tasteful teas to brew at home. As the weather starts to cool down, hot tea becomes more and more enjoyable. Also, try their mother’s recipe of Maya Chai. It is sold as a concentrate and is as special as it sounds.
Trail Dust Town (6541 E. Tanque Verde Road) – Friday from 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
  • The Roasted Chile is dedicated to delivering freshly roasted chiles, along with an assortment of breads to the market each week.  This Southwest loving vendor knows the region well and how to bring out its flavors in the best possible way.

For more information visit heirloomfm.org.

Jennifer Rothschild is an aspiring freelance food writer by night.

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