This Week at the Market: Butternut Squash, Beets & Bell Peppers

By Jenny Rothschild
October 20, 2016

This season in Tucson is full of community events, concerts and festivals. While the social calendar continues to fill up, it is important to make time to fill our refrigerators and pantries with local, fresh food. Save a spot in your schedule to take an hour or so to meet with the hard working, energetic market vendors.

Community Food Bank Farmers Markets

Pure Joy Planet, a global culinary school, will be at the Santa Cruz River Market on Thursday. Stop by and meet instructors that have trained over 300 students from 20 different countries since 2010. Learn how to use fresh produce in creative, delicious and unique ways from the vegetables available at the market.

Santa Cruz River Farmers Market

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

  • RattleBox Farm has harvested a beautiful variety of carrots, chard, kale, bok choi, beets and butternut squash.
  • Dragnass Soups makes lovely handmade soaps, shampoos, scrubs, and balms. All of the products use organic herbs, natural colors and oils.
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 will be bringing a bright collection of produce, including apples, garlic, bell peppers, sweet peppers, zucchini, fresh herbs, pomegranates, peaches and eggs.

For more information visit


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 19.

Banner UMC Farmers Market

1501 N. Campbell Avenue, Friday from 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

  • Hand Picked Produce carries local eggs, along with a wide variety of produce and fermented foods. Grab a jar of kimchi to enjoy all week long.
  • Mouth of the South Salsa has been busy making high quality, authentic, fresh salsa. Every jar has a consistent and delicious flavor that will make a great addition to any meal or snack. 
St. Philip's Plaza Farmers Market

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

  • Ausperitea comes to the market each week stocked full of a variety of tea. This tea loving vendor carries new flavors and some old favorites.
  • Dish for Dosha believes in feeding fresh, whole foods to our bodies for all of the known health and wellness benefits. Enjoy fresh juices and other local favorite snacks.

For more information visit

Heirloom Farmers Markets

Heirloom Farmers Markets welcomes Autumn Giles to the Rillito Park Farmers Market on Sunday from 9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. Ms. Giles will be signing copies of her first book, Beyond Canning. She will also be participating a chef demo where she will be teaching canning and fermenting using farmers market ingredients.

Rillito Park (4502 N. 1st Avenue) – Sunday from 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
  • Chabusco Hot Sauce has zesty, spicy sauces waiting for you at the market. Self described as "Louisiana tang meets Mexican heat in a storm of flavor," you won't want to miss this special sauce.
Oro Valley (10901 N. Oracle Road) – Saturday 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
  • Miracle Honeybee Company sells 100% pure beeswax and beeswax candles. Also stop by for a jar of seasonal mesquite comb honey.
Trail Dust Town (6541 E. Tanque Verde Road) – Friday from 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
  • Mo Coffee Roastery is dedicated to providing high quality single origin coffee that has been roasted to perfection to ensure your morning coffee starts your day off right.

For more information visit

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