The rush of the holiday season is here. Avoid the hustle and bustle of the shopping malls this year and think local. Go to one of the many farmers markets to pick up a gift or two.
Community Food Bank Farmers Markets
This week, the Santa Cruz River Farmers Market hosts a Holiday Bazaar during the normal market hours. The event will feature holiday specials and fit idea, vendors with homemade goods to share, a class on Barrel Cactus fruit and a visit from the Book Bike and Seed Library.
Santa Cruz River Farmers Market
100 S. Avenida del Convento, 3 - 6 p.m. Thursday
- Arivaca Community Garden has a beautiful collection of dates, cucumbers, onions, garlic, green beans, kale and chard to had some freshness and color to your meals.
- Cafe Justo sells one pound bags of organic coffee from Chiapas, Mexico. As the mornings get colder and the days get busier, a delicious cup of coffee is the best way to start any day.
El Pueblo Mobile Market
El Rio Parking lot, Irvington Road and 6th Avenue, 3 - 5 p.m. Monday
Community Food Bank Farm Stand
3003 S. Country Club Rd., 8 a.m. - noon Tuesday
- Abundant Harvest Cooperative brings sweet peppers, butternut squash, spaghetti squash, cherry tomatoes, tangerines and grapefruits this week to share.
For more information visit communityfoodbank.org.
FoodInRoot is branching out! On the second weekends of the month, FoodInRoot has partnered with Uncommon Markets located in Scottsdale, Arizona. The events will feature a combination of food items brought by FoodInRoot and curated goods from Uncommon Markets. Located at 7555 North Pima Road, Scottsdale, Arziona 85258, if you find yourself in the area, the events will run from 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. both Saturday and Sunday. For more information, visit the event page here.
Sycamore Park Twilight Market
7413 E. Sycamore Park Boulevard, 4:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. Friday
- Senor Cilantro has the answer to all of your spice needs. Look for this vendor for unique spice combinations like Garlic Onion Chile Cilantro, Burro Radish Cilantro and Garlic Lemon Cilantro.
- Churro Izuna makes traditional Mexican churros from a loved family recipe fresh for the market. Grab the sweet treat to enjoy while you walk around or take a few home for later.
St. Philip's Plaza Farmers Market
4280 N. Campbell Rd., 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. Sunday
- Sonoran Mushroom Company has the original bacon mushroom. They are harvested daily in Tucson and the demand continues to increase. If you haven't given them a try yet, this week should be the time.
- Z & D Kettlecorn takes its popcorn shop on the road so it is always fresh. The popcorn is simply delicious. Pick up two bags, one for snacking on and one for making a popcorn strand to decorate your tree with!
For more information visit foodinroot.com
Heirloom Farmers Markets
Save the date for Heirloom Farmers Market 2nd Annual Holidays at the Markets event. All three markets will be participating the weekend of December 16-18. Celebrate the unique flavors of Baja Arizona with over 80 vendors, lice music and a featured chef demo. Raffle tickets will also be sold to help raise money to support our local farming community. For more information, visit the events page at www.heirloomfm.org/events.
4502 N. 1st Ave., 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. Sunday
- Doctor Hummus sells a wide variety of mostly tahini free hummus. Flavors include Traditional, Roasted Garlic, Jalapeno Cilantro, and Kalamata Olive. Also make sure to take home a bag of the fresh pita chips to enjoy your hummus with!
10901 N. Oracle Rd., 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. Saturday
- Malta Joe's Baked Goods creates golden brown, savory pastries. The traditional Maltese Pastizzi originates from a family recipe handed down for generations. Other varieties include Cheese and Split Pea Curry.
Trail Dust Town
6541 E. Tanque Verde Rd., 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. Friday
- Lasagna and More by Chef Scotty is your answer to serving a gourmet meal without all of the work. Choose from four different lasagna dishes, two manicotti dishes or a baked pasta option. All are made with high quality natural ingredients.
For more information visit heirloomfm.org.