This Week at the Farmers Market: Apples, Limes & Sugarcane

This week promises several opportunities for fresh, local produce. It’s citrus season squash season is ending. Enjoy the leafy greens and sweet fruit, all grown on the farms in our community.

Community Food Bank Farmers Markets

Now that school is back in session after the break, the Community Food Bank’s BackPack Program is up and running. Many children don’t have food to eat over the weekend when they head home from school on Fridays. To help solve this injustice, qualifying students are able to take home a backpack filled with nutritious, kid-friendly food. For more information or to donate to this program, visit the Community Food Bank’s website here.

Santa Cruz River Farmers Market

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

  • Sleeping Frog Farm has harvested sweet potatoes, apples, squash, carrots, leeks and garlic.
  • Frisky Fresh Fish Tucson sells sustainably caught Alaskan seafood. Stop by to look at the variety of king salmon, pacific cod, rock-fish and king crab.
Community Food Bank Farm Stand

3003 S. Country Club Rd., 8 a.m. – noon Tuesday

  • Abundant Harvest Cooperative will have a beautiful selection of kale, lemons, arugula, tangelos, sweet limes, sugarcane and broccoli this week to enjoy.

For more information visit communityfoodbank.org.

FoodInRoot

This Sunday at the St. Philip’s Plaza Farmers Market, gather at 9 a.m. for a bit of fitness. The kick off for the 2017 Yoga at the Market classes will begin. To celebrate this special class, there will be energetic rounds of Sun Salutations, meditations and everyone’s favorite part – savasana. Class will be $7 and for more information, visit the event page here.

Banner UMC Farmers Market

1501 N. Campbell Ave., 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Friday

  • Mission Coffee Imports is a small batch, artisan coffee roasting company that specializes in “fresh roasted” and “at peak” coffee. Get a great cup of coffee and meet the passionate people who made it.
  • Mouth of the South Salsa has the high quality, authentic tasting salsa you have been craving. Every jar has the same consistent flavor that makes this vendor a popular stop at every market.
St. Philip’s Plaza Farmers Market

4280 N. Campbell Ave., 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. Sunday

  • Tucson Honey Company is ready and waiting for you to try its locally made honey and taste the difference. There are many benefits to eating honey made in your area versus what’s found at a traditional store, stop by to hear all about it from the owner himself.
  • Planet of the Crepes, one of Tucson’s favorite food trucks will be on hand for you to enjoy a freshly made crepe filled with so many delicious ingredients. Text your order ahead of time to (520) 271-6083 to avoid waiting in line.

For more information visit foodinroot.com.

Heirloom Farmers Markets

At Rillito Park and Trail Dust Town, both markets accept SNAP/EBT cards. Everyone who has a card is eligible to participate and receive an extra $20 free for additional fruits and vegetables. WIC checks are also accepted at all three markets. For more information, head to heirloomfm.org.

Rillito Park

4502 N. 1st Ave., 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. Sunday

  • La Oesta Gardens produces a large variety of vegetables and herbs. Its specialty includes salad mixes, lemon grass and bok choy. A market staple for over 16 years, these local farmers are well known for their distinctive flavors.
Oro Valley

10901 N. Oracle Rd., 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. Saturday

  • Mutt’s Premium Hot Dogs uses premium hot dogs and sausages made in Wisconsin to serve quality meals. Customer favorites include the Snoring Dog, Messy Dog and the Sweet Dog.
Trail Dust Town

6541 E. Tanque Verde Rd., 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. Friday

  • Desert Treasures Orange Groves is Tucson’s only remaining orange and date grove with over 10 varieties of locally grown citrus. Fight off those winter colds with some extra vitamin C and grab a few tangelos, lemons and kumquats.

For more information visit heirloomfm.org.

Jennifer Rothschild is an aspiring freelance food writer by night.

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