What do we love about Arizona farmers markets? Locally gown, seasonal produce. Handcrafted food products. Freshly baked bread. Running into someone you know or even better, meeting someone new. Shaking the hand of the person who grew or made your food. Supporting the local food system. There are so many reasons why we love to head out to our local farmers markets and and this week, we have one more to add to the list. As a recognition of the "many important contributions farmers make to daily life in America," the United States Department of Agriculture has proclaimed the week of August 4th through 10th, 2013 as National Farmers Market Week. Help us celebrate by showing our Farmers Markets statewide some big love! FIND A FARMERS MARKET Arizona has no shortage of farmers markets, so much that you just might have a hard time deciding where to go! Click here for a list of farmers markets in Phoenix, Payson, Sierra Vista, Tucson, Gilbert, Tempe, Casa Grande, Ahwatukee, Avondale, Mesa and Peoria. Many of these markets act as drop-off points for CSA's, or Community Supported Agriculture. Be sure to check and see what options are available at your market. You can also find many great food resources on Arizona farmers markets as well as maps on where to find farms, CSA's, markets and more on the Good Food Finder website- we highly recommend it!
More suggestions for making the most of National Farmers Market Week:
- Bring someone who has never been to a farmers market with you on your trip to your favorite market this week. Show them why you love it, make the rounds and fill them in on what you buy and why.
- Find an ingredient or food that you have never tasted or cooked with before and try a new recipe with it. Invite friends to do the same and see what you come up with- make a dinner party out of it! If you have questions, ask the growers for ideas.
- In addition to your normal market trip, make plans to try a market in a different part of town or in a different part of the state (road trip, anyone?). Every market has its own personality and you are bound to see different farmers and food producers at each market- have fun exploring your state, the foodie way.
- Are you looking to make a more meaningful commitment to the people who grow your food? This week is a great time join a CSA program. CSA, or Community Supported Agriculture, is a way to pay a grower in advance for a season's worth of fresh produce.
Tell us your story! If you have National Farmers Market Week experiences or photos you would like to share, email [email protected] Have a great time at the markets!