This article was written by past Local Food Program Director, Steve Russell.
From August 3rd – 9th, communities across the nation will celebrate by visiting their neighborhood markets for special events and interactive experiences.
National Farmers Market Week (NFMW) could not fall at a better time in Arizona. The summer slows down parts of our economy, so NFMW provides a timely boost! Farmers’ Markets are an integral piece of the local food economy, because they provide a space for small growers and food artisans to sell their wares at a reasonable profit margin.
Read below to check out what some of our member markets are up to this year:
Heirloom Farmers’ Markets What better way to beat the heat and support local food than a parasol party at Tucson’s largest farmers market? Visit the Rillito Park Farmers’ Market on Sunday, August 3rd, to participate in their NFMW event, “Shop in the Shade: A Parasol Party!” Organizers will provide hundreds of beautifully colored parasols for shoppers to use while shopping over 70 local food vendors. There will be free beverages, special discounts and vendor giveaways; and you can check in on Yelp for a free pair of shades this weekend only!
Downtown Phoenix Public Market At both Wednesday and Saturday this week, The Downtown Phoenix Public Market will host a “Love Board” where patrons can post love notes to their farmers, as a way to say thanks! The market will also highlight each farmer on the Market’s Facebook page throughout the week, so stay tuned! OH and did I mention the contest for $25 Market Bucks?? The market team’s favorite Farmers’ Market selfie wins the prize!
Tempe Community Market Tempe Mayor Mark Mitchell will join patrons on Sunday, August 3rd, to proclaim Farmers Market Week in Tempe. Swing by for games and activities for youth, live music, raffles, and of course, all the farm fresh produce you could want!
Arizona Community Farmers’ Markets All across the state, ACFM will be keeping cool and celebrating the incredible farmers, ranchers, and food artisans that make our agricultural community so awesome! Check their full list of community markets on the LFA page above.
Gilbert Farmers Market It might be hotter than hot, but The Gilbert Farmers Market is OPEN for Business! Saturday Morning from 7am to 11am you can bring the family down and enjoy a Food Truck Breakfast from Luncha Libre & The Uprooted Kitchen. Then shop & sample 47 local vendors that include everything from Artisan Breads, Local Eggs, Gourmet Pasta Sauce, Sizzlin Hot Sauce and Local Produce! End the morning with a romp in the Gilbert Water Tower Splash Pad to cool down while you enjoy your Paleta from Paletas Betty! Don’t forget to thank you farmers for their dedication to feeding Arizona!
To find the full list of LFA Member Markets, visit: bit.ly/1rXuOBj