Santa Cruz River Farmers’ Market Grand Opening

The Community Food Bank’s Santa Cruz River Farmers’ Market will celebrate its grand opening at a new location on Thursday, April 24, 2008 from 3:00 to 6:00 PM.  The new location is at the NE Corner of Speedway and Riverview (between the Arizona Schools for the Deaf and Blind and El Rio Neighborhood Center).

 The Santa Cruz River Farmers’ Market features locally grown fruits and vegetables, desert plants and seedlings for the garden, citrus trees, honey, Mexican baked goods and tortillas, fresh eggs, Tohono O’odham traditional crops and dried goods all direct from producers.  Produce now in season includes snow peas, fava beans, carrots, beets, greens, salad greens, salad turnips, citrus fruit, fennel and fresh herbs.

 In 2007, Eating Well magazine recognized Tucson’s Santa Cruz River Farmers’ Market as one of “America’s Top 10 Farmers’ Markets.”  To be eligible, markets had to offer food produced locally, sold directly and cultivated in an environmentally conscious way.

 “We are really pleased with our new location that should be easier for our customers to find,” said Kelly Watters, Farmers’ Market Manager.  Plans for the Grand Opening Celebration include live music by Jennifer Freidman, preview performance of “We Are What We Eat,” a collaboration between the CFB and NEW ARTiculations Dance Theatre that celebrates the human connection to food and the systems that feed us. Also there will be a Spring Seed Exchange and “Food Fun and Reading” activities for kids.

 The Santa Cruz River Farmers’ Market is operated by the Community Food Bank and started in August of 2005.  The Market accepts Quest cards or food stamps, WIC and Senior farmers’ market vouchers, cash, MasterCard and Visa debit or credit cards.

 For more information, contact Kelly Watters at (520) 622-0525 x 242 or kwatters@communityfoodbank.org.