Marana Farmers’ Market “Fresh, local, affordable produce for sale by your community for your community”

The Community Food Bank’s Marana Farmers’ Market is now open to the public Monday evenings selling naturally grown local fruits and vegetables.

What:   Marana Farmers’ Market
When:  Every Monday 3pm-6pm through April, 4pm-7pm starting in May
Where: Marana Farm Ramada at the Heritage River Park
12375 N. Heritage Park Drive
West of I-10 on Tangerine turn left on Heritage Park Drive

The Marana Farmers’ Market sells locally grown fruits, vegetables, eggs, transplants and honey.  Shoppers can pay with cash, food stamps, debit, credit and Arizona Farmers’ Market Nutrition vouchers.  The vouchers are given to mothers and seniors participating in Women, Infants and Children (WIC) and Food Plus, both federal food programs.

The Farmers’ Market consists of seasonal naturally grown produce from the Food Bank Farm including carrots, lettuce, spinach, broccoli, cabbage and other items in the winter and melons, squash, cucumbers, eggplant and other seasonal fruits and vegetables in the summer. Produce including potatoes, onions, apples, peaches and grapes from other organic growers in Glendale, Arivaca, Dragoon and Willcox is also sold.

We are always Looking for More Northwest Growers of Any Size

The Marana Farmers’ Market would like to feature more produce from Northwest communities and is looking for people interested in growing and selling produce, eggs, honey and meat.  Growers could be any size from small home gardeners to farmers with acreage.  Local growers can set up their own booth for a small fee or can consign their produce for sale through the Food Bank’s Community Foods Consignment program.

For home gardeners, selling excess produce can be a great way to provide a little extra household income.  Approximately 25 home gardeners presently consign produce and eggs to the Food Bank and with help from volunteers the produce is sold at the Food Bank’s Farmers’ Markets.  All produce must be locally grown by the people who sell or consign it for sale.  Local produce is the tastiest and healthiest.

For more information about the Marana Farmers’ Market or the Consignment program please call Cie’na Schlaefli (520) 682-3837 or visit the Food Bank’s website

The Farm and Farmers’ Market are part of the Community Food Bank’s Community Food Resource Center which promotes, demonstrates, advocates and collaborates to support food production and strengthen communities.

Santa Cruz River Farmers’ Market Partners with El Grupo Youth Cycling Club for Bike-to-the-Market Event

Who:  Everyone invited!

What:  Santa Cruz River Farmers’ Market “Bike-to-the-Market” Event.

When:  Thursday, March 12, 2009,
Market Hours:  3:00 to 6:00 PM
Free Bike Maintenance at Market: 4:00 to 6:00 PM

Where:  NE corner of Speedway and Riverview, between Arizona School for the Deaf and Blind and El Rio Neighborhood Center

Admission:  Free and open to the public

The Santa Cruz River Farmers’ Market “Bike-to-the-Market” event will include free bike tune-ups, tire changing demos, bike maintenance tips, and bike maps to all customers who bike to the market.  All free bike services provided by members of El Grupo Youth Cycling Club from 4-6 PM.

Local produce selections at the Farmers’ Market will include salad and cooking greens, carrots, beets, radishes, cabbage, fennel, apples, citrus, pecans and much more.  Shoppers can also find honey, dried beans and grains, free-range beef, herbal remedies, locally roasted coffee, garden plants and cacti.

The Farmers’ Market accepts credit and debit cards, food stamps, and cash for purchases.

For more information, contact Sara Rickard at (520) 622-0525 x 242.

Curves 11th Annual Food Drive to Benefit Area Community Food Banks

The fifteen area Curves locations will participate in the 11th Annual Food Drive to benefit the Community Food Bank, the Green Valley Community Food Bank and the Marana Community Food Bank between March 9th and March 28th.

Curves will be giving back to the community by waiving its normal service fee for any new member who joins between March 9th and March 28th.  To qualify, simply bring a bag of non-perishable food or provide a monetary donation of $30 to any Curves location.  The food drive will help women manage their weight and their wallets by joining Curves for free, while helping to feed the hungry in Southern Arizona.

“The Curves Food Drive is always exciting,” said Megg Giufurta, owner of 3 Curves locations in Tucson and Vail, Arizona.  “We have a chance to help so many people during these uncertain economic times.  It’s a win-win situation for everyone and we’re proud to participate.”

Others from the community who wish to donate are also encouraged to drop off non-perishable food items at any Curves location Monday through Friday during business hours through the month of March.

The fifteen Curves locations are at:

101 S. LaCanada Drive, #67
Green Valley, AZ  85614

15615 N. Oracle Drive, #115
Catalina, AZ 85739

4145 W. Ina Road, Suite 151
Marana, AZ 85741

8250 N. Cortaro Farms Road, #140
Marana, AZ 85743

10355 N. La Canada Drive #157
Oro Valley, AZ 85737

6860 E. Sunrise Drive
Tucson, AZ 85750

2040 W. Orange Grove Road, #122
Tucson, AZ 85704

2816 N. Campbell Ave.
Tucson, AZ 85719

5671 E. Speedway Blvd.
Tucson, AZ 85712

9136 E. Valencia Road, #130
Tucson, AZ 85747

6970 E. 22nd Street, #106
Tucson, AZ 85710

9155 E. Tanque Verde Road, #127
Tucson, AZ 85749

150 S. Houghton, Suite 140
Tucson, AZ 85748

5975 N. Western Way, #117
Tucson, AZ 85713

13190 E. Colossal Cave Road, #130
Vail, AZ 85641

For more information on the Curves 11th Annual Food Drive, contact Megg Giufurta at (520 762-0225 or Cell at (520) 603-3373

Holualoa Tour of the Tucson Mountains


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Open to all ages and abilities, the Tour of the Tucson Mountains offers 70 and 27-mile courses.  The 70-mile event is a perimeter ride around the Tucson Mountains.  Both routes begin at Marana Town Hall and are generally flat, perfect for beginning riders. For volunteer opportunities, contact Cecilia Munoz at (520) 682-3001 or

Community Food Bank Offers Gleaning Program for the Tucson Area

The Tucson Community Food Bank is offering to pick surplus citrus from homes and businesses in the Tucson area.  This service is known as “Gleaning” or harvesting food that would otherwise go unused.

“It’s an easy way for someone to help their neighbors in need during these difficult economic times,” said Bill Carnegie, President/CEO of the Community Food Bank.  “There are thousands of orange, lemon, and grapefruit trees in the Tucson area with citrus products that go to waste each year.  These items can go a long way to help feed the hungry in our community.”

To schedule someone to come to a home or business and pick the citrus, call Oscar Santa Cruz at (520) 622-0525 x 222.

Write a Will Workshop


Join us for a free workshop with a top estate planning attorney!

The Community Food Bank, together with Literacy Volunteers of Tucson, Inc., Pima Community College Foundation and YMCA Foundation, is offering free workshops on updating and creating a will.

2009 Workshops

Tues, March 10, 10:00 a.m.
Jane Larrabee
Grace St. Paul’s Episcopal Church
2331 E. Adams Street

Thurs, March 19, 12:00 p.m.
Kay Richter
Community Food Bank
3003 S. Country Club Road

Wed, March 25, 1:00 p.m.
Robby Adamson
Northwest YMCA
7770 N. Shannon Road

Thurs, March 26, 10:00 a.m.
Elizabeth Spilotro
Northern Trust
6444 E. Tanque Verde Road

Mon, March 30, 3:00 p.m.
Robby Adamson
Advanced Content
Pima Community College,
Broadway Campus
4905 E. Broadway Blvd.

Workshops will fill quickly!
R.S.V.P. to 622-0525 ext. 492 to reserve your space.

Pound for Pound Challenge and Help Feed America!


For every pound you lose during the Pound For Pound Challenge, Pound For Pound will donate 10¢ to Feeding America™ – enough to provide one pound of groceries to a local food bank. $500,000 maximum donation. $100,000 guaranteed minimum donation. Learn more and make a pledge by visiting

Sustainability and Energy Exp09


Join us for the Sustainability and Energy EXP09: Building a Better Community on March 6-7, 2009, at the Tucson Convention Center. Find up-to-the-moment solar and energy technologies in southern Arizona. Hear from the national and regional experts. Learn more>>

3 p.m. to 7 p.m., March 6, 2009
10 a.m. to 7 p.m., March 7, 2009
Tucson Convention Center, Exhibit Hall A
260 S. Church Ave., Tucson, AZ

Admission: $5 for adults
Includes access to speakers, films and exhibit hall
Free for children 18 and under
Free for students and military with ID