March is “Start Your Garden Month” at the Santa Cruz River Farmers’ Market

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Santa Cruz River Farmers’ Market

Upcoming Events & Activities: 

March is “Start Your Garden Month”

at the Santa Cruz River Farmers’ Market

March is “Start Your Garden Month” at the Santa Cruz River Famers’ Market and there will be many activities during the month to help you start planting.  Many vendors and activities at the Market in March will have resources, information and material to help you start a garden.  Seedlings, gardening materials and information about free gardening classes will be available every Thursday.  The Santa Cruz River Farmers’ Market is located in the Mercado San Agustin at 100 S. Avenida Del Convento near the corner of Congress and Grande.  It is held each Thursday from 3:00 to 6:00 PM.

MARCH EVENTS:

March 7th – Bonnie Wolf, Child Nutrition Education Coordinator will demonstrate how to cook seasonal produce that is available at the Market.  She will also have children’s coloring exercises, puzzles and nutrition information.  The Community Food Bank Garden team will also host a SEED EXCHANGE.  Bring your garden seeds to swap and let the team share their expertise about organic desert gardening.

March 14th – Chef Robert Oser will conduct a demonstration of cooking healthy vegetarian recipes.  Rob is a retired natural foods chef and uses items available at the Market.

March 21st – “Story Time” with Paula Maez from the Pima County Library will read an age appropriate book about vegetables, farms and farmers’ markets.

March 28th – Lady Bug release and beneficial insects demonstration by Arbico Organics. See how bugs can benefit your garden with natural products for gardeners and growers.

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Santa Cruz River Farmers’ Market hours:

Thursdays, 3-6 p.m. October-April
Mercado San Agustin, 100 S. Avenida del Convento
West of I-10 at Congress and Grande (View Larger Map)

 The Santa Cruz River Farmers’ Market is a program of the Community Food Bank of Southern Arizona and accepts SNAP (food stamps), WIC vouchers, Arizona Farmers Market Nutrition vouchers, cash, as well as credit and debit cards.

Learn More about the Santa Cruz River Farmers’ Market



Farmers’ Market Activities this February

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Santa Cruz River Farmers’ Market

Upcoming Events & Activities: 

During the month of February the Santa Cruz River Farmers’ Market will have some great cooking demonstrations and activities for the kids. Shop Local and Support the Community Food Bank!  Find fresh, sustainably grown foods while supporting local farmers and producers.

 

FEBRUARY EVENTS:

February 7:  Cooking Demonstration with Chef Lilly!  Bonnie from the Child Nutrition Program will have kids’ activities.

February 14:  Zumba for Kids, 4-5 pm!  Cooking Demonstration with Chef Rob.

February 21:  Story Time with the Pima County Library, 4-5 pm. Cooking Demonstration and Kids’ Activities with Bonnie.

February 28:  YOGA 4 YOUTH with Lori, 4-5 pm.

Santa Cruz River Farmers’ Market hours:

Thursdays, 3-6 p.m. October-April
Mercado San Agustin, 100 S. Avenida del Convento
West of I-10 at Congress and Grande (View Larger Map)

Learn More About the Santa Cruz Farmers’ Markets HERE.

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Shop Local for the Holidays Dec 13

Community Food Bank’s Santa Cruz River Famers’ Market
Hosts “Shop Local for the Holidays” on December 13th

 

The Community Food Bank of Southern Arizona’s Santa Cruz River Farmers’ Market will host “Shop Local for the Holidays” on Thursday December 13, 2012 from 3:00 to 6:00 PM.  The Market is located in the Mercado San Agustin at 100 S. Avenida del Convento (near the corner of Congress and Grande).

The “Shop Local” event will feature handmade crafts and food samples from Iskashitaa Refugee Network.  Iskashitaa Refugee Network is a grass roots organization that helps rebuild refugee lives through partnerships with volunteers and local organizations.  Staff and volunteers unite refugees and the community through unique programs designed to empower the refugees.

Also available for sale will be local honey, jams & jellies, mesquite flour, homemade pies, salsas and soups.

The Santa Cruz River Farmers’ Market is a program of the Community Food Bank of Southern Arizona and accepts SNAP (food stamps), WIC vouchers, Arizona Farmers Market Nutrition vouchers, cash, as well as credit and debit cards.

For more information, contact Nadia Delgado at (520) 882-3313 or log onto www.communityfoodbank.org.

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Mequite Milling at Santa Cruz River Farmers’ Market on November 5

 Santa Cruz River Farmers’ Market and

the Desert Harvesters to Host Mesquite Milling 

on November 15, 2012

 

Many in Tucson are familiar with the mesquite trees in our neighborhoods, but few know that these native trees are an excellent source of food.  Mesquite pods are a versatile food that may be ground into nutritious flour or sweeteners – the perfect addition to pancakes, breads or your favorite cookies.

Join the Santa Cruz River Famers’ Market on Thursday, November 15, 2012 from 3:00 to 6:00 PM for a mesquite milling event.  The Desert Harvesters will mill your mesquite pods and charge $2.00 per gallon for whole pods, with a minimum of $5.00.   For more information, go to www.desertharvesters.org.

Check out the recipes that include mesquite flour or pods and try a free sample from Barbara Rose’s “Cooking with Mesquite” demonstration.

The Santa Cruz River Farmers’ Market is located at El Mercado San Agustin, 100 S. Avenida del Convento, west of I-10 near Congress and Grande.

All Community Food Bank of Southern Arizona’s Farmer’s Markets accept SNAP (food stamps), WIC checks, Arizona Farmers’ Market Nutrition vouchers, cash, credit and debit cards.

For more information, contact Nadia Delgado at (520) 882-3304



Fall Harvest Festival at Santa Cruz River Farmers’ Market

Santa Cruz River Farmers’ Market

Celebrates a “Fall Harvest Festival” 

Thursday, October 25th (3-6p.m.)

The Santa Cruz River Farmers’ Market will celebrate a “Fall Harvest Festival” on Thursday, October 25, 2012 from 3:00 to 6:00 PM.  The Market is located in Mercado San Agustin at 100 S. Avenida Del Convento near the corner of Congress and Grande.

Join the “Fall Harvest Festival” and shop for a large selection of local, fall seasonal produce.  Cooking demonstrations will provide ideas for how to prepare healthy autumn dishes.  Fifteen to twenty vendors will also be selling breads, pies, tortillas, honey, plants, local eggs and meat.  All made with local, natural ingredients.

There will be activities for the children attending the Festival that will include pumpkin decorating, face painting and music by a live student Mariachi Band.

The Santa Cruz River Farmers’ Market is a program of the Community Food Bank of Southern Arizona and accepts SNAP (food stamps), WIC vouchers, Arizona Farmers Market Nutrition vouchers, cash, as well as credit and debit cards.

For more information, contact Nadia Delgado at (520) 882-3304


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Fall Festival at Las Milpitas De Cottonwood


You are invited to a fall festival at Las Milpitas de Cottonwood!

LAS MILPITAS DE COTTONWOOD - FALL FESTIVAL!

Saturday, October 13th
12-4 pm

2405 S. Cottonwood Lane
Las Milpitas de Cottonwood (Community Farm)

Enjoy food, music and games for kids.

Free!

For more information:
bbernini@communityfoodbank.org

520-869-3612

¡Fiesta del otoño!
sábado, 13 de octubre
Disfrute de comida, música y juegos para niños.
¡Gratis!
Para más información:
bbernini@communityfoodbank.org
520-869-3612



Santa Cruz River Farmer’s Market was selected as the Top Farmers’ Market in Arizona

September 2012

Santa Cruz River Farmer’s Market selected as the Top Farmers’ Market in Arizona

The Community Food Bank’s Santa Cruz River Farmer’s Market was selected as the Top Farmers’ Market in Arizona, followed by the Farmers’ Market at the Community Food Bank in the Top Five list from American Farmland Trust.

Click here to learn more about the Community Food Bank’s award winning Farmers’ Markets.



Rainwater Harvesting Workshop

WHAT: A “How To” Presentation on Rain Water Harvesting

WHEN: Monday, September 17, 2012, 6:30 p.m.
WHERE: Corpus Christi Community Center
300 N. Tanque Verde Loop Rd.

The class is FREE. However. If you wish, a donation of $5.00 or two cans of food for the Community Food Bank, would be appreciated.

Guest Speaker Leona Davis

  • how a rainwater harvesting system would work at your home.
  • harvesting rainwater in the soil and in storage tanks, the cost, sizing and materials involved in home rainwater systems.
  • please bring your questions, experience, and ideas about rainwater harvesting at your house.

 

Download the flyer for this event

Transitioning into a community that adapts to the desert
Sponsored by the Sacred Spaces Environmental Ministry.
Contact Jo Behrman at 955-­4478 for additional information



Marana Heritage Farm is now The Marana Community Food Bank Farm

 The Community Food Bank of Southern Arizona’s project formally known as The Marana Heritage Farm has changed its name to The Marana Community Food Bank Farm.  This new title will better reflect the Food Bank’s role in the Town of Marana’s Heritage Park conservation effort to celebrate the community’s history and culture.

The Marana Community Food Bank Farm occupies three of acres of land and is dedicated to growing high quality fresh fruits and vegetables for the Farmers’ Market program of the Community Food Bank of Southern Arizona.  It also serves as an education and demonstration farm for members of the community.  The Farm is located at 12375 N. Heritage Park Drive, Marana, AZ 85653.

For more information on The Marana Community Food Bank Farm, contact Maggie Whiteside at (520) 682-3837 or Cell at (520) 468-1416.



Santa Cruz River Farmers’ Market Launches Desert Harvest Workshop Series

On June 28, 2012 from 4:00 to 7:00 PM the Santa Cruz River Farmers’ Market will host a Mesquite Harvesting workshop.   Taught by local food expert, Amy Schwemm, the workshop will show community members how to identify, harvest and store mesquite pods that are ready to harvest this time of year.

The Mesquite Harvesting workshop will be the first in a series of three workshops that focus on harvesting, storing and processing seasonal desert foods.  The Desert Harvest Workshop Series provides a way for community members to learn about the plentiful, highly nutritious food sources of the Sonora Desert.

The second workshop, also taught by Amy Schwemm, will focus on harvesting, processing and cooking with prickly pear, which is abundant in the desert in late summer.  This workshop will happen on August 16, 2012 from 4:00 to 7:00 PM.

Finally, participants who save the mesquite pods they collect in the summer can mill them into flour at the annual Santa Cruz River Farmers’ Market Mesquite Milling, scheduled for November 15, 2012 from 3:00 to 6:00 PM.  In addition to the milling, which will be provided by Desert Harvesters, participants can expect to find instructions on how to cook with mesquite flour.

Market shoppers can also expect to find locally-grown summer produce including tomatoes, garlic, squash, melons, chilies and much more.  Also available are honey, fresh eggs, goat cheese, free-range meat, baked goods and garden plants.

The Mesquite Harvesting workshop is free and open to the public.  All of the Community Food Bank of Southern Arizona Farmers’ Markets accept SNAP (food stamps), WIC checks, Arizona Farmers Market Nutrition vouchers, cash, credit and debit.  The Santa Cruz River Farmers’ Market runs every Thursday from 4:00 PM to 7:00 PM in Mercado San Agustin, at 100 S. Avenida Del Convento near the corner of Congress and Grande.