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Thursday Oct 11
Hours: Year round 10 am - 2 pm
Closing earlier if weather threatens
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Fall Break Activities at the Market

BigHunkLlamaLots of students are off school this week for Fall Break looking for things to do. A visit to the Sierra Vista Farmers provides a day of fun, fresh air, and learning. There will be special activities this Thursday that everyone in the family can enjoy. We will have a pumpkin patch, live animals, and scavenger hunt quizzes. Be sure to check out the annual mesquite milling - it's an interesting process to watch.

In addition to the special activities, customers can find most all the usual vendors, selling naturally raised meats, fresh eggs, seasonal produce, baked goods, and many specialty items.

Plan for lunch from one of our food trucks and enjoy live music from the Simmons Family Band.


Community Mesquite Milling this Thursday

2013milling4Baja Arizona Sustainable Agriculture (BASA) will bring their hammer mill to the market this Thursday for their annual mesquite milling. Community members can bring mesquite pods and have them milled into nutritious flour. Even those who didn’t harvest any pods this year can stop by to watch the milling and purchase mesquite flour and mesquite cookbooks, sample mesquite goodies, and learn about harvesting a variety of native desert foods.
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Pumpkin Patch

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Arevalos Farm will have a load of pumpkins from their farm, with a special area for painting and decorating them. While the kids are decorating pumpkins, parents can look over the fresh fall produce at their booth. Pick up some free printed recipes for the many varieties of nutritious winter squash.


Live Animals

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Thunder Mountain Alpaca Ranch will bring an alpaca, llama, and a sheep to the market this Thursday. The young and young-at-heart will get the opportunity to observe and pet these interesting animals, as well as purchase many useful items made from the excellent (and hypoallergenic) alpaca fleece.

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Gracewater Farm will bring a young goat and some chickens.


turkey 2Cluck-cluck Farms will bring a real live turkey. You can order one for your holiday meal, by the way. They are taking orders for locally raised turkeys, which will be processed and frozen, and available for pick up at the markets of Nov. 8th and 15th. These birds are hand-raised on non GMO feed and organic pasture. Order at Simmons Honey’s booth or the trailer of San Ysidro Farm, or email cluckcluckfarms01@gmail.com. You’ll need a $20 deposit when placing the order.


Scavenger Hunt

scavengerhuntPick up a scavenger hunt sheet at the Info booth to help kids learn about seasonal produce. The questionnaires can be filled out by children with or without the help of their parents.


Cukes for Pickling - Get them before Season Ends

picklingCukeIf you have considered making pickles, be sure to pick up some cucumbers before the season ends. You’ll find larger sizes and also small pickling cucumbers at Backyard Gardening & Growing and In the Beginning Produce.

These cucumbers are much different than what you’ll find at a grocery store, where they are likely coated in wax, which means you have to peel off the healthy fiber and vitamins that are housed in the skin. Market growers have a large assortment of different varieties of pickles and can educate you about their different properties and how well they work for pickling. Ask at the Information booth if you are having trouble finding what you need!


Food Assistance Programs

SNAP-everywhereSNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program) cards can be swiped at the Information booth, where they will be exchanged for market script. The script can be accepted by market vendors to purchase eligible foods, such as fruits, vegetables, eggs, meats, and more.

Several growers also accept WIC Farmers Market Nutrition Program checks.

We also particpate in the Double Up Bucks Arizona program where SNAP customers get double their money up to $20 per market day.


Live Music

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Market shoppers and vendors will be The Simmons Family Band this Thursday. The musicians always appreciate your tips so please be generous!

Vendor List

Besides what is mentioned in this column, there are many more vendors and lots of other products offered at the market. To see which vendors are scheduled this week, click here

Scheduled Absences: Udderly Natural Goatmilk Products, Greenstone Collection Pottery, Mayan Mills, Six Gun Angoras


Bartlett Pears!

pearThe Bartlett pear variety is an American classic with its yellow color and bell shape. Bartlett pears are exceptionally sweet, juicy, and have a buttery texture when ripe. Pears are among the most popular fruits in the world, and it’s no wonder why! They are an excellent source of fiber and vitamin C, low in calories, are sodium free, fat free, and cholesterol free. Pick them up at the booth of Backyard Gardening & Growing and place them on your counter in a paper bag for a few days. When they are just a bit soft to the touch, it’s time to start slicing into them. Enjoy the wonderful taste and smooth texture that only a Bartlett pear provides.


Other Produce in Season

pomegranateRuth’s Garden will be set up at the Information this week with the last of her summer produce and a large supply of freshly picked pomegranates.

Hilltop Hydroponics will bring living lettuce, baby greens, butter lettuce mix, both cherry and large tomatoes, and European cucumbers. Be sure to pick up some nutritious micro-greens. This week you can choose from: daikon radish, red cabbage, broccoli, sunflower, or wheatgrass. Add a nutritional punch to your salads, soups, and sandwiches.

With temperatures cooling down and plants slowly preparing for hibernation, Just-A-Pinch will be selling its remaining herb plants at reduced prices. These portable plants will continue to grow indoors throughout the winter, and many of them will go into hibernation and come back in the spring. Just-A-Pinch will also stop creating new plants for the year, so be sure to get your tasty herbs before they're gone!

Backyard Gardening & Growing will have: Gala, Grannie Smith, and Pixie Crunch (Winnie’s favorite) apples, Bartlett pears, green and red okra, red-podded long beans, cucumbers and pickling cucumbers, tomatoes, eggplant, fresh herbs, and mesquite flour.

In the Beginning Produce has onions, garlic, potatoes, beans, squash, and more.

The Sanchez family will bring more of their delicious medjool dates this week. These dates are fresh, sweet, and melt in your mouth with a buttery, smooth texture.

Arevalos Farm will bring some winter greens, lots of winter squash varieties, mechudo beans, and more. They will also have more of the Italian sweet peppers called, “Corno di toro” (horn of the bull). It is much sweeter than the typical red bell variety you’ll find in stores.


What's New?

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Celestial Breads has a new and improved recipe for delicious, soft, buttery Challah bread. This simple recipe is loaded with moisture from many eggs and three rises in the process of preparing the dough. Try their new take on their original item- the “Everything Challah,” which is their plain Challah loaf baked with a topping of salt, garlic, onion, poppy and sesame seeds. Did you know that when you buy their products, a portion goes to the local Good Neighbor Alliance shelter, the Shiloh Israel Children's Fund, and Care Net of Sierra Vista? Stop by and help out the community and those across the globe while also enjoying a delicious baked treat. Check Celestial Breads’ Facebook page for regular updates, specials, coupons, and to preorder what you'd like to pick up on Thursdays at the market. Shalom from their family to yours!

Golden Rule Dairy will be at the market selling half gallon jugs of whole, raw milk. Stop by for a free sample and enjoy the rich flavor of real milk, straight from the cow in its natural form with all the nutrition and important enzymes intact. They are presently sold out of kefir grains but more are in the making! Also, they will have their homemade granolas again this week: Butter Pecan Granola, Maple Walnut, and a new one they have made just for the season!

The Sweet Stop will feature Apple Walnut Bread this Thursday, a delicious dessert bread made with organically grown apples from baker Donna Kolar’s own orchard.

Simmons Honey Ranchito will bring lots of local honey. They now have two new containers for honey. Choose from a 2.25 lb. glass jar and a 5 lb. plastic jug for those seeking more value or who prefer a glass container in a smaller size. Three Berry Jam, Strawberry-Rhubarb Jam, and Blueberry-Lemon Marmalade are all back in stock this week.


Oktoberfest
Desert Oasis Soap Company’s new “Oktoberfest” soap was a hit last week. Owner and soap maker Greg Richardson will bring more this Thursday. Not only does it smell wonderful in your own soap dish, but it also makes a perfect gift. This delightful seasonal soap features stout ale, dark oatmeal, pumpkin, and amber. Stop by the Desert Oasis Soap booth to check out “Oktoberfest” as well as the other items in their line of products.
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