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Thursday Dec. 6, 2018
Hours: Year round 10 am - 2 pm
Closing earlier if weather threatens
See Vendor List for market location
www.sierravistafarmersmarket.com

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Local Foods for Holiday Meals

DebWithSheepAndGuardSteer 2For holiday meals, check out the wide variety of hormone and antibiotic free meats available at the market. When animals are raised and pastured naturally they are not as susceptible to disease, making antibiotics virtually unnecessary. Check out our ranchers’ supply of beef, goat, lamb, yak, pork, chicken, and wild caught salmon.

San Ysidro Farm, Sky Island Brand, Emu Enterprises & Yarlung Cattle Company, and White Cane Sockeye Salmon should be able to fill your needs for just about any type of meat cut that you are looking for, as well as soup bones, organ meats, sausage, chorizo, brats, and more.

Our knowledgeable market ranchers and fishermen are happy to talk to customers about their products. For some eye opening information, ask Randy at White Cane Sockeye Salmon about farm raised salmon versus wild-caught. Or talk to rancher Dennis Moroney about the differences in meats from confined animal feeding operations (CAFOs) as opposed to pastured animals. It will make you realize the importance of knowing and trusting your food sources.

Pictured above: Deb Moroney of Sky Island Brand tends to a herd of Churro sheep at the family’s ranch in McNeal. Churro, a heritage breed that is adapted to our region, provides not only great meat, but also luxurious wool which can be purchased at their market booth.  photo courtesy of Dennis Moroney


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Arizona grown citrus makes a nice addition to the dinner table. We have navel oranges, tangerines, grapefruit, lemons, and mandarinquats. You’ll find lots of fresh greens such as lettuce, spinach, chard, and kale, as well as sweet potatoes and squash. Look for specialty items, such as; honeys, jams, pickles, salsas, pistachios, pecans, dark chocolate, coffees, candies, lollipops, beef jerkies, and ceviche. Challenge yourself to add locally produced foods to your holiday dinners. Remember to bring your knives to be sharpened while you shop.

If you prefer not to cook, make things easy with homemade frozen foods that you can heat and serve. Pick up take 'n' bake Italian dinners at Lasagna & More, gourmet soups at Ginny’s Eclectic Kitchen, tamales at Tortilleria Arevalo, posole at Arevalos Farm, pasties at San Ysidro Farm, and more.
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Produce in Season

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Fresh greens are in season right now. Try to incorporate some of these vitamin and nutrient rich foods into your diet! Freshness is retained with the short “farm to table” times that our market growers can provide. Many of them pick their produce the day before the market!

Irwin the Lettuce Man's daughter Donna will have freshly harvested young bok choi and new radishes this week, along with two varieties of Chard. She will also have red and green leaf lettuce, fresh salad mix, and beautiful young spinach in a limited quantity.

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A mandarinquat is a hybrid of a mandarin and kumquat. They are delicious raw or cooked and can be eaten whole - skin and all. Backyard Gardening and Growing will bring mandarinquats, as well as lemons, apples (Pixie Crunch and Grannie Smith), greens such as Swiss chard, kale (curly and dino), spinach, fresh herbs (peppermint, oregano, parsley), and mesquite flour and recipes.

Arevalos Farm has rainbow chard, spinach, kale, salad greens, and sweet potatoes. They still have some delicata squash, as well as butternut squash. Check their freezer for their frozen roasted green chiles, posole, pumpkin puree, pumpkin ice cream, and nixtamal.

Sivonn’s Garden has a variety of greens, including: chard, lettuce, bok choi, and more. She’ll also have several types of mushrooms, as well as some of the season’s last apples.

Irma Estrada has made her seasonal appearance at the market, bringing navel oranges, grapefruits, lemons, and tangerines from groves in the Phoenix area. Buying citrus grown in Arizona helps keep our state’s growers in business.


Locally Made Peanut Butter and Dark Chocolate

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Cafe Cultiva not only roasts coffee, but also cacao beans, turning them into several flavors of delicious dark chocolate. These bars offer a perfect way to indulge in chocolate and get its healthful antioxidants.

Try dipping a piece into the 100% organic hand-milled peanut butter that you can pick up at the booth of Sky Island Brand and you will discover a peanut butter-chocolate combination that tastes genuine, not overly sweet like commercial brands.


Free Wall Calendar

IMG_8720Pick up a 2019 Sierra Vista Farmers Market wall calendar at the Information booth. These calendars give you a look at the entire year at a glance. The calendars are free but donations are gratefully accepted.


Food Assistance Program

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.

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: Hilltop Hydroponics, PT Woodworks, Mayan Mills


What's New?

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Lasagna & More is featuring two delicious take ‘n’ bake entrees this week, along with all the usual frozen, heat-and-serve dishes. Try the Three Meats Lasagna with roasted green chiles, or the new Mediterranean Chicken Pasta with sun-dried tomatoes and a green pesto sauce. Need to feed more people for the holidays? They offer family sizes that feed 5 or more. Stop by Chef Scotty’s booth to sample his delicious sauce.

Ogden Maple Farm has sold out of all their products for the rest of the season. They appreciate everyone’s interest in their family operation and thank all the customers for making their market days a success. They will be returning in April 2019 with syrup from their next sap run and look forward to seeing everyone again.

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Desert Oasis Soaps now has some of their popular holiday soaps in stock. These gentle handmade soaps, like the minty “Candycane” make perfect gifts.

Golden Rule Dairy will be at their booth selling raw milk, kefir grains and homemade granola. This week they will debut an unsweetened granola for those who are sugar free. Try making your own kefir drink with their dried grains and enjoy the health benefits.

Planning to make eggnog in the next couple weeks? Try using creamy raw milk from the market along with farm fresh market eggs. You'll not only get a better wholesome taste, but many more nutrients.


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Happy Channukah from Celestial Breads! Why do people eat foods cooked in oil (like latkes, for instance) during the Feast of Dedication? To remember the cleansing, sanctification, and rededication of the Holy Temple in Jerusalem. Part of that process was to find pure oil for the golden Menorah. For the Feast of Dedication, Celestial Breads will have latkes again this week. They were a big hit last week and went fast. Stop by their booth and get your mix and match batch of traditional, fresh herb, or sweet potato latkes. They'll also have traditional sufganyiot, which are handmade jelly doughnuts. Don't forget to pick up a loaf of Challah, a soft, buttery, braided dinner bread. Try their "Everything Challah" for a different taste, with salt, garlic, onion, sesame and poppy seed topping. The Celestial Breads family wishes Shalom from their family to yours.

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Local honeys will be in good supply at the Simmons Honey Ranchito booth. Their new 2.25 Lb. glass jar gives you a choice of Mesquite Honey or Desert Wildflower Honey and provides a option for those that want a glass jar in a smaller quantity. They also have a limited quantity of 5 lb. jugs available for those that want a larger size (closer to a half gallon). Raw Bee Pollen and Honey Comb will also be on their tables this week, along with many of their popular jams and jellies such as Apple Butter, Pumpkin Butter, Strawberry Rhubarb Jam, and Rhubarb Jam.


Live Music

IMG_5578Market shoppers and vendors will be entertained by Scott Davis this Thursday. The musicians always appreciate your tips so please be generous!
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