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Thursday Sept 13
Hours: Year round 10 am - 2 pm
Closing earlier if weather threatens
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Taste the Difference

JerseycowWe are fortunate to have so many hard-working food producers in our area that bring fresh, healthy foods to the Sierra Vista Farmers Market every Thursday. First-time visitors are often amazed by the wide variety of products offered, especially for a small-town market.

One hard-to-find item that surprises new customers is raw milk. Many people, especially those from states that prohibit it, are delighted to find this natural food. Arizona law permits the sale of certain raw milk and its products. Facilities that do so must be licensed and regulated by the AZ Dept. of Agriculture and meet all state regulations. According to the USDA, the Dairy Control Program regulates milk producers, who are checked regularly for overall sanitation to ensure safe, quality milk.

Golden Rule Dairy, a certified Grade A dairy, provides delicious raw whole milk in half gallon bottles each week. The Strite family, owners of Golden Rule Dairy, raises grass-fed jersey cows in pastures near Elfrida, in the Sulphur Springs Valley. Stop by their market booth to try this wholesome rich milk in its natural state - unpasteurized and full of enzymes, vitamins, minerals, and beneficial bacteria. They also offer homemade granola in three varieties as well as a sugar free type. Customers can purchase kefir grains and pick up an instruction sheet explaining how to use the kefir grains and raw milk to make pro-biotic rich kefir.


Winter Squash Season

IMG_8383Growers are bringing many interesting varieties of squash to the market, signaling the approach of the fall season. You'll find colors and varieties that are not available in grocery stores.

This week we are featuring spaghetti squash, named for its uncanny resemblance to spaghetti strands when cooked. However, spaghetti squash is nutritionally superior to regular pasta, containing large amounts of vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, and healthy omega fats. There are many easy ways to serve spaghetti squash. Ask our growers for their favorites and pick up recipes at the Information booth.

Another favorite winter squash, Delicata, is smaller than most winter squash, has a long and narrow shape, and is easy to clean, cut, and cook. It has a thin, edible, pale-golden skin with beautiful green stripes. The taste is delicious, similar to a sweet potato, and the texture is extremely creamy. Another bonus is that it is loaded with nutrients, especially vitamins A and C.


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Here is one very simple way to have a filling, low calorie, super nutritious meal that only takes about 5 minutes to prepare:
Cut squash in half lengthwise from stem to tail and scrape out the seeds. Drizzle with olive oil and season with salt and pepper, to taste. Place squash, cut-side down, onto a lightly oiled baking dish. Place into oven and roast until tender, about 35-45 minutes. Remove from oven and let rest until cool enough to handle. Using a fork, scrape the flesh to create long strands. Try sprinkling a little Parmesan cheese on top!


Ruth's Observations About Fresh Produce

RuthsGardenRuth LeFever (Ruth’s Garden) has noticed a few things about folks that come to shop for her organic produce and has submitted her thoughts:

“Each week I observe market shoppers at my booth looking at organic vegetables and trying to make decisions. Some come with the idea that they want pure and natural produce, full of flavor and nutrition. Others come with a view which they have learned by shopping at the grocery store chains. They are seeking “perfect” looking produce with no flaws such as cracks from growth. The shopper who comes looking for taste knows that the fruit or vegetable will have a huge range of size or shape, the colors will vary, and it may have blemishes.

Let's compare the taste. When I eat one of my own organically grown tomatoes, I cut the blemishes off to expose a juicy, flavor-packed fruit which sings with its robust flavor when it hits my tongue. Do I get that flavor when I slice open a commercial tomato? No, it is usually flavorless. Yes, I had a bit of waste with organic tomato but the rest of the tomato more than made-up for it!

Remember that when you purchase a product has been hybridized to hold up when being shipped long distances and to have a perfect look, the traits for flavor or nutrition are often left out. The organic produce you buy at the market may have size differences, shape variations and small flaws, but the result a nutritious product that tastes great!”
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Produce in Season

IMG_4283 2Arevalos Farm has more of their deliciously sweet red and yellow watermelon, as well as watermelon popsicles and drinks. They’ll also have spaghetti, butternut and delicata winter squash, cucumbers, okra, and their mechudo dry beans.

Fall may be coming around the corner, but Just-A-Pinch still has a collection of fresh summer herbs for sale - from basil to mint, and sage to oregano. And if you don't have a green thumb but need a little flavor for your weekend drinks or meal, they will harvest herbs at the market for all your culinary needs.

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Backyard Gardening & Growing will bring the last of the yellow and white peaches, a variety of apples and Bartlett pears, okra, beans, freshly cut herbs, squash, zucchini, and some wonderfully sweet Italian plums.

Hilltop Hydroponics will have living lettuce, spring mix, cherry and large tomatoes, European cucumbers, kale. For microgreens: Sunflower, daikon radish, red cabbage, and wheat grass. The University of Maryland did a study on microgreens and found that the nutrient value in Daikon radish microgreens is 40 times more nutritious than the fully grown variety. They also have a nice mild taste and a good shelf life. What's not to like?


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

Cochise Family Farm will have an assortment of fruits and veggies.


Organic Hibiscus Syrup

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Queen Ceviche will be back at the market this week after participating in a string of events and contests. Here’s a recipe for her watermelon/hibiscus margaritas from the Salsa and Tequila Challenge in Tucson last Sunday. Pick up her Organic Hibiscus syrup Thursday and try making one yourself.

Recipe
2 ounces Blanco tequila
1/4 ounce orange liqueur, Citronage
1/4 ounce Queen Ceviche Hibiscus syrup
1 ounce fresh lime juice
1/2 ounce agave or simple syrup
“Quickie” Recipe
2 ounces Blanco tequila
2 ounces margarita mix
1/4 ounce Queen Ceviche Hibiscus syrup

Note: A splash of filtered water or additional lime juice can be added to either recipe to adjust sweetness to your liking For rim: Tajin seasoning (available at Food City and other grocery stores) margarita salt and sugar - dip rim of glass into small plate with couple tablespoons of honey then into the salt mix. Fill with ice and pour in your margarita mixture. Enjoy!


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 treated to the music of 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 each week. To see which vendors are scheduled this week, click here !

Scheduled Absences: SAS-Z Nuts, Mustang Mountain Eggs, Mayan Mills, Greenstone Collection Pottery & Crafts, Jones Metal Arts, Fizzy Wonders


Naturally Raised Meats, Fish

salmonSky Island Brand is fully stocked with wild caught Sockeye Salmon from their good friends who are fishermen in Alaska. Right now they are selling fillets of salmon caught during this summer of 2018. You can also still purchase their salmon bellies and the smoked salmon as well.

This week at the market they are also featuring $50 lamb roast packs and $50 lamb BBQ packs ready to be picked up, all from their naturally raised heritage Navajo Churro sheep. Get great flavor and nice discounts!

And last, but certainly not least, they will have a new batch of their Homemade Cowboy Style Peanut Butter, made from 100% organic peanuts and absolutely nothing else, no added oils or sugars. This product has become a market favorite, with a pure peanut-y taste and a great texture.


What's New?

OilsHostoDavid Hosto of Hosto’s Holistic Health will be back at the market this week with his and wife Audrey’s popular line of 100% pure essentials oils. Also known as “The Gourd Man,” David will have many of his unique gourd creations ready for sale.

Big Skye Bakers is hoping to have some of his delicious peach galettes this Thursday. Baker Bodie Robins also promises that he will bring more of the savory galettes that have been so popular lately.


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The Sweet Stop will bring an assortment of her delicious homemade cookies: Shortbread, Butterhorns, Chocolate Chip, Oatmeal Raisin, and Treasure Cookies. All of master baker Donna Kolar’s goods are made with organic flour, real butter, and no artificial flavors or colors at her Cochise County licensed and approved commercial kitchen.

McDonald Farm has added another delicious product to her lineup of bars, cinnamon rolls, turnovers, scones, cookies, and more. Baker Dona Michael introduced her new French bread at the Bisbee Farmers Market last Saturday and it went over very well. Stop by her booth to try this new bread. In the ten years she has been coming to the Sierra Vista Farmers Market, we have never been disappointed with anything she makes!

Gracewater Farm has just harvested a new batch of moringa leaves from her trees and will have moringa powder for sale.

Make sure to visit Nichole, aka the AlterGirl Seamstress, this Thursday for any last minute sewing alterations and repairs. She will be gone for a month after this upcoming market and will return on Oct. 25. Get your clothes and coats ready for the fall and winter season. Buttons that are sewn on commercially are often loose and poorly sewn. Nichole, a professional seamstress, can reinforce those buttons so they don’t fall off and get lost! How about fixing torn pockets so your keys don’t fall out? Visit her market booth which she shares with The Hone Ranger Knife Sharpening. Remember to grab your dull knives and bring them along, too!

Steve Seplak of SAS-Z Nuts will be busy harvesting pistachios from his orchard so won’t be at the market this Thursday. However, he always sends along a supply with nextdoor neighbor vendor McDonald Farm, who will have them available at their booth.


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Did you see her last week quietly working in the shade? Marie-Paule is back doing her wonderful chair massages, after taking off for the hot summer. She will give you an excellent back massage according to your needs or abilities. Her price is unchanged, at only one dollar per minute. Take the time to give yourself a gift of relaxation and better health. You deserve it!

Simmons Honey Ranchito has a fresh batch of Beeswax blocks cleaned and ready. Beeswax has many uses - from making candles to mustache wax! The Simmons family also has local honey in in many varieties and sizes. It’s allergy season. Pick up some Raw Bee Pollen, sold in small tubs. It’s also available as a special order as a 5 pound bulk bag. Call for availability (520) 364-2745.
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