10 Health Benefits of Garlic

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Sure, pre-shelled and processed minced garlic is convenient but fresh garlic used in your foods has some pretty significant health benefits. Shop locally-grown garlic at the market this season.

10 Proven Health Benefits of Garlic

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Why Farmers Markets

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Unlimited Matching This Month

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Double Up Food Bucks Arizona is turning 3! Help us celebrate with a special offer for Double Up Food Bucks customers.  For the month of August only, there will be NO LIMIT on Double Up transactions.   This month help us celebrate by taking home even more fresh fruits and vegetables, dried beans, and food-producing plants and seeds.

Typically when customers spend $20 of SNAP/EBT at participating locations, they are matched with an extra $20 of Double Up tokens/currency per day.

Take the #HBDdoubleupAZ photo challenge

During the month of August, we challenge our customers to post creative photos incorporating our Double Up AZ temporary tattoos.

It’s easy to enter:

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Picking the Perfect Melon

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World Refugee Day

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World Refugee Day honors the strength and courage of refugees and encourages public awareness and support for people who have had to flee their homelands because of conflict or natural disaster.

Around the world, communities, schools, businesses, and people from all walks of life are taking big and small steps in solidarity with refugees.  This World Refugee Day, we challenge everyone to join together and take a step with refugees.  We encourage you to meet the market families, hear their stories, and support their businesses.

Join us Saturday June 22nd for a special market highlighting the many market refugee families and their stories. Event details here.

Read more to discover each family’s story.

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5 Best Ways to Store Apples Long Term

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Apples have become a common staple in most households and in fact are in the top three most consumed fruit.  To keep apples stocked year-round in grocery stores, apples are imported from the southern hemisphere.  However, apples are harvested in Arizona June through September.

Learn proper storage techniques to preserve apples so they don’t spoil too fast.  This can mean enjoying local apples year-round, reducing your food waste, and saving money.

5 Best Ways to Store Apples Long Term

  1. Keep them cool and dry
  2. Keep them apart (you could wrap each apple individually in butcher paper)
  3. Tart apples with thicker skin will last longer
  4. Handle with care and avoid bruising them
  5. Do not store them with potatoes
  6. BONUS TIP: Preserve them!  Try preserving them by canning, making sauce, or pie filling.  You can freeze apples. When you want to use them, just reheat in a skillet with brown sugar and cinnamon.  Lastly, you can dehydrate them and enjoy them for a snack.

 

Discover Our 10 Favorite Apple Facts

1.  Two pounds of apples make one 9-inch pie.

2. The apple tree originated in an area between the Caspian and the Black Sea.

3. Most apples are still picked by hand in the fall.

4. Apple trees take four to five years to produce their first fruit.

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Farmers Market Fresh Eggs Are No Yolk!

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Have questions about the differences between store bought versus farmers market fresh eggs? Wondering what’s better, cage-free versus free-range? We’re here to help you navigate your choices when buying eggs.

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Crop of the Week: Mature Spinach

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Spinach is a cool-weather vegetable. Along with other green, leafy vegetables contain an appreciable amount of iron, calcium and vitamins a and k. A fast-growing plant, it yields many leaves in a short time. The variety we’re used to seeing at the grocery stores is known as “baby spinach”.  It’s a softer, sweeter leaf that’s delicious enjoyed fresh and paired with citrus vinaigrette and sliced radishes.  Baby spinach is harvested as early as three weeks. Alternatively, Mature Spinach is harvested 45-60 days. Mature spinach has a richer spinach flavor and is great to cook with because of its texture.

Read more fror trips on shopping, storing and cooking spinach.

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The Impact of Your Donation

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Arizona Gives Day helps raise awareness about Arizona nonprofits and the critical role they play in our communities and state. It inspires people to give generously to nonprofits making our state stronger, creating a thriving community for all.  Although Arizona Gives Day takes place only once a year, your contributions continue to support non-profits, and the causes they’re dedicated to, year-round.

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Ten Fun Facts About Cabbage

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“Cabbage is humble, but worthy of the greatest respect” the great Alice Waters has written
(Don’t miss her talk this month – details below**)

Check out our Guide To Leafy Greens and get inspired to cook up Corned Beef and Cabbage this weekend.

Ten Fun Facts About Cabbage… yes, cabbage!
1. Cabbage is one of our oldest known vegetables.
It has been cultivated for longer than almost any other vegetable on record. To be precise, more than 6,000 years! It originated in Northern China, sometime around 4,000 B.C.
2. The first cabbage in America was brought by French explorer Jacques Cartier on his 3rd voyage (1541).
3. Cabbage belongs to the Cruciferae family of vegetables, along with broccoli, collards, kale, and Brussels sprouts.
4. Today, China is the largest producer of cabbage, followed by India and Russia.

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