Crop of the Week: Cilantro

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1. Also called coriander, Chinese parsley and Mexican parsley, cilantro has a strong, sage, citrus
flavor that many find irresistible. In general, herbs should be fresh looking, crisp and brightly colored.
2. Cilantro is probably one of the first herbs to be used by mankind, perhaps going back as far back
as 5000 BC. It is mentioned in early Sanskrit writings dating from about 1500 BC. The Romans spread it throughout Europe, and it was one of the first spices to arrive in America.
3.The leaves have a very different taste from the seeds. Some people instead perceive an unpleasant “soapy” taste and/or a rank smell. This perception is believed to be a result of an enzyme
that changes the way they taste cilantro, a genetic trait, but has yet to be fully studied.
4. Cilantro has been used as a folk medicine for the relief of anxiety and insomnia in Iranian folk
medicine.

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Market Workshop: Harvesting Rainwater

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Monsoon season will be here before we know it, so this season discover how to Harvest Rainwater with Valley Permaculture Alliance.  Lindsay Ignatowski, from Watershed Management Group., will be discussing rainwater and greywater and how to determine what you are able to use.  Guests will leave understanding the landscape around them and how to reduce water use by utilizing alternative water.

This workshop is free to the public, but please RSVP Here so we can ensure you have a seat.

Meet Lindsay Ignatowski
Program Coordinator and Development Associate, Watershed Management Group

Lindsay is a Certified Water Harvesting Practitioner and holds a Master’s degree in Journalism from the University of Illinois. Previously, she studied Spanish and Linguistics at the University of Kansas, and studied abroad in San Jose, Costa Rica. A member of WMG’s Phoenix branch, she coordinates the Hydrate educational program and Green Living Co-op. Lindsay is passionate about building community by connecting people to resources and helps share WMG’s mission through hands-on workshops, social media, and educational events. She specializes in providing education on water budgets, hands-on learning activities, and helping people apply water-harvesting principles to their own homes.

Mesquite Harvesting Workshop

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Mesquite tree bean pods from the three common species – honey mesquite (Prosopis glandulosa), screwbean mesquite (Prosopis pubescens) and velvet mesquite (Prosopis velutina) – are some of our desert’s greatest edible treasures. Mesquite flour has a low glycemic index and is rich in calcium, magnesium, potassium, iron, and zinc. Saguaro fruits boast high vitamin C, B12, and dietary fiber.

Join Valley Permaculture Alliance at the Phoenix Public Maret to learn how to harvest ripe pods and store them until you are ready to mill or grind the beans. This is an onsite talk and demonstration, designed to teach you to harvest from the mesquite trees you might have in your yard or neighborhood. Come prepared to share your favorite Mesquite and native food recipes with the other participants, if you know a good one.

The workshop will be followed by a cooking demonstration by Chef Aaron Chamberlin.

This workshop is free, but per-registration is required.  Get your tickets here.

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Green Living in the Desert

IMG_3345_130725At the Phoenix Public Market we are dedicated to sustainable living and embracing our natural environment here in the desert.  Our mission is to encourage and inform our community about the benefits of a simpler lifestyle and to teach the importance of protecting our natural environment.  Sustainable living can seem overwhelming at times, but can actually make your life easier and help you save money.   Taking a look at our current lifestyles and making small changes can go a long way.  We are here to support those steps.

In the desert start with reducing our waste, eating native foods and harvesting water.   Read more to discover where to begin, what you can learn at the market and how to support a Greener Desert.

Also, this weekend check out our workshop: Harvesting Nopal.  More details here.

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Spring Workshop Series: Harvesting Nopal

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March 19: Harvesting Nopal Workshop & Demonstration

Monika Woolsey of Hip Veggies will be at the market teaching guests about Harvesting Nopal.

Did you know, there are over 1,000 edible plants in the Sonoran Desert? And that one of them, the prickly pear, or nopal, has been a staple vegetable in indigenous diets for centuries? Did you know this plant has been found to have multiple health benefits?  Come learn why Nopal is more than just a pretty landscaping face!

Pre-registration is required HERE A suggested donation of $10 can be made day of workshop.

This Spring learn about Harvesting in the Sonoran Desert at the Phoenix Public Market!  Mark for your calendars April 9th for our Harvesting Mesquite Workshop and Demonstration, with Kate Radosevic from Valley Permaculture Alliance.

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What is CSA?

Did you know most of our farmers offer CSA Programs? You can find more from Blue Sky Organic Farms , Crooked Sky Farms, Gila Farms, and Maya’s Farm.

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So what is CSA? 

CSA Stands for Community Supported Agriculture. CSA allows city residents to have direct access to high quality, fresh produce grown locally by regional farmers. When you become a member of a CSA, you’re purchasing a “share” of vegetables from a regional farmer.  Typically the “share” consists of a box of seasonal produce each week throughout the farming season, but other farm products may be included.

This arrangement creates several rewards for both the farmer and the consumer.  Read More and learn how this benefits the farmers and consumers.

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Why Farmers Markets?

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GMOs: Understanding the Difference

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Consumer desire to avoid GMOs has fueled substantial growth in organic foodsand has helped to support local farmers’ markets like ours! When you shop at the Phoenix Public Market you know your food and the sources it comes from. Talk to your growers and producers about techniques they use to avoid GMOs and feel good about the fuel you feed your body!

Our farmers are committed to supporting GMO free foods. GMOs, or “genetically modified organisms,” are plants created through the gene splicing techniques of biotechnology. In the grocery store, approximately 80% of the items are made with GMOs. Studies have shown negative effects on both the human body and our environment due to GMOs.

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