Double Up at the Market

Gather around SNAP recipients, you are not going to want to miss this.

A few months ago at the market we introduced Double Up Food Bucks, a federal program that allows a dollar-for-dollar match at participating farmers markets (up to ten dollars per week). Anyone utilizing SNAP benefits is eligible to receive twice as much healthy, Arizona grown produce through DUFB. Not only does this directly benefit food stamp recipients, but local farmers receive more customers, and the food dollars go back in to our local economy. Call it a win-win-win.

The process is simple. Shop with your EBT card at our market on Saturday’s and pay for your items at the Information Booth. In return, we will match however much you spend by giving you up to 10 tokens to use on fresh fruits and vegetables at the market. Use the tokens the same day or come back and use them next time; they don’t expire.

Have any further questions about this program? Come see us at the Information Booth where our volunteers can help you get started.  DUFB started in Michigan just five years ago and since then has benefited over 300,000 low income families and 1,000 local farmers. Help the program stick around by getting involved.

SHOP + CHOP + COOK

41Many of us have become so used to the convenience of dining out, picking up food or even ordering food in. Sustainable Table gives us three motivations to start rethinking our habits and get cooking at home.

  1. The economics of cooking at home:  Home cooking beats all of the competition hands down when it comes to saving money. Whether you’re considering dining out or bringing home prepared food, you’re paying for someone else to do something you can do yourself — and, with a little practice, probably do better. At a restaurant, you’re spending money on the cost of running somebody’s business, including rent and payroll. By the same token, purchasing prepared food from the grocer’s freezer involves paying for the processing, packaging, and advertising of that product — none of which adds value to the food itself.
  2. The flavor game: We’re losing our palates to our industrialized food system. Not so long ago, herbs and spices and sugar were used to enhance the flavor in our food. But in recent decades our taste buds have been corrupted through the use of cheap chemicals and corn syrup to fill that role. We’ve forgotten how wonderfully delicious fresh food tastes as we’ve become acclimated to food that’s polluted with preservatives. The more you cook, the more you’ll learn that sustainable, local ingredients just taste better. Let the food do some of the work for you. Take back your palate so you can take back your plate!
  3. You are in control: Think about what you” want to find in tonight’s dinner. You have control over the nutritional value of the foods you prepare. Locally grown food is fresher by definition, which also means it’s more nutritious. Cooking methods also count. For example, roasting a vegetable will preserve vitamins that are wasted by boiling it; retaining the peel on many fruits and vegetables provides additional vitamins. Watching your salt or sugar intake? Keeping an eye on fats or carbohydrates? You’re in control of all these when you cook.

Need some inspiration on where to start or new ideas about what to buy this weekend at the Market and how to create that into something delicious at home?

Melanie Albert joins us again this month her SHOP + CHOP + COOK Cooking Class series at the Market. 

Shop the market with her and learn how to pick the freshest ingredients then get ready to get chopping in this unique hands on cooking class.  Check out Melanie’s new book to take home market fresh recipes that are simple to cook and delicious to enjoy.

Click here to register for the class.

Click here to check out Melanie’s website and book.

 

Why Probiotics?

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Did you know 80% of your immune system is located in your gut and 95% of your serotonin (happy hormone) is manufactured in your intestines?

What’s more, if your digestive system is out of whack, your entire body will suffer. That makes the gut pretty important. Because it’s so important, it’s critical to keep it in the best shape possible.  The health of your gut depends on the amount of good bacteria, known as probiotics, inside of it. Probiotics are found naturally in your gut; however, the amount of good bacteria versus bad bacteria in your gut can often get out of balance.  Stress, pollution, a diet high in sugar or eating too many processed foods will wreak havoc on your body’s good flora. Even taking an antibiotic one time can cause an imbalance.

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SHOP + CHOP + COOK

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Hands On Farmer’s Market Cooking Class with Melanie A. Albert

Shop + Chop + Cook

Learn Unique, Simple Ways to Enjoy Phoenix Public Market Foods at Home

Have fun intuitively creating your own refreshing veggie dishes with Phoenix seasonal veggies. Enjoy hands-on interactive cooking experiences and learn simple culinary techniques to create unique, tasty, beautiful dishes.

Learn: Unique Ways to Create Raw Salad with Local Farmers Phoenix Public Market Veggies

Get tips to shop easily at the farmers market. Mindfully enjoy your creations with our Phoenix community.

Led by intuitive cooking expert, Melanie A. Albert, author of “A New View of Healthy Eating. Simple Intuitive Cooking with Real Whole Foods.”

Meet the instructor…

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Local First Arizona Shops Local On A Budget

Image: Brandi Porter

Image: Brandi Porter

Price is a big factor when it comes to making your weekly grocery list.  So Sarah Schenck of Local First Arizona helps to dispel the myth that farmers markets are unaffordable.  Her groceries for the week came to $36.  This budget is based upon the average SNAP benefit recipients receive a week.  “Read The Full Story” to see her shopping list suggestion and meal plan.  You can also read her 7 Tips For Eating Local.

Still, the real value of shopping local foods is supporting your community.  For every dollar spent locally .73 stays within the local economy versus only .43 spent with a non-local business.  Most of the produce at the market is grown less than 10-miles away from where you come to shop. That means it is freshly picked, nutrient rich, and full of flavor.  Best of all, you can actually talk with the growers themselves, run into neighbors and meet family for a morning out at the market.

“Read The Full Story” to see LFA’s Market Shopping List.

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Meet our Sponsors: Tuft & Needle

Meet the guys behind Tuft & Needle, our latest Market Sponsor and check them out at the market this weekend.

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Read more to learn more about what launched Tuft + Needle and discover fun facts about sleep.

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All-Natural Cleaner

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This Saturday you can come to the Market and learn about reducing plastic use, reusing your waste, discover what’s happening at your community garden and more!

This season try replacing traditional store-bought cleaners with all-natural options. We love this lemon spray inspired by Ahimsa Essentials.

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Vendor Feature: Together Farms