Strength in Numbers (of Conscious Shoppers)

With all the local marketplaces and events this time of year, those of us who are embedded in our community of local do-ers and movers don’t necessarily need an annual tradition boosted by a credit card company to remember the importance of supporting local economy. Still, Small Business Saturday is another one of those special days each year that we love, appreciate, and look forward to.

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According to the National Retail Federation, about 164 million consumers are expected to shop on Black Friday in 2017. For the seventh year, Small Business Saturday plans to redirect some of those shoppers to local businesses across the country rather than big-box retailers. For every $100 spent at a local business, $43 stays in local economy, whereas only $13 stays in local economy if spent at a non-locally-owned business.

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Passion Found Under a Palm Frond

Recently, we heard of the devastating passing of Downtown Phoenix community member Monika Woosley. She left behind a powerful legacy that can only intrigue and inspire. Monika founded Hip Veggies in 2012 as an outlet for her passion for community, food, art, and outreach. Through Hip Veggies, among many subjects, she taught us about foraging in Phoenix; about how easy and fulfilling it can be and how important it is to our Arizonan culture.


This weekend, we honor her by digging into some foraging knowledge imparted by her foraging friend and colleague, The Green Man himself, Andrew Pisher. Andrew grew up in upstate New York and moved to Phoenix 13 years ago in search of sun. He is an entrepreneur to the core, always thinking up ways to embrace Mother Nature (literally–this is a man who seriously loves to climb trees) with his certification in urban farming and ongoing studies in nutrition.

Treelation, his tree trimming and removal company, works with residents through his Foraging Fanatics service to make use of excess from trees that bear edibles or have medicinal properties. Many residents are overwhelmed by the harvest, leaving it misunderstood, unwanted, and disregarded. With Foraging Fanatics, Andrew is able to accrue pounds and pounds of excess fruits, herbs, legumes, and nuts native to our state. He then sells that harvest in bulk through his website, thus making would-be rotted or dried out trash profitable. Andrew’s business, and foraging in general, is a win-win for our ecosystem and its inhabitants. 

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“Slow the Fork Down”

slow foodThe Phoenix Division of the Slow Food Movement is gaining traction in our community, where the focus is placed on local culinary heritage and social justice. The Slow Food Movement, globally and nationally, aims to deepen the public’s awareness surrounding our food systems and how they affect just about every aspect of our livelihood on this planet. A daunting task, surely, so let’s start with lunch.

Slow Food Phoenix’s most recent project is entitled “Feeding the Future,” during which attendees will sample diverse dishes made by a bold lineup of beloved chefs, including Charleen Badman of Scottsdale’s FnB and Eddie Hantas of East Valley favorite Hummus Xpress. There’s a twist to this sampling event, though: each chef’s budget will reflect the current National School Lunch Program (NSLP) budget, and will be served in the style of an American school lunch.

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Construction Notice + Parking Guide

We are thrilled to see so many new faces moving in downtown.  As a part of the major development taking place in the neighborhood, the City of Phoenix has begun construction on 1st Street as part of an improvement project that will extend down to Marget T. Hance Park.  We’ll keep you updated with the best routes to take to the Market.  You can easily access the Market going north of south on 1st Street.

You can still find plenty of available parking surrounding the Market.  Parking off of Mckinley remains accessible when turning off Central or 1st Street.  Scroll down to reference our Construction Notice Map for more details.

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Summer Menu Favorites

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Whether you’re serving brats or burgers,
cook up these sides to serve a truly market fresh meal this grilling season.

Baked Garlic Parmesan Potato Wedges | potatoes, garlic, parmesan cheese, herbs

Panzenella Salad |bread, tomatoes, cucumbers, red onion, fresh herbs, lemon, salt

Roasted Peaches | peaches, honey

Deviled Eggs | eggs, pickles, relishes herbs, onion

Don’t Forget The Munchies | chips + salsa, pita + dip, veggies + dressings

Infused Water | fresh citrus, fruits, edible flowers, herbs, cucumbers

 

Why Shop Local?

Whether leaving the market with a bag packed full of fresh produce or just a single loaf of bread, you are making more than just your stomach happy.  Shopping local has more benefits than you could count on two hands, but we have narrowed it down to just a few of the reasons you should support small business

  1. It’s Economical: Shopping local puts three times as much money in your local economy.
  2. It Fosters A Sense of Community: Local businesses are run by community members, for community members.
  3. It Creates Jobs: Contributing to a local business helps create high quality, unique jobs for members of your community.
  4. It’s Farm to Table Fresh: Getting your fresh produce through a local farmer allows you to get the fruits and vegetables at their peak freshness because they did not have to travel hundreds of miles to get to you.

Did you know our market has over 75 local vendors every week? Visiting every Saturday and shopping with these small businesses is not only fun, but has an impact in more ways than one. If you are interested in more ways to help our local businesses, watch the video above or become a Localist. See you Saturday!

A Taste of the Market

#PhxShopsLocal

Take the pledge this holiday season and let everyone know “Phoenix Shops Local”

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Did you know.. The Open Air Market at the Phoenix Public Market is a program of Community Food Connections (CFC), a 501c3 non-profit organization. Our mission as a non-profit is to create a downtown community gathering place by supporting small farmers and businesses that strengthen sustainable food systems and produce healthy products for the local community.

Will you help support our mission by taking the pledge and showing the world that #PhxShopsLocal   From the ingredients to cook your holiday meals to the gifts you buy friends and family take the pledge to shop local!

Why Shop Local?

  1. Enrich Our Community: Nobody wants to live in a neighborhood that lacks a farmers market and small business culture.  With an every changing and growing downtown community, it is more important than ever before to show that we take pride in shopping local and supporting our small businesses.  We all know that small businesses provide an undeniable vibrancy and sentiment vital to community life.
  2. Original, Fresh and Handmade: If you like to give original, handmade gifts, you can’t beat shopping at a locally owned business. Business owners take pride in high craftsmanship and originality of their products.  When it comes to food – you can taste the flavors of fresh local ingredients.
  3. Personalized Experience: Shopping at small local businesses always offers a personal and sincere customer-owner interaction, impossible to replicate with large-scale vendors. Small business shop owners are interested in their clients, know their wants and needs, and are willing to give their customer personal attention to answer questions about their products. Furthermore, a small business owner is passionately and inextricably linked to the success of his or her business, which means they are experts on the product that they create and sell

 

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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Maricopa Healthy App

Check it out: Maricopa Healthy App has arrived
and hosts everything from a regional mountain guide,
local farmers market listings and seasonal recipes!

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