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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Seasonal Produce:

Community Exchange Table: Community Exchange Table has been a constant part of the Market since 2009,  but what they bring on Saturday’s is constantly changing. Market shoppers are often drawn to the booth to grab anything from a bag of fresh basil to a colorful fruits. What customers often don’t know, is the positive impact they just had on a small grower or artisan. In 2009, Chip Satterlund organized this cooperative market booth in order to create a space for startup vendors to sell their goods and produce on an as-needed basis.

Fresh Baked Bread:

Noble Bread: Risen from tradition, Noble Bread is a small scale bakery featuring old world techniques, a stone hearth, and naturally leavened bread. Their bread is created only using organic GMO free flours, water, sea salt, and organic levain starter, which is a culture of wild yeasts used to slowly levain bread. It takes an astonishing 36 hours to make one loaf of Noble Bread. Utilizing whole grains, and ancient grains makes the bread far more complex and biologically active than just plain white bread.

Naturally Raised Meats:

The Proper Beast: A local business focused on creating quality food with natural ingredients, The Proper Beast uses their own spice blends and meats raised in Arizona. NO hormones • NO antibiotics • NO fillers • NO preservatives • NO MSG • NO Nitrates • Natural Casings  Their suppliers are committed to antibiotic- and hormone-free farming and their butcher ensures that the meat remains additive-free during processing, giving you the full taste of real food produced to the highest quality in your community.  They offer gluten-free, dairy-free, and sugar-free options.

Farm Fresh Eggs

Circle Key Farm:  Circle Key Farm is located in Eloy, Arizona where Ed and Juanita have been raising grass fed beef, goat, pork and chicken eggs.  This hardworking duo are born and raised in the area and have been tending to their animals on the property for decades.

Goat Cheese

Chile Acres Farm: Celia Petersen and her family has been raising goats on Chile Acres Farm in Tonopah, Arizona, for over 30-years.  Growing up with allergies to cow’s dairy, it was natural for her and her family to raise goats and produce milk and cheeses. Celia additionally offers goats milk soap and you can often see her at the Market spinning wool to create accessories and home decor.  She has been a member of our Market since we opened in 2005.

Wild Flowers

Steadfast Farm: A more recent addition to the Market, Steadfast Farm is a two acre bio-intensive market farm in Queen Creek, AZ.  They grow certified organic fruits and vegetables and raise pastured poultry for eggs year round.

Locally Roasted Coffee:

Blue House Coffee:  Blue House Coffee was born in the mountains of Flagstaff, Arizona as an experiment with a homemade coffee roaster amongst humble beginnings.  Blue House Coffee is on a mission to share their favorite coffees to encourage others to enjoy the places and people that make life great.  A nitro-powered keg and tap system on a fleet of bicycle-driven carts brings the coffee to the people, and their specialty hot drip and cold-brew drinks highlight how delicious the brew can be in its most basic form.

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