A Beginner’s Guide to Growing Your Own Vegetables

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A Beginner’s Guide to Growing Your Own Vegetables
By Olive Dawson

If all the enticing produce at the market has you feeling inspired to take healthy living to the next level by growing your own, we’re not surprised. Everyone knows that fresh fruits and vegetables taste better. The trouble is knowing where to begin. Whether you’ve got a few houseplants under your belt or are a total newbie, here’s a beginner’s guide to growing your own vegetable garden.

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Top 5 Urban Gardening Ideas to Grow Your Own Foods

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Top 5 Urban Gardening Ideas to Grow Your Own Foods

Contributed By Cloe Matheson

Do you love the idea of biting into fresh, organic fruits and vegetables? There is something about home produce that is crisper and juicier than the store-bought stuff. Read on for 5 flavor tips on how to spark your green thumb into action and grow your own food.

Window Gardening
Picture a cute windowsill chock-full of fresh herbs. You’ll no longer need to add flavour-enhancing packets to your grocery list. Establishing a windowsill garden gives you the opportunity to grow your own produce in tiny spaces.

Stop throwing out herb plants after only plucking a few leaves. Instead, plant your favourite herbs in your windowsill garden. Herbs like coriander and parsley can be expensive for their weight, so this can help those on a tight budget. Your window garden can range from inexpensive to more intricate. For more permanent gardens, you can buy designed terracotta windowsill gardens to host your herbs.

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A Student’s Guide to the Farmers Market

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Dorm-Friendly Market Recipe Ideas:
Mason Jar Salads
Bruschetta
Tabbouleh with Hummus

With some simple dorm-friendly appliances you can cook some of these great recipes as well:

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Community Care Packages

Please support our efforts to collect items for care packages. Phoenix Public Market is teaming up with Go Wasteless and Arizona Friends of Homeless to create care packages for distribution within our own community in downtown Phoenix.

We need your help! Here’s what you can do:

  1. Bring suggested items to the market between now and August 24th. Drop them off at the information booth between 8am -12pm.
  2. Sign up to volunteer on August 24th and help to create care packages and promote the program.
  3. Mark your calendar for our next Care Package collection on December 14th

Suggested items for donation:

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Loyal Locals Sara and Anthony

Meet Loyal Locals Anthony Vallone and Sara Stepnicka.  These two have been shopping Saturdays at the Market since they moved to the Valley five years ago.  We stopped them in the middle of Crooked Sky’s farm stand to ask them a few questions.

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Share your shopping route:  We usually start at Southwest Mushrooms. Then, we make the whole rounds, down each row, going from grower to grower to shop something unique and in-season. Eating seasonally allows our menu to change and brings variety to our diet. We’re always being challenged to try new things.

Favorite thing about shopping local produce: Quality of the produce and how long everything lasts. It’s being picked fresh and then brought right to us! Being able to shop local, organic foods each week allows us be the vegans we are. 

What’s your go-to Market breakfast?  Honestly, we love to head straight home and make something ourselves with all of the fresh veggies we just purchased.  Local foods have so much flavor.  There’s nothing like eating Arizona grown produce.

Give us your best pro shopping tip:  Bring your own bags!

With arms full of reusable bags stuffed with gorgeous greens, Anthony and Sara talked about the impotance and value of being a part of the Phoenix Public Market community.   We discovered that Sara and Anthony also have a local candle company, Camelback Candle Co.,.  These handmade candles utilize domestically sourced vegan and cruelty-free premium fragrances and essential oils, 100% natural and best of all are local!  Who knows maybe they’ll make an appearance at Phoestivus this year…

Thanks for being so Loyal to Local Sara and Anthony!

Loyal Local Shoppers Reward Program

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Celebrate being a “Loyal Local”
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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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Don’t Be Part of the Pollution…

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…Be Part of the Solution

Celebrate Earth Day at the Market

We produce roughly 260 MILLION pounds of waste annually.  Althoguh we make attempts to divert that waste from landfills, did you know that 91% of all plastic isn’t recycled? Every year, each American throws out about 1,200 pounds of organic garbage that can be composted. Let’s change that!

We’ve launched a Green Booth in our dining area to help tackle the challenge of sorting waste and we want to encourage our Loyal Locals to help us do the job. Our goal is to spread education and awareness around the issue of diverting waste from landfills and reducing our overall Ecologicl Footprint.

What is your Ecological Footprint? How many planets does it take to support your lifestyle? We challenge you to take the quiz and find out! https://www.footprintcalculator.org/

It’s important to remember these steps when reducing waste…

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The Impact of Your Donation

Arizona Gives Day | Tuesday, April 2, 2019 | DONATE NOW

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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