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!

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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

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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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Let’s Talk Dirty

 

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The average person throws away nine times their own body weight in waste every year.  As much as 30% of that waste can be composted.  However, more often than not, it ends up in landfills!  Landfills are among the biggest contributors of soil pollution and we can reduce their impact by diverting waste that ends up there.  In fact, roughly 80% of the items buried in landfills could be recycled.

We can do better – the power to divert waste from landfills is in within our control and the effects directly impact our very own communities, towns and families.  At Phoenix Public Market we’re dedicated to reduce waste in our community by increasing our understanding of how to properly sort waste.  Let’s see how much market waste we can divert from landfills…  Is it in you?

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Community Supported Agriculture #CSAday

Happy #CSAday – better knows as Community Supported Agriculture (CSA).  CSA programs support local farmers by securing funding for their upcoming planting season, while CSA members receive weekly boxes overflowing with high quality, fresh produce.  When you become a member of a CSA, you’re purchasing a “share” of vegetables from a regional farmer.

Community Supported Agriculture is just that, it’s an opportunity for the Community to ensure their local farmers have  Blue Sky Organic Farms , Crooked Sky Farms, Steadfast Farm and Maya’s Farm.

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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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Make the Switch + Ditch the Plastic Bag

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Over the past year, the Phoenix Public Market community has supported our Plastic Bag Recycling Program.  We’re committed to collecting used grocery bags, offering them for re-use to other shoppers and hauling excess bags to recycling collection sites.

With the start of the new year, Phoenix Public Market vendors are going a step further and have committed to not use new plastic grocery bags.  Shoppers are encouraged to bring their own bags and use our recycling program to reduce waste.  Please help to support our efforts.

Every year, one trillion plastic bags – single use – are used, equating to 2 million per minute.

The Cost on our Wildlife An estimated one million birds, 100,000 turtles, and countless other sea animals die each year from ingesting plastic. The animals confuse floating bags and plastic particles for edible sea life such as jellyfish and plankton.  Other animals can become entangled in plastic waste.

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Top 5 Market Habits for a Healthy New Year

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Kick off 2019 with these five fresh habits to support a positive lifestyle.
1. EAT GOOD FOOD – This doesn’t just mean eating more fruits and vegetables (although that never hurts). It means knowing where your food came from, who made it and what’s in it. It means knowing that your pastry was baked with locally sourced heritage grains, Arrandale Farm eggs and Beetanical honey. It means knowing that your chorizo and sausage are coming from all natural, free range and grass fed meats. It means cooking at home with friends and family and enjoying a fresh meal full of flavor.

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Market-Inspired Holiday Wreath

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We’re loving these ideas for market-inspired holiday decor, including a radish wreath, carrot wreath, or pick up a grapevine wreath from Community Exchange Table and give it your own festive flair.  Share your Market decor with your community – tag us @phxpublicmarket on social media.