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.

Top Ten Season Essentials to Staying Healthy

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Stock up on our Top Ten Season Essentials to Staying Healthy

Fresh Citrus (get those vitamins)
Lotus Gypsy Organic Tea (replenish and relax)
Beetanicals Bee Pollen (build your immune system)
Rad Juices (refuel with these power packed juices)
Garden Goddess Ferments Kvass (feel good on the inside)
H2e Aromatherapy Essential Oil Blends (to relax)
SW Herb Plant Healing Remedies (to stay balanced)
AZ Honey and Propolis Lozenges (fight off scratchy throats)
Studio 11 Sea Salt Scrub (wash away impurities)
Ahima Essentials Moisturizing Creams (keep skin soft)

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Chili Throwdown

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We are challenging you, our Loyal Local friends, to a Chili Throw Down.

  1. Shop at the Market
  2. Create a Chili Recipe featuring lots of market ingredients.
  3. Share photos of your chili and your recipe.

Please e-mail submissions to openair@phxpublicmarket.com

  • Subject Line: CHILI THROWDOWN
  • Submissions should include:
    • Name, Phone Number, Recipe, Photos of Chili

Rules:

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Care for Your Community, Change the World

Last month, inspired by Jack Johnson’s change-making generosity with All At Once Org, we organized a humble neighborhood clean-up with Local First Arizona that exceeded expectations.IMG_2438 Read the full story »

Why shop at your local farmer’s market?

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  1. It helps small farmers grow their business

Farmer’s markets provide a low-barrier entry point for a budding farmer for them to see if they can be profitable. Shopping at a farmer’s market helps small farmers keep their cash flow positive that helps them continue doing business. If they keep on going, with the support of shoppers, there will only be growth.

  1. It helps the local economy and community

Our vendors come from within 50 miles of the City of Phoenix and it’s no surprise that most of the stuff they sell is locally grown or made. By shopping here, your money stays local; the money is passed on from one consumer to the next and helps establish a stronger local economy. The market also serves as a gathering place for the local community that helps build and strengthen relationships and camaraderie between neighbors of all backgrounds.

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5 Misconceptions About Farmers Markets

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1) Farmer’s Markets are expensive

Some people think that because it is organic, local and ran on a smaller scale means it is more expensive to cover the costs of production and that extra cost is passed on to the consumer. FALSE! Because products at the market are local it means the cost of transporting these goods diminishes. Rather than coming from across the country or even across the world, nearly all of the products you can buy at the Market are coming from less than 50 miles away, which also means goods are fresher. Market items are commonly picked, baked or prepared fresh and do not have to sit in a refrigerated trailer for more than 24 hours before the market.

2) You can shop local products at grocery stores

This is becoming more of a reality; you do not have to go far to find local products from your area. Woohoo!  You may see a number of large grocery stores increasing their supply of locally sourced fruits and vegetables along with a display of local peanut butters, grains and more, making it more accessible for the consumer to eat more sustainably; however, when you come out to the Market, EVERYTHING you shop, eat and enjoy is local. ALL of the produce you shop is sustainably produced and your dollars are going directly to the producer rather than a big box store middle-man.

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Vendor Feature: Proof Bread

Jon Przybyl didn’t want to imagine a world without Proof Bread. So, when he heard last June that owner Jared Allen was closing up shop and moving out of state, Jon bought the bakery and spent the few weeks before Jared’s move baking by his side.

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“It wasn’t only me that would have been devastated to see Proof go away,” he said.

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