Prepare for Citrusocolypse

It’s every Arizonan’s duty to be able to recite the 5 C’s like the ABC’s: Cotton, Copper, Cattle, Climate, and CITRUS!

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In the early years of Arizona’s history, citrus was a major player in the fate of Arizona’s economy. Citrus was brought over to the Southwest in the 18th century by Spanish settlers. As grapefruit in particular gained popularity during the 1930s, more than 1 million crates of grapefruits were produced by our state in the year of 1935.

The industry flocked to Arizona, landing mainly in the Arcadia and Mesa areas, where many groves are landmarks for historic neighborhoods. The sprawl of these neighborhoods and urban areas in general encroaching on farmland is largely why orchards declined heavily in the 1990s.

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Our warm and sunny climate creates a perfect incubator for sweet, juicy citrus of many varieties. Today, shoppers at Phoenix Public Market can find tangelos, kumquats, ruby reds, and so much more in overwhelming abundance at every grower’s stand. The ubiquity of citrus in our Phoenician lives can make the fruit mundane and cumbersome, but there are plenty of ways to enjoy it and reap the nutritional benefits–it’s time to get creative!

Read on for 4 ways get excited about our prolonged and plentiful citrus season…

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“Made From Scratch Makes a Difference”

Kari Snodgrass first tried making some body care products when she was in high school, after her sensitive skin reacted to products bought in stores. It wasn’t until several years later when she considered turning it into a business.

“I didn’t even know you could make your own soap,” she said about her high school experiment.
Just cut soap bars

Now, Kari works full time running Studio 11 Soap, a soap and body care business, that primarily sells at the Phoenix Public Market.

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Plastic Bag Recycling

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You can now recycle your plastic bags at the Phoenix Public Market! Find our plastic bag collection bin near the Information Booth. Feel free to drop off clean and dry plastic films such as: Grocery/carryout bags, newspaper delivery bags, dry cleaning bags and department store bags.

Those plastic grocery bags can have more than one life when you place them in the recycling bin. Shoppers can reuse bags while shopping at the Market. In addition, plastic bags can be recycled into new materials. The process involves chipping the bags into pellets. While pellets can then be reprocessed into new bags, they will most likely be shipped to companies to be manufactured into plastic lumber.

Prepare your bags for recycling:

  1. Remove anything inside the bags, such as receipts, stickers or crumbs. All these items will contaminate your bag load.
  2. Keep a bag collection bin in your house, such as one big garbage bag for all bags. Since they compact easily, you should be able to fit 50 to 100 plastic bags in one garbage bags.

Do your part to reduce and reuse waste in our community.
Help facilitate consumer choice while reducing environmental contamination!  You can also find wonderful Market bags to purchase at the Market and use week after week to fill with your favorite Market goodies!

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Is Phoenix ready for Phoestivus

Next week, the cast of characters that complete the downtown Phoenix holiday scene are coming together to create the 8th annual PHOESTIVUS CELEBRATION!

We’ll welcome Phreddie the Yeti

Hipster Santa

The Bookman’s gift-wrapping elves

phestive entertainment on the KJZZ Soundbite Stage

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We’ll experience the wrath of Arizona Storytellers with the annual airing of Phoenician grievances

The Pheats of Strength hammer

And the magic of real(ish) reindeer born and bred in Phoenix

All alongside your favorite Phoenix artisans, so you can do your part in our local economy and fight the commercialism of the holidays!

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Making Your Garden a Buffet for Bees

The Best Gardening Tips to Make Your Landscape Irresistible to Bees
Article By Guest Contributor Christy Erikson, Saving Our Bees

Bees are our most beneficial pollinators. You can create a bee-friendly environment whether you tend a patio garden, are involved with a community garden, or plant a backyard habitat. Get started with these great gardening tips.

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True To Its Name and Sweet As Can Be

Eleanor Dziuk knew there were plenty of beekeepers in Arizona, but she wasn’t seeing their honey for sale at local farmers markets, so in 2001, she set out to change that.

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Absolutely Delightful started when Eleanor connected with Dennis Arp of Mountain Top Honey to learn from his expertise and begin selling his products.

“Most beekeepers are very, very busy people,” Eleanor said. “They don’t have time to be at the markets.”

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Some Like it Raw

Walking the farmers market can be a very inspiring journey. In each aisle, shoppers might find a fruit they’ve never tasted, maybe a condiment they’ve never thought of, or perhaps even a dog on a skateboard scooting by. For Kenny Hadley, the market inspired a total lifestyle change.

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Kenny has been a volunteer at the Community Exchange Table (CET) for nine years. Now, Kenny is known as the booth manager. His family, of Hadley Farmship, helped start the club through a local permaculture group. The operation is run completely by volunteers, and featured neighborhood growers and makers keep 80% or 90% of their profits (depending on the market they’re selling at).

The CET lately features the Orchard Community Learning Center, Sundown Ranch, two independent neighborhood locals who grow fruit and make all-natural beauty products, as well as Hadley Farmship. Growers and makers set their own prices. The Hadley’s also produce “Mom’s Tortillas.” Produce ranges from the exotic non-edibles that will catch shoppers’ eyes, such as loofah and pine-cones, to the all-familiar basil (bags of which they famously sell for just $1). Often, heritage seeds are sold next to the fruit they produce. Kenny recalls seeing huge stalks of sugarcane for sale at one market, but maintains that tart and sweet mulberries from their table are still the best thing he’s ever eaten in Phoenix.

Kenny’s perspective on produce in Phoenix is especially viable due to the fact that he has been eating exclusively raw vegan foods for five years this October. After watching “Food Inc.” in 2008, he had worked to cut “bad” foods from his diet progressively until 2012. At that point, Kenny was inspired to attempt a 10-day all-raw challenge by a fellow vendor at the market after hearing how great much it improved their overall well-being. His 10-day challenge became a life challenge.

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Switching to Soap Nuts

Soap nuts, also known as soap berries, are a natural alternative to store-bought laundry detergents full of chemicals and potentially harmful ingredients. Grown on Sapindus trees, these berry-like fruits produce a soap called saponin, a natural surfactant.  The shell absorbs water and releases the saponins which circulate in the wash water, freeing dirt, grime, and oils from clothing.

Soap nuts can also be used to clean dishes, windows, cars, jewelry, you and your pet! Because they’re 100% natural, they are biodegradable and therefore completely safe for septic systems, gentle on sensitive skin, including baby clothes, and are also antimicrobial.  No need to fret, soap nuts are free of pesticides, as insects are naturally repulsed by saponin so there is no need to use them in cultivation.

Read more about Soap Nuts on Sustainable Baby Steps and learn how to use this natural product to wash clothes, dishes, windows and even your hair!  Pick up your own satchel from Recycled City on Saturdays at the Market!

We’re Hiring

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Phoenix Public Market is hiring!

The Phoenix Public Market (PPM) is seeking a part-time employee to assist the PPM Open Air Market. Working for the Phoenix Public Market you will be exposed to a variety of community partners and projects focused around local food systems, small businesses, sustainability and nutrition in Phoenix. In addition, you will gain valuable experience in public relations, copywriting, and event programming through hands on experience in an exciting community in downtown Phoenix.

You must be able to work every Saturday morning outdoors at the Market. Applicants must have strong verbal communication skills and basic skills in social media marketing. Candidates are expected to have a professional work ethic and a desire to work within their community. In addition, candidates must be disciplined and self-motivated as they will take the lead on their own projects. Previous experience is not a must to apply.

Again, applicants must be available during the hours of the Phoenix Public Market: Saturdays from 7:30am-1:30pm, with an additional 4 hours of work to be completed outside of the Market. The Open Air Market runs rain or shine. Employees will be expected to assist with market set up and break down of their Information booth, including lifting of chairs, tables, and tents. In addition, employee will meet with Market Manager outside of the Market and be expected to complete small projects.

The position is approximately 10 hours/week and pays $10/hour

For complete details on the position and how to apply click here.
If you are interested in applying for this position as a paid internship for school, click here.

Pickled Peppers

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Shop the Market for peppers and pickle them to top salads, sandwiches or to simply snack on.

Ingredients:

  • 3 cloves Garlic
  • 2 lbs Hot peppers
  • 1/2 cup Pickling salt
  • 1 cup White vinegar
  • 2 qt Water (or enough to fill the jar)

Directions:

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