Get the Most Out of Your Gourd

Fall is finally here! Even in the concrete jungle where the forecast still says 97 degrees, it’s time to celebrate! This Saturday at the market, Downtown Phoenix can enjoy a celebration of all things Autumn as we cozy up into a new season. At the market, there will be a costume contest, pumpkin carving station, Open Air scavenger hunt, pumpkin displays for adorable photo-ops, and pumpkin patches with a variety of Phoenix-grown pumpkins to take home. Of course, shoppers can also pick up fall flavors at almost every vendor booth, as well as market-roasted chiles for what bubbles in the cauldron at home.

All this fun begs the question: once the great pumpkin is chosen and does its decorative duty at the doorstep–what’s next? Cut it open and roast the seeds, leaving the body for compost? Use it as a doorstop in the home and see how long it lasts before rotting from the inside out? Find the local trebuchet and see how far it’ll go? Maybe we can suggest something better:

homemade pumpkin puree!


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Butternut Squash Pasta Sauce


Market Gravy + Country Potatoes

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Burger Throwdown Winning Recipe

Winning Burger Throwdown Recipe!!
KimSlaw Black Garlic Burgers

Created by: Ric Carrillo + John P Kraft

Featuring Carefree Spice Company Spices and The Proper Beast Sausages


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5 Things You Didn’t Know About Duck Eggs


Duck Eggs vs Chicken Eggs
Though chicken eggs are the most commonly used, duck eggs are still catching on as effective alternatives. However, much less is known about duck eggs, compared to chicken eggs.

1. Duck Eggs Are Larger Than Chicken Eggs
Duck eggs are quite large compared to chicken eggs, which makes them easily distinguishable.The large size of the duck egg gives it a larger yolk to white ratio than a chicken egg. So if you want more yolk, duck eggs are what you should go for. With the larger size, you definitely get more for your money, compared to a chicken egg.

2. Duck Eggs Stay Fresher Longer
Duck egg’s shell is a lot tougher than a normal chicken egg’s shell. Though that makes them a lot more difficult to crack, it is also supposed to provide them with a considerably longer shelf life.

3. Duck Eggs Have More Nutrition Thank Chicken Eggs
A duck egg will provide about 185 KCal of energy, compared to 149 KCal of energy provided by a chicken egg. Both types of eggs, match each other in terms of carbohydrate content, while the protein content is slightly higher in the duck eggs compared to chicken eggs. The mineral content of duck eggs is very similar. Same is the case with vitamin content in both of them. The vitamin content too is similar, but duck eggs have a higher amount of each one of them, which includes thiamin, niacin, riboflavin, pantothenic acid, folate, vitamin B6, vitamin D, vitamin E, vitamin A, vitamin B12 and retinol. Duck eggs are a good choice nutritionally. The only minus point that duck eggs have higher cholesterol content, compared to chicken eggs.  People who are looking for a high protein diet, can avoid eating the yolk, while profiting from the protein laden egg white.

4. Bakers and Gourmet Chefs Prefer Duck Eggs to Chicken Eggs & Utility
Most expert bakers report that using duck eggs makes their cakes rise higher and provides them with excellent taste due to their high fat content. Duck eggs provide a taste that is different and tastier than chicken eggs according to most users. Individual tastes might vary, so it is best if you try one out to decide! Everything that you do with a chicken egg, can be done with a duck egg. That includes scrambling them, poaching and baking. As the water content in duck eggs is lesser than chicken eggs, you need to be careful not to overcook them, which has a tendency to make them rubbery. The variation in water content also makes the duck egg white harder to whip, but they are worth the effort. Salted ducks eggs are a popular Chinese recipe, that you might want to try out. There are plenty of duck egg recipes that you can make!

5. Allergic To Chicken Eggs? You Might Not Be Allergic to Duck Eggs.
Roughly 2% of children are allergic to chicken eggs. Thankfully, 70 percent of kids who are allergic to chicken eggs outgrow the condition by the age of 16. Considering there are about 320 million people in the US, that’s still a lot of people who can’t eat chicken eggs. If you or your children are allergic to chicken eggs, you might not necessarily be allergic to duck eggs.

Try this recipe for Garden Shakshuka with Duck Eggs

Duck Eggs

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Pickled Peppers

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


  • 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)


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Burger Throw Down

Burger Throw Down

Carefree Spice Company is challenging customers and Loyal Local friends to a Burger Throw Down.

  1. Shop at the Market
  2. Create a Burger Recipe featuring Carefree
    Spice blends and other market ingredients.
  3. Share photos of your burger and grilling with your friends.

Please e-mail submissions to

  • Subject Line: BURGER THROWDOWN
  • Submissions should include:
    • Name, Phone Number, Recipe, Photos of burgers
  • Pictures of  back yard grilling with family and friends are a bonus.


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Market Recipe: Orzo Salad

  • 1-1/2 cups dry orzo pasta from Decio Pasta
  • 2 tbsp olive oil, or just enough to lightly coat the pasta
  • juice and zest of 1 lemon
  • 1 large English cucumber, seeded and chopped
  • 1tbsp fresh mint, finely chopped
  • 1 tbsp fresh parsley, finely chopped
  • 1/2 cup goat cheese, Chile Acres
  • kosher salt and freshly-ground black pepper, to taste
  1. Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Cook the orzo al dente according to package directions (about 9 minutes). Drain the pasta, let cool for a couple of minutes, and toss with the olive oil, lemon juice and zest, cucumber, herbs and cheese.
  2. Season with salt and pepper, to taste. Serve chilled or at room-temperature. Can be made up to a day in advance and kept in the refrigerator.

Summer Menu Favorites

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Whether you’re serving brats or burgers,
cook up these sides to serve a truly market fresh meal this grilling season.

Baked Garlic Parmesan Potato Wedges | potatoes, garlic, parmesan cheese, herbs

Panzenella Salad |bread, tomatoes, cucumbers, red onion, fresh herbs, lemon, salt

Roasted Peaches | peaches, honey

Deviled Eggs | eggs, pickles, relishes herbs, onion

Don’t Forget The Munchies | chips + salsa, pita + dip, veggies + dressings

Infused Water | fresh citrus, fruits, edible flowers, herbs, cucumbers


How To: Natural Egg Dyes

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This year make your own natural dyes from market ingredients!

Yellow: Strongly brewed chamomile tea creates a soft yellow.  Other options: Two cups water + 1 tablespoon turmeric + 2 tablespoons vinegar creates a vibrant yellow.

Green or Blue:  2 cups shredded purple cabbage + enough water to cover cabbage by 1 inch + vinegar (1 tablespoon per remaining cup after the dye is boiled) Note: Brown eggs will turn green and white eggs will turn blue.

Orange: 2 cups yellow onion peels + enough water to cover skins by 1 inch + vinegar (1 tablespoon per cup of liquid that remains after you simmer the onion peels and water)

Pink: Two cups water + two cups peeled, grated beets + vinegar (1 tablespoon per cup of liquid that remains after you simmer the grated beets and water)

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